By: Ryan Hill — Public Relations
Madison, WI — July 9, 2013. The Madison Mallards (4-2, 25-14) are back home at the “Duck Pond” tonight against the Eau Claire Express (3-3, 15-25) and hope to continue the offensive fireworks that were on display Monday night.
Every starter in the Mallards lineup had multiple hits last night besides Tate Matheny (Missouri State), who finished 1-for-4 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI. Drew Weeks (North Florida), Bre Kimbell (Louisiana Tech) and John LaPrise (Virginia) led the way with three hits each.
The Mallards bullpen relieved starter Shawn Hunter (Oklahoma State) in the third inning and allowed just three hits and no runs. Sam Forkert (Marian) got the win and Kristian Calibuso (Eastern Michigan) and Hunter May (UNC-Charlotte) also made appearances.
Cam Verbeke (Illinois State) will make his third start of the year—and tenth appearance—tonight for the Mallards. So far in 2013, the 6’1″ righty is 3-1 with a 3.03 ERA in 26.2 innings of work. He suffered his only loss of the year in his last relief appearance on July 6th against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. He allowed two runs (both earned) on three hits in two innings. The Rafters went on to win 6-5.
New Mallards addition Brock Stewart (Illinois State) has made the most out of his first few games with the Mallards this summer. He is hitting .385 (5-for-13) with three doubles, three RBIs and six runs scored. He went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored in last night’s blowout.
LaPrise has been red hot since the turn of the month, as the left-handed hitter is hitting .500 (17-for-34) with two doubles and three RBIs in eight games this month. Additionally, the Mallards are hitting .321 as a team and have scored 67 runs.
The Mallards start a two-game series against the Wisconsin Woodchucks tomorrow at 6:35 pm. The second game of the series will take place at the “Duck Pond” on Thursday for a 7:05 pm start.
The Great Dane Summertime St. Patty’s Day and the Madison Media Night will take place on Thursday. The Kissers and Madison Music Foundry will also host a CD giveaway and The Kissers will provide entertainment before and during the game. Additional mid-game entertainment will include a performance by Madison Music Foundry’s Rock Band Workshop So Am I. The Jewish Social Services of Madison Community Connection Night will also be held.
The Madison Mallards are your Northwoods League South Division First Half Champions! Playoff 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.