Cal State-Fullerton’s Jackson Lyon went 3-for-5 with five RBIs and the Waterloo Bucks held on for an 8-6 victory over the Duluth Huskies in the first game of their best-of-three Northwoods League divisional baseball series Sunday before 229 at Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo, Iowa.
The Huskies trailed 8-3 before pushing two runs across in the bottom of the eighth inning and another in the ninth. They had the tying run come to the plate in the ninth inning before closer Zach Button got a strikeout and two flyouts to end the threat.
Nobody other than Lyon had a multihit game for the Bucks but Emi Gonzalez had a hit, run, two walks and an RBI. Gonzalez was also hit by a pitch, one of six issued by Huskies’ pitching Sunday. Another ugly element reared its head again Sunday as Duluth pitching also issued seven walks.
Bryan Broecker, Charlie Rhee, Calyn Halvorson, Mike Boeve and Michael Sarhatt each had two of the Huskies’ 11 hits, with Broecker hitting a home run, scoring two runs and having two RBIs.
The Huskies (30-39 overall) left nine men on base compared to 10 for the Bucks (43-250.
The same teams rematch at 6:35 p.m. Monday in Waterloo, with the Bucks needing just one more win to advance. If the Huskies win, the teams will play again Tuesday to decide who moves on.
Sunday’s game was actually considered a home game for Duluth even though it was playing Waterloo. Due to the Great Twin Ports Get-Together Sunday at Wade Stadium, all games in the series will be played in Waterloo.
The Huskies are in the playoffs for the first time since falling 2-1 to Fond du Lac in the NWL championship series in 2018.