Mallards start strong in Battle Creek Tuesday

Mallards start strong in Battle Creek Tuesday

The Madison Mallards opened the 2016 Northwoods league season Tuesday with a strong 8-3 win in Battle Creek.

Justin Watts struck out ten Battle Creek hitters in 4 2/3 innings of work in his 2016 debut. He gave up four hits and three walks while allowing just one earned run. He was accompanied by big games at the plate from Joe Stefanki, AJ Montoya and Matt Vierling who each got three hits.

The Mallards will play Battle Creek again Wednesday morning at 9:05 a.m.

The Mallards home opener is Friday at Warner Park against the new Rockford franchise.