Tyler Buss stared down the opposing McFarland pitcher in the bottom of the seventh inning in a WIAA Division 2 Regional baseball game, tied 3-3.
With his Lakeside Lutheran High School teammate Connor Vredeveld representing the winning run on first base, Buss ripped a towering shot down the left field line that brought the home crowd to its feet. The ball drifted foul.
Buss, a first baseman for the No. 4 seeded Warriors, settled in for the next pitch and promptly crushed it over the center field fence to top No. 5 McFarland, 5-3,and send Lakeside into the next round of the playoffs.
I was just trying to put the ball in play – not trying to do anything special,” Buss said after the game. “I wasn’t thinking about hitting a home run.”
The Warrior said he was disappointed when the first shot did not stay fair, but he used a simple approach – “get back in there.”
“He has just come up with big hit after big hit all season long,” Lakeside coach Dan Kuehl said.
“It looked good early,” the coach said of the first long shot. “I thought it was out of here right away.”
Buss had a whale of a game, batting 4x4 with a run scored and two RBIs. But Buss, who was still out of breath from being mobbed by his teammates at home plate, said the game-winner was a thrill
“It feels awesome. I’ve wanted this for a long time,” he said. “Definitely, the biggest (hit) of my life.”
Lakeside advanced on to play No. 1 Jefferson for the chance to play in the Regional final. The two teams have not faced each other this season.