(Photo Courtesy: Lyle Ripplinger)
Written By: Cody Shook, Larks Broadcaster
BISMARCK, ND– The Larks and Eau Claire Express end in a tie 0-0 after a weather delay in the 7th inning. Matt Butler started on the mound for the Larks and had a no hitter after six complete innings and then the rain started to come down.
Butler struck out seven batters over the course of six innings and was dominant. He walked four batters, with two of them coming in the first inning. He then settled in and pitched three consecutive 1-2-3 innings.
The Bismarck bats were unable to get those timely hits that they needed. They left the bases loaded in the fourth inning after the inning got started with a single and a double and then two consecutive infield outs killed the Larks momentum.
Justin Slaten started on the mound for the Express and he pitched four innings and struck out four batters while not allowing a run to score.
The Larks tied 0-0 and are now 32-25-1 on the season and 7-14-1 in the second half. The Larks will be back in action tomorrow at 7:05 against the Waterloo Bucks in game one of a four game series. 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.