Article by Ian Grande
Stanley – The Stanley Blue Jays picked up a convincing 13-2 victory over the North Shore/Plaza-Berthold Wildcats in their home opener.
Senior Kaydin Meiers pitched a gem tonight for the Blue Jays, striking out 7 batters and giving up 0 earned runs in five innings.
“Meiers was excellent tonight, he had the North Shore batters guessing all game,” said Stanley Head Coach Cam Lentz.
Ryan Nesheim got the party started early for the Blue Jays, taking a high fastball deep to center-field for a three run home-run in the first inning. The Blue Jays would tack on 2 more runs in the inning to take a commanding 5-0 lead.
“Nesheim got us going tonight, his home run really set the tone and got our bats rolling,” said Lentz.
The Wildcats picked up a couple runs in the top of the second but they would get no closer than that.
The final nail in the coffin came when senior Logan Aadnes hit a bases clearing triple (which he scored on after a throwing error) in the third inning to put the Blue Jays up 11-2.
“We were a lot more relaxed today than we were against Watford City,” said Nesheim. “Everyone was a lot more comfortable today than they were last Friday and it made a big difference for us.”
More pictures: Stanley vs. North Shore (Photo Gallery)
The Blue Jays will be looking to get off to another strong start when they take on Des-Lacs Burlington tomorrow. “We just need to be focused and into the game right away, hopefully that will help us limit our errors and we will be in good shape,” said Aadnes.
Stanley 5 2 6 0 (13)
NSP/Berthold/Parshall: 0 2 0 0 0 (2)
Hits: Aadnes (3), Meiers (2), Nesheim (2), J. Anderson (2), Ruden, Bieri, Wenger, T. Anderson
Doubles: Meiers, Aadnes, Wenger
Pitching: (Stanley) Meiers 5 IP, 7K, 2R, 1H, 0 BB
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- See also: Stanley vs. North Shore (Photo Gallery)