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Bucs sweep the Sault to snap losing streak

BARK RIVER — The Bark River Bucs snapped a six-game losing streak here Saturday, sweeping to 8-7 and 8-5 baseball victories over Sault Ste. Marie in the Upper Peninsula Under-19 League.

Bark River won the opener on Antonio Mercier’s bases-loaded single in the seventh inning.

Carter Holle led the Bucs (4-7) with two hits, including a double, and starting pitcher Max Hall struck out nine and walked three through six frames. Travis Mack took the win in relief.

“It was nice to get a win for sure,” said Bucs manager Matt Richer, Jr. “The kids were excited. A lot of our losses were close and the kids were having a hard time with that. It was nice to see all the smiles in the dugout.”

The Bucs were trailing 7-5 going into the bottom of the seventh.

“We had a good rally in the seventh,” said Richer. “Max pitched a good game. Carter had a couple of big hits and Bradley VanDamme played a good game. I thought we played a good game overall. We were missing a few kids, too. We wanted to gain some momentum for Monday.”

In the nightcap, Bark River snapped a 3-3 tie by scoring five times in the fourth.

Joe Javurek ripped two doubles. Mercier doubled and walked twice and Hall ripped an RBI double.

Adrian Mercier took the win in relief of Wyatt Riley, who worked two innings.

“Our initial plan was to save Adrian for Monday, but Wyatt had a sore arm and nobody else was available to throw,” Richer said. “Adrian didn’t give up any runs. He pitched well.”

Bark River visits Gladstone tonight at 7.

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