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Loggers Take Series Opener

WATERLOO, Iowa – The Loggers rolled into Riverfront Stadium on a seven-game winning streak, and it continued after Sunday afternoon’s game.

The La Crosse Loggers (12-9) were being no-hit by the Waterloo Bucks (4-15) through three innings in a combined effort by Cameron Hagan, in his debut this season, and Anthony Pron out of the bullpen after Hagan was on a limited pitch count.

However, the fourth inning is where things would change. Luke Leto had his first base hit of the season for La Crosse, a 2 RBI triple to left field. The Loggers would add another in the frame off a sacrifice fly to lead 3-0.

But it was the fifth inning that really put the game away for the Loggers. A seven-spot off just one base hit. Most of the Logger runs came off errant pitching; past balls, wild pitches, hit batters and walks. It didn’t help the Bucks that two errors in the inning helped the Loggers around the basepaths.

The Bucks would score three times in the ballgame including twice in the bottom of the ninth, but the damage was done as the Loggers took the first of the series 12-3.

One key takeaway, however, Tyler Willis was ejected from the game in the bottom of the ninth for arguing that Tyler Douglas, who was said to have leaned into a pitch to get hit, should’ve been allowed first base.

Willis received a one-game suspension and will not be in the dugout for Monday’s series finale.

You can still purchase tickets to Monday’s game at waterloobucks.com. If you can’t make it out to the ballpark, you can stream the game on Watch NWL. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.