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Mallards Try For Third Straight Against the Chinooks

By: Ryan Hill — Public Relations

Mequon, WI — July 13, 2013. The Madison Mallards (8-3, 29-15) hope to extend their second-half lead over the Lakeshore Chinooks (7-3, 28-16) Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 pm.

The Mallards swept the two games by winning a continuation of a game that was previously suspended in the 16th. Mike Reuvekamp (California) hit a two-out, two-run home run in the top of the 21st to help the Mallards to a 5-4 victory in game one. It was the longest Northwoods League game in history from an innings standpoint.

Taylore Cherry (North Carolina) and Corey Fischer (Madison College) combined to hold the Chinooks to one run on seven hits last night in the nightcap. It was Cherry’s first win in a Mallards uniform and Fischer allowed just two hits over four innings of work.

The Mallards scored three runs with help from two triples in the first inning. The Mallards Nos. 1-4 hitters all had two hits with at least one run scored.

Luke Staub (George Washington) will try to lower his 1.57 ERA—which is second in the Northwoods—by starting on the hill tonight for the Mallards one night after learning he made the Northwoods League All Star team. He is arguably coming off of his weakest performance in his last start on July 7th against Wisconsin Rapids. He allowed three runs (all earned) on seven hits in five innings of work. It was the first time this season that he allowed more than one earned run in an appearance.

The Chinooks will be countering with 6’5,” 195-pound Eric Hanhold (Florida), who is 2-0 in his last two appearances. He will be making his seventh appearance (fourth start) of the season and looks to improve to 3-1. He allowed five earned runs over 6.2 innings but still got the win on July 7th against the Wisconsin Woodchucks.

All Stars Pull Through

The two Mallards position players that were named to the All-Star roster that was released late yesterday afternoon had quite the night offensively last night. John LaPrise (Virginia) went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored with an RBI while Drew Weeks (North Florida) went 2-for-5 with a run scored and knocked in three.

In Place for the Title

LaPrise just recently became eligible to lead the league in batting average, as he now has the minimum of 2.7 plate appearances per team game. His .450 average is .047 higher than the next best hitter. Rochester’s Carter Burgess (Sam Houston) sits in second place with an average of .403.

Up Next:

The Mallards round out their four-game series with the Chinooks Sunday at 5:05 pm at the “Duck Pond” before heading to La Crosse for a two-game set Monday and Tuesday.

Sunday is the Service Industry Appreciation Night and fans can receive food and drink specials for the Service Industry during the game! TDS is also presenting the ZOOperstars! The Lion’s Sight Night 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!

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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.