(Photo Courtesy: Lyle Ripplinger)
Written By: Cody Shook, Larks Broadcaster
BISMARCK, ND– The Bismarck Larks dominated the St. Cloud Rox at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark to come away with a 12-2 victory. With the win the Larks improve to 24-11 and the Duluth Huskies lost their game tonight so the Larks and Huskies are tied with identical 24-11 records. The Larks hold the tiebreaker as they currently lead the season series 2-0.
Danny Kuhn earned the victory on the mound tonight for the Larks throwing a gem only allowing two runs over the course of eight innings. He struck out two batters and allowed eight hits but was able to force weak contact and get out of jams to earn his third win of the season.
In the bottom of the 1st inning, Cristian Montes got the bats rolling with a single and Ripken Reyes followed that up with a walk. Tristen Carranza hit a single into left field that scored Montes to make it a 1-0 game. Chase Coker followed that up with a double deep into centerfield that scored Reyes and Carranza. The Larks scored three runs in the first inning and that was all they needed in this one.
In the bottom of the 2nd Jacob Nesbit led the inning off with a hit by pitch. Wyatt Ulrich hit one of his three singles, before Montes hit a single into left field driving in one run. Michael Farnell drove in Ulrich on a single up the middle and Carranza followed that up with a single and his second run batted in. The Larks took a commanding 6-0 lead.
The hitting continued in the bottom of the 4th inning when Ulrich led the inning off with a single into left field. He would late score on a double off of the bat of Reyes. Montes walked after Ulrich got on base and he scored when Carranza drove in his third run of the game. Coker drove in his third run of the game when Reyes came around to score following a one out single into right field.
Reyes scored his third run of the game in the bottom of the 6th inning when Matt Warkentin hit a single into right field to take the 10-1 lead.
The Rox scored one run in the top of the 4th inning on a solo home run and they scored their second and final run in the top of the 7th inning.
Ulrich hit his first career home run in a Larks uniform in the bottom of the 7th inning and the crowd went absolutely wild. On the two-run home run, the Larks took the 12-2 lead.
In the top of the 9th inning, the game was called due to severe weather and the Larks came away with the victory.
The Larks won 12-2 and are now 24-11 on the season. Bismarck is now tied for first place with one game remaining in the first half. The Larks will be back in action tomorrow afternoon when they take on the St. Cloud Rox. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 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.