Bucks Take Control Early, Cruise To Win At Duluth
A four-run second inning sparked the Waterloo Bucks to a 7-2 victory at Duluth Sunday afternoon (June 11, 2017).
Keaton Presley broke the game open with a bases-loaded triple down the right field line, which brought three runners home. Pressley then scored on Christian Boulware's groundout.
Duluth (6-7) cut the deficit to 4-1 in the bottom of the second, scoring on a bases-loaded walk.
The Bucks (9-4) later built a 6-1 advantage, responding with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Third baseman Zach Malis brought two teammates home with a base hit to right field, one of three singles he'd have on the day while going 3-for-4 at the plate.
Following his performance against the Huskies on Sunday, Malis leads the Northwoods League with 20 hits. His team-best .408 batting average is among the fifth-best in the 20-team circuit. The sophomore from Grand Canyon University in Arizona also leads Waterloo with 12 runs batted in through 13 games.
Starting pitcher Anthony Ruden (1-0) recorded the victory for the Bucks, his first of the season. Ruden allowed six hits, walked four Duluth batters and struck out two in 6.1 innings on the mound.
UP NEXT: The Bucks finish their four-game road trip in Minnesota on Monday, against facing the Huskies in a 6:35 p.m. game at Wade Stadium in Duluth.