(Photo Courtesy: Lyle Ripplinger)
Written By: Cody Shook, Larks Broadcaster
THUNDER BAY, ON– The Bismarck Larks tied the game in the top of the 7th inning but a four run bottom half of the 7th for the Thunder Bay Border Cats was too much to handle for the Larks as they fell 8-4 and are now 27-18 on the season.
The bottom half of the order for the Larks came up big in tonight’s game scoring all four of the teams runs. Connor Bock went 2-3 with a home run and two runs scored. Braden Williams also scored two runs in a 1-3 performance.
Cruz Daddario started on the mound for the Larks and pitched six innings and gave up two earned runs and four total runs to earn his first no decision of the year. He struck out four and didn’t walk a single batter.
Daddario gave up one run in the bottom of the 3rd inning, two runs in the 4th inning, and one in the 5th inning. Every time the Larks scored a run, the Border Cats battled right back to always keep the lead.
In the top of the 7th inning, Bock hit his two run home run to tie the game 4-4. Interim Field Manager Dj Engle said “Bock’s home run was huge for us because it gave us momentum and put us back in the game.” The Border Cats rallied in the bottom half and scored four runs off of Walker Armstrong and Matt Munden.
Clayton Hill came on in the 8th to finish the game on the mound after the Larks stranded the bases loaded in the top half. In the top of the 9th the Larks had first and third with one out but then a double play ended the game.
The Larks lost 8-4 and are now 27-18 on the season and 2-7 in the second half. The Larks will be back in action tomorrow night when they take on the Thunder Bay Border Cats in the series finale. 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.