The Eau Claire Express are Great Plains East Sub-Division Champions!
After sweeping the Waterloo Bucks in a best-of-two game series over the course of Monday and Tuesday night the Express will now play for the Great Plains Championship Wednesday evening at Carson Park at 6:35 against the Willmar Stingers.
The Express won a nail bitter in Waterloo on Monday against the Bucks, besting the team from Iowa by a score of 2-1. David LaManna (Notre Dame) drove in Eau Claire's only runs of the ballgame in the fourth with a two-RBI single and was a part the Express's late-game heroic's, applying the tag at the plate for the final out of the ballgame. Nick Alvarado (Illinois-Springfield) went 6.2 innings and picked up the win in a fantastic outing at Riverside Stadium.
In Game 2, battling the wind and rain at Carson Park on Tuesday evening, the Express rolled out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning while sending 12 batters to the plate. Adding a run in the second inning, Eau Claire controlled the rest of the contest with a Northwoods League Pitcher of the Night performance from Craig Colen (Cal Poly), who tossed 6.2 scoreless innings and allowing just two hits. The Express claimed the first-ever Great Plains East Sub-Division Championship with a final score of 7-0.
Playoff Format Update
All sub-divisional series were swept by their respective winners in the first round of the Northwoods League Playoffs. The Great Plains and Great Lakes Championship games will all be single game series.
The Great Plains championship will be contested by the Eau Claire Express and Willmar Stingers at Carson Park Wednesday evening at 6:35.
The Great Lakes Championship game will take place in Traverse City, Michigan tonight with the Pit Spitters hosting the Madison Mallards at 6:05.
The eventual Northwoods League Championship will be hosted by the winner of the Great Lakes division at a date and time to be determined.
The Express were lifted by our fantastic crowd at Carson Park on Tuesday and need Express Nation to cheer them on again tonight! Tickets to Wednesday's home game at Carson Park can be purchased HERE and also at the Carson Park box office.
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Northwoods League Stories from August 14, 2019
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- Playoff Update - Eau Claire Express
- Mallards Compete against Traverse City for Great Lakes Championship - Madison Mallards
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