The Eau Claire Express sent nine hitters to the plate in the first inning Friday in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

That’s just the way its been going for the North Division’s hottest team.

The Express plated three runs in the opening frame and another five in the fourth to put the Thunder Bay Border Cats away early in a 10-2 victory, the seventh straight for Eau Claire.

After Brian Mundell drew a bases-loaded walk, Lane Milligan knocked in a pair to make it 3-0. In the fourth, Mundell brought in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Milligan, Mike Barajas and former Old Abe Brady Burzynski added RBI singles. Mundell added an RBI single in the fifth and All-Star selection Daniel Salters capped the scoring with a sac fly in the ninth.

The Express finished with 15 hits, all singles except for a double by Salters.

Jeremy Bagnall went seven to get the victory, giving up two runs on four hits.

— Tyler Hermann and Daniel Salters have been named to the North Division team for the Northwoods League All-Star Game, which will be played June 22 in  Mequon.

Hermann, an Eau Claire North grad, is sixth in the NWL with a .342 batting  average. The utility man who plays college ball at  UW-Milwaukee also has three home runs, 14 doubles and 18 RBIs.

Salters, a catcher who plays at Dallas Baptist, is third on the team with a .310 batting average and is tied for third with 18 RBIs.


Express 10, Border Cats 2

Eau Claire (10)

AB-R-H-RBI: Jeff Hendrix, cf, 5-0-1-0; Mike Porcaro, 2b, 4-3-1-0; Tyler Hermann, 3b, 4-2-2-0; Daniel Salters, rf, 4-3-2-1; Brian Mundell, 1b, 4-0-2-3; Lane Milligan, dh, 5-1-3-3; Brent Gibbs, c, 5-0-0-0; Mike Barajas, ss, 4-1-1-1; Brady Burzynski, lf, 5-0-3-1; Jeremy Bagnall, p, 0-0-0-0; Matt Panek, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals 40-10-15-9.

Thunder Bay (2)

Jordan Serena, 2b, 3-0-0-1; Ty Blankmeyer, ss, 4-0-0-0; Robb Paller, rf, 4-0-1-0; Christian Correa, dh, 4-1-1-0; Tyler Rolland, lf, 4-0-0-0; Nick Studer, c, 2-0-0-0; Tyler Patterson, c, 0-0-0-0; Sal Taormina, 1b, 4-0-1-1; Cory Kay, cf, 3-1-1-0; Adam Collins, 3b, 2-0-0-0; Wes Helsabeck, p, 0-0-0-0; Zach Morganstern, p, 0-0-0-0; Tyler Lequire, p, 0-0-0-0; Nathaniel Leon, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals 30-2-4-2.

Eau Claire 300 510 001 — 10 15 4

Thunder Bay 001 001 000 — 2 4 1

E — Porcaro, Barajas 3; Blankmeyer. LOB — Eau Claire 14, Thunder Bay 6. 2B — Salters. SB — Kay. CS — Hendrix. SAC — Collins.

Eau Claire IP H R ER BB SO

Bagnall (W) 7 4 2 2 2 3

Panek 2 0 0 0 1 1

Thunder Bay

Helsabeck (L) 2/3 2 3 3 4 2

Morganstern 4 1/3 9 6 3 3 2

Lequire 3 2 0 0 1 1

Leon 1 2 1 1 0 0

PB — Gibbs. HBP — Hermann, thrown by Morganstern.