Six-run Eighth Powers Mallards to Victory
Kalamazoo, Mich. – The Madison Mallards (5-3) kept pace atop the standings of the South Division with a decisive 7-1 victory Monday afternoon over the Growlers. The Mallards swept the two-game set in Kalamazoo and earned their third win in a row. Once again, clutch hitting, solid defense, and stellar mound work kept Madison in the win column.Starting pitcher Dalton Wiggins (Marietta) retired the last sixteen men he faced, and yielded only two hits and one unearned run in eight innings of work, to set the stage for the winning rally.
While Wiggins was dealing on the mound, the Mallards offense had failed to back him with runs until Jesse Forestell (Western Michigan), playing down the road from his home college park, blasted a ball over the right field wall to tie the game 1-1 in the top of the fifth.
The Madison offense busted open the pitching duel with a six-run explosion in the top of the eighth inning. The crushing blows were delivered by Jake Randa (NW Florida State) and Tyler Plantier (Richmond). Randa knocked a 3-run RBI double and Plantier followed with a two-run homer. Together, the two crucial knocks gave the Mallards a 6-1 lead. Forestell picked up his second RBI of the game later in the inning, sending a run across with a sacrifice fly.
- Jake Randa went 2-for-5 and knocked in three with his go-ahead bases loaded double in the eighth. The Mallards outfielder has now recorded a hit in every game this season and has seven RBI.
- After hitting a two-run bomb in the eighth inning, Designated hitter Tyler Plantier has also recorded hits in every game this season and has a team-high two home runs. As a team, the Mallards lead the NWL in home runs.
- Dalton Wiggins provided an excellent outing for the Mallards, working 8.0 innings and only allowing two hits and one unearned run while only throwing 85 pitches and earning the win. Wiggins has now worked 13.0 innings this season without giving up an earned run.
The Mallards return home to Warner Park for the first of a two game home and away series against the Wisconsin Woodchucks. Game time Wednesday night is 6:05 pm. Come early to participate in our Pokemon scavenger hunt. It is also Wisconsin Dells Night and Willy St. Co-op Night. For tickets and more information visit mallardsbaseball.com.
The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods 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 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via theNorthwoods League portal. For more information, visitwww.mallardsbaseball.comor download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Mallards as your favorite team.