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Published On: June 10th, 2015

Eau Claire out hits Lakeshore but outscored by five runs

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One inning made the difference in the outcome on Tuesday night at Carson Park as a 5-run 3rd inning was all the Lakeshore Chinooks needed to down the Eau Claire Express 6-1.

Bryce Hensley got the start for the Express and gave up 5 runs, 4 of them earned, on 5 hits in 3 innings pitched to take the loss in his first start of the season. He also struck out 4 batters.

After walking the first two batters, Hensley allowed three straight Lakeshore singles which game them a 3-0 lead. After a costly error by third baseman Daulton Varsho which allowed another run, the Chinooks capped off the inning with a sac fly to make it 5-0. Express Field Manager Dale Varsho said that inning crippled their chances at a victory.

“Well usually you can’t have that bad of an inning in this league, that’s the tale of the game tonight,” said Varsho. “Bryce threw well the first two innings, third inning he got in a little bit of trouble, and then the floodgates opened up.”

Tyler Jones scored the lone Eau Claire run with a monster home run off the left field foul pole to lead off the 4th inning.

Left-hander Hayden Krimmer came in for relief and pitched 5 innings of one-hit baseball. The one hit he surrendered however was a home run. He said he got called up and was able to do his thing.

“I was doing a good job keeping them off balance. Mixing in the slider and changeup mainly,” said Krimmer. “Just not pitching backwards and not throwing the same things in the same counts.”

Eau Claire falls to 5-10 on the season with the loss. The Express have an off day tomorrow where players get some time to relax or visit their families if they are from nearby. As for Varsho, he doesn’t plan on thinking about tonight’s game at all on his day off.

“Hopefully fishing with my youngest tomorrow,” said Varsho. “Not sure if we can get the boat out or not. So that’s the key.”

The Express return home on Thursday, June 11 to battle the Thunder Bay Border Cats. That game is set for 6:35 p.m. and is sponsored by Career Development Center where there will be an Express T-shirt Giveaway. Listen to all home and away games live on Mix 98.1.