Brant Schaffitzel’s two-run single keyed a three-run rally in the eighth inning to lift the Bismarck Larks to a 3-2 victory over the Duluth Huskies Thursday night in Northwoods League baseball before 1,906 on a 100-degree day at Bismarck (N.D.) Municipal Ballpark.
The Larks (6-5) only had five hits on the day but got two in the eighth inning while taking advantage of three walks and an error issued by the Huskies. Duluth pitchers yielded seven walks on the day, the teams’ first game after the Northwoods League All-Star break.
Ben Gerl had a quality start on the mound for the Huskies (7-6) allowing only two hits and no runs in five innings, with five strikeouts and two walks. Richard Kiel added two innings of scoreless relief while Brett Paulsen had two of the Huskies’ four hits.
The Huskies pushed across an unearned run in the ninth but Bismarck closer Bret Barnett was able to survive the rally and pick up the win.
Former Northwestern High School product Jake Brill of Winona State saw his first action as a member of the Huskies, entering the game in the eighth inning in center field. In the meantime, the Huskies released All-Star reliever Eli Sundquist of Chisholm after he suffered an arm injury.
The same teams rematch at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark.