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Black Sox beat Thunder

In their first-ever Wheatbelt Baseball League match-up, the Fort St. John Paladin Black Sox defeated the Cecil Lake Norwest Thunder 13-0 last night.

In their first-ever Wheatbelt Baseball League match-up, the Fort St. John Paladin Black Sox defeated the Cecil Lake Norwest Thunder 13-0 last night.

The top of the first started out great for the Thunder, with Dylan Houle on the mound, they shut down the Black Sox's first three batters. The Black Sox made it a quick inning by getting three outs on the Thunder's first three batters as well.

The Black Sox started to pull ahead in the top of the second with runs by Ryan Stickel and Kalen Large and then getting three more quick outs during the Thunder's at-bat. For the most part, the Black Sox kept the Thunder off the bases.

Pitcher Stickel said the Black Sox had a better showing than Sunday's double header loss.

"Everybody just went in there and did their own thing, didn't have many defensive lapses. Everybody just played solid, put the bat on the ball."

The Black Sox were unstoppable in the third inning with 10 runs before the Thunder managed to get one out. The Black Sox almost went through their batting order twice before the third out.

The Thunder turned it around in the fourth, only letting one Black Sox runner, Byron Grady, make it to third, the others struck out or got out on first.

Stickel had a lone run in the fifth inning and though the Thunder got them out in the first three batters at the top of the sixth, the game was called after six innings.

Tyson Bell subbed in for Houle as pitcher and said the game was a good learning experience for the Thunder.

"I missed a pretty easy turn on a double play early in the game and I think that allowed a couple of runs and I think it went downhill from there," he said, adding that they did learn from their mistakes.

"Just not to put too much pressure on ourselves, just make the easy plays, that's the biggest thing."

Though the first three games haven't been the greatest start to a season for the Thunder, Stickel believes that they've got good players who will turn some heads this summer.

"They've got quite a few guys that take some nice swings and the pitcher has some nice movement on his stuff. It's early on in the year too, I betcha even by the end of the season they'll be surprising quite a few teams."

In their next WBL games, the Black Sox are in Dawson Creek taking on the Beaverlodge Royals on May 26 at 7 p.m. and the Thunder will host the Peace River Stampeders on May 30 at 12 and 4 p.m.

Both teams use the diamond at the Northern Lights College for home games.

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