LARKS FINISH WITH A BANG
The Bismarck Larks sent out the 2019 Northwoods League season, and manager Sean Repay, with a bang on Sunday.
Brian Leonhardt, A.J. DiFillipo and Damon Lux launched home runs as the Larks routed La Crosse, 15-1.
DiFillippo went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs. Leonhardt had four RBIs and two hits. Lux went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a pair of runs as the Larks banged out 15 hits in all.
Brody Tanksley (2-5, 2 RBI) and Jack Chernow (2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI) also had multi-hit games for the Larks, who finished the season with an overall record of 32-40 and 12-24 in the second half. Clay Woeste stole his 47th base of the season, three shy of the Northwoods League record.
Drew Hensley earned the pitching win for the Larks, logging 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits with seven strikeouts.
Repay, the only manager the Larks have had in their three seasons, leaves for NCAA Division I Toledo to be an assistant coach this fall.
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MYSTICS ROUT LYNX
WASHINGTON (AP) — Emma Meesseman scored a season-high 25 points, Elena Delle Donne had 23 points and 10 rebounds and the Washington Mystics beat the Minnesota Lynx 101-78 on Sunday.
Aerial Powers added 20 points and Myisha Hines-Allen had 13 for the Mystics. Washington (17-7) has won three games in a row and eight of its last nine.
Ariel Atkins hit a 3-pointer that gave the Mystics the lead for good and sparked a 14-4 run that made it 25-16.
Odyssey Sims led Minnesota (12-12) with 20 points and eight assists.
The Mystics shot 54.8% (34 of 62) from the field and made 27 of 29 from the foul line — their season high for free throw attempts and tying their season mark for free throws made.
Washington, which leads the WNBA in scoring (87.3 points per game — more than five points higher than any other team in the league), scored at least 100 points for the third time this season.