DULUTH, MN Nick Deckert fired six quality innings in leading the Waterloo Bucks to an 8-2 victory over the Duluth Huskies at Wade Stadium on Thursday night. Deckert allowed two runs on five hits while striking out three and walking none to pick up his second win in a Bucks' uniform and more importantly give the team a good start to a six-game road trip.
Will Sparks had three hits and two RBI to pace the Bucks' offense.
Waterloo took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on RBI doubles from Sparks, Kevin Kaczmarski and a RBI single from Connor McClain.
Duluth cut into the lead with a pair of runs in the third but Deckert wouldn't be tagged for any more runs in his outing and eventually the Bucks pulled away with a five run seventh inning. Pat MacKenzie had a two-run single, along with RBI singles from Blake Berger, McClain, Sparks to put the Bucks in front 8-2.
Relievers Nick Veale and TJ Peterson combined for three scoreless innings on the mound to complete the victory.
The Bucks improve to 7-0 this season against Duluth.