WATERLOO, IA (WAOW) - Same story, different day. Less than 24 hours after a three run second was enough to beat the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, a four run second held up as the Waterloo Bucks defeated the Rafters 4-3.
Rafters starter Damon McCormick tore through a 1-2-3 first inning, but ran into trouble in the second. McCormick allowed a single and a walk mixed in with two outs, but was unable to nail down the third, instead surrendering back to back singles to plate two. A ground ball to short appeared to spell the end of the inning, but took a bad hop over shortstop Matt Cornwell's head for a two run scoring error. When the dust settled the Bucks led 4-1.
"In the second I really was worried too much about the outcome," McCormick said. "After that though I was able to settle in and just start pitching. With that mindset I had more success." McCormick allowed four runs, just two earned over five quality innings. Over his last three innings of work he allowed just a walk and two hits. The comeback attempt began in the sixth. Cody Koback smashed a single to center that bounded over the head of the centerfielder and rolled to the wall, allowing Koback to take third. Matt Cornwell picked up his second RBI of the season with a run scoring grounder. Jay Fanta singled, then motored from first to third on a base hit from Brian Embery. Dan Olinger grounded out to bring Fanta home and pull the Rafters within one.
Wisconsin Rapids brought the excitement to new heights in the top of the ninth putting runners on first and third with two out. But when Joey Bergless was thrown out trying to move into scoring position, the Rafters went down to their second defeat. For the second straight night the Bucks couldn't solve the riddle of the Rafter's bullpen. After quality efforts Thursday from Mitch Running and Steve Godawa the bullpen has compiled nine scoreless innings to start the season.
Courtesy: Rafters Press Release