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Waterloo piles up 15 hits in 10-3 homestand-opening win over Willmar

Five Waterloo Bucks (21-10) produced multi-hit games while the lineup pounded out 15 base hits in a 10-3 win over the Willmar Stingers (15-18) on Friday night, opening the Bucks’ four-game homestand with a victory. Chris Seng (3-for-4, BB, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Jalen Smith (3-for-5, R, RBI) each had three hits while Ryan McNally (2-for-4, R, 2B, RBI), Drew Bianco (2-for-4, R, RBI, 2 SB) and Johnny Tincher (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI) added two apiece. Waterloo went 9-for-14 (.643) with runners in scoring position and turned a season-high three double plays to limit the Stingers to just three runs on 10 hits.

Cameron Repetti won his third game of 2021 with a 6.0-inning gem, scattering eight hits and just one walk to allow three runs while striking out four. The righthander threw 79 pitches, 50 for strikes, and rebounded well from a two-run first to showcase his highly-competitive stuff by going a career-high six frames.

Trailing 2-0 in the home half of the second, Tincher and McNally cracked back-to-back singles before scoring on a two-out game-tying two-run Blaine Marchman (1-for-3, BB, R, 2B, 2 RBI) double blasted to right.

The Bucks blew the game open in the third as Seng drew a leadoff walk and Smith lined a single to right, then two batters later Reuben Church (1-for-4, R, RBI) skipped an RBI single off the Stingers shortstop to plate the speedy Seng and move Smith to third. Tincher singled home Smith, then McNally ripped a double down the rightfield line, scoring Church. Bianco closed out a four-run third with a rocket RBI single back up the middle.

One more came across for Waterloo in the fourth as Sam Biller (1-for-4, R, 2B) doubled and scored on a throwing error.

Now holding a 7-3 lead entering the bottom of the sixth, Bianco led off with a single and stole second before scoring on a Seng two-out single. Seng moved to third on a throwing error at the end of the scoring sequence, crossing home one batter later on a Smith RBI single roped into center. The Bucks tallied their final run in the eighth as Blaine Marchman walked and later scored on Seng’s third hit of the night.

Logan Jones (1.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB), Amir Asghar (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB) and Blaze Pontes (1.0 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 3 K) closed things out with a combined 3.0 scoreless innings of relief.

The Bucks and Stingers wrap up their series on Saturday evening at 6:35 p.m. CST at Riverfront Stadium.