The game between the Wisconsin Woodchucks and Madison Mallards Friday night became slightly more intense, after word spread of a 5-2 La Crosse victory over the Rochester Honkers Friday night. After Kelly Sweppenhiser led off the ninth inning with a walk, Randy Molina executed the hit-and-run to perfection, lacing a double into right-center field easily scoring Sweppenhiser from first, propelling the Mallards to a 6-5 victory in front of a raucous crowd of 6,655 fans.
The Mallards took a 4-0 lead in the second inning thanks to three Jay Buente walks and a groundball off the bat of Nate Trumm that trickled underneath the glove of Scotty Madsen, allowing the games? first two runs to score.
Wisconsin battled back however, scoring the game?s next five runs to take a 5-4 lead before Jordan Comadena tied the game at five with an RBI single in the seventh inning.
The bullpen of the Mallards proved to be phenomenal yet again, pitching three scoreless innings in relief of Jake Hansen. Erik Walker earned the victory for the Mallards pitching a scoreless ninth, striking out two Woodchucks to set the game up for Molina?s heroics.
Molina and Comadena, the only Mallards with multi-hit games, finished the game with two hits apiece.
The first place Mallards (15-10) are back in action tomorrow night, taking on the Wisconsin Woodchucks in Wausau. The Mallards return home to the Duck Pond Sunday night to take on the Woodchucks yet again at 6:05 p.m. Great seats for Sunday?s contest are still available and can be purchased online at www.mallardsbaseball.com or by calling 246.4277.