Fort St. John Paladin Black Sox defeated Cecil Lake Norwest Thunder 11-2 in last night's hometown baseball match-up.
Both teams came out swinging, with Cristian Sosa knocking a deep triple to score an RBI in the top of the first for Fort St. John.
Norwest made a couple of errors on the next few plays, letting the Black Sox jump out to an early 2-0 lead.
"If we can get rid of the first couple of jitters of the game, we'll get better and better as it goes," said Norwest's Morris Lucas, who replaced Jordan Aaron on the mound in the fourth inning.
Jitters didn't hold back Norwest's bats though, as the Thunder came right back in the bottom half of the first when Aaron sent Taylor Kesick and Chad Roberts home on a double.
Black Sox pitcher Cody Kalb walked two batters with one out, but regained composure to send the next two Thunder players down.
"Kalb settled down and started getting his curveball working, shutting them down from there," said Black Sox player Kalen Large.
Wild pitches from Norwest attributed to several runs for Fort St. John. By the end of the third inning, the Black Sox had a commanding 6-2 lead and didn't look back.
Large credited his team's strong defense and lack of errors for the win.
"Our bats started picking up a bit," said Large.
"It's a big win for us because we lost two on the weekend and now we have to go into Grimshaw and steal a couple."
"It was tough for Norwest because they had to play last night too," he added.
The game went the full seven innings, but Kalb kept Norwest off the scoreboard after the first.
Lucas said although Norwest hasn't been together for long, "It's been good so far and we're having fun."