Waterloo, IA – The Eau Claire Express (1-0) took game 1 of the 2019 postseason over the Waterloo Bucks (0-1) in a 2-1 victory at Riverfront Stadium.
Lakeland University Postgame Recap:
The 4th inning saw all the game’s scoring. The Express plated 2 runs in the top half of the frame. Cole Cabrera (Cal Poly) led off with a double and Zach Gilles (Central Michigan) followed with a single. David LaManna (Notre Dame) had the huge 2 RBI single to give the Express a 2-0 lead. Waterloo responded by scoring a run of their own in the bottom half, but could only manage the one run in the Express 2-1 victory.
After a lull in the action, Bucks made the game interesting in the bottom of the 9th inning. A leadoff double put the game tying run in scoring position. The runner attempted to come home on a base hit, but Express left fielder, Zach Gilles, gunned him down at home plate to record the final out of the ballgame.
Nick Alvarado (Illinois-Springfield) was fabulous in his start. The junior went 6.2 innings and earned the win after allowing just one run on four hits and one walk. Kuster Kinlecheenie (Montevallo) closed out the game and earned the save in 2.1 scoreless innings.
Playoff baseball will return to Carson Park on Tuesday, August 13th in Game 2 of a best-of-three series. The Express will take on the Bucks with a 6:35 pm first pitch. Tickets to Tuesday’s home game at Carson Park can be purchased HERE.
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The Eau Claire Express are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.eauclaireexpress.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Express as your favorite team.