WATERLOO, IOWA- The Waterloo Bucks (38-33) put on an offensive clinic in a 17-2 demolishing of the Duluth Huskies (31-40) to stay alive in the North Division playoff race.
Zach Malis started the scoring outburst in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI single, he later scored when Dalton Hurd was caught in a rundown on a wild throw to right field. Staying hot at the plate, Jackson Goplen smoked a two-run double down the third base line and Drew Greenwood capped off first inning with a two-run homer over the left field wall. One inning of work is all that the Huskies starting pitcher Ian Cassidy (0-3) would see.
The Bucks were not satisfied with the early 6-0 advantage as Jay Schuyler delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the second, along with an RBI single from Deion Thompson making it 9-0 Bucks after 2 innings. A Duluth error followed by a bases loaded walk to Malis and another RBI base hit by Schuyler as Waterloo took an even more commanding lead of 12-0.
Ryan Dunne (2-2) was maginificent in a starting role again for the Bucks tossing six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts while only allowing three hits.
The Huskies pushed across two runs in the top of the seventh but Waterloo answered with a five-spot in the bottom half of the inning highlighted by a pair of single from Nolan Friedrichs and Jake Viaene.
21 hits is the second most hits in a single game in Waterloo Bucks franchise history.
The Bucks close out the regular season against the Duluth Huskies tomorrow, August 13 at 2:05 p.m. from 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.