Mallards Take On Loggers Tonight In La Crosse
By: Dylan Lee – Public Relations
La Crosse, WI – August 2, 2014. Tonight, the Madison Mallards (15-16, 33-31) take on the La Crosse Loggers (9-20, 30-34) in La Crosse at 6:05 pm.
On the mound for the Mallards tonight is righty hurler Tyler Buffett (Oklahoma State). Buffett is 1-3 on the year with 22 strikeouts in 28.2 innings of work, and in his last start he went 3.1 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out three in a 9-2 loss to the Green Bay Bullfrogs.
He is scheduled to square off against Loggers starter Ty Provencher, a 6’2”, 180-pound righty out of Long Beach State. Provencher is 3-2 on the year with a 3.40 ERA, and in his last start he tossed six innings, giving up four runs on six hits while striking out nine in a 5-1 loss to the Lakeshore Chinooks.
Last night, Mallards designated hitter Drew Carlile (Bradley) singled to drive in the third baseman Pete Alonso (Florida) in the seventh inning to help the Mallards over the Kenosha Kingfish by a score of 4-3.
Mallards reliever Tyler Frohwirth (Minnesota State) earned the win after tossing 1.2 scoreless innings to earn his first win of the year.
The Mallards broke open the scoring in the second inning with one run, followed by one in each the next two innings. Left fielder Logan Regnier (Central Michigan) scored on second baseman Adam Walton’s (Illinois) infield single in the second, and Carlile added his first RBI in the third to score Alonso. Carlile finished 2-for-4 with two RBI.
The Kingfish added two in the fourth to tie the game, but right fielder Connor Marabell (Jacksonville) recorded an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning to bring back the lead.
The Kingfish would tie the score again in the sixth when Kingfish first baseman Alex Dunlap (Stanford) came in from second on a Mallards throwing error.
Carlile then singled in the seventh to bring home the go-ahead run. Mallards reliever Tim Black (Central Michigan) recorded his Northwoods League leading 17th save after retiring six of the seven batters he faced in the last two innings of work.
The Mallards are now 7.5 games back of the first place Lakeshore Chinooks in the South Division second half standings, and overall they are four games back of the second place Kingfish and Wisconsin Woodchucks.
For the Mallards to make the playoffs, they must win the second half or finish second in the overall standings as long as Lakeshore holds their second half lead.
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.