By Peter Geppert
Madison, WI – August 11, 2012. The Madison Mallards (22-11, 38-30) will play their final home game of the 2012 season at the “Duck Pond” tonight against the Wisconsin Woodchucks (25-8, 42-26). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 pm.
On Friday the Mallards made sure that the Woodchucks paid for four costly errors in taking the opener of the series 8-5. Of the eight runs the Mallards scored, only four were earned. Mallards right fielder Tyler Marincov (North Florida) led a well-rounded offensive attack, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Taking the ball for the final time this season is right-hander Trevor Foss (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi). Foss (3-8) will try to end the season on a winning note, having taken loses in his last three starts. In his last outing the right-hander surrendered five runs on six hits during an 8-7 loss to the Lakeshore Chinooks (17-16, 34-34). Foss enters tonight’s matchup fourth in the Northwoods League in strikeouts with 67.
The Woodchucks are undergoing roster turnover as they prepare for a run at a championship in next week’s playoffs. Their starter will be a game time decision.
Ducks Fly Together:
The Mallards enter tonight looking to improve on their already stellar record at home. Entering tonight the Mallards are 22-12 at the “Duck Pond,” which is good for third in the South Division.
No Stars Here:
The Woodchucks’ scorching run at the second half South Division title is made even more remarkable when considering the collective way in which they won. A true team, the Woodchucks enter tonight with only one player, right-hander Jack Fischer (Wake Forest), among the statistical leaders in the Northwoods League.
After tonight’s home finale, the Mallards head to Wausau to wrap up their season against the Woodchucks. First pitch of that game is scheduled for 5:05 pm.
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.