Errors doom Mallards in loss to Lakeshore 12-7 Friday

The Lakeshore Chinooks (22-28) swam past the Madison Mallards (32-18) to take game two, 12-7. Several errors committed by Madison’s defense allowed the Chinooks to jump ahead and maintain the lead to claim the victory and split the series. 

Justice Bigbie (Western Carolina) did what he does best in the bottom of the seventh. He slammed a three-run home run over the left field fence to bring Madison back within one run for the second time. The Chinooks held on to an 8-7 lead going into the top of the eighth inning. 

The effort from Bigbie was not enough, as the Chinooks took advantage of the Mallards errors on defense. Two runs were scored on an error by Blazevic to give the Chinooks an easy 10-7 lead. A passed ball paved the way to another run for Lakeshore, giving them their second four run lead on the night, 11-7. An RBI single by Griffin Doersching (Northern Kentucky) finished the inning, the Chinooks earned a five run cushion to make the score 12-7 heading into the bottom of the eighth. 

Madison was not able to come up with any runs to claim another come-from-behind victory. The loss marks the Mallards 16th of the season and the series split makes the record between the two teams 6-2, in favor of Madison. 

Bailey Vuylsteke (Miami-Ohio) was awarded the win after he pitched through three innings, not giving up the Chinooks lead. 

The loss was handed to Mallards Starter, Quinn Gudaitis (Illinois Wesleyan), as he gave up the runs that allowed Lakeshore to take the lead.  Lakeshore never gave up the lead after the fourth inning. 

The Mallards are back at the Duck Pond for their final game of their three-game homestand. Madison will compete against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (19-30) for game one of a two-game series. The evening will be the Anniversary of Man on the Moon (or is it?) with Moon Maynard bobblehead presented by Zimbrick Honda. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m., gates will open at 5:05 p.m.