Friday evening’s matchup against the Eastland Mavericks had all the making of a great game of baseball.
But in the end it was the Buckaroos who came up on the short end of a 3-2 loss despite a solid effort to  upset the District 7-2A top seed.
Friday’s game also had it’s share of unusual events for the Bucks.
Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the game had to be stopped for a broken water valve that was broke as a result of a foul ball during Mykal Abila’s at bat with two outs.
After a 20 minute delay to turn off the water supply, play resumed and the Bucks ended the inning with a groundout.
By playing the top seed in the district close, head coach Pat Yarbrough says the team can now use the game as a confidence booster.
Eli McLane applies a tag to Eastland s J.D. Coffee at second base during Friday s 3-2 loss to the Mavericks. Coffee was ruled safe on the play.
Eli McLane applies a tag to Eastland s J.D. Coffee at second base during Friday s 3-2 loss to the Mavericks. Coffee was ruled safe on the play. (Rob Durham)

“I think the game against Eastland will definitely give us the confidence we have been needing to compete against the top teams in our district,” said Yarbrough. “We played them really close the entire game and had a chance to tie the game and possibly take the lead at the end, but just couldn’t pull it off.”
The Bucks trailed 2-1 at the end of the first inning.
Eli McLane hit an RBI single to left field to score Quinton Ellis.
Both teams added one run each in the third inning.
Jared McLane connected on his first hit of the game with an RBI single to score Ellis.
J. McLane led the Bucks hitting going two-for-three with two singles and two RBIs.
Cruz Martinez pitched seven innings and allowed three earned runs on 12 hits and had three walks and two strikeouts.
The Bucks will play Clyde at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, in Breckenridge.