DICKINSON, N.D. - It’s the first year of the Badlands BigSticks organization, and it’s easy to say things have been going well. They’re currently 24-21, and 3rd in the Lewis Division.
Now just like the Bismarck Larks, these players come from across the country to play baseball. While a lot of things have been working on the field, it’s off the field that matters too.
"How together we came, honestly, like I thought it was going to take a long time for us to get together and like become basically a family. But I got here and like the first week it felt like we were family. So I think that's what makes us strong," said Connor Grytdal, pitcher.
"I think just the camaraderie between guys,” added pitcher Cort Dietrich. “I mean there's no guys that are really left out, we just include everyone else. And just, how we got together. I mean, we always hang out and we're always here as a team, so just the camaraderie between the team."
While the BigSticks say they feel like they’re executing just about everything on the field, there is always room for improvement.
"Oh, we need to improve on runners in scoring position,” said infielder Jake Thurber. “We're kind of poppin up, or rolling over to the corners and not doing our job, but we'll get it figured out."
And figuring things out is what this team has learned to do, even in the coaching position.
"It's been really fun. It's been definitely a learning experience from all parties, I've definitely learned a lot. This is my first year coaching summer ball, and it's been a lot of fun getting to know these guys, growing together with them and getting a little better at the game," said Nicklaus Jennings, head coach.
And the BigSticks don’t have too many games remaining in their regular season. They are at home Thursday and Friday to host the Western Nebraska Pioneers at 6:35 p.m. MT, before playing a split-location series against the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs.