Larks dominate in all facets, taking Game One against Minnesota 8-2

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June 7, 2024 – Northwoods League (Northwoods)
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(BISMARCK, ND) – Three Larks made an immediate impact in their debut, with five hits, four runs and three RBIs.

After Larks starter Corey Braun (Ole Miss) retired the side to start the game, Bismarck’s batters collected five straight hits and scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Alex Alva (University of Jamestown) threw a ground ball to the second baseman and advanced to third base on a heads-up play after Tye Wood (University of New Mexico) singled in his first at-bat in a Larks uniform. Northwoods League batting average leader Theo Bryant IV (Tennessee Tech) drove in Alva on a single for the game’s first run. CJ Richmond (Western Michigan) drove in a run on a single in his first at bat of the summer and Kyle Hvidsten followed with an RBI single of his own.

Bismarck added a run in the third after Tye Wood led off the inning with a single and a stolen base. After the next two batters were retired on groundouts, Kyle Hvidsten provided his ninth RBI in just three games on a single for the left fielder.

The Hot Tots would eventually reach starter Corey Braun in the fourth inning, earning their first hit on an infield single by Matthew Maulik (University of St. Thomas). After Maulik was eliminated on a fielder’s choice, Minot drove in two runs on three consecutive singles by Lincoln Berry (Minnesota State University Mankato), Colin Gibson (Dakota County Technical College) and Nick Ibrahim (SIU Edwardsville). With Gibson on third base and Ibrahim on second base, Gavyn Schacher (Maryville University) hit a line drive to the Larks’ third baseman, Michael Davinni (University of Utah), who stepped on third base and shot to second base to make a 5-4 inning ending. doubles.

After escaping the jam in the fourth, Corey Braun surrendered just one extra base runner in his remaining three innings of work. Braun recorded a Larks season high in strikeouts with 11. The Ole Miss Rebel earned the win, playing strong seven innings, allowing just one earned run, four hits and a walk.

Bismarck added four insurance points in the final frames, scoring two in the sixth and two in the seventh. Kyle Hvidsten walked with one out in the sixth and Joey Baran (Western Kentucky) singled for his first hit of the season. With two outs in the inning, Mathis Meurant (University of Arizona) lifted a ball to right field that almost cleared the right field fence, but landed at the top of the ivy lining the fence for a ground-rule double. The Larks sent five consecutive runners to the plate after recording the first out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Tye Wood reached on a hit-by-pitch, and Theo Bryant IV drew his team-leading 12th walk of the season. CJ Richmond hit his first of many extra-base hits, scoring two runs on a double down the right field line.

Haldon Craig (Doane College) replaced Corey Braun in the eighth and slammed the door shut in the ninth, retiring the side and striking out four.

With the win, the Larks take sole possession of first place in the Great Plains West Division, one game ahead of the Wilmar Stingers and 1.5 games ahead of third-place Badlands Big Sticks. Game two between the Minnesota Mud Puppies is scheduled for first pitch at 6:35 p.m.

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