(Photo Courtesy: Lyle Ripplinger)
EAU CLAIR, WI – The Bismarck Larks traveled to Eau Clair to take on the Express in game one of a four game series and fell by a score of 4-1. Kip DeShields started on the mound for the Larks and allowed four earned runs in five innings of work.
The Larks struggled at the plate continued Wednesday at Carson Park with Justin Slaten on the mound for the Express. Topping out at 93mph for Eau Claire, Slaten continued his dominance from his first start of the summer into the game against the Larks. He finished with 13 strikeouts, allowing just one hit in eight innings of work.
The first hit of the game for Bismarck came off of the bat of newcomer Christian Montez in the top of the fifth inning. Montez would later steal a base before being stranded at second base.
The Larks would start a rally in the top of the ninth inning, getting three runners on base and scoring their only run of the game when Matt Warkentin scored on a double off of the bat of Kyle Stevens. The game would end with the tying run at the plate, on a hard line drive to a jumping shortstop.
The Bismarck Larks fall to 5-4 on the season but they will be back in action on Thursday against Eau Claire in game two of this four game series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
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 www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.