Big Sticks comfortably take game one against Pioneers as playoffs loo
“I definitely felt a lot more energy being home. It is always nice to be back in Dickinson and playing in front of the home crowd..." Carson Lundmark said.
DICKINSON — The Badlands Big Sticks had a relaxed day at the office on their home field, winning 13-6 in the first game of their final home series of the season. Toppling the Western Nebraska Pioneers on Thursday, with consistent base-hit scoring throughout the game, the Sticks are setting up for a longer than usual playoff picture.
Carson Lundmark showed total control at bat going 4-for-5 with four runs and three standup doubles. The right fielder got the crowd cheering, re-establishing a one-run lead in the second inning with an RBI stand up double, but it was catcher Daniel Rogers’ homer that pushed the Sticks over the top.
“I definitely felt a lot more energy being home. It is always nice to be back in Dickinson and playing in front of the home crowd and also just everybody else in the dugout around me bringing all the energy just helped my energy out a little bit more and was really big I think,” Carson said. “My first double today was big, down the line there, to get us going and then of course Danny’s home run was the dagger to the other team.”
The Sticks highest scoring inning was the fourth with four runs and ripping three doubles in a row saw the Pioneers go to the bullpen in search of a remedy to cool the Sticks’ bats. Between the three Pioneers’ pitchers, they struck out 10 of the Sticks’ batters, but allowed 15 hits for 13 earned runs.
In the top of the fifth inning, with a 6-3 game, starting pitcher and winner Braxton Greenburg finished his time on the mound with four K’s, one walk and three earned runs.
Getting the nod as relief, Logan Fragomeni would pick up the save, also earning three runs and a walk, but retired seven batters, fanning the final batter of the night in the top frame of the ninth. Each pitcher also displayed a “1,2,3” inning.
Minus one error that attributed to an early run, the Sticks fielding was on point and in sync. They had two 6-4-3 double plays and snared 16 putouts in the infield and outfield.
“Last home stand. These guys have loved playing here all summer and all of a sudden it's almost coming to an end,” Cam Johnson, Big Sticks head coach, said. “I just told them to enjoy the moment, to have fun and soak it all in.”