WAUSAU, Wis. — Following a 4-3 win on Monday against the Wisconsin Woodchucks, the Madison Mallards’ automatic home playoff hopes hinge on a 6:35 p.m. rematch Tuesday night.
The Mallards remain one game back (22-13) from Southern Division leader Wisconsin Rapids with one game to play in the first half of the season. Madison plays Wisconsin again Tuesday night while Wisconsin Rapids faces Battle Creek with a chance to clinch the first half crown outright.
Madison can earn an automatic playoff bid if:
- Madison Mallards defeat the Wisconsin Woodchucks Tuesday night (6:35 p.m. on 106.7 FM / 1670 AM The Zone)
- Battle Creek Bombers defeat the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Tuesday night
- Lakeshore Chinooks defeat the Kalamazoo Growlers (tie-breaker)
Mallards president Vern Stenman believes he has a quality team regardless of the outcome.
“The interesting thing in [the Northwoods League] is that later in the summer, the pitching gets worse,” Stenman told the Joe and Ebo Show last Thursday. “…Our team is very offensive and we think that when the league’s pitching gets worse as the season goes on, our guys are only going to get better.”
The Mallards open up the second half of the Northwoods League season Wednesday against the Battle Creek Bombers at 7:05 p.m.