With arguably the Northwoods League?s hottest hitter stepping to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, Wisconsin?s manager Darin Everson planned to put Rogowski and his 12-game hit streak on first and load the bases.
As Zach Etheredge extended his arm for the second intentionally thrown ball, Woodchucks reliever Jon Ganzen sailed the pitch to the backstop allowing Craig Nyborg to slide into home plate with the winning run, sliding the Mallards past Wisconsin in the standings as well.
The Mallards (9-3) played small ball, scoring two runs on RBI ground outs to second base. Three Mallard pitchers combined to hold the Woodchucks (8-4) to two earned runs on nine hits. Mike Creevy was lights out for the Mallards, fanning six Woodchucks in just two and two thirds innings. Tim Gudex improved his record to 2-0 by recording the final out in the eighth inning and pitching a scoreless ninth.
Craig Nyborg got things started in the ninth for the Mallards coaxing a one-out walk. Nyborg was followed by Danny Dressman, who drilled a base hit, allowing Nyborg to move to third, setting up the Mallards dramatic victory.
The Mallards take to the road for a two-game stint in Eau Claire before returning to the Duck Pond on Thursday to begin a four-game homestand. Jake Hansen looks to improve his record to 3-0 for the Mallards Tuesday night, while the team looks to build upon its first place lead.
Tickets for this weekend?s homestand and all remaining Mallards home games are available online at www.mallardsbaseball.com or by calling 246.4277.