Willmar, MN – The Eau Claire Express (16-11, 35-40) defeated the Willmar Stingers (14-14, 36-28) at Bill Taunton Stadium on Saturday night. The Express came back after Willmar took an early lead to win 4-2.
Lakeland University Postgame Recap
The Stingers got on the board first after scoring one run on a walk, two stolen bases, and a single.
Cole Cabrera (Cal Poly) showed power to tie the game for the Express in the top of the 3rd inning. The sophmore blasted a solo shot over the left field wall to tie it at 1-1.
Eau Claire continued offensively by scoring 2 runs in the 4th inning. Nick Marinconz (Cal Poly) started with a single and was followed by a Brock Burton (Grand Canyon) single. Brandon Dieter (Stanford) came up with a huge 2 RBI triple to score both runners and give the Express a 3-1 lead.
The Express continued in the 6th inning. David LaManna (Notre Dame) walked and Marinconz singled. Dieter once again had a big hit, this time an RBI single to score LaManna.
Willmar added a run back in the bottom of the 7th inning on a solo home run which cut the Express lead to 4-2 which held as the final.
Tim Ewald (Dallas Baptist) got the start for the Express but could only go 1.0 innings. He gave up a run on one hit and one walk. Paul Petit (Minnesota-Duluth) was fantastic, throwing 6.2 innings and giving up just one run while striking out five. Peyton Sherlin (Dallas Baptist) entered for the last 1.1 innings and was scoreless, striking out three.
Eau Claire will continue on the road trip that will last through the weekend. They return home to Carson Park on Monday, August 5th for a 6:35 pm first pitch. It’s Bus’ting at the Seams School Supply Drive night! School is almost back in session and Student Transit want you to help them fill the bus with supplies for area schools. Check out our social media for a chance to uncover a special discount at tonight’s game.
The Eau Claire Express are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 200 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 (MIA). 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.