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Mallards prepping for Warner Park playoff game


MADISON (WKOW) -- For the first time in five years the Madison Mallards are making an appearance in the post season.

The team struggled Monday night, losing in the Northwoods South Division playoff opener, but could turn things around Tuesday night.

The teams faces the Lakeshore Chinooks at 7:05 p.m. at Warner Park. Tyler Isham with the Mallards says despite the loss, excitement is building for fans and players.  After such a long playoff drought, he says the team is determined to make it deeper into the post season.  Click on the video above to see what Isham says is making this a season to watch.

The Chinooks stomped the Mallards Monday, using a seven-run fourth inning to blast to a 15-0 victory at Kapco Park.  Here's a recap.

There were only three combined hits—two from the Mallards and one from the Chinooks—until the bottom of the fourth, when Staub walked Aaron Machbitz and Chris Manning to lead off the inning. After a Ryan Krill single that scored Machbitz, Mallards third baseman Brock Stewart fielded a sacrifice bunt attempt from Sawyer Polen but had his throw sail up the right field line to allow another run to come across. 
The Chinooks went on to get four more hits in the inning and scored five more runs. Jack Livingston relieved the Mallards ace before he could record an out and would allow two more runs in the inning.
Greenfield, meanwhile, allowed only two Mallards hitters to reach third through his seven innings of work. Jeff Zahn doubled in the fifth and advanced on a Kyle Ruchim groundout and Tony Cheky singled in the sixth and eventually reached third on a passed ball later in the inning.
Cheky reached third again in the eighth while Chinooks reliever Jack Landwehr was on the mound after singling, reaching second on an error and then advancing to third on a Drew Weeks groundout to first. Catcher Mike Fitzgerald struck out with Cheky on third to end the inning.
Greenfield scattered six hits, walked just one and struck out three over his seven innings of work. The Chinooks tallied eight more over the seventh and eighth innings after Andrew Stevenson hit a triple with the bases loaded in the seventh and Mike Papi and Machbitz hit back-to-back solo home runs in the eighth off of reliever Charlie Naso.
Mike Hollenbeck then hit a two-run double later in the eighth and Stevenson then singled him in off of Naso to cap off the scoring on the night.  Joe Pavlovich came in for the Chinooks in the ninth and put down the Mallards in order.
Leading the way for the Chinooks in the offensive onslaught was Stevenson, who finished 3-for-6 with four RBIs, and Machbitz, who finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Hollenbeck, the team's No. 8 hitter, also had four RBIs and went 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
Cheky and Zahn were the only Mallards with multiple hits. Both hitters finished 2-for-4.
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