Black Sox come out swinging, hammer Rycroft

Andrew McNeil went the distance in the win, and player/coach Ryan Stickel was very pleased with how everything game together for the club.

“It was great to see, everyone came out hitting and [we] got great pitching from Andrew McNeil, it was really positive to see after last weekend it Rycroft, it was good to come back and give a little back to them.” Stickel says.

The Sox did a great job with not swinging at balls out of the zone and cashing in runners who were in scoring position. Stickel says that was a huge part in the team’s win last night.

“It just seemed that guys were seeing the ball really well today, and staying patient and waiting for balls they could drive,” Stickel describes. “We’ve had some problems with guys swinging out of the strike zone, but they really picked up on that, and I think that was a main part, making the pitcher fight for a strike. Plate vision was really key today.”

Stickel is hopeful that the team will be able to carry the momentum from last night’s win into tomorrow’s double header in Grande Prairie. 

“I think this is going to be big. Everyone on the bench was nice and positive. I just wanna make sure everybody keeps this feeling in mind for Saturday. That’s one nice thing about a Thursday game, Saturday comes pretty quick.” Stickel explains.

First pitch between the Sox and Brewers in Grande Prairie is slated for 1 p.m., with the second game set for 4 p.m.

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