Bullfrogs Avoid Sweep With 4-1 Win Over MallardsJune 8, 2012 - Central Hockey League (CHL) Quad City Mallards
The Bullfrogs wasted no time to start the game, scoring in the first inning off a two out RBI double by first baseman Ryan McCauley (Niagra). After driving the ball into the gap the relay throw by shortstop Tom Verdi (Connecticut) went over the head of catcher Mike Wieland (Heartland College), scoring designated hitter Justin Seager (UNC-Charlotte) from first base.
The Mallards struck back in the fourth when center fielder John Welborn (Texas-San Antonio) homered to right field off of Bullfrogs starting pitcher Taylor Black (Texas State). The home run was the leadoff hitters first of the season.
In the fifth the Bullfrogs were able to regain the lead when Verdi misplayed a ground ball up the middle that allowed catcher Kyle Still (Winona State) to score from third, making the score 2-1.
The Bullfrogs were able to get an insurance run in the seventh when Stein hit a deep sacrifice fly to right with the bases loaded that allowed shortstop Jason McMurray (Notre Dame) to tag up from third and score the Bullfrogs third run of the night.
Offensively the Mallards were limited by the Bullfrogs pitching staff until the eighth inning when they were able to get two runners in scoring position against Bullfrog reliever Elliot Waterman (San Fracisco). However Waterman was able to work out of the jam, striking out Welborn and getting left fielder Vince Bruno (California) to fly out to left.
Starting pitcher Brandon Barker (Mercer) was charged with the loss for the Malalrds despite racking up eight strikeouts. Barker (0-2) gave up two runs off of two hits in 6.0 innings of work.
Black (1-0) got the win for the Bullfrogs in his first start of the season, giving up the lone run on the Welborn homer and three hits while striking out four.
The Mallards will now embark on a four game road trip to take on the Eau Claire Express (4-6) and the Wisconsin Woodchucks (6-4). The team returns to the "Duck Pond" on Wednesday June 13th to take on the Bombers That night will be The Payroll Company Police Appreciation Night at the Ballpark featuring Erik Estrada from the hit TV show ChiPs.
The 2012 season is upon us! Single-game tickets are on-sale for all Mallards home games!
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