Express Drop Close One to Larks

Eau Claire, WI – The Eau Claire Express fell to the Bismarck Larks on Friday night by a score of 3-2. Despite this, the Express’ magic number dropped to five as the La Crosse Loggers lost to the Waterloo Bucks.

The Express struck first in this one, putting two on the board in the 2nd. Bismarck would tie things up in the 5th courtesy of a sac fly and an errant throw from the Eau Claire defense. Jake Hjelle (Minnesota-Crookston) gave the Larks the lead on a solo moonshot over the left-field fence. The Bismarck pitching was dominant after the 2nd inning, shutting down the Express offense for the remainder of the game.

Eau Claire returns to Carson Park for the final series of their six-game home stand as they take on the Minnesota Mud Puppies at 6:35 CT.


The Eau Claire Express are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Now in its’ 29th season, the Northwoods 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, 300 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at and on ESPN+. For more information, visit 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.