The Madison Mallards had been struggling to score runs-- but not Friday night.
The Mallards scored nine runs in the second inning and Mallards right fielder Tyler Marincov hit a Northwoods League leading seventh home run and made a spectacular home run robbing catch in right field to help the Mallards (13-18) to run away with an 18-4 win over the La Crosse Loggers (22-8).
The win evens up the three game series between the two teams and sets up a rubber match in the series finale.
The Loggers got the scoring started in the second inning on RBI hits from catcher Tyler Servais (Princeton) and designated hitter Bailey Austin (San Diego). With third baseman Kevin Kramer (UCLA) on third, Servais was able to drive a ball off of Mallards starter Kurt Giller (Oral Roberts) to score Kramer. The Loggers added two more runs when Austin drove a Giller fastball back up the middle to score right fielder Bobby Juan (Minnesota) and center fielder Boomer Collins (Dallas Baptist) and give the Loggers a 3-0 advantage.
The Mallards responded in the bottom half with an offensive explosion, scoring nine runs all with two outs. The Mallards began their run with an RBI ground rule double by catcher Mike Reuvekamp (California) to score left fielder Derek Fisher (Virginia) and would score their eighth and ninth runs on a two RBI single by Reuvekamp later in the inning.
Other RBI hits that inning came off the bats of Marincov, second baseman Luis Munoz (Coffeyville CC), and third baseman Nicholas Howard (Virginia). In total the Mallards got six hits and four walks off of Loggers starter Bo Henning (Sacramento CC) and reliever Steven Pallares (San Diego State), allowing every Mallards hitter to reach base at least once at some point.