Eau Claire, WI – Eau Claire won game 2 of their short series vs. the visiting La Crosse Loggers. The final score of this matchup came to 9-5 in favor of the Express.
Eau Claire starter Trey Felker (Montevallo) looked poised through five innings, as he gave up 2 earned runs on 3 hits with 4 strikeouts. The only speedbump in his outing was a 3-run third inning, where one run came across on a passed ball, and two more came on RBI singles. Tanner Sagouspe came in in the top of the sixth and finished out the game for the Express. His outing was equally impressive, throwing for 4 innings, giving up 2 runs on 2 hits, while striking out 7 batters.
Eau Claire, clad in their throwback Bear’s uniforms looked sharp at the plate on the night, and quickly got to work. Runs came early and often with 5 being added to the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning. These came across off the bats of Bronson Rivera (Hawaii), Brigs Richartz (St. Thomas), and Reed Latimer (UAB). Rivera and Richartz each notched two RBI on their second-inning doubles, and Latimer’s came on a single.
The Loggers made a push in the top of the third inning to bring the score within 2 runs, but that was as close as it would get for La Crosse.
Eau Claire kept the scoring going, as they added more runs in the third and fourth innings. Two runs came across in the bottom of the fourth when Marcus Cline (Tulane) hammered his second double of the day to the leftfield wall. His work at the plate and in the field earned him “Player of the Game” honors, as his contributions came at critical points of the ballgame.
The scoring cooled down for the Trains for a couple of innings, until Ryan Nagelbach’s Sac Fly brought in 1 in the bottom of the seventh.
Nine runs was all it would take for the Trains to get the win on the evening. With this win, the Express move to 36-29 on the season. They will look to keep the wins coming in their next matchup tomorrow night. Eau Claire will again play host, this time with the Willmar Stingers visiting. First Pitch will come at 7:05 pm CT, and the theme for the game will be Barbie Night. Be sure to swing out to Carson Park to take in the Baseball Barbie Dream House.
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 watchnwl.com and on ESPN+. 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.