Express Triumphs over Mallards

The Eau Claire Express won its second consecutive game for the first time this season as it defeated the Madison Mallards Monday night by a final score of 4-3 at Carson Park.

The Express improve to 5-6 overall this season and to 3-2 at home. Madison drops to 6-5 overall and now have lost three straight at Carson Park.

Eau Claire threatened early in the bottom of the first as they had three hits in the inning, but came away with no runs after Ian Hollick (New Mexico) was thrown out at the plate on Tyler Goodro’s (Butler CC) double. However, the Express took the lead in the bottom of the fourth when with two runners on Joe Bonfe (Creighton) hit a high fly ball that cleared the left center field fence to give the Express a 3-0 lead. It was Bonfe’s first and the Express’ second home run this season.

The Mallards chipped away at the lead in the top of the sixth on a Michael Hubbard two-run home run to right center. Michael Hubbard didn’t even start the game as he took the place of Adam Pasono, who got hurt in the first at-bat of the game.

Michael’s brother, Bobby Hubbard, knotted the game up in the top of the eighth on solo blast into the right field fan deck to make the score 3-3. Still in the top of the eighth with a runner on first, Bryan Frew (Nebraska-Omaha) made a spectacular diving catch in left field and then threw a perfect strike to first to double-up the runner to retire the side.

In the bottom of the eighth and one out, Mickey Fadness (UW-Oshkosh) walked. The following batter Ian Hollick also walked to put runners at first and second. Tyler Goodro then stepped to the plate and hit a hot shot towards short and after getting the runner at second, the throw to first went wide, which allowed Fadness to score and give the Express a 4-3 lead.

In the top of the ninth, Kole Calhoun (Yavapai) came in for the save and with a runner on and one out he would get Madison to line out into a double play as the Express won 4-3.

Tim Huber (Nebraska-Omaha) improved to 2-0 this season as he went eight innings, allowed just four hits, and struck out four. Calhoun picked up his third save of the season. Dan Sorce received the loss for the Mallards.

Both teams will play again Tuesday at Carson Park. Tuesday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.