Larks Take Game One Of Doubleheader
BISMARCK, N.D.- The Waterloo Bucks (31-24) tied the game early again but a grand slam by Connor Perry was the turning point in a 9-3 Bismarck Larks (26-28) victory in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Just like last night, the Larks scored first but this time it was an RBI double to right field from Ryan Anderson getting the job done. Also like the game last night, the Bucks tied it up 1-1 in the top of the second inning with Jake Viaene's RBI single dropped to left center.
The bases were loaded for Perry in the bottom of the second inning who blasted a go-ahead grand slam over the right field wall pushing the Larks in front 5-1. Zachary McLeod (0-3) recorded eight of his nine outs via the strikeouts but also allowed six earned runs over three innings of work.
Waterloo had its chances but left the bases loaded in the top of the third but did come through on an RBI single by Charlie Concannon and on a throwing error by Lark shortstop Copper Coldiron in the top of the fifth to trim the deficit to 6-3. Nick Boyles (3-2) tossed five innings and did just enough to earn the victory.
The Larks added a run in the bottom of fifth on an RBI sac-fly by Luke Waldek to right field. Two more insurance runs came across in the bottom of the eighth as the Bucks dropped back-to-back games at Bismarck by a final score of 9-3.
The two teams go back at it in the series finale tonight at 7:05 p.m.
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