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Express Rally Falls Short Against La Crosse

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Eau Claire, WI – The Eau Claire Express (14-17) found themselves down early against the La Crosse Loggers (14-17). After attempting an 8th inning rally, the Express fell short and the Loggers won 6-3.

Lakeland University Postgame Recap:

Scoring was kept to a minimum in the first 6 innings of the ballgame. La Crosse scored just one run in the 1st inning and another in the second. That 2-0 score would hold through 6 in the ballgame. The Loggers added two runs in the top of the 7th inning and one run in the 8th to take a 5-0 lead.

Eau Claire got on the board in the bottom of the 8th inning. Sam Kohnle (Winona State) got things started with a lead off double. Cole Cabrera (Cal Poly) followed with a walk. After a pitching substitution for the Loggers, Connor Laspina (Flagler) walked to load the bases. Kohnle scored on a sacrifice fly hit to center field by Matt Bottcher (Illinois-Chicago). Phillip Sikes (Pima CC) drove in the two base runners on a 2 RBI single to left field.

Even though Express starter Colt Mink (Flagler) received the loss, he had a strong outing. The junior went 6.0 innings and gave up two runs, one being earned. Kuster Kinlecheenie (Montevallo) pitched the 7th inning, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks. Jonathan Worley (Stanford) tossed the final two innings and also gave up two runs on two hits.

Eau Claire heads on the road tomorrow evening to take on the Loggers at Copeland Park in La Crosse in the final game of this home-and-home series. They will return to Carson Park on Saturday, June 29 to face the Duluth Huskies at 6:35 pm. It’s Cheese Curd Appreciation Night! Wisconsin and cheese curds, is there any better combination? Carson Park will feature awesomely cheesy jokes and cheese curds concessions all night long. We can’t wait to see you there!

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