By Green Bay Bullfrogs
The visiting Green Bay Bullfrogs (12-21) trailed 6-0 in the second inning and could not dig themselves out of the hole in a 12-6 defeat to the host Madison Mallards (25-8) from The Duck Pond at Warner Park Saturday evening. The Mallards clinch the Northwoods League South Division first-half title with the victory as the Bullfrogs fall to 2-3 against Madison this season.
The Mallards struck first in the second inning with an RBI single followed by a two-run double from Max Hewitt to put Madison in front 3-0. The hosts continued to stretch their lead with a sacrifice fly, RBI single and scoring on a wild pitch to make it a 6-0 game.
Green Bay answered quickly in the third inning with an RBI triple by Alejandro Gonzalez (Freshman, Hillsborough CC) and RBI ground out from Eddy Gonzalez (Junior, Incarnate Word) to cut the deficit down to 6-2. A two-run shot by Madison’s Jayse McLean in the following frame extended the Mallard’s advantage back out to 9-2.
The Bullfrogs tallied four unanswered runs from the fourth until the eighth inning, while holding the Madison offense scoreless in four consecutive frames. A Blaise Maris (Sophomore, Florida Tech) lead-off home solo home run made it a 9-3 contest in the fourth inning. RBI singles from Maris in the sixth and Blake Nelson (Junior, Univ. of Michigan) in the seventh trimmed the margin down to 9-5. Luke Robinson’s (Sophomore, Western Carolina) run-scoring single in the eighth inning got the Bullfrogs within three runs at 9-6.
Madison’s bats came alive in the bottom of the eighth, tallying a RBI double, scoring on a wild pitch and another home run by McLean to push the margin out to 12-6.
Maris led the Green Bay offense going 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Cooper Morrison (Sophomore, UC Davis) finished 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored. Eddy Gonzalez, Alejandro Gonzalez and Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo (Freshman, Navarro College) each went 1-for-4 with one run scored.
Madison starting pitcher Dalton Wiggins earned the win, improving to 4-1. Green Bay starter McKinley Moore (Sophomore, Arkansas – Little Rock) took the loss, falling to 0-2. Bullfrogs right-handed pitcher Jason Applegate (Junior, Villanova) was solid in relief, allowing just one hit in three innings of work with four strikeouts.
Both teams conclude the home-and-home series tomorrow for a Sunday matinee from Joannes Stadium. First pitch is slated for a 1:05 p.m. start. A live video webcast of tomorrow’s contest can be streamed online through the official Northwoods League website. Fans can also listen to the live audio broadcast on WOCO Radio (107.1 FM) or online at WOCO.Caster.FM.