(Photo Courtesy: Lyle Ripplinger)

Written By: Cody Shook, Larks Broadcaster

WILLMAR, MN– A clutch two out single in the top of the 9th inning gave the Bismarck Larks a 3-2 victory over the Willmar Stingers. The Larks are now 31-25 on the season and 6-14 in the second half.

Jacob Nesbit started a two out rally in the top of the 9th inning with a single up the middle and the Cj Ballard singled into right field which advanced Nesbit to third base with two outs. On a 1-0 count, Braden Williams hit a single into left field to take a 3-2 lead late in the game.

Hendry Rodriguez started on the mound for the Larks and gave up two runs in 5.2 innings. A solo home run in the bottom of the 3rd inning got the Stingers on the board and in the bottom of the 5th inning, a double deep in the gap scored the Stingers second run.

In the top of the 5th inning, Cristian Montes stepped up big for the Larks hitting a two-run home run that scored him and Williams who hit a one out single into centerfield.

Two Larks made their season debuts against the Stingers, Scott Meylan and Dominic Arias both pitched in relief and struck out a four combined batters while only allowing one hit over 3.1 innings.  Arias was credited with the win on the mound and in the bottom of the 9th inning, Chris Roycroft came on to get the three out save. He struck out one batter in his shutdown inning to secure the victory for the Larks.

The Larks won 3-2 and are now 31-25 on the season and 6-14 in the second half. The Larks start a six game home stand tonight against the Eau Claire Express with a scheduled start time of 6:05. 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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