The last time Badlands faced Spearfish was in the opening three-game series of the season, which ended 2-1 with the Sasquatch bagging the first two games. The interdivisional teams met again Tues day and with 19 games played since, the Big Sticks showed a dominant force of ending the game 8-3.
Badlands got to an early start with a run in the first from Ryan Stafford. Their defense held the same energy with two forced out and a strike out from starter pitcher Josh Tucker.
Tucker would garner six strikeouts in the six innings he pitched but would also allow six hits and three runs.
Sean Moran was having a tough time on the mound for Spearfish, contributing to six runs with nine hits and six errors.
The Big Sticks would get their second wave of success in the third with two additional runs. First run came from Joe Osborn, brought in by Carson Lundmark’s sacrifice fly.
Stafford would grabs his second run of the day from a putout of Angel De La Cruz going to first.
Sasquatch hit back with two runs of their own from Theo Hardy and Nicky Winterstein. Winterstein run came from an error by Mason Hoover.
The next run would come in the sixth, a homer from Cade Stuff for the home side. The tie game showed a chance for the Sasqautch to rally, but was quickly squashed right before the seventh inning stretch.
The Big Sticks reasserted their lead with a three-run home run by Osborn as they return to the top of the lineup.
“Joe has been a leader for us on top of the line up. Really just showing that he can handle just about any type of arm that we’re seeing,” head coach Billy Tomblin said. “I like the way he goes about his business offensively… He does a nice job at the plate, he competes at the plate.”
Osborn was 5-4 at the plate, led in RBIs of the game with four and the team’s overall with 22.
Osborn’s final RBI came in the ninth that brought in Marcus Hughes. Lundmark grabbed his second RBI to see Stafford cross the home plate for the third time of the night.
Spearfishes was tapped out to bring in anymore runs, having only one hit after the seventh.
Winning pitcher was Brady Salyards, as Big Sticks relief pitcher. He had zero hits and two strike outs in the two innings he pitched. Michael Reddick came in the final inning to finish it off with two strikeouts of his own.
The Badlands winning streak is now at five and they look to continue their good run of form in the second game that will also be away. The series took a break but will continue Thursday, June 24 at 6:35pm.