Mallards Cool Loggers Bats with 2-1 Victory
The Madison Mallards' pitching staff was able to hold the Loggers to just one run in a 2-1 victory Sunday evening from Copeland Park. It was the eighth and final meeting of the season for the two teams. Madison took the season series, winning seven of the eight games.
La Crosse got it's only run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Jack Meggs (Washington) scored on a Kevin Zak (Grand Valley State) sacrifice fly. But the Loggers could only muster the one run and stranded the bases loaded to end the inning.
The Mallards were able to take the lead away the very next inning when Michael Handel (Minnesota) scored on a Tony Butler (Virginia) RBI single. Matt Thaiss (Virginia) would give the Mallards the lead when he scored on a Kevin Roy (Columbia) error.
Roy, all together, pitched well for the Lumbermen going seven innings, allowing the two runs (one earned), on just two hits, while walking three, and striking out four. Reliever Ben Cejka (UW-La Crosse), dazzled in the eighth and ninth innings for La Crosse. Allowing just one walk and no hits in the two innings of relief.
The Madison bullpen closed out the final four innings allowing just two hits, while keeping the Loggers off the board to preserve the win.
The Loggers will now begin a two-game series at home against the Kalamazoo Growlers. First pitch is at 7:05 Monday night.