WATERLOO – A late rally fell short as the Waterloo Bucks dropped their first Northwoods League game of the season, 7-6, to the Willmar Stingers Friday at Riverfront Stadium.
After taking an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, Waterloo saw Willmar strike for three in the second and eventually build its lead to 7-3 after 6 ½ innings.
But in the bottom of the seventh, Jalen Smith scored on a wild pitch and Levi Usher came home on Oraj Anu’s sacrifice fly. Then in the eighth, Patrick Ferguson hit a home run to pull the Bucks to within 7-6.
Waterloo had the game-tying run at second when Willmar finally closed the door.
Charlie Hesse delivered a two-run single in the first to provide the Bucks their early lead.
Willmar 7, Waterloo 6
Willmar 030 102 100 — 7 5 0
Waterloo 200 010 210 — 6 9 0
Cameron, Brand (4), Scott (6), Davidson (8), Thompson (9) and Johnson. Kuehner, McGowan (2), Meredith (4), Miller (5), Graf (7), Radford (9) and Kiernan. WP – Brand (1-0). LP — . Save – Thomson (1). 2B – Will: Johnson. HR – Wat: Ferguson.
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