Duel Between Starting Pitchers Does Not Go Express’ Way
Eau Claire, WI – The Eau Claire Express (4-8) dropped the final game of a four game set with the Bismarck Larks. It was quite the pitchers’ duel at Carson Park as the Express lost 3-0 in 10 innings.
The final score is misleading as there was no score as the game headed into extras. Express starter, Justin Revels (Illinois-Springfield), and Larks starter, Bennett Wiggins were outstanding today for their ball clubs. Revels gave up his first hit in the fifth inning, going nine innings and giving up no runs. Revels had a tremendous start but ended with a no decision. Isaiah Davis (Fresno State) was roughed up in the 10th inning and would receive the loss. Davis would throw 0.2 innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on two walks. Phillip Sikes (New Mexico) entered to record the final out of the 10th inning, a backward K. Larks starter, Bennett Wiggins, would also throw nine innings and allow no runs on six hits and two walks, receiving the win. Colan Borchers would earn a save, shutting down the Express in the bottom of the 10th.
It got messy for the Eau Claire in the 10th inning. Larks’ Jacob Nesbit would lead off with a walk and would advance to second after Brandon Barna reached on an error by the third baseman. The damage was done when Carson Bartels was at the plate. He would get on base by a fielder’s choice, but an error by pitcher Isaiah Davis would allow both Nesbit and Barna to score. Bartels would end up at third base. In the next at bat, Bartles would score on a fielder’s choice hit by Cristian Montes.
The Eau Claire Express will now start a four game road trip with two games in Waterloo and two in Willmar. They return home on Thursday, June 14th for a 6:35 pm first pitch on Teacher Appreciation Night. The game is presented by the Career Development Center and Express T-shirts will be given away to fans (while supplies last)!
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.