TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Eau Claire Express only had so many options.
The feeling was universal after Wednesday night’s victory. The Eau Claire Express knew nothing about their opponent in today’s Summer Collegiate World Series, the Traverse City Pit Spitters.
Don’t worry Express fans. This train has one more stop.
The Eau Claire Express’ first playoff win of 2019 came down to the final pitch of the game.
Waterloo’s tying run stood threatening from scoring position. With two outs and a pinch runner on second, a single should have tied up the game. But Zach Gilles wasn’t ready for extra baseball.
Optimism wasn't high in the Eau Claire Express organization after suffering a two-game series sweep to Duluth at the start of the month. The losses pushed the Carson Park crew three games back in the win column of the subdivision-leader Huskies with just over a week to go in the season.
It’s a familiar sight for Eau Claire Express fans. Anybody who’s been to a game or two this summer has likely seen it.
The Eau Claire Express are heading to the Northwoods League playoffs.
The Eau Claire Express are a win away from clinching a playoff spot thanks to two players who won’t be around to see postseason action.
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It’s a Friday afternoon and Eau Claire Express manager Dale Varsho is sitting outside Carson Park on the phone.
Matt Bottcher had a chance to bring the Eau Claire Express all the way back from a four-run, ninth-inning hole.
If you build it, they will come. And right now, the Eau Claire Express are building a serious candidacy for a playoff spot.
After a less-than-ideal first season in Eau Claire, David LaManna had a sour taste in his mouth.
Sitting on the bench, David LaManna was ready to make his mark all night long.
The Eau Claire Express took over possession of first place in the Northwoods League’s Great Plains East Division Saturday without even needing a win.
The Eau Claire Express’ search for quality pitching will continue.
After 14 years, Eau Claire Express fans know what to expect when heading down to Carson Park for a game.
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It’s been a rough week and a half for Eau Claire’s Matt Bottcher.
Paul Petit was met with a crowd of familiar faces as he descended from the Carson Park press box Tuesday night. His family stood waiting for him to finish his radio interview, an obligation bestowed on the Eau Claire Express’ player of the game, after his strong debut on the mound.
The Stingers simply have Eau Claire’s number.
Nick Alvarado deserved better.
Eau Claire’s Vincent Martinez should have been out.
Clinging to a one-run lead with a runner just 90 feet away, the Eau Claire Express needed a strikeout.
The Eau Claire Express hung around all night, but in the ninth inning, the wheels came off.
Jack Brown got the chance Thursday to make his first start on the Carson Park mound since his dominant high school days with Eau Claire Memorial.
On a night when the offense broke out with five players collecting multiple hits, the Eau Claire Express’ pitching staff just couldn’t record outs. All four of the Express pitchers surrendered at least two runs in an 11-8 loss to the Thunder Bay Border Cats on Tuesday night in Thunder Bay.
Thunder Bay’s JJ Rolon scored from third on a wild pitch from Eau Claire’s Jack Brown as the Border Cats earned a 3-2 walk-off victory against the Express in ten innings Monday.
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Cole Cabrera was a man on a mission Sunday afternoon in Thunder Bay. The Hawaiian outfielder hit a pair of homers and single-handedly outscored the Border Cats with five RBIs in Eau Claire’s 9-3 victory.
The Eau Claire Express defense didn’t get much work in Saturday. It has Tanner Kohlhepp to thank for that.
A shaky night from the bullpen almost cost the Eau Claire Express, who allowed the tying run to reach scoring position in the bottom of the ninth. But Rece Finck avoided disaster and the Express picked up a 10-8 victory over the La Crosse Loggers on Friday night in La Crosse.
The Eau Claire Express pitching staff only had a couple of shaky moments on Thursday.
When Jonathan Worley stepped onto the mound for the Eau Claire Express on June 19, 2019, he thought he was ready to finally let it fly.
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A tough loss in the final game before the Northwoods League All-Star break will leave a sour taste in the Eau Claire Express’ mouth for a moment.
The Eau Claire Express scored eight runs in the fourth inning to secure a one-sided 11-3 victory against Thunder Bay and move back into first place in the Great Plains East.
Noah Denoyer made his final appearance of the season for the Eau Claire Express on Friday night. The All-Star sophomore will be transferring to Oklahoma State next season and is leaving the Express just after the All-Star break.
A lion’s roar erupted out of Nick Alvarado as the Eau Claire Express’ starting pitcher walked off the mound in the top of eighth.
The Eau Claire Express didn’t wait long to settle the score on Wednesday.
Every young baseball player dreams of one day stepping out onto a Major League field. Young boys imagine that moment when tens of thousands of fans peer down on them waiting for the next pitch.
The timely hit had evaded the Eau Claire Express for much of Monday night’s contest.
Express fall in Duluth
It was close through six, but a pair of runs in the seventh and a breakout five-run eighth inning proved more than enough for the Eau Claire Express to down the Duluth Huskies 9-1 on Saturday night in Duluth.
Eau Claire Express outfielder Zach Gilles had a breakout 2019 season at Central Michigan. The Chippewas hired a new head coach and it was freeing for Gilles, who hit hit .351 with 57 runs scored, the fourth most in the Mid-American Conference. He became one of the MAC’s best players and it s…
The Eau Claire Express put up three runs in the first inning and never looked back, cruising to a 9-2 victory over the Mankato MoonDogs on Monday night in Mankato.
The Eau Claire Express came all the way back in the ninth inning, scoring six runs in the final frame to earn a walk-off 6-5 victory against Duluth Sunday at Carson Park in a game delayed over three hours due to rain.
It’s Wednesday June 6, 2018 and Dalton Roach is waiting for a phone call. It’s taken years to get to this moment and now all he can do is wait.
A confounded look swept across the scoreboard operator’s face. She had never dealt with this before. The box meant to show the Express’ fourth inning score showed a nine, but it was wrong and there was no fix.