Big Sticks blast five homers in large victory over Fremont
Home runs may be hard to come by in a baseball game, but the Big Sticks gave the home fans at Astoria Field a treat Monday night by having one of their best games of the season, belting a rare five homer performance in their heavy scoring 20 – 14 victory over the Fremont Moo.
From the early innings, the baseballs soared across the field in the mild wind ball game with numerous balls flying into and past the trees in left field. A total of nine dingers were seen throughout the nearly three-hour ball game.
Fremont (9-8) looked to be a threat in the early innings, tallying a home run and scoring three runs in each of the first three innings. But it was the Big Sticks (10-6) that dominated the scoreboard in hits and points by the end of the night with 22 total hits compared to the Moos’ 13 and only having two errors, compared to the Moos’ four.
Big Sticks catcher Logan Williams and third baseman Gaylan Young led the heavy hitting home squad on Monday, both went 1.000 at the plate and combined for a total of three home runs, eight RBIs on nine hits.
Shortstop Wyatt Setian’s two-run homer in the bottom of the third followed instantly by first baseman Conner VanCleave’s one-run dinger scored three of the team’s eight scored runs in the bottom of the third, giving them a 14-9 lead. Badlands would never give up the lead again.
“Early on in the game we had a lot of wind blowing out,” Young said. “I came in the dugout saying ‘we’re going to hit it with the wind blowing out and it was a team effort. Hitting five home runs as a team with four different guys, it was just a great effort by the whole team.”
Williams also commented on what he thought was the driving point for his dominant performance at the plate.
“I think I was really just in my zone and in my rhythm, I had my foot down in time, my mechanics were good. I just felt really good at the plate and I just saw pitches that I liked and I did something with it.” he said. “I just really wanted to pick up my weight at the plate, I did OK in these past games but I really wanted to do more for my team and I feel like I achieved that today and so I think I did a pretty good job of that.”
For head coach Billy Tomblin, despite the lull that was the early innings, watching his players dominate the field and the plate made him feel more as a fan, than a coach.
“We did a good job tonight,” Tomblin said. “From the lead off to the nine, everyone was getting the barrel of the ball and that was good to see.”
However, Tomblin stated the night may be eventful, but there is still two more games in the series to be played.
“We just got to come out with the same approach,” Tomblin said. “It was important that we came out and had a good opening night against them and the guys did that. But we’ll enjoy this tonight and we start over and get ready to go tomorrow.”
First pitch for game two of Big Sticks and Moo is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14 at 6:35 p.m.