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Sam Armstrong hit a two-run home run and Matt Horkey earned his fifth victory as the Madison Mallards beat the Battle Creek Bombers 7-3 in a Northwoods League amateur baseball game Saturday night at Warner Park.

The victory vibe over the Bombers (42-29, 22-14 second half) was tempered, however, by news that the Lakeshore Chinooks beat the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. That meant the Mallards (37-34, 18-18) were ousted from the playoff chase with one game left in the regular season, the team said.

The Mallards are one game back of Lakeshore with the finales to be played today, but the Chinooks hold the first tiebreaker.

B. CREEK ab r h bi MADISON ab r h bi

Stoffel 1b 5 0 1 0 Daily ss 3 0 1 1

Howard ss 4 1 1 1 Bullock 2b 4 0 0 0

Walker rf 4 0 1 0 Turchin cf 4 1 1 0

Norkeh cf 3 0 0 1 Vinsky rf 3 1 0 0

Joop 3b 4 0 1 0 Taylor dh 3 2 1 0

Vasic 2b 4 0 0 0 Amstrng 1b 2 2 1 2

Homer 2b 0 0 0 0 Handley c 4 1 1 2

Felix c 2 0 0 0 Elsnpter 3b 3 0 0 1

Antonini dh 3 1 1 0 Hawley lf 3 0 1 0

Hawken lf 3 1 2 0

Totals 32 3 7 2 Totals 29 7 6 6

Battle Creek 001 002 000 — 3 7 6

Madison 041 000 02x — 7 6 2

E — Armstrong, Elsenpeter. LOB — Battle Creek 8, Madison 3. 2B — Turchin, Taylor, Handley. HR — Armstrong. SB — Daily, Turchin. DP — Madison 2.

Battle Creek IP H R ER BB SO

Garam 8 6 7 7 3 3

Madison IP H R ER BB SO

Horkey W, 5-4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Baker 1.1 3 0 0 1 1

Buckley 1.2 0 0 0 2 1

HBP — Armstrong (by Garam). WP — Garam, Horkey. PB — Handley.

T — 2:16; Att. — 6,750.

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