By: Ryan Hill — Public Relations
Wausau, WI – June 6, 2013. The Madison Mallards (4-3) hope to extend their two-game winning streak by traveling to Athletic Park to take on the Wisconsin Woodchucks (4-2) Thursday night at 6:35 pm.
Mike Reuvekamp (California) broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth inning by knocking in a pair of runs on a single down the left field line that scored Ryan McShane (Madison College) and Tony Cheky (Michigan State) Wednesday night against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.
The win gave the Mallards their first sweep of the season. Reliever Cam Verbeke (Illinois State) got the win by pitching four innings and allowing just one hit. He also capped off his appearance by striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh. Starter Justin D’Amato (St. John Fisher) struggled with his command and only lasted 3.1 innings while walking four.
The Mallards will send Danny Sullivan (Davenport) to the mound for their first matchup with the Woodchucks of the season. Sullivan’s only other appearance on the year came in the Mallards 4-3 loss to the La Crosse Loggers on May 31st. He relieved D’Amato and went three innings while allowing one earned run on just two hits. He went 5-3 with a 5.47 ERA this past spring with the Panthers.
Sullivan will be battling the Woodchucks’ Adam Kramer (St. Paul-Concordia). The 6’0,” 195-pound junior from Wausau, Wisconsin received a no decision in his first start of the season on May 31st against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. He went six innings and allowed three runs—two earned—on five hits and struck out six.
Settling Down Defensively
Besides an errant throw by McShane on a routine ground ball against the Rafters Wednesday night, the Mallards were flawless in the field. They also only had one error on Tuesday night but had 11 errors in their three games prior to Tuesday night’s game.
The Mallards return home to the “Duck Pond” Friday night for a 7:05 pm game against the Woodchucks. That night marks Charter Communications Duck Dynasty Night. Fans can meet Mountain Man from the show! The “Duck Pond” will also be hosting the Madison Duck Call Championships and fans are encouraged to bring their duck calls. It is also Potosi Brewery Night.
The 2013 season is upon us! Single-game tickets are on-sale now!
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 Baseball League in North America. In 2013, the Northwoods League will celebrate its 20th season.