Bucks Demolish Express For Series Sweep
WATERLOO, IOWA- The bats stayed hot for the Waterloo Bucks (23-11) in a dominant 14-2 win over the Eau Claire Express (14-20). The 14 runs is the most runs scored in a single game by the Bucks this season.
Dalton Hurd led off the bottom of the first inning with a double to left field and he was brought around on an RBI sacrifice fly by Jay Schuyler for the game's first run. The very next batter Tyler Stover delivered an RBI single to give the Bucks an early 2-0 advantage.
Also in the bottom of the first, Eau Claire right fielder Dominic Clementi dove for a foul ball down the right field line and slid head first into the wall in foul territory. Clementi was taken to a local hospital and was last reported to be alert undergoing tests.
The Bucks scored again in the bottom of third on a two-run single to left center by Brandon Gutzler in his Northwoods League debut. Right after him, Drew Greenwood slammed a two-run double to right as the Bucks led 6-0 after three innings.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Tyler Stover continued his hot start to the year with a two-run homer over the left center field wall. Four innings would be all for the Express starting pitcher Gerry Salisbury (2-1).
Waterloo never took the foot off of the gas pedal as Deion Thompson contributed an RBI single to left field in the bottom of the fifth and two bases loaded walks made it 12-1 Bucks.
The Express scored in the top of the fourth and sixth innings on an RBI groundout and RBI single respectively by Ty Greene.
Two more runs were tacked on for the Bucks in the bottom of the sixth as Jared Crescentini (2-2) was dealing in six and two-thirds innings of work. The Waterloo right hander did not allow any walks and struck out three while only allowing the two runs.
The Bucks are on the road tomorrow, July 3 visiting Copeland Park at 7:05 p.m. to take on the La Crosse Loggers.
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.