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Published On: July 24th, 2023

La Crosse, WI – The final game of the series spelled trouble for the Eau Claire Express, as they were handed a loss, courtesy of the La Crosse Loggers. The final score came out to 3-7.

This game started with some hiccups for Eau Claire when La Crosse scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. 3 of the 4 came on a home run from Designated Hitter Troy LaNeve. As the game moved along, another 3 runs were added to La Crosse’s total when they started the scoring back up in the bottom of the 3rd inning.

Starter Jake Ammann (Dakota County Tech) was the man on the mound for the first 3 innings. Subsequent relievers were Nick Fitzanko (Missouri-St. Louis) and Rigel Verciglio (UIC). Where Ammann struggled, Fitzanko and Verciglio excelled, as no runs were added past the 3rd inning.

It took a while for Eau Claire to leave their mark on the scoreboard, as the Trains’ first runs came in the top of the 7th inning.

New Express fielder Marcus Cline (Tulane) led the team at the plate, going 2-4 with an RBI. Eau Claire could have used a few more hits on the night though, as they only were able to manage 6.

The Express will be back at home following the La Crosse series, in a matchup vs. the Minot Hot Tots. First pitch for this contest will be thrown at 6:35 pm CT, and the game will be played at Carson Park. It will be Princess and Superhero night here at the ballpark, so be sure to stop out, dress up, and join in the fun!



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’ 30th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 24 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 325 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.