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Anchors blow early lead again, fall to Mallards

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Madison, Wisc. – The Alexandria Blue Anchors fell to the Madison Mallards Wednesday night at Warner Park by a score of 10-3.  The Anchors are now 16-17 in the second half and 28-40 on the season.

Dane Hutcheon started the ballgame off with a walk and went to second on Drew Fearing’s single.  Merrigan hit a double to left field and it brought home both runners.  An error by the left fielder allowed Merrigan to reach third and Trooper Reynolds brought him home with a one-out knock putting Alexandria ahead 3-0 in the first.

Madison got their offense started in the fourth against Tyler Hasper.  Jonathan Quintana doubled to start the inning and he scored on J.J. Gould’s double.  A fly out and wild pitcher later, Chris Tschida and Charlie Cody walked to load the bases.    After the second out was recorded, Matt McCann walked in a run and the Anchors went to their bullpen.  Ciji Ramos hit Tony Butler with a pitch and scoring one run.  Ramos had a bout of wildness which led to three more runs for the Mallards and by the end of the fourth, Madison had a 5-3 lead.

The Mallards added to their lead in the seventh against Austin Cornish.  Anthony Gonsolin walked and went to second when Quintana was hit by a pitch.  Another single by Bryce Carter loaded the bases.  Tschida brought him Gonsolin for the first run of the inning.  Catchers interference was called on a swing by Charlie Cody scoring Quintana.  Joel Zyhowski followed with an RBI base hit which prompted a pitching change.  McCann would reach on an error scoring two runs making the score 10-3.  

Hasper (2-3) took the loss going 3.2 innings giving up five runs on three hits and five walks with two strikeouts.  Ramos finished the evening with 1.1 scoreless allowing a hit with one strikeout.  Cornish gave up five runs, three earned, on three hits and a walk with two punch outs.  Eric White finished the seventh throwing 2/3 scoreless striking out two hitters and walking one.  George Faue pitched a scoreless ninth by walking a batter and picking up two strikeouts.  

Minnesota Baseball Academy Player of the Game – Josh Merrigan (OF) – The Anchors all-star outfielder finished the game going two-for-four at the dish with a run and an RBI.  He raised his average to .296 this summer. 


Notes: The Anchors return home for the final home stand of the season start Thursday against the Eau Claire Express on Thursday…The first 100 fans through the gates will get a 2015 team photo…It’s also Wine, Women and Baseball presented by Definitive Magazine…For just $20 women in attendance will get a ticket on the Alex Brick & Stone Terrace, wine, beverages, hotdogs, brats, burgers, chips and popcorn along with amazing vendors, personal pampering stations, games and prizes which will start at 6:05 pm…It’s Social Media Thursday as well and fans can look at the team’s Facebook and Twitter for a special deal at the park…The game, starting at 7:05, can be seen live at http://portal.stretchinternet.com/nwl.

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The Alexandria Blue Anchors are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, www.blueanchors.com.