(Photo Courtesy: Lyle Ripplinger)
Written By: Cody Shook, Larks Broadcaster
WILLMAR, MN– The Bismarck Larks bats came out swinging but after losing the lead in the sixth inning, the Larks weren’t able to get back into it and lost 10-6 in a tightly contested ball game. Now, 30-25 on the season and with the 5-14 second half struggles continuing, the Larks will look to turn things around with 17 games left in the regular season.
In the top of the 3rd inning, Braden Williams drew a leadoff walk, and later came around to score on a sacrifice fly hit by Ripken Reyes to give the Larks an early 1-0 lead. That score didn’t last long, as the Stingers battled right back scoring one run of their own in the bottom half to tie it up.
The Larks and Stingers scored two runs each in the 4th inning to make it a 3-3 ballgame. The big inning for the Larks came in the 5th inning when Kyle Stevens drove in Cristian Montes and then Williams drove in Nesbit and Stevens on an error made by the shortstop that ended up going into centerfield. The Larks led 6-4 after five innings.
Willmar’s bats then came alive scoring three runs in the 6th, one run in the 7th, and two runs in the 8th to come away with a 10-6 victory.
Corey Treyes took home the loss on the mound for the Larks after throwing two innings, striking out five batters and giving up three earned runs.
All-Star game starter, Hendry Rodriguez will be starting against the Stingers in game two of this series and he will look to get the Larks back on track in the second half.
The Larks lost 10-6 and are now 30-25 on the season and 5-14 in the second half. The Larks will take on the Stingers tonight at 7:05 before heading home for a six game home stand. 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.