By: Ryan Hill — Public Relations
Madison, WI — July 17, 2013. Green Bay Bullfrogs (5-9, 21-28) starter Derek Callahan (Gonzaga) was at his best Wednesday night at the ‘Duck Pond’ and led the Bullfrogs to 4-2 victory over the Madison Mallards (10-6, 31-18).
The 6’4″ junior went 7.2 innings and allowed just two eighth inning runs on five hits. Prior to the eighth, the Mallards had just one runner reach third base.
The Mallards did, however, load the bases in the ninth off of Brian Trieglaff (TCU), but John LaPrise (Virginia) lined out to short to end the game.
Matt Freeman (St. Norbert College) recorded the last out in the eighth and Brian Trieglaff (TCU) recorded his second save of the season for the Bullfrogs.
The Mallards finally got to Callahan after a leadoff hit and a walk in the eighth. After a wild pitch that advanced both runners, John LaPrise (Virginia) and Mike Reuvekamp (California) recorded RBI groundouts to give the Mallards their only runs of the ballgame.
Bryant Burleson (Texas Tech) came around to score in the first inning for the Bullfrogs after being hit by a pitch, advancing to second on a passed ball and then being knocked home on a Boomer White (TCU) single.
Leadoff hitter Jimmy Coady (UW-Stevens Point) walked in the third, stole second and scored after Mallards center fielder Tate Matheny (Missouri State) attempted to catch Coady tagging from second to third. His throw was well short and scooted past the third baseman allowing Coady to come around and score.
Mallards starter Nick Smith (Western Illinois) had perhaps his best start of the season. He went five innings and allowed two runs (both earned) on just three hits. He walked two and struck out three Bullfrogs but was tagged with the loss and drops to 1-1.
The Bullfrogs added two unearned runs in the seventh off of reliever Danny Sullivan (Davenport). Ryan Drobny (Cal Poly) and Cabe Reiten (Gonzaga) walked in the inning and came around to score after Mallards left fielder Luke Meeteer (UW-Miwaukee) had a single roll between his legs and to the left field wall.
The other serious Mallards threat came in the fourth when Reuvekamp and Joe McCarthy (Virginia) singled and reached second and third later in the inning. Matheny and Jeff Zahn (Indiana State) then popped up to the outfield.
Reuvekamp was the only player in the Mallards lineup with two hits and finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. LaPrise also extended his hitting streak to 13 games after his 1-for-5 performance.
The Mallards host the Bullfrogs again tomorrow at 7:05 pm for the second game of a three-game series before going to Joannes Park in Green Bay for the last game of the series on Friday.
Thursday is Dr. Jay Hazen Dentistry for Madison Hawaiian Night with a Hawaiian Maynard Bobblehead Giveaway! The United Cerebral Palsy Community Connection Night will also take place. The first 250 kids will also receive a free copy of Pitch Like the Pros—Former Major Leaguer Brad Woodall’s pitching mechanics DVD, brought to you by DreamBank by American Family Insurance.
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.