Larks Out Hit in Mankato

(Photo Courtesy: Lyle Ripplinger)

Written By: Cody Shook, Larks Broadcaster

MANKATO, MN– The Bismarck Larks took an early 5-1 lead but were unable to make it stick as the Mankato MoonDogs came alive in innings 5-8 and eventually took the game 9-6. The Larks have dropped three straight games and are now 36-31-1 overall and 11-20-1 in the second half.

Carson Bartels stepped into the batter’s box to lead off the game and he did something that no Lark has done all season, and that was hit a leadoff home run to give the Larks and early 1-0 lead. Unfortunately for the Larks that lead didn’t last long as the Mankato leadoff man hit a triple down the right field line and then the next batter hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game 1-1.

The Larks didn’t stop there though, in the top of the 2nd inning, Bismarck put together a rally scoring three runs. Bartels drove in two with a double in the gap that one hopped the wall. Taking the 4-1 lead after two innings, Dominic Arias settled in on the mound for the Larks, not allowing another run to score till the bottom of the 5th inning.

Ripken Reyes got in on the action in the top of the 4th inning with a single up the middle scoring Jack Feely to take a 5-1 lead.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, a three run home run off the bat of Kyle MacDonald brought the MoonDogs closer.

In the top of the 6th inning, the Larks would add their final run of the game and take a 6-4 lead.

The MoonDogs scored two runs in the 6th, two runs in the 7th, and one run in the 8th inning to go on top 9-6 and dominate pitching coming out of the bullpen shut down the Larks in the back half of the game.

The Larks lost 9-6 and are now 36-31-1 on the season and 11-20-1 in the second half. The Larks will finish the remainder of the regular season schedule starting later today against the La Crosse Loggers starting at 7:05. Catch all the action on


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