The Casper Horseheads got two distinctly different pitching performances Tuesday at Mike Lansing Field in an Exhibition League doubleheader split with the Badlands Big Sticks.
In the opener, McGrane Pledger and Cam Aufderheide combined to limit the Big Sticks to just two hits in the Horseheads' 4-0 shutout victory. In the nightcap, however, five Casper pitchers allowed nine hits and walked 12 batters in a 13-4 defeat.
Payton Flynn gave the Horseheads (16-19) all the offense they needed with an RBI single in the fourth inning. In the fifth, Nick Iwasa brought in a run with a fielders choice and Robert Cruz added a two-run double.
Pledger allowed a one-out double and walked two in the second, but struck out Anthony Tulimero with the bases loaded to end the threat.
The second game got out of hand early as the Big Sticks (25-12) pushed across five runs thanks to four hits, two walks and a wild pitch. They added six more in the fifth on three singles, three walks and a Casper error.
Cruz, Mitchell Hulse and Austin Shadbolt each had one RBI for the Horseheads.