Eau Claire, Wis. – The Eau Claire Express (3-5) were back in action this morning for game two against the Thunder Bay Border Cats (2-6) at Port Arthur Stadium. After last night’s win, the Express looked to sweep the Border Cats in the series finale. Eau Claire would come through with a 7-2 victory.
The Express started the game with a huge six run first inning. The first three Express batters would reach on walks. Zach Gilles (Central Michigan) would score on a wild pitch and Spencer Myers (Notre Dame) would follow suit, scoring on a wild pitch in the next at bat. After a hit by pitch, Thunder Bay’s starter, Omar Maldonado, would be pulled from the game. Even then, the Border Cats’ pitching staff would continue to struggle to find the strike zone. Adam LaRock (MATC) would draw a bases loaded walk, scoring Nic Ready (Air Force). The highlight of the inning was a Zac Stange (Winona State) two RBI single that scored Tommy Gillman (Midland JC) and Phillip Sikes (New Mexico). The final run of the inning would come after a passed ball. The Express would score once more in the top of the 6th inning off a Nic Ready sac fly that would score Jordan Wilson (UW Stout).
Express starter, Josh Gaworski (Concordia-St. Paul), would throw five solid innings, giving up only 1 earned run on four hits, three walks, and five strikeouts. The right handed pitcher would earn the win. Rece Dietrich (Duluth) worked out of the bullpen, tossing four innings. He would allow one run to score on five hits, one walk, and one strikeout.
The Express will before return home for a 6:35 pm first pitch on Wednesday, June 6th, against the Bismark Larks. It will be Buck Night at Carson Park. This includes $1 hot dogs, $1 small sodas, $1 domestic beer and $4 wine for the first three innings!
Season tickets and 5-Game Packs are on sale now. 5-Game Packs include a reserved seat, Express jersey, Express hat, Express mug, and unlimited food and beverage for $70. Click here to purchase your 5-Game Pack online and we will contact you about your seats. You can also call us at (715)839-7788. Jersey sizes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
The Eau Claire Express are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in 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 former 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 portal. For more information, visit www.eauclaireexpress.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Express as your favorite team.