WILLMAR, MN- The Willmar Stingers (27-23) were consistent at the plate in a 11-4 victory over the Waterloo Bucks (28-22) to complete the two-game post All-Star break sweep.
Nolan Bumstead went yard in the bottom of the second inning helping the Stingers strike first 1-0. In the very next inning, in the bottom of the third, Josh Bissionette let loose on a three run shot off of Zachary McLeod (0-2) who lasted four innings in his third start of the season.
The Bucks cut the early deficit in half in the top of the fifth on a Zach Malis RBI single and Dalton Hurd's effort beating out a double play ball at first base. Nick Lackney (3-1) threw a crafty five innings while his only real blemish was the two runs.
Willmar answered right back with a two-run double down the right field line by Bumstead. Deion Thompson kept the Bucks in it with an bouncing two-run double down the third base line in the top of the sixth inning, but that would not go unanswered either as Luke Becker tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth on a sac-fly to left field.
Two more runs scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the seventh and from there the Stingers continued to put insurance runs on the board until it was an 11-4 final score.
The Bucks return home to Riverfront Stadium tomorrow, July 22 on Pink-Out Night against the Thunder Bay Border Cats 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.