The La Crosse Loggers entered Tuesday night’s Northwoods League game with Bismarck having won eight of their last nine games.
Suddenly, the team was making a push for postseason spot.
The Larks put the brakes on the Loggers — at least for a night — by rallying for a 11-8 victory over La Crosse before 2,630 fans at Copeland Park.
The loss dropped La Crosse to 13-14 in the second half, 27-34 overall.
La Crosse jumped to a 4-0 lead after three innings, but Bismarck touched La Crosse Ryan Anderson for four runs in the fourth inning to tie the game, then added one in the fifth and two more in the sixth for a 7-4 lead.
The Larks continued to punish La Crosse relievers Jason Seever and Andrew Owen, scoring four more runs in the seventh.
The Loggers would answer with two runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
David Villar and Ryan Mantle each had two hits to power the Loggers’ eight-hit attack. Mantle drove in two runs, as did Jeremy Ydens. Jake Hirabayshi also drove in a run for La Crosse.