Mallards Head Home to Take on Rafters
by Peter Geppert
Madison, WI – July 13, 2012. The Madison Mallards (6-1, 22-20) return to the “Duck Pond” for the first time in six days to take on the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (3-5, 19-23). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
On Thursday the Mallards got a timely RBI single by second baseman Luis Munoz (Coffeyville CC) in the 10th inning to pull out a 3-2 win over the Battle Creek Bombers (1-6, 15-27). With the win the Mallards closed out their four game road trip on a three game win streak and swept their two game series with the Bombers.
Right-hander Matt LaMothe (Georgia State) will make his eighth start of the season tonight for the Mallards. In his last outing LaMothe (3-2) went 6.0 innings, allowing one run on six hits and striking out five during the Mallards 5-3 win over the Eau Claire Express (3-5, 14-28) on July 6th. His control has been excellent thus far, averaging less than two walks per game this season.
On the hill for the Rafters is left-hander Augey Bill (Arizona). Bill (1-0) was a late arrival for the Rafters after his collegiate team, the Arizona Wildcats, completed a run to become the College World Series champions. Since making his first start on July 2nd Bill has been impressive, coming into tonight with a 2.08 ERA. In his last start Bill earned the win, going 7.0 innings and giving up two runs on seven hits during the Rafters 5-3 win over the Green Bay Bullfrogs (3-4, 25-17).
It’s Good to be Back:
The Mallards are playing their first home game since July 7th, when they completed a three game sweep of the Express with a 5-3 win.
We’re Having a Heat Wave:
The Mallards have been red hot in the month of July. So far this month the Mallards are 8-2 and have swept two of their first three series to start the second half of the season.
The Mallards continue their three game series with the Rafters tomorrow, July 14th. That night will be Jay Hazen Dentistry’s Turn Back the Clock Night and will also feature post-game fireworks presented by Ballweg Chevrolet and WISC-TV 3. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
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.