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Ducks Use Long Flies To Win

LA CROSSE – The Madison Mallards didn’t look like themselves Tuesday night at Copeland Park.

Instead of running wild, Madison played long-ball to beat the La Crosse Loggers 6-0 in front of 3,297 people.

“We were ready for them,” Loggers catcher Tim Casey said. “But they didn’t need to steal tonight.”

The Mallards (10-5) came to town with a Northwoods League-high 58 stolen bases. They had two more steals against La Crosse (6-9) while belting two home runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead.

“We saved our legs and put a little extra in the reserve tank,” said Mallards right fielder Francois Larmore, who went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. “We just wanted to get it done and win the game.”

Meanwhile, Mallards starter Andy Sigerich, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound right-hander, threw seven dominating innings for the win. Sigerich (2-0) allowed four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts and earned the second shutout this season against the Loggers.

La Crosse entered the game with a .296 team batting average – tops in the league – and was coming off a 10-5 win over Wisconsin.

“I was mostly throwing two- and four-seam fastballs mostly and mixing in my slider,” Sigerich said. “Mostly, I was just hitting spots with all my pitches and that was doing it.”

The Loggers usually feast on right-handed fastball pitchers and struggle against lefties. Sigerich changed that trend for one night.

“He was just throwing a lot of fastballs and saying, ‘Here you go, hit it,'” Casey said. “And we didn’t hit it.”

La Crosse starter Lucas Robinson cruised through the first three innings before running into trouble.

James Boone pulled Robinson’s first pitch of the fourth over the right-field fence. Two batters later, Larmore blasted a two-run homer to right.

“After that first at-bat, I knew I could hit it hard if I got a hanging curveball, and he did throw one,” Larmore said. “Actually, I was going to bunt, but when (Robinson) stepped off, I changed my mind and swung away.”

Madison scored two runs on three hits and a wild pitch in the sixth to take a 5-0 lead and scored one run against reliever Josh Schultz in the ninth.

Robinson (1-1) allowed eight hits and no walks with 10 strikeouts.

“I thought (Robinson) did a good job and kept the ball down except for a couple of pitches,” Loggers manager Estevan Valencia said. “The biggest thing tonight was that the kid on the hill for them (Sigerich) was sharp and didn’t let us get anything going offensively.”