By: Dylan Lee – Public Relations
Madison, WI – August 4, 2014. The Madison Mallards (17-17, 35-32) took down the Alexandria Blue Anchors (11-22, 20-47) tonight at the “Duck Pond” after Mallards starter Alex Pondick (Montevallo) tossed a gem, going six complete innings and allowing one run on five hits while striking out a season high six batters.
Leading the Mallards offense was right fielder Connor Marabell (Jacksonville), who went 3-for-4 with two runs and one RBI. He scored in both the third as part of a two run inning and in the fifth again when the Mallards scored two more.
Also contributing was catcher Matt Thaiss (Virginia), who drove home Marabell and first baseman Pete Alonso (Florida) home with a two RBI single in the fifth.
Blue Anchors starter Blake Bass (Angelo State University) was tabbed with the loss, giving up five runs on nine hits while striking out four.
In the playoff race, the Mallards are four games back of the Wisconsin Woodchucks in the Northwoods League South Division overall standings. For the Mallards to make the playoffs, they must finish in sole second place in the overall standings, as long as the Lakeshore Chinooks maintain their 3.5 game second half lead over the Woodchucks.
Tomorrow, the Mallards host the Northwoods Big League Dreams Showcase at the “Duck Pond.” The Top 100 Players in the league will participate in a doubleheader, beginning at 4:05 pm. Game two is slated for 7:35 pm, where five Mallards players will be participating.
There will also be a 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner and NWL alumni Max Scherzer Bobblehead Giveaway presented by The Great Dane before the game. Bobbleheads for this double-header will be given out when gates open at 2:30 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 the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit MallardsBaseball.com