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Playoff Hopes Dashed on Season’s Final Day

WILLMAR, MN The Waterloo Bucks quest for a second consecutive postseason appearance came up short with a 5-1 loss at the Willmar Stingers on Sunday night eliminating the team from playoff contention. Earlier in the day Eau Claire had defeated Mankato, opening the door for the Bucks to get in with a victory but it wasn't meant to be as Waterloo saw their season come to a mathematical end on the final day of the season.

However, despite the loss and missed playoff appearance the Bucks did finish the season with 45 victories and even with a constant roster turnover that resulted in 49 different players on the field the team ended the year with the third best overall record. Over the course of two seasons the Bucks have won a league-best 96 games and either been in the playoffs or been playing meaningful games all the way through.

On Sunday night, the Bucks failed to capitalize on a pair of bases-loaded, no-out situations in the fourth and fifth innings and that proved to be the team's undoing. Willmar scored a pair of runs in the fourth and sixth inning and added another in the seventh to run away. A Pat MacKenzie RBI single gave the Bucks their lone run.