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Mallards Begin Crucial Three-Game Set Against Lakeshore

By: Ryan Hill — Public Relations

Madison, WI — June 21, 2013. The Madison Mallards (13-8) start a three-game stretch against the Northwoods League South Division co-leaders Lakeshore Chinooks (15-8) tonight at 7:05 pm at the “Duck Pond.”

After falling 8-3 to the Green Bay Bullfrogs Wednesday night in Green Bay, the Mallards rebounded by winning 12-5 Thursday night at the “Duck Pond.” 

The Mallards bats came alive in the seventh inning last night with the score tied at five. The Mallards sent 13 batters to the plate and the inning was highlighted by center fielder Tate Matheny’s (Missouri State) two-run triple and a two-run single off the bat of John LaPrise (Virginia). They went on to score seven runs in the frame.

Right fielder Drew Weeks (North Florida) also did some damage against the Bullfrogs pitching staff by hitting a two-run bomb to left field in the first inning. 

The Mallards will be sending Jamie Nunn (Appalachian State) to the hill tonight. The righty will be looking to improve to 2-0 on the year. He received a no decision in his last outing on June 15th against the Bullfrogs by allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits in five innings. His win came on June 8th against Eau Claire, when he allowed no earned runs on four hits in five innings. So far this season, Nunn has an ERA of just 1.12 in 16 innings of work.

David Lucroy (East Carolina) is set to battle Nunn tonight. The 6’2,” 220-pound native of Umatilla, Florida is 2-0 on the year with a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings. He was solid in his last outing, which came on June 13th against the Wisconsin Woodchucks. He allowed one earned run on just one hit in 6.1 innings of work. He struck out four and walked three. 

Gaining Ground on Tellor

After his two-run home run in the first last night, Weeks has pulled within eight RBIs of the Northwoods League leader in RBIs. Wisconsin Woodchucks first baseman Matt Tellor (Southeast Missouri) has 29 RBIs on the year and had almost double the total of the second-ranked batter in RBIs just a short time ago. Weeks is now in second and has 21 RBIs and is hitting .324 with three home runs.

Crafty Chinooks

The Mallards lineup better be ready for a Chinooks pitching staff that has really settled in and gotten the job done over the past couple of weeks. The Chinooks lead the Northwoods League in ERA (3.14) and strikeouts (190). They are also currently the only Northwoods League team to hold opposing batters to under a .200 batting average (.199).

Up Next:

The Mallards travel to Mequon, Wisconsin to take on the Chinooks at 6:35 pm before returning to the “Duck Pond” Sunday for the final game of the three-game series. 

Sunday’s game is scheduled for 3:05 pm. That day is Charter Communications Police Appreciation Night with an Officer Maynard Bobblehead Giveaway. The IBEW Night in the Great Dane Duck Blind will also be held.

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 is celebrating its 20th season.