Mallards take fourth-straight sweep
In a contest undefined by the scoreboard, the Mallards defeated La Crosse for a second-straight night at the Duck Pond starting with a four-run first inning.
The game ended 10-6 to keep Madison in the playoff picture during a big night for the top shelf of the South Division. Wisconsin (14-6) and Eau Claire (16-6) also took wins Monday to stay in the driver’s seat.
La Crosse’s Russ Jiskra struggled in the first inning Monday, loading the bases twice and allowing four runs in the first frame. The scoring plays included a passed ball, a walk and a hit-by-pitch.
After trading runs, Madison closed the deal in the sixth, as Evan LeBlanc drove in Randy Molina on a two-run, no-doubter, which landed in the deck of the left field suites. Bobby Hubbard also scored in the inning when the Loggers’ shortstop tried to create a double play and, instead, threw the ball into the home dugout.
Hubbard trotted home for Madison’s 10th and final run of the game, and the Mallards held on for their seventh-consecutive victory.
LeBlanc (pictured) was the team’s Player of the Game, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and scoring four runs, including his homer. Brandon Wikoff went 1-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.
Michael Hutts (W, 5-2) took his team-high fifth win of the season, pitching 5.0 innings and allowing five hits, four runs and three walks.
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After receiving an off day Tuesday, the Mallards will host Waterloo for two games Wednesday and Thursday.