Wilson throws complete game, home runs help Big Sticks sweep Pierre

Badlands left-handed pitcher Clay Wilson struck out the first five batters he saw. He ended the evening with nine strikeouts over a complete game, aiding the Big Sticks to a 16-5 win over Pierre on Sunday, June 3 at Dakota Community Bank & Tr...

Badlands left-handed pitcher Clay Wilson struck out the first five batters he saw.

He ended the evening with nine strikeouts over a complete game, aiding the Big Sticks to a 16-5 win over Pierre on Sunday, June 3 at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.

Along with a 7-6 victory on Friday and a 15-14 walk-off win on Saturday, Badlands swept Pierre and extended its record to 7-2.

"We were short, we only had one guy available out of the pen," Big Sticks head coach Hayden Pewitt said. "We were hoping he could get us through six, I didn't even think about getting us through nine."

With Wilson's accurate arm, the top half of the first inning lasted all of five minutes, the second was similar with two K's and a flyout.


"My first two starts I felt like I was knocking the dust off," Wilson said. "From the get go today, everything was just working for me. I felt really good in the pen, my catcher was really good and it was just all clicking. All my pitches were working really well. Sometimes you just get lucky."

Wilson was supported by a strong offense that put up seven runs in the seventh.

The Big Sticks held a 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the seventh, during which they blew the game open. The inning started with pivotal Pierre errors. The Trappers blew a routine play when pitcher Anthony Fidanza shifted to first when first baseman Jack Simonsen fielded the ball, but Fidanza dropped Simonsen's toss to the bag, allowing Big Sticks Kaleb Binstock to reach. Two batters later, Fidanza fielded a hit and missed the throw to second, missing an opportunity for an out while Christian Padilla made it to first, loading the bases.

Cleanup batter Jake Thurber followed with a bases clearing triple, stretching the advantage to 11-5.

The Trappers committed two errors on the day, while the Big Sticks made one, an improvement over six the day before.

"It helps so much knowing you have guys behind you that are going to make plays. Just in general, they put up 15 runs today, that's so easy to pitch sbehind," Wilson said.

Binstock added the only run in the fourth with a solo shot over the fence. He nearly put up another home run in the eighth, but the ball drifted a few feet foul of the right field pole.

In Saturday's 15-14 win, Binstock sent the ball sailing in the third, scoring two runs.


With that in mind, he said he did see the Pierre pitchers trying to keep him off balance.

"Right away they were trying to go in, out, they were trying to work the corners," Binstock said. "You could tell they were trying to work soft away, hard in, they were trying to get me off my game."

Binstock added a double and threw over three innings in Saturday's game. He went 3-for-7 on the weekend with four RBIs.

The Grand Forks native's home run wasn't the only one on Saturday though. The Big Sticks hit four out of the park while Pierre's lead-off batter Teddy Petersen hit a two-run homer in the second. The shortstop went on to hit for the cycle.

"He is definitely our spark plug," Pierre head coach Tanner Neale said. "If you know Teddy and know what he does, he's just a baseball player. He doesn't need any coaching. He's always reliable. We missed his presence on (Friday) night when he had the flu."

The Big Sticks' big swings started in the first inning when third baseman Drew Staley hit a grand slam to give his team a 5-2 advantage. He hit another in the fifth, scoring two.

Shortstop Wyatt Setian also hit a home run, a three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh.

"All we talk about is staying on plane and getting our bat as far in the zone as we can," Pewitt said. "We've really done a great job of that and staying in the middle of the field. Our mistakes have been the home runs and we've just been flying out of the yard. With the short porches here, it's not very hard to leave the yard. ... I'll take few jacks when we can get them"


Badlands Big Sticks 15, Pierre Trappers 14

PT 220 204 301 - 14 16 3

BBS 503 020 401 - 15 15 6

AJ Fell (2), Jimmy Harden (4.1), Connor McDonald (2) and Jack Simonsen. Connor Grytdal (4), Karson Backer (1), Chasen Roulhac (0.1), Kaleb Binstock (3.2) and Ben Thoma.

W-Roulhac. L-McDonald. HR-PT, Teddy Petersen. BBS, Wyatt Setian (2), Drew Saley (2), Binstock.

Highlights: PT, Petersen 4-4, 2B, 3B, HR, 5 R, 2 RBI; Kent Scott 3-5, 4 R, 2 RBI; Harden 4.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R (8 ER), 4 K, 5 BB. BBS, Auggie Francis 3-6, 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI; Jake Thurber 2-5, 1 R; Aaron Fritts 2-4, 2 R; Drew Staley 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 6 RBI; Kaleb Binstock 2-4, HR, 1 R, 2 RBI; Wyatt Setian 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI; Grytdal 4 IP, 7 H, 6 R (4 ER), 6 K, 3 BB; Binstock 3.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 6 K, 3 BB.

Badlands Big Sticks 16, Pierre Trappers 5

PT 000 202 100 - 5 11 2

BBS 002 131 72X - 16 14 1

Jackson Back (4.2), Anthony Fidanza (2), Kent Scott (1.1) and Spencer Sarringar. Clay Wilson and Brayden Olson.

W-Wilson. L-Back. HR-PT, Jack Simonsen. BBS, Binstock.

Highlights: PT, Petersen 3-5, 1 R; C Johnson 3-5, 1 R; Back 4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 R (6 ER), 6 K, 1 BB. BBS, Auggie Francis 3-4, 3 R; Gabe Knowles 3-6, 1 R, 3 RBI; Jake Thurber 2-3, 3 R, 3 RBIl Kaleb Binstock 1-3, 2 R, 2 RBI; Binstock 1-3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI; Christian Padilla 1-5, 3 R; Wyatt Setian 1-4, 2 RBIl Aaron Fritts 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI; Brayden Olson 1-4, 1 R; Wilson 9 IP, 11 H, 5 R (4 ER), 9 K.

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