Mallards Shut Out Bombers
Madison, Wis. – The Madison Mallards (1-5, 29-13) rolled to a 3-0 win over the Battle Creek Bombers (4-2, 20-21) on Monday afternoon in Battle Creek. The Mallards were guided to the victory by starting pitcher Brian Morrell (Notre Dame) and relievers Leon Hunter (North Carolina A&T) and Nicholes Morales (San Jose State). The trio combined to hold the Bombers to only five hits and only issued four walks.
While Mallards starter Brian Morrell was cruising through the game’s early innings, the Madison offense opened the scoring with a two-run double by Trevor Boone(Oklahoma State) in the top of the fifth. Morrell would follow by working a scoreless bottom of the frame, finalizing his day with 5.0 innings pitched and only one hit allowed.
In the bottom of the seventh, Leon Hunter worked out of a jam to preserve the 2-0 Madison advantage. With the bases loaded and only one out, Hunter struck out Will Baker then induced a groundout to keep the Bombers off the board. Hunter then gave way to Morales in the eighth and the Mallards held on to the 3-0 win.
- Reliever Leon Hunterworked a pair of scoreless innings to keep the Bombers in check in the middle innings. Hunter has allowed only three runs over 16.2 innings pitched this summer and has held opposing batters to a .241 clip at the dish.
- Hurler Nicholes Morales earned the save today after working two scoreless innings to seal the win. Morales now has a pair of saves this season and has only allowed one run over his last 7.1 innings on the mound.
- Mallards centerfielderJake Randa (NW Florida State) collected a pair of hits, one of which was a solo homerun in the eighth inning that extended the Mallards lead to 3-0.
- Madison catcher Cal Greenfield (Florida) went 2-for-4 with a double and also scored a run in the victory.
The Mallards will return home tomorrow night 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.