In baseball, a team must have quality pitching, defense and good hitting to back up the defensive play.
Anyone could make an argument that the Buckaroos had all three Tuesday night in their game against the Merkel Badgers, but unfortunately for the Bucks, it was Merkel who came away with a 3-1 win over the Bucks.
Following back-to-back walks that led off the top half of the first inning, the Buckaroo defense held their own as Merkel had two runners in scoring position, but held the Badgers scoreless.
A pitcher’s duel would follow with both teams being retired in order in the bottom of the first and the top of the second inning.
Merkel recorded the first run of the game in the fourth inning.
The Badgers added two runs in the sixth inning to lead 3-0, but the Bucks came back to score their lone run in the bottom half of the inning following an RBI single by Jared McLane to score Parker Landon.
Quinton Ellis led the Bucks hitting going two-for-four with two singles. Ellis also pitched all seven innings for the Bucks where he had seven strikeouts, two walks and allowed three earned runs on nine hits.
The Bucks will play at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in Comanche.