By: Dylan Lee – Public Relations
La Crosse, WI – August 2, 2014. The Madison Mallards (15-17, 33-32) fell to the La Crosse Loggers (10-20, 31-34) tonight in La Crosse by a score of 6-1. The Mallards sit five games back of second place in the overall Northwoods League South Division standings, and must finish in second place overall to advance to the playoffs, assuming the first half champions Lakeshore Chinooks hold their lead in the second half standings.
Loggers starter Ty Provencher (Long Beach State) earned the win after pitching seven shutout innings, giving up two hits while striking out four.
The Loggers scored two runs in the first inning off Mallards starter Tyler Buffett (Oklahoma State) and four more in the seventh. Loggers first baseman Kevin Zak (Grand Valley State) led the Loggers offense, going 2-for-4 with three RBI.
Buffett went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out one in the loss.
Mallards right fielder Connor Marabell (Jacksonville) homered in the eighth to record the Mallards sole run. Catcher Austin Barr (Stanford) continued his production at the plate, going 2-for-3 and extending his hit streak to seven games.
The Mallards stay in La Crosse tomorrow to wrap up their two game series against the Loggers at 5:05 pm. They return to the “Duck Pond” on Monday to face the Alexandria Blue Anchors at 7:05 pm.
Monday will feature a Charter Communications Trading Card Giveaway as well as a Curdfest Preview. Taste the best curds in Wisconsin as a preview to the real Curdfest on August 24th!
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.