Daulton Varsho went 3-for-5 with 5 RBI as the Eau Claire Express beat the La Crosse Loggers 8-2 on Saturday.
La Crosse (7-7, 24-26 overall) has now lost five of its seven games against Eau Claire this season. The Loggers now trail Mankato by 2.5 games in the Northwoods League North Division standings.
Eau Claire took a 2-0 lead after the first inning on a Alex McKenna home run. The Express scored again in the fifth before Varsho drove in two with a double in the eighth and three more with a homer in the ninth.
Grant Fennell provided La Crosse's only run-scoring hit, a 2-run double in the eighth inning.
The series continues Sunday night at Carson Park.