The Badlands Big Sticks proved to be the better team between them and the Western Nebraska Pioneers over the course of the last week.
After a sweep last weekend at home, Badlands took three of four from the Pioneers in Nebraska on Monday through Thursday.
The results were unsurprising given the Big Sticks have the best record in the Expedition League (23-16), while Western Nebraska has the worst (14-26).
All week long, Badlands pitching staff kept the Pioneers offense at bay allowing them to come out of the series feeling good on the mound.
Geo Camfield, Colin Millar and Logan Siblerud shined on Monday night in the series opener allowing no runs in the 3-0 shutout victory.
The three combined to strike out an astonishing 16 Pioneers hitters and Badlands scored a single run in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.
The next night, Badlands went wild at the plate, but sloppiness in the field allowed Western Nebraska to keep the contest close in a 7-3 win for the Big Sticks.
They recorded 14 hits as a team and were led by Braden Cordes with three singles.
Four errors allowed two of the Pioneers three runs to be unearned.
The only loss of the series came on Wednesday night when Badlands was held scoreless.
Each team only had three hits as Western Nebraska won 2-0.
The Big Sticks best chance to plate runs came in the fifth and eighth innings when they stranded two runners each time.
In the series finale, Badlands squeaked out a win, 7-6 after almost giving it away.
The Big Sticks led 7-2 entering the bottom half of the eighth inning.
A couple passed balls allowed the Pioneers to plate unearned runs and tighten the score to 7-5.
They left two runners on base in the eighth, but in the bottom of the ninth they blasted a solo home run to bring the contest within a single run.
Badlands got out of the inning securing the victory and win of the series.
The Big Sticks enter the final home series of the season on Friday to Monday against Pierre hoping to improve their league leading record.
They are a only half game up on Fremont who is in the Clark Division.
In the Lewis Division, Badlands sits 2.5 games up on Souris Valley meaning they are on the inside track to reach the Expedition League championship series for the third year in a row.