Madison, WI – July 3, 2014. The Madison Mallards (2-0, 20-15) took down the Kalamazoo Growlers (0-2, 13-24) tonight at the “Duck Pond,” scoring four runs in the fourth inning and adding two in the seventh to preside over the Growlers by a score of 6-3.
The Mallards runs in the fourth came on a two RBI single off the bat of right fielder Connor Marabell (Jacksonville) and two from designated hitter Austin Barr (Stanford) on a two run home run earlier in the inning.
Third baseman Tony Butler (Virginia) would add two insurance runs in the seventh, singling to score center fielder Alex Bacon (North Florida) and left fielder Tyler Allen (Virginia) to go up 6-3.
Closer Tim Black came on in the eighth inning with one out and retired all five batters he faced to receive his tenth save of the year. Black is tied for the Northwoods League lead in saves after his performance tonight.
Mallards starter Tyler Buffett (Oklahoma State) tossed five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out three in the win to move to 1-0 on the year.
Nick Wernke (West Virginia) started for the Growlers and lasted 3.2 innings, letting up five walks, four runs and three hits while striking out two.
The Mallards continue their four day, five game home stand at the “Duck Pond” tomorrow in a doubleheader against the Battle Creek Bombers (1-1, 17-20).
Game one begins at 12:30pm, and game two will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Game one is a re-start of the postponed game from June 19th and is a full nine innings, while game two will go seven innings.
Tomorrow is Zimbrick Honda Military Appreciation Night with a Uncle Sam Maynard Bobblehead Giveaway. Bobbleheads will be given away at 11:30am when gates open for game one of the doubleheader. There is also a Bucky Book giveaway to the first 1,000 fans through the gates.
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 the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit MallardsBaseball.com.