After Thursday night's 5-1 win over Green Bay, Madison remained in first place in the South Division, having won 12 games in a row.
**There are no games this coming Monday in the Northwoods League**
Madison 5, Green Bay 1
The Madison Mallards picked up their 12th straight win on Thursday night at the Duck Pond, this time a 5-1 victory over the Green Bay Bullfrogs that was secured by strong pitching performances and timely hitting in the late innings. Madison starter Sean Leland (Illinois) hurled a gem, allowing only one run on four hits. Leland pounded the strike zone and pitched to weak contact all evening as the righty needed only 74 pitches to last 7.0 innings and earn the win. Meanwhile, the Mallards spotted him two runs on RBI knocks by Jake Randa (NW Florida State) and Drew Ober (UNC Charlotte) in the fifth inning.
Fond du Lac 2, Lakeshore 1
Both offensives struggled to score runs, but a misplayed ball in the eighth inning was part of the difference as the Dock Spiders beat the Chinooks 2-1. A fly ball down the left field line that looked playable for Sebastian Holte-Mancera instead found the turf and allowed Andrew Bullock to advance to second for a leadoff double. Two batters later, Chris Ayers singled off of Chinooks reliever Nick Campe and drove home pinch runner Dayton Provost to give the Dock Spiders the lead and eventually the win.
St. Cloud 3, Eau Claire 1
The Eau Claire Express (4-13) couldn’t get the offense going in a 3-1 loss against the St. Cloud Rox (8-8)..
Rockford 9, Kenosha 1
The Kenosha Kingfish (6-10) fell to the Rockford Rivets (11-5) in the first game of the series by a score of 9-1.
Full recap of last night's action:
Here's a preview of upcoming games around the Northwoods League:
Friday: Green Bay (6-11) at Madison (14-3) - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday: Madison (14-3) at Battle Creek (5-11) - 6:05 p.m.
Sunday: Madison (14-3) at Battle Creek (5-11) - 12:05 p.m.
Standings: 1st in South Division (3 GA)
The Mallards take on the Green Bay Bullfrogs tomorrow night at 7:05 PM at the Duck Pond looking for their 13th straight win. Madison plays Battle Creek on Saturday and Sunday on the road before Monday's off day.
Friday: Fond du Lac (9-8) at Lakeshore (7-10) - 6:35 p.m.
Saturday: Kalamazoo (11-6) at Lakeshore (7-10) - 6:35 p.m.
Sunday: Kalamazoo (11-6) at Lakeshore (7-10) - 1:35 p.m.
Standings: 7 GB in South Division
The Chinooks will face off against the Dock Spiders again tomorrow night at Kapco Park. Lakeshore looks to bounce back after losing four in row. First pitch will be at 6:35 pm. Second-place Kalamazoo will be in town next before Monday's off day.
Friday: Kenosha (6-10) at Rockford (11-6) - 6:35 p.m.
Saturday: Kenosha (6-10) at Wisconsin Rapids (9-8) - 6:05 p.m.
Sunday: Kenosha (6-10) at Wisconsin Rapids (9-8) - 4:05 p.m.
Standings: 7.5 GB in South Division
June 14th, the Kingfish travel to Rockford to finish the two game series with the probable being Colton Johnson (Illinois State). The next time the Fish host a game at Historic Simmons Field is June 23rd when they take on the Fond Du Lac Spiders. Until then the team hits a seven game road trip, facing the Rivets, Wisconsin Rapids, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.
Friday: St. Cloud (9-8) at Eau Claire (4-13) - 7:05 p.m.
Saturday: Duluth (12-5) at Eau Claire (4-13) - 6:35 p.m.
Sunday: Duluth (12-5) at Eau Claire (4-13) - 2:05 p.m.
Standings: 8 GB in North Division
The Express homestand continues Friday, June 15th, against the St. Cloud Rox. Then, first-place Duluth visits Carson Park for the weekend.
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