Mallards drop first league game, lose to Belle Plaine and fly past Veseli

By: 
Jarrod Schoenecker, editor@montgomerymnnews.com

Mallards Outfielder Tom Flicek takes wild pitch to the ankle in the 8th inning to walk on base at the June 2 evening home game against the Mudcats. This was no help to the Mallards, scoring no runs in the 8th inning and giving up one run instead during the inning and seven more in the ninth inning. Mallards finally score two in the ninth but lose 2-10. (Jarod Schoenecker photo)

Friday, May 19 Montgomery Mallards 1, Belle Plaine 8 (7 inns.)

The Mallards hosted Belle Plaine Friday, May 19 in a non-league, exhibition game and fell short by a score of 8-1, dropping the Mallards overall record to 2-1. The Tigers started off the game with a first pitch home run followed by another round tripper two batters later. The Mallards answered in the bottom of the first when Pat Lloyd scored on a Cole Pint single, but that’s all the offense the Ducks would muster on the night.

Derek Christenson, Cole Pint, Jack Barnett and Alec Dohlman handled pitching duties for the Mallards, with Dohlman making his Mallard debut pitching a one-twothree final inning. Cole Pint and Tyler Bednar both tallied two hits for the Mallards, but the bats were held in check most of the night with only five hits over the seven-inning game.

Sunday, May 28 Montgomery Mallards 8, Veseli Warriors 2 The Mallards traveled to Veseli on Sunday, May 28 for a Memorial Day weekend tilt versus the Warriors and cruised to an 8-2 win. The Mallards jumped out to an early lead when Pat Lloyd walked, stole second base and was drove home by a Ryan Iverson’s RBI. The Warriors answered with two in the bottom of the third to take the lead but a diving, over the shoulder catch by Tom Flicek prevented any additional damage. From there, Ben Anderson, making his Mallard debut, shut down the Veseli bats, pitching four two-thirds innings of hitless relief and earning his first DRS win. Derek Christenson finished the last two innings on the mound, picking up the save. 

The Mallard bats and legs put continuous pressure on the Warriors with 13 hits and six stolen bases on the day. Ryan Iverson and Jack Barnett lead the Mallards at the plate with three hits each and Iverson tallying three runs batted in.

Friday, June 2 Montgomery Mallards 2, Prior Lake Mudcats 10 The Prior Lake Mudcats traveled to Montgomery Friday, June 2 and completely shut down the Mallard bats on the night, eventually breaking the game wide open with seven runs in the ninth inning, capping a 10-2 victory.

The lone runs for Montgomery didn’t come until the final frame when Ryan Iverson crossed the plate on a Tom Flicek double. The Mallards didn’t tally a hit until an infield single in the bottom of the eighth inning and struck out 15 times. Despite the loss, Montgomery remains in second place in the DRS League with a record of 3-1. The Mallards will look to rebound on Sunday against Union Hill, with a 2:00 start at Memorial Field in Montgomery. From there the summer heats up with seven games in 18 days.

Upcoming Mallards games • Sunday, June 11 at 2 p.m. vs. Union Hill Bulldogs (Home) • Wednesday, June 14 at 8 p.m. vs. Elko Express (Home) • Friday, June 16 at 8 p.m vs. Shakopee Coyotes (Home) • Sunday, June 18 at 2 p.m. vs. St. Benedict Saints (Away)

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