The Bucks pitching shut down the Honkers on Saturday, winning by a score of 3-1. The Bucks took two of three from the Honkers and are now 14-14 in the second half, three and a half back of the Stingers for first, though the Stingers are still playing and are winning. The Honkers fell to 10-18 in the second half and are in last place.
The Bucks got two of their runs right away in the 1st inning, with no hits. Thomas Lindauer was able to draw a walk and was advanced by a fielder’s choice hit by Benny Roberts. Dan Sheppard was hit by a pitch and Kevin Kaczmarski walked to load the bases. Sean Borman then drew another walk to score one run and Jordan Adams hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score another, giving the Bucks their 2-0 lead.
The visitors had their opportunities to score runs but left runners on base repeatedly. In the 2nd, Connor Cline struck out the last batter to strand two runners. In the 3rd, the bases were loaded with no outs but Cline again got out of the inning with no runs given up. Two more were stranded in the 6th and a diving catch by Davis Hendrickson in the 6th helped to strand an additional two. Cline ended up going five and two-thirds innings, giving up no runs with five strikeouts and six walks.
The next runs would not be scored again until the 7th inning when the Honkers cut the lead in half with a homer over the centerfield wall. The Bucks would get the lead back to two in the bottom of the inning when Sheppard drove in Thomas Lindauer from second. This would be the last scoring in the game with the Bucks winning 3-1.
Jake Powers was the first relief pitcher on the night and went two and one-third inning, giving up one run with three strikeouts and one walk. Kellen Camus finished off the game, pitching a perfect 9th inning and earning the save.
The blue and yellow have Sunday off and then travel to St. Cloud on Monday for a five game set. Remember to check out waterloobucks.com for all your latest Bucks information.