Mallards Take Advantage of Shaky Defense, Force Game 3
Four errors, including two in the late innings, fueled the Madison Mallards eight run come back in a 14-8 loss at the "Duckpond" Tuesday night, forcing game three in the 2013 Northwoods League Southern Division championship series.
All night long, you could feel it was going to be “one of those games”.
Lakeshore loaded the bases with one out in the first inning. Jared Fon (UW-Whitewater) came across to score on an RBI single by Aaron Machbitz (South Dakota State).
With Chris Manning (Valporaiso University) batting, Madison starter Reilly Hovis could have been called for a balk but was not and Manning popped out to third.
Hovis repeated the same motion two more times against Ryan Krill and finally was called for a balk after the second try but by then it was too late. Sawyer Polen (Kent State University) popped out with the bases loaded to end the threat.
Madison carried momentum into the bottom half of inning number one against starter Tim Faix (Kent State University) scoring four times on five hits.
Lakeshore got a run back in the third on an RBI double from Machbitz to stem the tide. It was only a matter of time before the offense exploded.
Lakeshore began the fourth inning with five straight hits en route to five runs to take a 7-2 lead.
Madison yanked the momentum right back in the topsy-turvy affair in the bottom half. Andrew Stevenson (LSU) and Mike Papi (Virginia) collided in the outfield on a ball that should have been caught by Stevenson with ease putting runners at second and third one out. Next thing you know, a walk, two singles, and a ground out pulled Madison to within one at 7-6.
The tension mounted as both teams fired blanks in the fifth and sixth innings.
Lakeshore was the first to blink.
It’s been said all year long, leadoff walks will hurt you. Guess what, a leadoff walk lead to more offense for Madison.
Drew Weekes then moved to second on a bad pickoff throw from reliever Jake Tuttle (UWM). After an out, another walk put a runner in scoring position prompting Eddy Morgan to go with his closer Mitchell Sewald (LSU) in the seventh inning.
He promptly got behind in the count and served up a three run bomb to Kyle Ruchim to give Madison the lead 9-7
Lakeshore didn’t go away quietly. A single and a walk put runners at first and second with one out in the eighth inning before a two-out RBI single from Papi made it 9-8.
With the tying run at second and the lead run at first, Donnie Scott decided to go to his closer Danny Sullivan who blew away Machbitz for out number three.
Right then you could feel the air come out of the Chinooks sails.
Everything came unraveled in the bottom of the eighth inning when Brock Stewart reached on an error by Cody Bobbit (Wichita State) leading off the frame. That set off a chain of events that Chinooks fans would like to forget.
Another error by Papi in the outfield allowed two runs to score on a single. A two-out double added a another run and Kyle Ruchim added insult to injury with his second home run of the game, a two-run shot, to put the nail in the coffin.
The third and final game in the series is tonight at 6:35 back home at Kapco Park.