Photo: Lyle Ripplinger

LA CROSSE, WI– The Bismarck Larks fell to the La Crosse Loggers in a high scoring game 9-6 and fall to 11-8 on the season. The Larks hit three home runs in Saturday’s game but weren’t able to keep the Loggers off of the scoreboard. With this loss, the Larks fall into a three way tie for third place in the Northwoods League standings.

Bismarck put up three runs in the first inning, starting with a one out walk to Ripken Reyes and then Kyle Stevens put one over the left-field wall to put the Larks up 2-0. The next batter, Chase Coker, then hit a solo home run to go up 3-0. The Loggers would plate one in the bottom half to make it a 3-1 score.

The big inning came in the bottom of the third inning when the Loggers were able to push across five runs and take the 6-3 lead.  “We’re playing good baseball for seven of the nine innings every night,” said Larks Assistant Coach, DJ Engle. “We need to start eliminating those bad innings that are hurting us.” The Loggers would add two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the 8-3 lead but the Larks never gave up.

Matt Warkentin hit his first home run of the season in the top of the sixth inning to cut the gap to 8-4. The Larks scored two more runs in the top of the seventh inning to make it a 9-6 ball game.

After Sunday’s game with La Crosse the Larks will head home and have their first off day of the season. “This off day coming up will be big for us physically and mentally,” Engle said. “These guys aren’t used to playing every single day and they will need that day off to relax and have some fun off the field.”

“Tomorrow’s game is huge for us because it will be a morale booster and we still haven’t put all three phases of the game together,” Engle told the Larks.  “When we do, we are capable of a long winning streak” said Engle.

The Larks lose by a score of 9-6 and are now 11-8 on the season. They will be back in action tomorrow night against the La Crosse Loggers, with first pitch scheduled for 5:05PM.

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Written By: Cody Shook, Larks Broadcaster


 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 or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.


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