WATERLOO, IOWA- After a 17 minute rain delay in the middle of the top of the ninth inning, Zachary McLeod slams the door for the Waterloo Bucks (21-11) 6-4 victory with two strikeouts as the Rochester Honkers (16-15) had the tying run at the plate.
Zach Zubia started things off with a bang for the Honkers with a two-run blast to left field in the top of the first.
Down 2-0 early, the Bucks knew they had to play catch up, they did that and then some in the bottom of the second inning. Ian Nelson tied the game on a two-run single down the first base line into right field. Hunter Sullivan (3-1) walked in another run and then Tyler Stover punched a single to the outfield to score another but Jay Schuyler was thrown out at home to end the inning with the Bucks now ahead 4-2.
In the bottom of the third, John Cable smashed an RBI double over the center fielder's head to make it 5-2 Bucks after three innings.
Ryan Garcia (2-0) threw five innings again for Waterloo, only allowing two hits while striking out six batters.
In the top of the sixth, Jordan Hart led off with a solo homer to right field off of Bucks reliever Tyler Booth. Zubia did the same thing in the top of the seventh inning on a solo bomb to dead center off of Ryan Dunne. The two solo shots kept Rochester in the hunt trailing 5-4.
Waterloo added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth inning when Keaton Presley was thrown out trying to steal second but Dalton Hurd sped home at the same time to score.
Heavy rain started pouring down in the top of the ninth inning with one out and two Honker runners on just as McLeod (2) was brought in out of the bullpen. After the 17 minute delay, McLeod struck out pinch hitter Chris Ceballos and then got Ryan Fitzpatrick on a check swing appealed to the first base umpire to end the game.
The Bucks continue the three game home stand tomorrow, July 1 against the Eau Claire Express at 6:35 p.m.
The Waterloo Bucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 160 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.waterloobucks.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Bucks as your favorite team.