By: Dylan Lee – Public Relations
Madison, Wis. – The Madison Mallards look to sweep the La Crosse Loggers in the second game of a two game series tonight at the “Duck Pond.” The Mallards beat the Loggers last night 7-5. First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
The Mallards squeezed by the Loggers last night in part due to a number of La Crosse errors. The Loggers recorded four errors and starter Westin Stringer (Jones CC) was responsible for seven of their nine walks. He pitched four innings and gave up six runs on three hits in the losing effort.
Mallards pitcher Alex Pondick (Montevallo) received the win. He settled in after a two run first inning to pitch four and a third innings while giving up four runs on three hits and walking three batters. First baseman Brian Rodemoyer (Illinois State) had the hot bat for the Mallards, going 2-for-4 with one RBI and one walk. He sent the Mallards ahead 7-5 in the sixth with an RBI single.
Tim Black (Central Michigan) closed down the Loggers in the eighth and ninth inning, pitching two innings of scoreless ball. He struck out four of the six batters he faced. Black looked rock solid on the mound, only needing 19 pitches to blank the Loggers.
Tonight, Mallards pitcher Tom Constand (Western Illinois) will take the mound. The 6’2”, 190-pound southpaw went 2-8 in 19 appearances with the Bulldogs, striking out 56 batters in 72.1 innings of work.
Constand will pitch against Ryan Deemes, a 6’2”, 205-pound righty from Chalmette, Louisiana. Deemes just wrapped up his junior season at Nicholls State University, where he was 3-4 with a 3.34 ERA in 57 innings and recorded 37 strikeouts.
Tomorrow the Mallards travel to Wausau to play the Wisconsin Woodchucks (0-3) in their first road trip of the year. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.
Mallards single game tickets are on-sale now. To purchase tickets, log on to MallardsBaseball.com, call 608-246-4277, or stop by the Mallards ticket office.
The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit www.mallardsbaseball.com.