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Bucks Comeback Effort Falls Short

WATERLOO, IOWA- The Waterloo Bucks (35-32) rallied late but came up short in a 6-4 loss to the Willmar Stingers (38-29) on Monday, August 7.

Ryan Dunne in a no-decision struck out eight batters over five innings as Luke Chevalier (2-1) in a starting role took a no-hitter into the eighth inning.

The Stingers finally broke through off of Bucks reliever Carlisle Koestler (0-2) in the top of the eighth inning on a bases loaded walk by Harrison Schnurbusch and a three-run double to right center by Luke Becker putting Willmar ahead 4-0.

Waterloo cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run single to right center by Nicola Mislinski. Willmar answered right back when Brandon Downey when Josh Bissonette lined an RBI single and walked Carter Schmidt with the bases loaded making it 6-2 Stingers heading to the bottom of the ninth.

The Bucks did not go down without a fight in the bottom of the ninth with Drew Greenwood drawing a bases loaded walk and Jay Schuyler delivering an RBI sac-fly. Ultimately, Myles Smith (1) set down the Bucks before any serious damage occurred.

Waterloo tries to snap the five-game losing skid on Wednesday, August 9 in the season series final against Willmar at Riverfront Stadium at 6:35 p.m.

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