Larks attack early and often against the Border Cats


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BISMARCK, ND – A six run lead going into the second inning was all that pitcher Cruz Daddario needed to give the Bismarck Larks the win over the Thunder Bay Border Cats. The Larks were able to tack on four more runs throughout the game to get the 10-1 victory at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark.

“I think it went well,” Daddario told the Larks. “It was my first start in awhile. It felt good.”

On the mound, Daddario pitched five straight 1-2-3 innings to start the game and that gave all of the momentum to the Larks throughout the game. Daddario pitched 7.2 innings, allowing just three hits, one unearned run, while striking out eight batters and not allowing a single walk.

“I couldn’t have scripted it any better,” said Larks Head Coach, Sean Repay. “To come out and have another good start from our starting pitching again. I keep saying Carlos at the tone yesterday. I think Daddario then put it up another notch. No pressure on Kip DeSheilds tomorrow when he starts.”

A déjà vu moment occurred in the bottom of the first when Wyatt Ulrich, Carson Bartels and Mike Farnell all got on base in the exact same ways as game one against Thunder Bay and that propelled the Larks into scoring six runs in the first inning. The first hit of the game didn’t come until Ulrich’s second at-bat of the first inning when he hit a single into centerfield that scored Brandon Barna. Tristen Hudson got in on the action in the first with a sacrifice fly that brought in Jacob Nesbit.

Kyle Stevens got the fans on their feet in the bottom of the second inning with the Larks first homerun of the season over the left field wall. Nesbit followed that up with a single into centerfield and a stolen base. Nesbit later scored on a single off of the bat of Barna.  Stevens scored again in the fourth inning to give the Larks their ninth run of the game. Tristen Hudson got on base in the seventh inning on a double into right field and later scored on an Ulrich fielder’s choice to the shortstop.

The Larks will be back in action tomorrow night against the Duluth Huskies with a scheduled 7:05 start time. The Huskies are 1-1 on the early season after a split with the Mankato Moondogs. The Larks and Huskies will play on Thursday and Friday before hitting the road for the first time on Saturday against St. Cloud.


The Bismarck Larks are a proud affiliate of the Northwoods League, the proven leader in development of elite college baseball players. The Larks mission is to use FUN to make a difference in the lives of our families, businesses, players, and communities we serve. This is accomplished with a commitment to putting fans first and providing high quality family entertainment at affordable prices. In 2017, the Larks sold out 27 of their 36 home games in Bismarck Municipal Ballpark, home of Dakota Community Bank and Trust Field, and were named the Northwoods League’s Organization of the Year.

The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 190 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.


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