The Badlands Big Sticks roll continued with outstanding pitching against the Pierre Trappers on Friday night at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.
Badlands came out on top, 8-1, despite having bus problems late Thursday night in Nebraska, and they did not get back to town until nearly 4 p.m. on Friday which was only two and a half hours away from first pitch.
“I told the guys that it is business as usual,” Big Sticks head coach Billy Tomblin said. “Playing the game tired is something the game is built around. The pros play 162 games in about 180 days. It is crazy. It is what it is, and we had to show up and compete today.”
In his final start in Dickinson, Nick Flesher, a second year player for the Big Sticks, was thankful he put on a show for the fans one last time.
Flesher had arguably his best outing of the summer going seven inning innings and allowing only two hits.
He gave up the only run of the game for the Trappers in the fourth inning, but it was unearned.
“It was a mentality thing for me,” Flesher said. “I knew it was going to be one of those days where I was going to have to do what I could with what I had. Apparently, it was good enough which was amazing. All I try to do out there is give my team the best chance to win a game.”
Flesher struck out four, and Parker Stohr pitched the final two innings allowing only one hit.
Tomblin acknowledged that part of Badlands success recently can be attributed to their performances on the mound, and tonight was no different.
“Pitching. That is where you will win and lose games,” he said. “I have said that since day one that if we pitch well, then we will give ourselves chances to win. Our pitching staff has been nothing short of dominant.”
Badlands (24-16) scored five runs in the second inning to take control early in a span of three at-bats.
Shortstop Wyatt Setian and designated hitter Mason Schwellenbach both knocked doubles to score the last two runs of the frame.
Third baseman Braden Cordes and Schwellenbach both lead the Big Sticks with two hits each, while Setian led the team with three RBI.
Badlands is now 8-2 in their last 10 games.
They host Pierre for three more home games with first pitch on Saturday set for 6:35 p.m.