Bismarck, ND – The second half of the Northwoods League season is underway, which means the All-Star game is approaching fast. We are excited to announce that starting pitcher Tyler Steele is the first Lark in team history to be named to the North Division All-Star team!
This season, Steele has been one of the most consistent starting pitchers on the team. In his seven appearances (six starts), Steele has pitched to a 3-1 record with a 2.89 ERA. He has 21 strikeouts this season compared to only 10 walks.
On June 15, Steele was named the Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night when he earned the win in Willmar against the Stingers. Steele threw 8.0 innings and allowed four runs, only one of which was earned. He surrendered just six hits and did not issue a single walk.
There are a number of other Larks who came up just short in the All-Star voting, but their first-half accomplishments still merit recognition.
Mitch Gallagher has been a staple in the top of the Larks lineup since joining the team in Eau Claire on June 9. On the season, Gallagher has 33 hits, seven doubles, two home runs, 12 RBIs, and his .333 batting average is currently in the top 10 in the Northwoods League.
Jeff Lindgren held down the fort in the back end of the Larks bullpen in the first half. In 13 relief appearances, Lindgren has pitched to a 1-1 record and a 3.37 ERA with four saves, 18 strikeouts, and just five walks.
Micah Beyer went on an absolute tear in the first half before leaving the team for an accounting internship he had lined up since last October. In his five starts, Beyer pitched to a 3-0 record on a stellar 0.75 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 36 innings. Beyer was named Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night in each of his final two starts and finished his season with three consecutive scoreless outings that spanned 22 innings.
Steele is set to throw this Sunday, July 9, against the St. Cloud Rox. Limited tickets are still available, so get to larkstickets.com so you can see Steele in his final home start before the All-Star Game on July 18.
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The Bismarck Larks are apart of the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year old summer collegiate 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 170 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). 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