Madison, Wis. – The Madison Mallards (0-2, 28-10) fell to the Battle Creek Bombers (2-0, 18-19) on Thursday night at Warner Park, 10-2. The Bombers were powered by a pair of crucial home runs that knocked in a total of seven runs and allowed them to build a sizeable lead. The Mallards were able to collect eight hits but could not push across runs in key spots, tallying only two runs on a blast by Tyler Planter (Richmond).
For the second night in a row, Battle Creek flew out to an early lead in the first inning. This time, the Bombers scored a whopping six runs to begin the ballgame, three of which coming on a Sam Kippen three-run home run. Battle Creek added to the lead in the top of the third with a two-out grand slam that made the score 10-0.
Battle Creek pitching staff had the upper hand for the majority of the evening, holding the Mallards to scoring just two runs. The Bombers held the Mallards to a 0-13 clip with runners in scoring position and racked up 15 strikeouts.
- Right fielder David Vinsky(Northwood) went 2-for-4 with a triple and also made multiple impressive plays in right field. Vinsky saved two runs with a running catch deep in the right-center field gap.
- Third baseman Tyler Plantier (Richmond) provided the only Mallards runs with a two-run home run in the third inning. Plantier leads the Northwoods League with nine home runs this summer.
- Mallards reliever Leon Hunter (North Carolina A&T) worked a pair of scoreless innings out of the pen and struck out two while not allowing a hit. Hunter now has a 1.84 ERA out of the Madison bullpen this season.
- Nicholes Morales (San Jose State) also worked two scoreless innings without allowing a hit. Morales picked up three strikeouts and did not allow a baserunner in his relief appearance.
The Mallards now hit the road for two games in Kenosha followed by a two-game set in Battle Creek. The Mallards will return home on Tuesday, July 10 to take on the Kenosha Kingfish at 7:05 PM. Gates will open at 5:30 PM and the game features A1 Furniture and Mattress Princess Night with appearances by Anna, Elsa and Rapunsel. For tickets and more information visit mallardsbaseball.com. Make sure to catch every Mallards game on The Zone, 1670 AM and 96.7 FM.
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 theNorthwoods League portal. For more information, visitwww.mallardsbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Mallards as your favorite team.