Second Half Struggles Continue

(Photo Courtesy: Lyle Ripplinger)

Written By: Cody Shook, Larks Broadcaster

BISMARCK, ND– The Bismarck Larks gave up five runs in the first inning and were unable to take the lead in this afternoon’s game as the Willmar Stingers came away with the 5-4 victory at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark. The Larks fall to 25-16 on the season and 0-5 in the second half.

The story in today’s game was similar to last night’s game as the starting pitching struggled early and then the Larks bullpen came on in relief and didn’t give up another run.

Danny Kuhn started on the mound for the Larks and gave up five runs in the first inning, allowing 11 batters to come to the plate, four hits, and three walks.

Walker Armstrong pitched five innings for Bismarck and didn’t allow another run to cross the plate. Zack Jones, Chris Roycroft, and Colan Borchers all pitched in relief for the Larks and kept the Stingers at five runs.

Tristen Carranza scored the first run of the game for Bismarck after hitting a one out single and later scoring on a single off the bat of Jacob Nesbit.

The Larks had a chance to tie the game up in the bottom of the 9th inning after Carson Bartels, Wyatt Ulrich, and Braden Williams all scored. Nesbit came up with runners on first and third base with two outs and the tying run being 90 feet way, Nesbit grounded out to end the game.

The Larks lost 5-4 and are now 25-16 on the season and 0-5 in the second half. The Larks will be back in action tomorrow night when they will take on the Willmar Stingers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Catch all the action on


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