Mallards crush Green Bay 14-4 to keep playoff hopes alive

It’s the final week of the Northwoods League season, and the Madison Mallards are still in the playoff race.

That’s after a whipping Green Bay 14-4 Monday night, leaving manager Donnie Scott’s team 1 ½ games behind Lakeshore for the final playoff spot in the South Division, according to the team’s website.

Madison drilled three home runs on the night, including solo shot by center fielder Doran Turchin, his team-leading 11th on the year. He finished with three RBIs, as did right fielder Cade Bunnell.

Matt McCarty got the win, giving up two earned runs over four innings of work. The bullpen was great as Riley Pawelski and David Stover allowed just one hit over the final nine innings of the game.

The Mallards are now 35-32 on the year with four games to play.

They’ll take on Green Bay again on Wednesday, this time at Warner Park in Madison. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m., and can be heard on 106.7 FM and 1670 AM ‘The Zone.’

Mallards fall at Lakeshore 3-2

The Madison Mallards fell 3-2 to Lakeshore on Sunday in Kenosha.

Matt Horkey gave manager Donnie Scott a solid start, throwing five scoreless innings before the Chinooks finally got to him in the sixth. That’s where they scored all three of their runs, including an RBI double from centerfielder Drake Lubin.

On the other side, Lakeshore’s Austin Havekost gave the Mallards all kinds of trouble. He made 7 2/3rds innings, allowing just one unearned run on five hits to pick up the win. Joe Heineman came on for the save.

Madison did watch first baseman David Vinsky drill his second home run of the year.

The loss dropped Madison to 15-16 in the second half of the season and 34-32 overall. The Mallards will open the final week of the regular season tonight in Green Bay.

Mallards confirm manager Donnie Scott will return in 2017

MADISON, Wis. — As first reported by the Wisconsin Sports Zone Network in August, Donnie Scott will return as manager of the Madison Mallards for the 2017 season.

The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon via the team Web site:

The Madison Mallards have announced that Field Manager Donnie Scott will return for his fifth season. Scott, who led the Mallards to the playoffs in 2016, has a career record of 160-120 in Madison.

“I’m very honored and excited about returning to manage the Madison Mallards for a fifth season. The mission like, every year, is to contend for the Northwoods League Championship. The fans and the atmosphere at the Duck Pond make it so much fun to be at the ballpark! It truly is my ‘Field of Dreams’,” said Scott.

In 2016, the Mallards fell short in the first round of playoffs in a heartbreaking 8-9 loss to the Battle Creek Bombers. “I felt last season was a successful one and I’m looking forward to carrying that momentum into this season. I believe the 2017 roster that has been assembled is as strong as we’ve had in my time with the Mallards,” said Scott.

Scott has a very impressive resume with an overall record of 213-146 in the Northwoods League, winning two Summer Collegiate World Series Championships, his most recent in 2013 with the Mallards. He won his first championship in 2011 with the Battle Creek Bombers, where he was also named NWL Manager of the Year. Scott will look to add his third title in 2017.

“We are excited to have Donnie back again for the 2017 season,” said Mallards General Manager Tyler Isham. “Donnie’s professional experience and gritty approach to the game make him one of the best managers in the Northwoods League. Donnie does an excellent job developing our young players, while still putting an emphasis on winning. We are excited to see what he does with the group of young men we have coming to Madison in 2017.”

Scott was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the second round of the 1979 amateur draft. He made his MLB debut with the Texas Rangers on September 30, 1983. He spent time in the major leagues as a back up and part time catcher for the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds until he ended his MLB career in 1991.

After concluding his MLB playing career, Scott went on to manage the Rookie level Billings Mustangs (Montana) of the Pioneer League. Scott led the Mustangs to four league championships.

He returned to managing the Gulf Coast (Rookie) Reds after spending three seasons as Field Coordinator. He went on to have two tenures with Class A Dayton Dragons (Ohio), where he led the Dragons to the playoffs four out of five seasons.

Scott was named Manager of the Year in the Pioneer League in 1992 and Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball Weekly in 1994. Scott has also managed two Midwest League All-Star games and has a career record of 689-569 (.548) in the minor leagues.

Scott, 55, resides with his wife Debbie in Pinellas Park, Florida and has two children, son David and daughter Dana. In the off-season he works at NextUp Baseball Academy.

The Mallards will be hosting a live video interview with Donnie on Friday, November 4 at noon via the Mallards Facebook page. Fans can join the conversation on the Mallards Facebook page and submit their own questions for Donnie.

Expect Mallards to extend manager Donnie Scott

MADISON, Wis. — Despite another heartbreaking end to the season, the Madison Mallards can be expected to bring back manager Donnie Scott for a fifth season.

In an interview with the Wisconsin Sports Zone Network on July 20, team president Vern Stenman called Scott “our guy,” adding that he generally signs one-year contract extensions.

“He’s not going anywhere,” Stenman said. “He’s actually turned down a [MLB] coaching job within the last year so that he can stay here in Madison  because he loves what he’s doing with us…We’re excited to have him be the leader of these guys on the field.”

The Mallards finished the 2016 season with a 43-30 record, good enough for second overall in the Southern Division. They lost Monday night in the opening round of the playoffs to the Battle Creek Bombers 9-8, falling short of a four-run comeback.

It was the second straight season of heartbreak for the Mallards, who lost in the Kenosha Kingfish in walk-off fashion in the 2015 Southern League Championship game.

Scott has led the Mallards to a pair of Northwoods League Championships, most recently in 2013. Oddly enough, he won his very first championship with the Bombers in 2011 on his way to NWL Manager of the Year.