(Photo Courtesy: Lyle Ripplinger)

Written By: Cody Shook, Larks Broadcaster

BISMARCK, ND– The Bismarck Larks bats showed up against the Mankato MoonDogs scoring 12 runs, coming away with a 12-4 victory. This was the first game at home since July 19, 2018 after six games on the road. The Larks are now 29-20 on the season and 4-9 in the second half.

Jacob Nesbit was the player of the night after a dominating performance at the plate recording two singles, one double, and one home run. He drove in six runs and scored two, accounting for eight of the Larks 12. Newcomer Cj Ballard scored five runs, recording three hits and one stolen base in his first start at Bismarck Municipal Stadium.

Joey Filosa started on the mound tonight for the Larks and he pitched seven innings, allowed four earned runs and struck out eight MoonDogs. He gave up two runs in the first inning to start the game in two more in the top of the 4th inning. After that he settled in and didn’t allow another MoonDog to reach base. He earned the win on the mound and Matthew Ponsiglione and Clayton Hill also continued the streak of 1-2-3 innings and finished it off with five straight.

The Larks scored one run in the first inning, three in the third, three in the fourth, two in the fifth, two in the seventh and one in the eighth. Ripken Reyes recorded three hits, drove in two runs and was a home run away from hitting for the cycle. Matt Warkentin added some flare in the bottom of the eighth inning when he hit a leadoff home run to give the Larks their 12th run.

Bismarck recorded 18 total hits and five extra base hits to help propel them to victory.

The Larks won 12-4 and are now 29-20 on the season and 4-9 in the second half. The Larks will be back in action tomorrow night when they take on the Mankato MoonDogs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Catch all the action on http://mixlr.com/larksbaseball/.


 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.


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