Halstead Sparks 9th Inning Comeback
Wisconsin Rapids, WI – June 5, 2016. Trailing in the 9th inning for the first time all season, the Madison Mallards rallied for two runs to earn ttheir sixth straight victory during opening week, presented by Edvest.
The Mallards found themselves trailing for just the second time this season as the Rafters grabbed a quick 1-0 lead following a lengthy rain delay in the second inning.
They wouldn't trail for long though, as Logan Sherer (UNC-Charlotte) launched a two-run home run to left to put the Mallards on top. Later in the inning, Cameron Frost (Washington State) went deep for his first of the season, as he hit a solo home run of his own to push the Mallards lead to 3-0.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters continued to push back, and led 6-3 after five innings at Witter Park.
Lucas Halstead (Pacific) continued to swing a hot bat, as he launched an opposite field solo shot to right field, his third home run in as many games.
"Right now, just being in this dangerous of a lineup really makes things easier as a hitter. Having the guys around me that I do offers me a lot of protection, and I've been able to capitalize when pitchers have left things over the plate," said Halstead, who leads the Mallards with three home runs on the season.
After cutting the Rafters lead to 6-5 through eight innings, the Mallards used small ball to grab a 7-6 lead. After Brendan McClary (Columbia Basin College) and Matt McCann (Fairleigh Dickinson) walked, Matt Vierling (Notre Dame) tied the game with an RBI single to score McClary, advancing McCann to third. Halstead followed Vierling's single with a sacrifice fly to center to give the Mallards the lead.
Luke Shilling (Illinois) came on to work the ninth for the Mallards. After the tying run reached on an error, Shilling slammed the door shut for his first save of the season.
The Mallards will return to the Duck Pond on Monday, June 6th to take on the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. The game will feature a Chet’s Car Care magnet schedule giveaway. The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board will also sponsor Dairy Night, with dairy themed promotions and giveaways. Tickets are available for purchase by visiting MallardsBaseball.com, calling the Mallards ticket office at 608-246-4277, or stopping in the ticket office at 2920 N Sherman Ave.
The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2016, 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, 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website. For more information, visit www.MallardsBaseball.com
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