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Senators Say The Bucks Stop Here

The players on the Madison Mallards knew they?d be able to control their own destiny as the final two weeks of the season approached. With Rochester running away with the regular season in both halves, the Mallards have been battling with the other four teams in the South Division for the second playoff spot. Recently, the Mallards have been separating themselves from the rest thanks to a four game winning streak, including Tuesday?s 4-3 win over Waterloo at the Duck Pond.

A see-saw game was decided in the bottom of the eighth inning as second baseman Ryan Bond came up with the game-winning double down the right field line, making the score 4-3. The hit came with two outs and pinch runner Brian Smith at third base. Smith was running for Randy Molina after Molina singled.

Madison had an early lead as Danny Dressman singled to lead off for the Ducks, moved to second and then third on consecutive groundouts and scored on a wild pitch by Waterloo starter Mark Triolo in the first.

Madison added another in the third as Kris Rochelle (top left) led off with a double then scored on a two-out single by Bobby Hubbard to make the score 2-0.

Waterloo tied the game in the fourth inning with two runs on three hits against Madison starter Jeff Zielke. Zielke, making his first pitching appearance for the Mallards, threw five innings and allowed four hits, two runs, a walk and struck out a batter.

The Mallards reclaimed the lead in the sixth when Jordan Comadena, after reaching on a walk, scored from second on a Mitch Saum single.

The Bucks hung around, however, tying the game at three in the top of the eighth with a leadoff, solo home run from left fielder Pete Schneider.

Allan Donato worked the final inning and two-thirds to earn his second win of the summer.

The Mallards wore replica Madison Senators (pictured below) uniforms on Tuesday. The Senators played in Madison from 1907-1914. Luedtke-Storm-Mackey Chiropractic Clinic sponsored the night along with Madison Magazine. The first 1,000 fans in the park received free replica Senators hats.

The Ducks also had dollar hot dogs on Tuesday and sold more than 68,000 to the 7,321 fans in attendance.

Madison now has a two game lead over the LaCrosse Loggers for the second playoff spot in the South Division. The magic number to clinch the playoff spot is four. The magic number is a combination of Madison wins and La Crosse losses. LaCrosse lost Tuesday at Alexandria 10-8.

The team with the best overall record will get the second playoff spot in the South Division. If that record is tied, then head-to-head competition is the next tiebreaker. If the head-to-head record is even, the next tiebreaker is the team?s intradivisional records. If the intradivision records are even, then the second playoff team will be decided by a coin flip.

The final regular season game of 2006 is Wednesday versus the Bucks. It?s Quench Gum Fan Appreciation Night with great giveaways all night long. Fans can take advantage of the ?Famous Footwear Family 4-Pack:” four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for twenty dollars. Purchase tickets by calling 608.246.4277, by stopping by the ticket office at the Duck Pond or going online to www.mallardsbaseball.com.