Pierre, SD -- The Pierre Trappers (24-22) bested the Badlands Big Sticks (32-17) Sunday night in the final of their three-game series, snapping the Big Sticks over their knees with a 14-2 final score at Hyde Stadium.
Tyler Chipman started things off pitching for the Big Sticks, throwing for less than two innings, allowing six runs, four hits, seven walks and struck out only a single man. He was swapped out in the bottom of the second for Jack Zalasky, who finished up the frame and then was swapped out for Brock Rountree … who pitched for one inning and gave up four hits, six runs and walked six men.
The bats were blazing for Pierre for six straight innings, with the Trappers only failing to put up even a single run in the seventh and eighth innings. By that point they’d kept the Big Sticks locked out for five whole frames, Badlands managed to buck the shutout with a timely solo home run from Gabe Knowles, but they couldn’t keep on the diamond long enough to get any more that frame.
Designated hitter Nathan Sanders cracked a home run at the top of the ninth and a single from Ryan Walstad momentarily ignited a spark of home for a comeback before a pop fly ball to center field found its way into a Trapper’s glove and just like that, the day was done. Badlands was beaten 14-2.