Box Score

St. Cloud, MN – The Bucks dug a hole for themselves early and were down seven runs before they could even bring a run across the plate. They were never able to comeback and fell to the Rox by a score of 9-4. St. Cloud has won the first three games of the five-game set to improve to 28-38 overall including 19-13 in the second half. They are now just a game back of the Willmar Stingers for first place. The blue and yellow find themselves 14-17 in the second half and 33-33 on the summer.

The Rox struck first in the 3rd inning for seven runs but it was with the help of the Bucks’ defense. The very first batter of the inning reached on an error by the third baseman. St. Cloud then went on to score seven runs with a sacrifice fly, two RBI singles, a three-run triple, and an RBI double. None of those runs were earned for the starter Jake Powers because the first batter reached by way of an error. Powers left after three innings to give way to Brett Andrzejewski.

Waterloo would get two back in their half of the 4th thanks to an RBI single from Jason Hockemeyer scoring Kevin Kaczmarski. The other run came when Connor McClain grounded into a fielder’s choice and brought in Sean Borman.

The blue and yellow scored two more in the 6th with an RBI double from McClain to score Davis Hendrickson and a run-scoring single from Benny Roberts to bring in McClain. The lead was 7-4 in favor of the home team at that point.

Ryan Doty came in to pitch in the 6th inning after Andrzejewski threw two shutout innings with one strikeout and one walk. In the inning, Doty made an error to bring in another unearned run and give the hosts an 8-4 advantage.

A solo home run from Boo Vazquez increased the Rox lead to 9-4.

After two innings pitched, Doty gave up two runs and then came in Shane Trattles to work the bottom of the 8th. He pitched a shutout inning but St. Cloud went on to win by a score of 9-4.

Powers takes the loss and falls to 3-2 while Zach Hirsch improves to 5-2 after the victory.

In other news, the Bucks waived pitcher, Tyler Foote.

Next up is game four of the series on Thursday with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. Keep checking into for all of your latest information on The Cedar Valley’s Home Team as the 2012 season winds down.