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Waterloo plates season-high 16 runs in dominant home win over Bismarck

The Waterloo Bucks (34-22, 11-11) produced their highest single-game run output of the season in a 16-7 drubbing of the Bismarck Larks (26-28, 8-11) on Saturday evening, beginning a six-game homestand on a fantastic note. Garrett McGowan (4-for-6, 5 RBI) smacked four hits and plated five RBI in his return to the lineup while Josh Kasevich (3-for-6, 4 R, RBI, ROE) and Max Jung-Goldberg (3-for-5, BB, 4 R, 2B, 2 RBI, SB) each scored four runs and collected three knocks. The Bucks moved into first place in the Great Plains-East Second Half standings with their dominant victory combined with a Duluth loss to Willmar, scoring five runs in the third, three in the second and two each in the first, fourth, seventh and eighth.

Harrison Durow earned his third win of the summer by tossing 5.0 innings of four-run ball, scattering seven hits and a walk while striking out two. The righthander threw first-pitch strikes at a 52.4% clip, firing 55 strikes on 87 pitches. Nolan Santos earned a 4.0-inning save, surrendering just two earned on five hits and a pair of walks while adding two punchouts.

Liam Critchett (1-for-1, 4 BB, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI) posted an incredibly productive night from the nine-hole, drawing four walks and belting a two-run homer in the fourth. Jackson Lyon (2-for-5, BB, 3 RBI) drove in three and gave the Bucks a multi-hit game while Tristan Gomes (1-for-5, BB, R), Dalton Chandler (1-for-4, BB, HBP, 2 R, RBI) and Jalen Smith (1-for-6, R, RBI) added a hit a piece as part of a 16-hit evening.

Waterloo went 9-for-21 (.429) with runners in scoring position and drew nine walks in the win.

The Bucks and Larks wrap up their season series on Sunday afternoon at 4:05 p.m. CST in Waterloo.