The Waterloo Bucks overcame a three-run, ninth-inning deficit. Then, Matt Paciello sealed the victory with a two-run home run in the 10th inning, pushing the blue and gold past the Lakeshore Chinooks, 7-5, in the series finale at Kapco Park in suburban Milwaukee on Saturday (June 11, 2016).

Zac Sanders started the 10th with a four-pitch walk before Paciello lifted his second home run of the season just over the left field wall, putting the Bucks up for good and extending their winning streak to seven games. After blowing the save in the bottom of the ninth, Derek Hendrixson (2-0) shut the door on the Chinooks with a perfect bottom of the 10th.

Trailing 4-1 at the start of the ninth, Sanders and Paciello each singled off Austin Jones to open the frame. After Daniel Perry struck out for the first out of the inning, Jake Hand reached on a fielding error by third baseman Alec Olund, loading the bases for Waterloo. Tyler Curtis then struck out before Robert Neustrom made it 4-2 with a two-out, bases-loaded walk off southpaw Brandon Baker, bringing in Sanders from third. After Luke Sommerfeld came in for Baker, Adam McGinnis gave Waterloo its first lead of the night with a bases-clearing double to left-center.

Leading 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Royce Ando kept the game alive with a two-out double to right-center before Joe Duncan evened the game at 5-5 with an RBI double down into the left field corner, bringing around Ando.

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Lakeshore (5-7) quickly led 2-0 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first. Duncan recorded the first of the game with a leadoff double to left before Olund reached on a walk. Zac Taylor made it 1-0 with an RBI single to left, bringing around Duncan from first. Darius Sewell moved both baserunners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt before Tim Dal Porto doubled the Chinooks’ lead with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Olund.

Lakeshore increased their lead to three with a two-out run in the third. After Patrick Boyle retired the first two hitters of the inning, Sewell doubled to left before Dal Porto drove in his second run of the night with a double of his own to left.

Owen Miller extended the Chinooks’ lead to 4-0 with a solo home run off the bottom of the video board on the first pitch of the bottom of the fourth.

Waterloo (10-2) got on the board with a run in the seventh. Sanders led off the inning with a double past a diving Olund at third. Paciello then advanced Sanders to third with a groundout to the right side before Perry cut the Chinooks’ lead to 4-1 with an RBI groundout to the shortstop Miller.

Boyle went six innings for the second straight start on Saturday and retired eight in a row at one point. The southpaw allowed four runs on six hits, striking out four and walking a pair. Tim Mulvey took over for Boyle in the seventh, facing the minimum in his only inning of relief. Nick Hynes tossed his first scoreless inning of relief in the eighth. Hynes walked one and struck out one over one inning.

Sommerfeld (1-1) was charged for the loss in the series finale. Sommerfeld went 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, striking out two and walking two.

UP NEXT: The Bucks return home on Sunday (June 12) for the start of a three-game homestand. First pitch against the Kenosha Kingfish is at 3:35 p.m., with gates opening at 2:30 p.m.

Story By: Jared Schlensky - Waterloo Bucks​