The Badlands Big Sticks bats took off on Thursday night at Dakota Community Bank and Trust Ballpark against the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs.

They improved their record to 4-2 with an 11-1 win in their last game of six to start the season vs. Souris Valley.

Clayton Hale singled to start the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when he knocked in Conner VanCleave.

Shortstop Wyatt Setian extended the lead in the third inning with his Expedition League leading fourth home run.

He drove in Mason Schwellenbach with the long shot.

Braden Cordes knocked home Carson Lundmark, and then an error by the Sabre Dog’s center fielder allowed Cadyn Schwabe to advance to third and Cordes scored.

The 5-0 lead after four innings gave the Big Sticks breathing room before Souris Valley scored their lone run of the contest in the top of the fifth.

Cordes scored again the sixth, and the Big Sticks put the Sabre Dogs down for good in the eighth frame with five runs.

Hale hit a three run bomb to finish off the scoring in the blowout win.

Lundmark finished the game with a team high three hits, while Hale, Cordes and Schwabe all also had a multi hit game.

Hale had a team high four RBI in the big win, while Setian drove in two runs.

Matt Gabbert started on the mound for Badlands and was one of five pitchers used for the Big Sticks. Gabbert allowed only three hits and zero runs.

The Big Sticks recorded 11 hits to the Sabre Dogs eight base knocks and each team recorded one error.

Badlands will be back at home on Friday night for their first game of the season not against Souris Valley when they welcome the Fremont Moo at 6:35 p.m.