(Photo Courtesy: Lyle Ripplinger)

Written By: Cody Shook, Larks Broadcaster

DULUTH, MN– The Bismarck Larks lost by a score of 8-7 after a bases loaded walk off hit by pitch gave the Huskies the victory in the bottom of the 9th inning. The Larks are now 28-19 on the season and 3-8 in the second half.

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, the Duluth Huskies got on the board first scoring two runs off of starting Larks pitcher, Danny Kuhn. It was a double in the right center field gap by the nine hole hitter that scored the two runs.

The Larks battled back immediately in the top of the 3rd inning scoring two runs to tie it up. Jacob Nesbit drove in Cj Ballard on a single to right field and then Carson Bartels came around to score later in the inning on a wild pitch.

Kuhn gave up one run in the bottom of the 4th inning and the Larks were able to bounce back again coming up big in the top of the 5th inning. Ripken Reyes hit a double into the left center field gap scoring Bartels. Tristen Carranza would then join the action hitting a double of his own which scored Reyes from second. Two batters later Matt Warkentin hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Carranza and give the Larks a 5-3 lead.

The big inning for the Duluth came in in the bottom of the 5th inning when they were able to scratch across four runs and take a 7-5 lead.

Bismarck tied it up in the top of the 7th inning, when Connor Bock hit a single into right field that scored two runs and made it a 7-7 game.

The scoring would stop there for the time being for the Huskies as Corey Treyes came on in relief for the Larks and was dominate in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, the Huskies loaded the bases and on a 0-2 count, Clayton Hill hit Michael McCann which allowed the game winning run to cross home plate.

The Larks had double digit hits again this season but this time they weren’t able to come away with the victory.

The Larks lost 8-7 and are now 28-19 on the season and 3-8 in the second half. The Larks will be back in action tomorrow night when they take on the Duluth Huskies in the series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 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.

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