Madison, WI – June 17, 2012. The Madison Mallards (9-10) used a four hit, six run eighth inning to put the game out of reach of the Lakeshore Chinooks (9-10) and register a 9-3 Father’s Day victory. The win gave the Mallards a sweep of the Chinooks in the final two games of their five game home stand.
The Chinooks got off to a hot start in the first inning, scoring on an RBI single by designated hitter Eric Aguilera (Illinois State) that allowed left fielder Forrest Chadwick (Southern Maine) to reach home.
In the bottom half of the inning the Mallards would tie the score when third baseman Jose Trevino
(Oral Roberts) hit a hard grounder into right field to score designated hitter Tyler Marincov (North Florida), giving Trevino his sixth RBI of the season.
The Chinooks would retake the lead in the third inning on center fielder Zack Granite’s (Seton Hall) RBI hit to left field, scoring right fielder Bre Kimbell (Louisiana Tech).
Once again the Mallards would respond with a Trevino RBI hit, scoring Marincov for his second run of the game and tying the score at two. The Mallards would take the lead on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Michael McGraw (Missouri) that allowed Trevino to tag up from third base and score.
The Mallards broke the game open in the eighth inning with RBI hits by McGraw, shortstop Tom Verdi (Connecticut), and right fielder Jack Livingston (Northwestern) to put the Mallards ahead 6-2. Catcher Mike Reuvekamp (California) would put the exclamation point on the inning with a bases clearing RBI double to make the score 9-2.
Mallards starter Kurt Giller (Oral Roberts) earned his first win of the season. In 5.0 innings Giller
(1-0) struck out four while allowing two runs on seven hits.
Chinooks starter Nick Soldano was tagged with the loss after giving up three runs and eight hits in 6.0 innings.
With today’s conclusion of the Mallards five game home stand the team will head up to Green Bay to start a three game series with the Green Bay Bullfrogs (9-9).
After getting shut out in their last road game 4-0 by the Wisconsin Woodchucks (8-10) the Mallards responded nicely, averaging over seven runs a game over their last five games.
The Mallards will return to the “Duck Pond” on Wednesday June 20th to take on the Green Bay Bullfrogs. That night will be Oscar Mayer Appreciation Night at the ballpark, featuring Weiner dog races.
The 2012 season is upon us! Single-game tickets are on-sale for all Mallards home games.
The Madison Mallards are part of the 16-team Northwoods League. The Northwoods League has more teams, plays more games, and draws more fans than any other Summer Collegiate League in North America.