By: Dylan Lee – Public Relations
Madison, Wis. – The Madison Mallards completed a sweep tonight of the La Crosse Loggers on a beautiful night before 6,515 at the “Duck Pond.” Starting pitcher Tom Constand (Western Illinois) received the win. He finished with three strikeouts while giving up two runs on seven hits. The loss went to Loggers pitcher Ryan Deemes (Nicholls State). Deemes lasted 2.1 innings, giving up five runs on four hits while walking eight.
Shining for the Mallards tonight was third baseman Trent Higginbothem (North Florida). In the third, he hit a deep ball over the left field fence to record his first home run of the year. He drove in North Florida teammate Alex Bacon, who had reached first after being hit by a pitch. Bacon appeared injured after the pitch and was replaced by Logan Regnier (Central Michigan) his next at bat later in the inning. Regnier finished the game in left field. Following Higginbothem’s two run shot, the Mallards scored five more runs in the third.
The Loggers could do little to match Madison’s big third inning. Loggers infielder Cameron Balough (Judson) scored in the first half of the third off a throwing error, second baseman Aaron Knapp (California) added a run in the fifth on a wild pitch and Jerrod Bravo (Sacramento CC) walked home in the seventh to bring the Loggers tally to three.
Devin Over (Connecticut) closed out the Loggers in the eighth and ninth, giving up two hits, one walk and dishing out one strikeout to send the Loggers packing.
Higginbothem drove in another run in the third, scoring Adam Walton on a sacrifice fly. Also contributing for the Mallards was catcher Drew Carlile (Bradley). Carlile had three singles in the fourth, fifth, and sixth and a sacrifice fly in the eighth to match Higginbothems four RBI.
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.