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Honkers Battle Back To Defeat Bucks 6-4

ROCHESTER, MN- The Rochester Honkers (19-21) overcame a three run deficit and held off a ninth inning comeback in a 6-4 win over the Waterloo Bucks (27-14) on Sunday, July 9.

The Bucks got off to a great start in the top of the first inning on a pair of RBI singles by Tyler Stover and Charlie Concannon.

Waterloo added onto the 2-0 advantage on a Drew Greenwood RBI sac-fly to left field in the top of the fifth.

Rochester had an answer in the bottom of the sixth when an error by the shortstop Deion Thompson helped a run score and a wild pitch from reliever Nathan Walker trimmed the Bucks lead down to 3-2 after six innings.

The big blow was in the bottom of the seventh inning on when Tyler Booth (0-1) walked in a run with the bases loaded and then Ethan Ibarra tied the game with an RBI single placed to right center. A couple batters later, Chris Ceballos delivered a two-run single making it 6-3 Rochester after seven innings.

Joe Wills (1-0) tossed three scoreless inning in relief and handed the game off to Garrett Cobb (7) who made things interesting by walking four batters in the top of the ninth as the Bucks got a run back. Zach Malis lined a ball hard to right field with the bases loaded but Jordan Hart made the catch to end the game.

The Bucks get a rematch with the Honkers tomorrow night, July 10 at 6:35 p.m. at Riverfront Stadium on Summertime St. Paddy's Day.

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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.