With game in hand, Mallards drop third-straight loss in Wausau
With a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Mallards allowed the Wisconsin Woodchucks the opportunity to force extra innings, where the home team was able to finish the series sweep.
The loss puts the Mallards below .500 for the first time of the year with a 2-3 overall record, and the win improves the Woodchucks record to 4-1 to keep them in the top spot of the NWL South Division.
The majority of the game tipped in favor of Madison, as Jordan Comadena scored the first run of the game batting from the fifth position in the lineup. It was the top of the fourth inning when Daniel Webb sent a double to deep right field, allowing Comadena enough time to round the bases from first to score.
In the next frame, Adam Pasono took advantage of two consecutive Woodchuck errors, adding to one-run lead.
The Woodchucks changed the flow of the game in the bottom of the sixth, however, as the first two batters crossed home. Elliot Arrington singled to left to leadoff the inning, and Justin Potes took Mallards starting pitcher Justin Bristow yard to knot the game at two apiece.
Bristow, traditionally an infielder, took the hill and had success early, pitching five shutout innings for Madison. He finished his first pitching appearance after 6.0 innings, allowing six hits, two runs, two walks and striking out three in his no decision.
Eric Nielsen and Russell Harben both scored for the Mallards in the seventh and ninth innings, respectively, but the Woodchucks’ bats heated up in the bottom of the ninth, tying the game at four with two outs, awarding the Wausau crowd with free baseball.
After the Mallards stranded Michael Hubbard, who drew a walk, in the 10th, the Woodchucks clinched the game, putting two men on second and third with a single out against them. Joe Servais laid down a suicide squeeze to cross Jake Pole.
Scott Heitshusen (1-1, pictured) took the loss, pitching 1.1 innings of relief and letting up the last three runs of the game.
Offensively for Madison, Webb tallied two hits and an RBI at the plate.
The Mallards will use Tuesday as an off day before traveling to La Crosse for a two-game series.
Welcome the Mallards back home this Friday, June 8, and help celebrate Star Wars Night! Peter Mayhew, the 7’3” actor who played “Chewbacca” in the Star Wars movies will be on hand, and the movie will be played in the outfield after the game. Come early as the first 500 kids 14 & under will receive a Marcus Theatres popcorn megaphone to be used for unlimited popcorn during the movie.