WATERLOO, IOWA- The Waterloo Bucks (36-32) bashed out eight runs on 11 hits to snap a five-game losing skid while defeating the Willmar Stingers (38-30) 8-3.
The Stingers struck first on an RBI double to left by Danny Rodriguez followed by a ground ball rolled to right field by Caleb Ledbetter good enough for an RBI single.
Jackson Goplen answered for the Bucks with a game-tying two-run single up the middle in the bottom of the second. Up next, Drew Greenwood hit a hard line drive right past the Willmar starting pitcher Cameron Churchill (1-6) who only lasted an inning and a third. At the top of the lineup, Dalton Hurd sent an RBI triple down the right field line and then Zach Malis drove him in with an RBI double. All of a sudden, the Bucks took control of the game 5-2 after two innings.
A fielder's choice off of a Drew Greenwood ground ball brought around another Buck run in the bottom of the third. Jared Crescentini (5-5) was efficient in five and a third innings of work and struck out two batters.
Luke Becker drove in a Stinger run on an RBI single making it 6-3 Bucks in the bottom of the sixth but throughout the game, Willmar would strand the bases loaded three times.
The bases were loaded by the Bucks in the bottom of the eighth leading to two insurance runs on an RBI bases loaded walk by Deion Thompson and a double play ball that plated Nicola Mislinski.
The Bucks stay in the North Division playoff hunt and play host to the La Crosse Loggers tomorrow night at 6:35 p.m. inside Riverfront Stadium.
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 180 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.