Mallards win sixth straight game

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The Madison Mallards continue to be one of the hottest teams in the Northwoods League, after they won their sixth straight game to start the season 7-6 Sunday in Wisconsin Rapids.

The Mallards rallied for two runs to earn their sixth straight victory during opening week after trailing in the 9th inning for the first time all season.

The Mallards were down 1-0 lead following a lengthy rain delay in the second inning, when Logan Sherer hit a two-run home run to put the Mallards on top. Later that same inning, Cameron Frost  got his first home run of the season to give the Mallards a 3-0 lead .

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters came back and led 6-3 after five innings at Witter Park. But the Mallards came back, led by Lucas Halstead. He launched a solo shot to right field, for his third home run in as many games.  

“Right now, just being in this dangerous of a lineup really makes things easier as a hitter. Having the guys around me that I do offers me a lot of protection, and I’ve been able to capitalize when pitchers have left things over the plate,” said Halstead.

The Mallards were down 6-5 after 8 innings, but came back in the ninth to grab a 7-6 lead. After Brendan McClaryand Matt McCann walked, Matt Vierling tied the game with an RBI single to score McClary. Halstead followed Vierling’s single with a sacrifice fly to center to give the Mallards the lead. 

Luke Shilling came on to work the ninth for the Mallards. After the potential tying run reached on an error, Shilling slammed the door shut for his first save of the season. 

The Mallards will return to Madison on Monday to take on the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.