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The Madison Mallards blew a six-run lead, then pulled within a run before falling 9-8 in a second straight agonizing loss to the Green Bay Bullfrogs in a Northwoods League amateur baseball game Friday night at Warner Park.

One night after dropping a 3-2 decision on a walk-off passed ball, the Mallards (47-23, 19-15 second half) trailed 9-6 before scoring twice in the eighth inning against the Bullfrogs (28-42, 16-18) on a Jesse Forestell single and an error.

Cam Cratic singled to open the bottom of the ninth, but with two outs he was forced at second base on a grounder to shortstop for the final out.

Tyler Plantier staked the Mallards to a 2-0 lead with a first-inning home run.

Playoffs await

The Mallards have two games remaining in the regular season, which wraps up this weekend. They host the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders tonight at 6:05 p.m. then travel to Fond du Lac for a 1:05 p.m. start on Sunday.

As first-half South Division champions (28-8), the Mallards have one of two home games in the four-team single-elimination South Division playoffs, which begin Monday.

The Mallards will face the lowest seed — which is to be determined — on Monday at 7:05 p.m. The Kenosha Kingfish will host the second-lowest seed, also to be determined.

Winners will play Tuesday. Should the Mallards win Monday, they would host the other South finalist.

The South champion will then play the North Division champion Wednesday through Friday in a best-of-3 in the Summer Collegiate World Series.

GREEN BAY ab r h bi MADISON ab r h bi

Maris c 5 1 2 2 Cratic cf 4 2 2 0

Smith 2b 4 2 2 1 Schwecke 2b 5 1 1 1

Damla dh 5 2 2 0 Randa rf 5 1 1 3

Mihalik 1b 5 1 1 1 Plantier 3b 5 1 3 2

Pavlica cf 5 2 2 3 Vinsky 1b 4 1 1 0

Antone lf 5 0 0 0 Bigbie dh 3 1 0 0

Nelson 3b 4 0 2 2 Ober lf 3 0 0 0

Gonzalez ss 3 1 0 0 Forestell c 4 0 1 1

Buckman rf 3 0 1 0 Kueber ss 4 1 1 0

Totals 39 9 12 9 Totals 37 8 10 7

Green Bay 000 261 000 — 9 12 2

Madison 204 000 020 — 8 10 2

E — Gonzalez 2, Plantier, Vinsky. DP — Green Bay 1, Madison 1. LOB — Green Bay 6, Madison 5. 2B — Smith, Damla, Pavlica, Schwecke, Vinsky, Kueber. 3B — Nelson. HR — Maris, Smith, Pavlica, Randa, Plantier. SB — Cratic.

Green Bay ip h r er bb so

VanLanen W, 2-0 7 7 6 4 2 3

Carillo .2 2 2 1 1 1

Toth S, 4 1.1 1 0 0 0 1

Madison

Wiggins 4.1 5 4 4 0 1

Baker L, 0-2 0 2 3 3 1 0

Morales 1.2 3 2 2 0 1

Churchill 2 2 0 0 0 3

O’Connor 1 0 0 0 0 2

HBP — Gonzalez (by Wiggins). WP — Carrillo. T—2:53. Att. — 6,596.

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