The Bucks squeaked out a close one on Friday, beating the Beetles 8-7. The Beetles had 17 hits on the night, three more than the blue and yellow but were stranded 11 runners on base. The Bucks scored runs in seven innings, including two runs in the 8th which turned out to be the game winning runs.
Kevin Kaczmarski drove in Benny Roberts in the 1st inning and Thomas Lindauer hit an RBI double in the 2nd, putting the Bucks up 2-1. After a scoreless 3rd inning, the Bucks offense got going again and scored runs in the next five innings.
Nico Zych singled home Jordan Adams in the 4th inning and then the Bucks showed off their power with three solo home runs in the next three innings. The home runs included Austin Barrett’s fourth, Roberts’ sixth, and Kevin Kaczmarski’s team leading seventh home run of the season. This would put the Bucks up 6-2.
The Beetles would not go quietly as they put up five runs in the bottom of the 7th to take a 7-6 lead. Three of those runs came off a home run hit by the home team’s Robert Case.
The visitors would come right back in the top of 8th to take a one run lead. Roberts was able to reach on an infield single to shortstop and Barrett drove himself and Roberts in with his second home run of the game and fifth home run of the year.
Kellen Camus gave up two hits in the 9th but stranded both runners, giving the Bucks the win.
On the mound, Derek Lamacchia started the game for the Bucks and went 5.1 innings, striking out two and walking three. He gave up just two runs. Mikey Ramirez came out of the bullpen and went 1.1 innings, giving up five runs on four hits. The third pitcher was Chris Dunn, who was credited for the win in his 0.2 innings of work, giving up one hit and no runs. Camus did get the save in his 1.2 innings on the hill.
The Bucks play the Beetles once again tomorrow with first pitch set for 7:05 pm. Remember to check out waterloobucks.com for all your latest Bucks information.