MALCOLM – The Branched Oak Bucks baseball team finished with a 1-3 record on the diamond last week.
The week started for the Bucks with a 9-8 setback at the hands of the Wayne Blue Devils at the Seward Bluejay tournament on April 22.
Wayne led the entire game, including 9-5 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, before the Bucks rallied for three runs to close the gap to 9-8. The winning run was left on second base when the final out was recorded.
Branched Oak came through with 13 base hits against the Devils pitching staff.
Rick Nickel led the Bucks with three base hits and two RBI. Teammate Garret Moudry added two RBI.
Michael Potter reached base three times.
Mikey McCoy and Aiden Urbom combined to work seven innings, allowing nine runs on 11 hits and six walks.
The Bucks rebounded with a 7-6 win over Central City/Fullerton at the Seward tournament.
The Bucks scored seven runs in the first four innings.
Nickel came through with three base hits and McCoy drove in a pair of runs.
Starter Logan Black earned the win for the Bucks
after working five innings, allowing seven hits and four runs.
The Bucks hosted the Wahoo-Bishop Neumann-Lin-
coln Lutheran Warriors on senior night in Valparaiso on April 25.
Branched Oak scored eight runs in the second inning and led 12-4 going into the top of the fifth inning.
The Warriors rallied for the 15-12 win after scoring 11 runs over the final three innings.
The two teams combined for 27 runs and 28 hits.
The Bucks committed seven errors, six of which came in the final three innings.
Urbom, Moudry and McCoy combined for eight of the Bucks 13 hits.
McCoy drove in five runs.
Urbom relieved starter Maclain Beach in the fourth inning and was tagged with the loss in relief.
On Friday the Bucks returned to the diamond to take on the third-ranked Hastings Tigers in Malcolm.
Hastings scored in every inning and were able to close out the Bucks 15-1 in five innings.
McCoy and Nickel were hammered for 15 runs and 18 hits in five innings.
The Bucks were limited to just five base hits.
The loss against the Tigers dropped the Bucks record to 7-11 on the year.