EAU CLAIRE- The Waterloo Bucks last game of the season was a nail biter, as the Bucks topped the Eau Claire Express, 7-6, thanks to a three-run home run by catcher Josh Lyon.
The Bucks started out strong with Willie Argo scoring in the first. But the Express quickly answered back scoring five in the next few innings. With several unanswered runs, Waterloo rallied in the top of the eighth, scoring three.
The eighth inning was full of big hits and surprises for the Bucks. In the top of the inning, Pat Stover hit a huge double which brought in one run. That was followed by Troy White’s double which put another point on the board, and Christian Griffiths single brought in a third for the inning. A surprise pitching change occurred in the bottom of the eighth, when pitcher Eric Juliene was replaced by shortstop Michael Giller, who took the mound for one inning and also got the win.
At the top of the ninth, the Bucks were still behind 6-4. With two outs, Giller hit a single, and Stover walked, putting two ducks on the pond for Lyon. The count was 2-1 when Lyon cranked a three-run home run, putting the Bucks ahead 7-6.
Closer Dennis Chachko replaced Giller in the bottom of the ninth. He struck out one and received the save for the Bucks last game of the regular season.