NORTH ROBINSON – The Buckeye Central Bucks have had a knack for drama recently. The Bucks are on a two game win streak and Thursday night was so action packed that the Bucks and Colonel Crawford could not fit it all into on night. With a pesky mist rain drenching the field and the players, the game was postponed in the fifth inning ties at six.
A day after their comeback win over the Eagles, the Bucks pulled out all the stops again answering each time the Eagles took a lead. With the umpires notifying Bucks head coach Chad Jensen and Eagles head coach Joe Swartzmiller that the fourth inning would be the last inning played, the Bucks were in a pickle because four full innings can count as a complete game and the Bucks were down a run. Jensen ran back to his crew to notify them and seemed to light a spark as the Bucks answered with two runs in the top of the fourth to take the lead.
Junior Tanner Zaebst started things off for the Bucks with a single in the inning. After reaching second base on a walk by senior Austin Lutz with two outs, Zaebst streaked for third on the pitch. The ball went between Colonel Crawford’s catcher’s legs and Zaebst trucked all the way around to score on the play to tie the game up. Two batters later, junior Cody Roberts delivered an RBI single to give the Bucks the lead.
But, Colonel Crawford did not want to see the game end on such short notice. Sophomore Jake Johnson started the home half of the fourth off with a single to left. Johnson then decided to do some thieving of his own and stole second and third on two consecutive pitches. Two batters later, senior Dylan Burkhart delivered a sacrifice fly to right field.
As the catcher threw his mask down, it landed about three feet up the first base line. The throw from right field was on time, but short and landed right in the catcher’s helmet and allowed Johnson to score and tie the game at six.
After the innings, umpires and coaches met and decided that the playing conditions were too dangerous and the decision was to postpone the game until Friday and it will be finished up at Buckeye Central at 5p.m.
Lutz was having a day at the dish with a double, single and two RBI. Roberts also had two singles and drove in a run for the Bucks.
Johnson collected a double, single, scored three runs and stole two bases for the Eagles. Burkhart had a single and two RBI. Senior Logan Rider also had a two RBI single on the night.