Madison, WI – July 2, 2014. The Madison Mallards (1-0, 19-15) started the second half of their Northwoods League season off with a bang, beating the Kalamazoo Growlers (0-1, 13-23) by a score of 8-1 before 5,977 at the “Duck Pond.”
Mallards southpaw Kirby Snead (Florida) went six full innings, giving up one run on just two hits while striking out five to move to 2-0 on the year.
Snead had a perfect game through 4.1 innings, retiring the first 13 batters he faced. Growlers right fielder Jared Kujawa (Western Michigan) singled with one out in the fourth and would come around to score later on a Bryce Harman (East Carolina) RBI single to disrupt Snead’s perfect outing.
Growlers starter Luke Bolka (Eastern Carolina) lasted two innings, letting up three runs and three hits to fall to 0-3 on the year.
The Mallards were led offensively by newcomers Connor Marabell (Jacksonville) and Trace Tam Sing (Washington State).
Marabell was 3-for-4 with three RBI, two singles, one double and added two runs in his first game with the club. Tam Sing homered in the fifth, a one run blast over the Budweiser rooftop in left field, to put the Mallards up 4-1. He finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run.
The Mallards would add two runs in both the sixth and the seventh innings to bring the final score to 8-1.
The Mallards continue play tomorrow at the “Duck Pond” against the Growlers. First pitch is slated for 7:05 pm and Charter Communications will present the Human Cannonball.
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.