WILLMAR (MN) The Waterloo Bucks scored 16 unanswered runs to erase a 6-4 deficit and crushed the Willmar Stingers 20-7 at Bill Taunton Stadium on Thursday night. Connor McClain had three hits and seven RBI, while Marcos Calderon added five RBI.
Chesny Young scored five runs and Pat MacKenzie reached base in six of the seven plate appearances he had. Kyle Pollock launched a three-run first-inning home run, his third of the season.
Waterloo set season-high’s in runs (20) and in hits (16) and earned their 11th consecutive victory which matches the franchise record that had stood alone since June 1996.
Seven of the nine batters in the line-up had a hit, and everyone scored at least once.
On the mound, the bullpen was once again lights out. Steve Maher threw 3.1 innings of hitless relief to earn the win. J.D. Moore also threw a scoreless inning out of the bullpen while Blake Hickman fired the ninth inning.
Trailing 6-4 after three innings, the Bucks reclaimed the lead in the fourth with four runs on a two-run single from Calderon and a two-run single from McClain.
Waterloo added another McClain RBI single in the sixth and led 9-6 before the route really got going in the seventh.
Aided by a fatigued Willmar bullpen throwing three walks and hitting a batter, the Bucks scored five times in the seventh to take a 14-6 lead. Waterloo added six more in the eighth inning to lead 20-6.
The Singers snuck out a run in the ninth to close the gap to the final score of 20-7.