(Photo Courtesy: Lyle Ripplinger)
Written By: Cody Shook, Larks Broadcaster
ROCHESTER, MN– The Bismarck Larks struggles in the second half continued against the Rochester Honkers, as a six run inning in the bottom of the 1st gave the Honkers a lead that they would never give back. The Larks fell 9-7 in a high scoring affair that saw a lot of baserunners. With this loss the Larks are now 30-23 on the season and 5-12 in the second half.
Danny Kuhn started on the mound for the Larks and continued to pound the strike zone throughout an inning where the Honkers strung together six hits and scored six runs. Zach Jones came into the game in a long-relief role for the Larks in the second inning and he pitched 4.2 innings and only allowed one earned run, which kept the Larks in the game.
The hitting showed up to play against the Honkers, scoring seven runs on 12 hits and they continued to battle back the entire night before falling just short. Matt Warkentin hit a double and a two run home run to start the comeback. He scored two runs which led the Larks in last night’s game.
Tristen Carranza had three hits in five at bats and also drove in two runs. Only two hitters in the Larks lineup failed to record a hit but every hitter reached base at least once.
The Larks will have one more game in Rochester before heading home for three off days during the all-star break.
The Larks lost 9-7 and are now 30-23 on the season and 5-12 in the second half. The Larks will be back in action today against Rochester in the series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 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.