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Bats Explode Late in Bucks’ Win

St. Cloud, MN  The Waterloo Bucks have made a habit out of comeback victories this season but on Tuesday night they not only rallied late, but ended up blowing out the St. Cloud Rox. The Bucks' offense exploded the last two innings to erase a two-run deficit and go on for an 11-5 win before 1,577 guests at Joe Faber Field.

David Kerian had three doubles, including a clutch two-run game tying one in the eighth inning, while Eric Veghlan fired two scoreless inning to earn his first Northwoods League victory.

Trailing 5-3 entering the top of the eighth, the Bucks went to work against the St. Cloud bullpen after being stymied by starter Tim Faix. Against Ben Lumsden, Jon McAllister, Will Sparks and Kevin Kaczmarski had three straight singles to load the bases with no outs. St. Cloud then brought in closer Kevin Burgee but Kerian who roped a two-run double to the right field corner to tie the score.

Later in the inning, John Sternagel put the Bucks in front with a sacrifice flyout, but offense wasn't done rolling. Mikal Hill and Pat MacKenzie added RBI singles and the Bucks lead 8-5.

In the ninth inning, the Bucks would add three more on RBI hits from Connor McClain, Luke Stratman and Blake Berger to make the final 11-5.

In all, the Bucks scored eighth runs on 11 hits over the last two innings after being limited to only four hits before that.