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Mallards Fall Late, Swept by Lakeshore 

Mallards Fall Late, Swept by Lakeshore 

Madison battled a foggy environment in final game against Chinooks 

Mequon, WI – The Mallards played their final game against the Lakeshore Chinooks from Kapco Park on Sunday afternoon and Lakeshore was able to complete the season series with a two-game sweep by a final score of 8-4 to take the series on the year, 7-5. 

Lakeshore got off to an early start on a foggy afternoon from Mequon in the 1st inning when Stephen Hrustich singled to center. An error allowed Matthew Deprey to score the game’s first run. Later in the inning Bryant Diel doubled home Hrustich for the early 2-0 advantage against Mallards’ starter Alex Hayes (5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K). It took Madison six innings to finally score a run on Sunday afternoon. Josh Caron drove in the Mallards first run with a sacrifice fly, cutting the Chinooks’ lead in half. Lakeshore responded quickly in the bottom half with a sacrifice fly of their own to retake the two-run lead. 

Madison was able to tie the game in the top of the 7th inning with strong approaches at the plate against the Lakeshore bullpen. Davis Hamilton bounced out to score Scott Shaw and bring the game within one. The next batter for the Mallards was J.T. Mabry. The old saying, “put the ball in play and good things happen” was the case here for Mabry. An error on the Chinooks left fielder helped the Mallards tie the game at 3-3 as Tommy Carpenter (3-4, 2 R,) came in to score. 

Lakeshore broke through after the 7th inning stretch against Madison’ reliever J.J. Baez. After walking the first two batters in the frame, Baez forced a weak pop out to put one away. Stephen Hrustich, who hit a home run in the series against Madison last week, put a fly ball deep into the fog that seemingly disappeared. The entirety of the Mallards defense thought the ball sliced into foul territory but was called a home run. The Chinooks baserunners slowly jogged around the basepaths almost as confused as everyone else from Kapco Park. Later in the five-run inning, Baez was taken out of the game by Donnie Scott. Both Scott and Baez had a few words for the umpiring crew as they departed the field of play. Madison scored one run in the top of the 9th on a Colin Hageman single but couldn’t score again. 

The Mallards begin their final two-game series with just one location for both contests tomorrow against the Green Bay Rockers from Capital Credit Union Park. Game coverage can be found on the Northwoods League Baseball Network. 

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