By: Ryan Hill — Public Relations
Madison, WI — July 18, 2013. Madison Mallards (11-6, 32-18) closer Hunter May (UNC-Charlotte) was at his best Thursday night in a 6-5 victory over the Green Bay Bullfrogs (5-10, 21-29). He was called on with two outs in the seventh and shut down the Bullfrogs the rest of the way.
It was May’s 11th save of the season, which leads the Northwoods League.
Tate Matheny (Missouri State) would break a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot to right field to lead off the inning. The Mallards would tack on two more in the inning from an RBI groundout from Erik Forgione (Washington) and a sac fly off the bat of John LaPrise (Virginia).
But the Bullfrogs responded right back with a two-run home run off the bat of Ryan Drobny (Cal Poly) in the top of the seventh. A Mallards error and a single then put runners on first and third with two outs, but May came in and picked off Tom Sawyer (Ripon College) at first before even throwing one pitch to preserve a 6-5 Mallards lead.
The Mallards other three runs came in the bottom of the second. They led off the inning with a walk and two singles before Mike Reuvekamp (California) drove two runners in on a single. Brock Stewart (Illinois State) also had an RBI single in the inning.
Mallards starter Taylore Cherry (North Carolina) struggled with command again and issued five walks through five innings. He allowed five hits and struck out four while allowing three runs (two earned). Kristian Calibuso (Eastern Michigan) received the win by going 1.2 innings and allowing two runs (both earned) on two hits. He struck out three Bullfrog batters.
Josh Daniels (Carthage) was tagged with the loss for Green Bay. He allowed three runs (all earned) in the sixth on three hits. Starter Garrett Harrison (St. Cloud State) went five innings and also allowed three runs (all earned) on five hits.
Mallards leadoff hitter John LaPrise (Virginia) had his 13-game hitting streak snapped on the night. He went 0-for-3 with an RBI and a walk. Reuvekamp led all Mallards hitters by going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a walk. Matheny and Stewart also had a pair of hits on the night.
The Mallards start a three-game road trip starting tomorrow before the All-Star break beginning on July 22nd. They will travel to Green Bay tomorrow for a 7:05 pm game and will then travel to Wausau, Wisconsin to take on the Woodchucks on Saturday and Sunday. First pitch on Saturday is set for 6:35 pm while Sunday’s game is scheduled for 5:05 pm.
The “Duck Pond” is also hosting the Zimbrick Honda Home Talent All-Star game on Friday starting at 7:05 pm.
The Mallards will return home on Thursday, July 25th at 7:05 pm to take on the Battle Creek Bombers. The ZOOperstars will be providing in-game entertainment. Christmas in July will feature Waylan St. and the Magic Elves and a Santa Maynard Bobblehead Giveaway.
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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.