It was an exciting weekend for the Madison Mallards as they clinched the Northwoods league’s South division title on Saturday. The Mallards beat the Bullfrogs and their victory, coupled with the Kalamazoo Growler’s loss, assures that they will finish atop the standings for the first half of the season. The last time the Mallards won the first half was in 2013, the same summer they went on to capture the championship.
Madison put up their 12 runs on only seven hits, but they were patient at the plate, drawing eight walks. They put up six runs in the second and three in the third to jump out to an early lead. Later in the game, the Mallards closer Trace Norkus was brought in to thwart a potential game-tying rally. Norkus was able to work through unharmed, and has yet to give up a run this year and leads the league with 9 saves.
On Sunday, play was cut short in the seventh due to excessive rain. However, the Mallards won that match up by a score of 3-2.
The game was tied in the fifth, until Justin Bigbie was able to drive in Trevor Schweke with a double. Leon Hunter was brought in for a relief appearance, and dominated the Bullfrogs. He was nearly impossible to hit, as he struck out the first four Bullfrogs. Hunter finished the day with two scoreless innings and tallied his third win of the year.
The Mallards match up against for a home-and-away in Wisconsin Rapids Monday and back in Madison Tuesday.
Photo courtesy of the Madison Mallards.