Mallards blow four run lead in the ninth

Playoff hopes over for Madison
Mallards blow four run lead in the ninth

The Madison Mallards chances of getting into the Northwoods League playoffs are officially over after a long Wednesday night in Mequon.

Chinooks right fielder Forrest Chadwick hit a game tying grand slam in the ninth inning, and center fielder Charlie Markson completed the comeback effort with a walk-off sacrifice fly in the 12th inning to send the Lakeshore Chinooks home 5-4 winners over the Madison Mallards.

The Mallards are now 20-11 on the second half of the season, and are five games behind the Wisconsin Woodchucks for first place with only four games to play.

Mallards starter Kurt Giller delivered a great performance. He threw six innings, striking out seven while not allowing a run.

The Mallards were up 3-0 before adding an insurance run in the eighth inning when left fielder Mitch Elliot doubled home designated hitter Derek Fisher.

But just when it seemed that the Mallards were going to walk away with their third straight win over the Chinooks, Chadwick hit a towering grand slam to right field off of Mallards reliever Kyle Barbeck in the ninth inning to tie the game and send the action into extras.

Both team’s closers came in to keep the game scoreless until the 12th inning, when Markson’s fly ball to right field was deep enough to score third baseman Rex Morrow from third and let the Chinooks walk-off winners.

Lucky enough for the Chinooks, Markson was able to deliver the win in the 12th inning. Had the inning concluded in a tie, play would have been suspended until tomorrow due to Mequon city ordinances.