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Published On: June 3rd, 2018

In a well-played all around game, the Madison Mallards (3-3) knocked off the division leading Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (4-2). The Mallards defense turned three double plays, including the game ender, and the Mallards pitching staff held the Dock Spiders to one run and six hits. The win puts the Mallards back to .500 at 3-3, and dropped the Dock Spiders to 4-2 on the season.

Starting pitchers Ryan Kutt (Illinois) and Jon Young for the Dock Spiders kept the game scoreless through five innings. Fond du Lac took a 1-0 lead in the sixth, but the Mallards equalized 1-1 in the bottom half of the stanza on a rocket single into the right field corner by NWL RBI leader Jayce McLean (North Dakota State University).

Turning Point

Tyler Plantier (Richmond) drove in the game winner in the bottom of the seventh with a double blasted off the left centerfield wall. The Mallards added an insurance run in the eighth on a double by Drew Ober (UNC Charlotte) and a sacrifice fly into the wind by Garrett Kueber (Austin Peay). Trace Norkus (North Florida) locked down the ninth inning for his second save of the young 2018 season.

Top Mallards

  • Brian Martinez got the win, hurling 2 2/3 of scoreless relief
  • Tyler Plaintier contributed three hits, including a single, a double, and the deciding double in the sixth inning
  • Garrett Kueber was 2 for 3, and participated in two of the three Madison double plays

 Next Up

The Mallards hit the road for two games against the Kalamazoo Growlers. They return to the Duck Pond Wednesday, June 6 to host the Wisconsin Woodchucks for a 6:05 pm start. Come early to participate in our Pokemon scavenger hunt. It is also Wisconsin Dells Night and Willy St. Co-op Night.

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The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 170 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.mallardsbaseball.com  or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Bullfrogs as your favorite team.