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Loggers Storm Back To Beat Bucks 5-4

LA CROSSE, Wis.- The La Crosse Loggers (31-38) scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to edge the Waterloo Bucks (37-33) 5-4 to split the season series.

In the bottom of the third, David Villar brought across the first run of the game on an RBI sacrifice fly to right field.

Deion Thompson answered with a game-tying solo homer to right field in the top of the fifth inning. The score stayed that way until pinch hitter Drew Greenwood drilled a solo shot of his own over the right field wall handing the Bucks a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh.

The Bucks added two more runs in the top of the eighth inning on a Jake Viaene RBI double to the left center gap. Later in the frame, Viaene scored on a fielding error by Villar at third making 4-1 Bucks heading to the bottom of the eighth.

The lead did not last long as the Loggers quickly loaded up the bases against Bucks reliever Carlisle Koestler (0-3) and then Jorge Gutierrez sent a base knock to right field scoring two runs easily but the throw home bounced off of the foot of Kennie Taylor after his slide allowing Villar to score the game-tying run. Garrett Christman was intentionally walked and then Andrew Tanous punched the go-ahead RBI single to right field putting the Loggers back in front 5-4.

Grant Ford (2-1) stayed in the game late for La Crosse and struck out the side in the top of the ninth to finish off the Bucks.

Waterloo returns home to Riverfront Stadium tomorrow, August 12 at 6:35 p.m. against the Duluth Huskies in the first of a two-game series.

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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 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.