Bismarck Larks manager Sean Repay is tired of the “airheadedness” that cost the Larks a chance for its first winning streak in the Northwoods League on Tuesday.
The LaCrosse Loggers had 12 hits and the Larks had four bad base-running mistakes. The result was a 4-2 loss.
“We’ve got to clean up the airheadedness,” Repay said. “That wasn’t aggressive. It cost us three runs. We’ve got five losses and we should have won four.”
La Crosse starter Mason McMahon pitched 6 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits. He allowed a run in each of the first two innings but no more. Charlie Fletcher and Grant Ford cleaned up, allowing just one hit. Ford got the save.
The Larks helped the Loggers end a three-game losing streak with careless baserunning. The Larks had three runners thrown out at third or between second and third.
“We didn’t play very good tonight,” Repay said. “We’ve got to be consistent, which we haven’t been this year yet.”
Yahir Gurrola had three hits and drove in two runs for the Loggers. Nick Schranck had two hits.
Bismarck’s David Salguiero continued his torrid hitting in the second with a run-scoring double to left to score Michael Pereznegron. One night after going 3-for-4 in Monday’s 9-3 win, Salguiero went 3-for-4 again.
He has thrived since dropping to ninth in the batting order.
“I have always been leadoff my whole life,” Salguiero said. “I was pressing. It’s more relaxing. Just trying to do less.”
Repay said he dropped Salguiero in the order to make him more comfortable.
“We can get him to relax and turn it back over for us,” Repy said. “We’re going to kep running him out there in that spot.”
Noah Sadler, the Larks’ leading hitter, doubled home Wyatt Ulrich with Bismarck’s first run in the first inning. Ulrich reached on an infield single.
Bismarck starter Alex Ross worked out of trouble early, stranding five runners in the first three inning. But the Loggers pushed across two runs in the fourth to tie it. Nick Schrank singled and scored on Mike Ferri’s single that just got past the infield into right with two outs.
Gurrola doubled in Ferri. But for the third straight inning, the Loggers left two on base.
Nick Boyles replaced Ross to start the sixth inning and got two outs on six pitches. Then Ryan Mantle doubled and Gurrola followed with a single to give the Loggers a 3-2 lead.
Bismarck threatened to tie it in the sixth, but with two outs and the bases loaded, La Crosse's Kodey Lee picked Sadler off third base to end the inning.
LaCrosse extended the lead to 4-2 on Connor Perry’s two-out double in the seventh.
Repay said he wants to see a different team on the field tonight against Willmar in the first of a two-game series
“I’m definitely going to address tonight,” he said. “We need to clean up. We might be matcure but sometimes we tend to lapse.”