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Mallards split doubleheader with Stingers, blank Willmar in game two

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MADISON, WI -- Mallards starter Rob McDonnell (Illinois) tossed six no hit innings to help lead the Madison Mallards (11-6, 29-21) past the Willmar Stingers (10-7, 32-15) in game two of a doubleheader tonight at the “Duck Pond.”

McDonnell was on track for a no hit performance going into the last inning of play before allowing two hits to lead off the seventh. The southpaw was still superb in his two hit outing, walking two while striking out five to get his fifth win of the year.

Northwoods League All-Star and designated hitter Pete Alonso (Florida) hit a three run bomb, his second of the day and 11th of the season, as part of a four run fourth inning for the Mallards. He finished 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBI.

Alonso also scored a run in the third after he tripled to lead off the inning and was driven in on a groundout off the bat of right fielder Connor Marabell (Jacksonville).

Stingers hurler Brady Anderson (Florida Gulf Coast) tossed five innings, allowing five runs on five hits while walking three in the loss.

In game one of the doubleheader, the Mallards fell short by a run, scoring three runs in the top half of the seventh inning but losing to the Stingers by a score of 7-6 in a seven inning game.

Left fielder Alex Bacon (North Florida) scored on an error in the seventh and first baseman Pete Alonso (Florida) hit a two run home run, but Stingers starter A.J. Puckett (Pepperdine University) got Marabell to flyout for the last out of the game. Puckett went seven complete innings, giving up six runs on seven hits in the win.

Northwoods League All-Star and Mallards starter Sterling Sharp (Eastern Michigan) tossed four innings, giving up six runs on seven hits while striking out two in the loss.

The Mallards stay to the “Duck Pond” tomorrow to play a doubleheader against the Stingers at 4:30 pm. Friday is Karate Night with a Pepsi Kung Fu Maynard Bobblehead Giveaway. It is also Dashelito's Hot Sauce Appreciation Night.

Mallards Drop First Game Of Doubleheader Against Stingers

The Madison Mallards (10-6, 28-21) fell short this afternoon in game one of their doubleheader, scoring three runs in the top half of the seventh inning but eventually losing to the Willmar Stingers (10-6, 32-14) by a score of 7-6 in a seven inning game.

Alex Bacon(North Florida) scored on an error in the seventh and Pete Alonso (Florida) went deep, but Stingers starter A.J. Puckett (Pepperdine University) got Mallards right fielder Connor Marabell (Jacksonville) to fly out for the last out of the game. Puckett went seven complete innings, giving up six runs on seven hits in the win.

The Mallards runs came in the first inning when catcher Drew Carlile (Bradley) singled to drive in first Alonso after Alonso reached on an error. Second baseman Robbie Tenerowicz (California) then hit a two run bomb in the fifth running, his sixth of the year, to bring the Mallards deficit to 6-3.

The Stingers scattered their seven runs but were aided by a two run first and a three run second inning. Leading the Stingers was left fielder Jack Ross (Pepperdine), who went 3-for-3 with one home run and two RBI.

Northwoods League All-Star and Mallards starter Sterling Sharp (Eastern Michigan) tossed four innings, giving up six runs on seven hits while striking out two in the loss.

On the mound for game two of the twin bill is Mallards southpaw Rob McDonnell (Illinois). McDonnell holds a respectable 3.31 ERA in 35.1 innings of work and is tied for the team lead in strikeouts with 31. He carries a 4-2 record in his eight appearances, and in his last start McDonnell tossed six complete innings, giving up three runs on four hits while striking out five in a 3-1 loss to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.

He is slated to square off against Stingers hurler Brady Anderson (Florida Gulf Coast). Anderson, a 6’0”, 180-pound righty is 3-2 on the year in five starts and holds a 1.89 ERA. His last appearance, he tossed one scoreless inning, earning a save against the Waterloo Bucks in a 5-3 victory.

The Mallards stay to the “Duck Pond” tomorrow to play a doubleheader against the Stingers at 4:30 pm. Friday is Karate Night with a Pepsi Kung Fu Maynard Bobblehead Giveaway. It is also Dashelito's Hot Sauce Appreciation Night.

 

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