Battle Creek, Mich – The Mallards scored three quick first inning runs, and the bullpen threw three innings of no-hit ball to beat Battle Creek 6-2 in front of 677 fans at C.O. Brown Stadium. The win extends the team’s season-high winning streak to 11 games and moves its record to 4-1 against the expansion Bombers. Starting pitcher Scott Heitshusen (W,5-4) had another quality start, pitching six innings, only allowing two runs. Center fielder Evan LeBlanc smacked two run-scoring singles to drive in two RBI’s for the charging Mallards.
Relievers Steve Gilgenbach, Brett Scarpetta, and Bubba O’Donnell recorded the last nine outs without allowing a hit. Only one Bomber player was able to reach first base during that span.
The Mallards have won 15 of its last 16 games.
Did you know? Randy Molina (.344 batting average)and Bobby Hubbard (38 RBI’s) both rank third in the league in their respective categories…The Mallards are now the second best hitting team (.263), three weeks removed from being ranked #11.
The Mallards return home Sunday for a pivotal two game series versus the Green Bay Bullfrogs.
Sunday is your chance to say you were part of a world record! The World’s Largest Batting Practice debuts at the Duck Pond with a chance to hit a home run off a certain target for $ 10,000! The first 1,000 fans of all ages will receive official Mallards batting gloves! Gates open at 1 p.m. Come be a part of history.
It’s also Famous Footwear Kids Eat Free Sunday (hot dog, chips, soda); and St. Mary’s Sundays Seniors (Seniors receive half-price admission.
Expecting to break the One Million mark in total franchise attendance this week, join us Monday and Thursday as we learn who will have his/her likeness displayed as a statue!