By: Ryan Hill — Public Relations
Madison, WI — June 25, 2013. Madison Mallards (15-10) right fielder Drew Weeks (North Florida) had another memorable day at the plate in the Mallards 11-6 win over the Battle Creek Bombers (12-14). He went 5-for-5 with six RBIs and moved into first place in the Northwoods League in RBIs.
The Bombers scored one off of Mallards reliever Kristian Calibuso (Eastern Michigan) in the top of the seventh to pull within one at 7-6 and nearly scored many more. There were runners on first and third with one out, but the 5’10” righty struck out a batter and induced a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the inning.
The Mallards put the game away by scoring four more in the next half inning. Weeks capped it off with a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded to make it 11-6. He is now hitting 6-for-7 with 14 RBIs with the bases loaded this season.
Weeks also had RBI hits in the first with a double, the third with a double, the fourth with a single and the sixth with another single. The Mallards also scored four runs in the fourth. Second baseman John LaPrise (Virginia) recorded an RBI, Jeff Zahn (Indiana State) scored on an error and Luke Meeteer (UW-Milwaukee) scored on a wild pitch in the inning.
Cam Verbeke (Illinois State) picked up the win for the Mallards by throwing three innings of relief for starter Cody Peterson (Madison College). Verbeke entered in the third and allowed one run (earned) on three hits. Peterson faced only seven batters through his first two innings but allowed five straight hits to start the third. He went 2+ innings and allowed four runs (all earned) on seven hits.
Danny Sullivan (Davenport), Nick Hibbing (Iowa) and Hunter May (UNC-Charlotte) also pitched for the Mallards. Sullivan allowed one hit and struck out two in the seventh, Hibbing walked one and struck out two in the eighth and May walked one and allowed a hit in the ninth.
Bombers starter Kyle Slack (Toledo) was saddled with the loss. He lasted 3.2 innings and allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits. He falls to 0-1 on the season.
Four other Mallards besides Weeks finished with multiple hits. Tate Matheny (Missouri State) finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored, LaPrise went 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored, catcher Jason Goldstein (Illinois) went 3-for-4 with a run scored and shortstop Mike Reuvekamp (California) finished 2-for-4.
The Mallards are now two games back of the South Division leading La Crosse Loggers (18-9). The Lakeshore Chinooks (17-9) lost 6-2 to the Eau Claire Express Tuesday night and are a half game back of the Loggers.
The Mallards conclude their two-game series with the Bombers tomorrow at 7:05 pm. Tomorrow night’s game is Weird Sports Night! Fans can come witness Wife Carrying, Zorbing, Cardboard Dueling and Worm Charming in person! It will also be Rayovac Night as well as the Epilepsy Foundation Community Connection 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 is celebrating its 20th season.