THE DUCK POND – The Madison Mallards earned their franchise-record 30th victory of the season in dramatic fashion Sunday.
Joe Thaman’s two-run home run in the eighth inning tied the game, and Tyler Bullock led off the bottom of the 10th with a solo shot as the Mallards edged the Waterloo Bucks 7-6 in a Northwoods League game watched by 4,380 at Warner Park.
Madison’s previous mark for wins in a season (29) came in its inaugural 2001 season.
The Mallards (30-20 overall, 8-10 second half) led 4-1 after one inning. Waterloo (15-35, 5-13) used a three-run seventh to take a 6-4 lead, but Thaman’s first homer of the season knotted the score an inning later.
In the 10th, Bullock crushed a pitch from Eric Everly over the wall in right-center field for his fifth homer of the year as Madison won for the second time in the past six games.
The crowd pushed the Mallards’ league-record season total to 97,676, putting them on the verge of becoming the first college summer league team to draw 100,000 fans.