Connor McNallan had his first start with the Bismarck Larks rained out after one inning a week ago. He came back the next day to pitch four more innings in a loss to Rochester.
On Saturday, McNallan and reliever Jake Carslen outlasted the rain, lightning and La Crosse Loggers to post a 6-4 Northwoods League win at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark.
McNallan (1-0) pitched 6.1 innings, scattered nine hits and gave up four runs to lead the Larks (14-21, 30-40) to their second straight win. Bismarck wraps up its inaugural season today against the Loggers at 3:05 p.m.
“I just came out and threw a lot of fastballs early and attacked the zone,” McNallan said.
Carlsen tossed the last 1.2 innings before umpires stopped the game after eight innings with lightning around the ballpark.
“I don’t know what’s up with that. They haven’t had rain here all year and as soon as I get here two starts and two rainouts,” McNallan said. “You just got to battle through it and hope the bullpen picks you up after the rain.”
Carlsen picked him up, but there was no coming back after the rain. After a 53-minute delay, the game was called.
The Larks picked up where they left off on Friday, scoring two runs in the first and three in the second. They scored 10 in their last at-bat Friday.
Jeff Mayes and Wyatt Ulrich each singled off La Crosse starter Ryan Anderson to lead off the first and came around to score. Luke Horanski drove in Mayes and Ulrich scored on a wild pitch.
Mayes, Horanski and Bismarck’s Ryan Anderson drove in runs in the second inning.
Ulrich was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Horanski drove in two runs.
Scooter Bynum and Philip Jacobson had two hits apiece. Jacobson scored twice and Bynum drove in a run.
Anderson the pitcher lasted just four innings and gave up five runs for the Loggers (17-19, 31-39). He was replaced to start the fifth by Johnny Croley, who gave up Bynum’s run-scoring
McNallan coasted into the sixth inning with a four-hitter and a 5-1 lead. But the Loggers scored three times on four hits. Two of those were bloopers over the infield by La Crosse’s eighth and ninth hitters. Another was an infield single to short.
He got one out in the seventh but left with runners on first and third. Carlsen came on and retired two batters to preserve the 5-4 lead.
David Villar had three hits, including a double, and Dashon Moore had three hits and drove in two runs.