As the first-half of the 2005 Northwoods League season winds down, the Madison Mallards (21-11) have picked things up, winning their sixth straight game, defeating the Brainerd Blue Thunder 3-1 Sunday afternoon at Warner Park. With the victory and Rochester’s loss to Eau Claire, Madison holds a 1.5 game lead in the Northwoods League South Division with two games to play.
Mallards starting pitcher Burke Baldwin provided most of the Fourth of July fireworks for the Mallards, allowing only one run in his first start of the season. The lefty scattered six hits while striking out six over seven strong innings.
Northwoods League batting leader Ryan Rogowski continued his offensive tear, knocking in the eventual game winning runs with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning. Ryan Bond continued his hot hitting as well, going two-for-four with an RBI and a run scored.
Mike Creevy worked around two Brainerd hits in the eighth inning to maintain the two-run Mallard lead before giving way to Mallards closer Matt Petty; who calmly set down the Blue Thunder (13-17) in order in the ninth, striking out two of the three batters he faced.
With only two games remaining in the first-half of the season, the Mallards travel to Mankato to take on the MoonDogs in a two-game series to wrap up the first-half. The series in Mankato is the start of a 13-game, 17-day road trip. The Mallards return to the Duck Pond Friday, July 22nd to take on the La Crosse Loggers at 7:05 p.m.
Great seats for all remaining Mallards home games are still available for purchase both online, at www.mallardsbaseball.com or by phone at 246.4277.