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Published On: July 20th, 2023

Waterloo, IA – The Express split the 2-game series with the Bucks in Waterloo with a Wednesday loss of 3-9.

The Bucks started the scoring, pouring on runs in the 2nd inning. They kept it going through the 6th inning, adding at least 1 more per inning to keep their foot on the gas.

With the Bucks in the driver’s seat, the Express were left playing catch-up in a game that didn’t stay too close. Eau Claire put up 1 run in the 3rd inning on a Ryan Nagelbach (UIC) RBI single, scoring Kaden Galason (Belmont). Nagelbach brought another two across the plate in the 7th inning, when his single to the centerfielder brought in Galason and Matt Dworsky (Oakton).

Nagelbach’s runs were all that came in for the Express in the game.

The pitching rotation included 5 arms for the Express, with Tyler Schmitt (UW-La Crosse) starting the game. Schmitt threw for 3 innings, and then gave way to the rest of the Trains hurlers. Each subsequent pitcher lasted 2 or fewer innings en route to giving up 9 runs on 10 hits.

The Express will look to get another 2nd-half win this Thursday where they will be back at home vs. the La Crosse Loggers. First pitch will come at 6:35 pm CT at Carson Park, and the theme for the night will be Ladies Night. Ladies, be sure to stop out at the park and enjoy discounted drinks, fun activities, and a great evening of baseball!



The Eau Claire Express are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Now in its’ 30th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 24 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 325 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at and on ESPN+. For more information, visit 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.