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Mallards Prevail in Rain Shortened Game

June10Madison, WI – June 10, 2016. After last night’s contest against Lakeshore saw the Mallards fall short following a two-hour rain delay, the green and gold needed only five innings to earn the win against Wisconsin Rapids tonight.

Dark clouds of lightning and rain came overhead within minutes of the end of the fifth inning. The game was sent into a lightning delay and was eventually called due to unplayable field conditions. With five innings in the book and Madison clinging on to a one-run lead, the game was called after almost a two-hour rain delay.

The weather was hot and humid in the first inning when Lucas Halstead (Pacific) lifted a two-run bomb over left center that gave the Mallards the early lead, his second home run in as many games. That single swing accounted for all of the Mallards runs and half of the team’s hits. A Sam Armstrong (Jacksonville) single in the fourth would make up the other half.

Colin Brockhouse (Ball State) turned in another solid outing in front of the home fans, throwing all five innings, walking four and striking out one to accompany the lone unearned run he surrendered. He escaped trouble early on, exiting the first inning unscathed after walking the bases loaded with only one out.

Defense proved to be a liability for the second straight night for the Mallards, even in a shortened game. Madison tallied three errors in the victory, with one of the runners coming around to score.

The Mallards will return to the Duck Pond tomorrow, June 11th to face the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters in their last home matchup with them for the season.  The game will feature a balsa wood airplane giveaway and an appearance by Michael Feldman, sponsored by the Dane County Regional Airport. Stick around for post-game fireworks, presented by Hy-Vee. 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.

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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, more than 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