The Badlands Big Sticks find consistency in their latest series against the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs taking the first two games. The second game was played at home on Tuesday and though the weather would eventually end the game in the sixth, it would allow the Dickinson team to put up three runs over Sabre. The final score would be 6-3.
It was far from a packed house at the Dakota Community Bank and Trust ballpark but the Big Sticks still gave a stunning performance to entertain the fans. They did start off behind after Souris Valley took a 1-0 lead in the first, but they quickly rallied in the second with two runs from RBIs. Travis Ray Jr. scored the first and Wyatt Setian crossed the plate with Jesse Bellows' single.
Pat Miner was the Big Sticks starting pitcher for the night, completing five strikeouts, three of which came from the same innings. He threw 93 pitchers with 63 resulting in strikes. Miner was the winning pitcher of the game.
“He has a bulldog mentality on the mound. He wants the ball and once he gets it, he is going to go out and find a way to get the job done and that's what he did,” head coach Billy Tomblin said.
“In these conditions, to try and pitch is mentally far more taxing than it is physically. He did such a good job… It is very impressive to see that and I am very happy for him.”
Ray would continue to be a drivable force in the game with two RBIs, the most for both sides, but those would not come until the fourth.
Top of the third inning, the Sabre Dogs would tie up the score with an additional run from Reece Anderson. They would miss the opportunity of taking the advantage as the Big Sticks would create a successful double play and a final putout starting from the hot corner — leaving a lone runner stranded.
The Badlands would add a run on the scoreboard at the bottom from Carson Lundmark, an RBI for Wyatt Setian’s double.
In the fourth Souris Valley would gain a run but their defense would come apart at the bottom as the Dickinson team would score three runs that would seal their second victory in the three game series.
“I think the top one through nine did fantastic. The wind blowing right into their eyes and adding velocity to their opponent team pitcher is very challenging. For them to go out there and get 11 hits out of the sixth innings is great,” Tomblin said. “That's the third game in a row where the guys have swung the bat really well, we just got to keep doing that.”
As mentioned previously, Ray brought in two of his fellow teammates, Bellows and Lundmark, but prior to that, Jakobe Smith started the momentum with an RBI of his own to get Joe Osborn to cross the plate. In both RBIs, the bases were loaded from a hit by pitch and three singles.
The Sabre Dogs had two pitchers share the mound, Kainin Morrow took the first four and Kyle Bratset came from the bullpen. Though they did not have the best of days pitching, they did lead in LOBs with eight over Miner’s five.
“We got to clean it up defensively,” Tomblin said. “We just got to get better. We got some really good players and as the summer continues we have to be making more plays and that is what is really going to take us to the next level.”
The Big Sticks took the victory for the three-game series but will play out the final game here at home.