Duluth Beats Bucks, 6-4
The Waterloo Bucks couldn't hold off a late rally by Duluth and fell to the Huskies, 6-4, at Riverfront Stadium Thursday night (July 14, 2016).
The loss was a season-high fourth-in-a-row for Waterloo, which held a 4-3 lead after seven innings. Duluth tied the score in the eighth, plating its fourth two-out run of the game. The Huskies then secured the win with two runs in the ninth.
The Bucks (4-5, 26-18) took an early 1-0 lead with a run in the first inning. Matt Morrow reached on an infield single to begin the frame. Zach Weatherford then reached on a fielder’s choice, which resulted in Morrow being put out. Weatherford then stole second and later scored when Robert Neustrom pulled a single through the right side of the field.
Duluth (3-6, 21-24) took its first lead of the night with two, two-out runs in the second. Another two-out run in the third inning extend the Huskies lead to 3-1.
Waterloo narrowed the deficit to one when Adam McGinnis blasted a solo shot over the left field wall in the fourth inning. The home run for McGinnis was his team-leading eighth of the season and his Northwoods League-leading 41st RBI.
The Bucks regained the lead with a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the sixth. Weatherford started the frame with an infield single before Neustrom singled to right for his second hit of the day. Tyler Curtis put Waterloo back in front with a two-run triple off the left-center field fence, plating both Weatherford and Neustrom.
Derek Hendrixson (4-1) was charged with the loss for Waterloo in relief. The NWL All-Star pitcher allowed three runs on four hits, striking out two and walking one.
UP NEXT: The Bucks resume their four-game homestand on Friday (July 15), again hosting Duluth at Riverfront Stadium. The final meeting of the regular-season between the North Division rivals begins at 7:05 p.m.
Story Contributor: Jared Schlensky - Waterloo Bucks