The Badlands Big Sticks earned the series victory over the Western Nebraska Pioneers (13-22) on Saturday night by a score of 8-3.
A breakout fifth inning led to the win as Badlands (19-15) plated five runs in the frame on four hits. Dickinson native Eli Jung advanced to first on an error by the Pioneers first baseman allowing Mason Schwellenbach and Wyatt Setian to make it home. Logan Williams then knocked in Conner VanCleave and Jung, before Williams scored on a fielder's choice hit by Mac McCroskey.
‘“Regardless of what their record is, momentum is something that we want to keep building,” Big Sticks head coach Billy Tomblin said. “This league is pretty balanced. The worst team in the league and the best team in the league are not separated by much. I don’t even know where we are in the big scheme of things. It is just something I don’t pay much attention to. I try to focus on us playing our game and the guys have done that two nights in a row.”
Each team scored a single run in the first and seventh innings, while Mason Schwellenbach singled to score McCroskey in the second.
Nick Flesher earned the win on the mound sitting six down on strikes and giving up only one run.
Schwellenbach and Williams led the way for Badlands with three hits each as Williams hit a home run for the single run in the seventh frame.
He had three RBI, and the Big Sticks totaled 11 hits as a team.
“Our approach has changed,” Tomblin said. “We have done a good job of changing and adapting to the situation. That was the difference. We have done a good job of grinding out at-bats and not missing pitches we should drive.”
The Big Sticks go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon at 4:35.