Fire at Warner Park causes ‘significant damage’

Officials are investigating a fire that caused significant damage at Warner Park late Thursday night.

According to the Madison Fire Department, they were alerted to the fire just before 10 p.m. When crews arrived the building that housed the Madison Mallards Pro Shop was completely engulfed in flames. They were able to get the fire under control within minutes, though there were some flare-ups due to materials in the building still burning.

The department said the roof of the building collapsed and the building itself sustained major damage, but no one was injured.

Fire investigators were planning to work overnight to determine a cause.

The stadium has served as the home of the Mallards since 2001.

Warner Park (Madison Fire Department)

Mallards beat Fond du Lac with walk-off HR

The Madison Mallards won in walk-off fashion Thursday night with a 6-4 win over Fond du Lac.

Madison trailed 4-2 entering the ninth inning and were still down 4-3 when Justice Bigbie stepped the plate with two on. All the Western Carolina product did was jack a 3-run home run to give the Mallards the win and send everyone at Warner Park home happy.

It was home run No. 10 on the year for Bigbie, the most of anyone in the Northwoods League. He also leads the league in RBI (48), is tied for the third-best batting average (.357) and has the fourth-most doubles (13).

E.J. Ranel had a pair of RBI and Logan Michaels had one for the Mallards, who won for a second-straight night.

Madison starter Lowell Schipper went five innings, giving up one run on three hits, while reliever Brian Weissert picked up the win by pitching a pair of scoreless innings.

The Mallards improved to 5-4 in the second half of the season. They’ll take on Fond du Lac again on Friday night, this time on the road. You can hear ever game on 96.7FM and 1670AM The Zone.

Former Madison Mallard wins Home Run Derby

Former Madison Mallards great and current New York Mets rookie, Pete Alonso, was this year’s Major League Baseball Home Run Derby Champion!

Alonso, the two seed, defeated Indians first basemen Carlos Santana 14-13 in the first round of the derby.

In the semi-finals, the former Mallard swung his way past the Atlanta Braves 21 year-old phenom, Ronald Acuna Jr., 20-19.

The stage was then set in the finals, as Alonso took on the epic “swing-off” winner, possibly the competition’s most impressive participant, and the son of a big leaguer in Vlad Guerrero Jr. The Mets rookie was ultimately able to withstand Guerrero Jr., winning  23-22 to take home the 2019 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby.

With the win, Alonso took home the one-million dollar first place prize, which he pledged to donate a portion of the winnings to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Pete Alonso played for the Mallards in the summer of 2014 and won the Northwoods League MVP award that season.

Mallards split double-header against Booyah

The Madison Mallards split their double-header with the Green Bay Booyah Tuesday. They took game one in dominant fashion winning 13-4. Then, they fell in game two on a walk-off 9-8.

Game One

Green Bay got off to a quick start taking a 1-0 lead thanks to a Jacob Buchberger solo home run.

The Mallards responded by scoring 12 unanswered runs. Logan Michaels got it going for Madison with an RBI double to tie the game in the third. Later, with the bases loaded, Andre Nnebe cleared the bases with a triple to center field giving the Mallards a 4-1 lead.

Madison scored six more runs in the fourth inning to make it a 10-1 game. Justice Bigbie smashed a two-out grand slam to right field for his sixth home run of the season. Then, Nick Gile tacked on two more runs with a double to right field.

Gile added an RBI single up the middle in the sixth inning followed by an RBI from Timo Schau making it a 12-1 game.

Joe Mason hit a three-run homer in the sixth to give the Booyah some life. That would be it for Green Bay.

Drew Benefield added one more run for the Mallards with his league-leading ninth home run in the eighth inning to give Madison a 13-4 lead.

Quinn Gudaitis picked up his fourth win of the season going 5.2 innings while striking out three.

Game Two

It was a much closer game in the night-cap and a different result. The Mallards’ offense stayed hot but the Booyah found ways to score as well. Mike Ferri was the hero knocking a walk-off single in the ninth inning to give Green Bay a 9-8 win.

Justice Bigbie got it started for Madison with an RBI single in the first inning. Then, another run came around to score when Drew Benefield grounded out making it a 2-0 lead for the Mallards.

Madison’s lead grew to 4-0 in the third thanks to a Wade Stauss home run and it felt like a mirror copy of game one.

However, the Booyah began to chip away at the deficit in the third inning with RBIs from Jacob Buchberger and Jarrett Ford.

The Mallards responded in the fourth making it 5-2 after an RBI double from Benefield.

Green Bay kept fighting over the next two innings and took the lead in the sixth 6-5 on a two-run homer from Joe Mason.

In the top of the sixth, Benefield came through again for Madison tying the game at 6-6 with an RBI single.

The Booyah added two more runs over the next two innings making the game 8-6.

Stauss was clutch in the ninth smacking his second homer of the game scoring two runs to tie it up at 8-8.

In the ninth, Green Bay was able to load the bases with only one out. Then, Ferri poked a single up the middle to score the winning run.

What’s next?

The Mallards and Booyah finish their three-game series Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm. You can catch all the action on 96.7FM and 1670AM The Zone.

Mallards drop second straight, fall to Rafters 4-3

The Madison Mallards fell to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 4-3. It was their second straight loss.

Justin Wiley got the Mallards on the board first with a sacrifice fly in the third inning to put Madison up 1-0. Nick Gile’s fourth inning RBI double in the fourth inning made it 2-0.

The Rafters cut the lead to 2-1 in the fifth inning thanks to a RBI triple from CJ Willis. Then, Harry Fullerton followed it up with a RBI single to tie the game at 2-2.

In the sixth inning, the Rafters added two more runs off Mallards pitcher Deylan Miley to take a 4-2 lead.

Trailing by two runs in the ninth inning, Drew Benefield pulled Madison within one smacking a solo home run to make it 4-3. Unfortunately, that was as close as they got.

Next up, the Mallards (14-6) will close out their series with the Rafters (11-8) on Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm. You can catch all the action on 96.7FM and 1670AM The Zone.

Mallards can’t stop Woodchucks offense, lose 11-8

The Madison Mallards couldn’t complete the two-game sweep of the Wisconsin Woodchucks on Saturday falling 11-8.

The Mallards got off to a quick start jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to RBIs from Timo Schau and Wade Stauss.

Kaeber Rog’s solo home run in the fourth put the Woodchucks on the board. Then, a wild pitch would tie the game at 2-2. Madison answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame. Ben Anderson started the big inning with an RBI single. Logan Michaels and Justice Bigbie followed with RBI doubles. Drew Benefield’s RBI groundout gave the Mallards a 6-2 advantage.

The Woodchucks found new life in the top of the fifth exploding for four runs. Wisconsin got back-to-back RBI singles from Brandon Seltzer and Adam Frank. Angel Tiburcio added to the scoring with a two RBI single to tie the game at 6-6.

The back-and-forth continued in the bottom of the fifth as the Mallards answered with two more runs thanks to a two-run RBI single by Ben Anderson to give the Mallards a 8-6 lead.

The Woodchucks offense kept producing and took the lead back with a three-run home run from Angel Tiburcio. Seltzer then followed with a two-run homer in the eighth inning to put Wisconsin in front 11-8.

Madison (14-5) will look to get back on track when they play the Wisconsin Rapid Rafters (10-8) on Fathers Day. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm. You can catch all the action on 96.7FM and 1670AM The Zone.

Mallards pick up third straight win, defeat Woodchucks 5-3

The Madison Mallards continue their winning ways. They defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks to notch their third consecutive win.

Madison got the scoring going in the third inning jumping out to a 2-0 lead. Justice Bigbie and Timo Schau each drove in runs.

The Woodchucks responded in the top of the fourth scoring three runs to take a 3-2 lead. Byron Murray was a key part in the inning blasting a two-run homer for Wisconsin.

The Mallards answered back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Nick Gile had an RBI double and later came around to score himself on a wild pitch opening up a 5-3 lead.

In his second start, Eliot Turnquist was terrific striking out seven through five innings of work. A bullpen of Brian Weissert, Leon Davidson and Theo Denlinger shut the door on any chance of the Woodchucks coming back.

Next up, the Mallards (14-4) will look to pick up another win over the Woodchucks (10-9) on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05pm. You can hear the game on 96.7FM or 1670AM.

Mallards stay hot, beat Lakeshore 1-0

Madison continued its hot start to the season with a 1-0 win over Lakeshore Thursday night at Warner Park.

The Mallards got a single from third baseman Nick Gile in the bottom of the eighth inning to score the lone run of the game. It was his second RBI of the season.

Madison needed only the one run thanks to a stellar effort on the mound from AJ Archambo. The Oral Roberts product went seven innings, allowing just four hits and striking out eight to lower his ERA to just .50 for the season.

He didn’t get the win, though. That went to Leon Davidson, who pitched a hitless top of the eighth inning.

The win pushed Madison to 13-4 on the year and leaves it with the best record in the Northwoods League and a three game lead in the Great Lakes West Division.

The Mallards are back in action Friday night with the Wisconsin Woodchucks coming to the Duck Pond. You can catch all the action on 96.7FM and 1670AM The Zone.

Mallards lose third straight, fall to Booyah 3-1

The Madison Mallards were defeated by the Green Bay Booyah 3-1 on Tuesday. It was their third straight loss.

Green Bay got on the scoreboard first in the third inning jumping out to a 2-0 lead. Mike Ferri hit an RBI single and then Joe Mason followed with a sacrifice fly.

The Mallards cut the lead in half in the fifth inning after Nathan Aide scored on an RBI single from Ben Anderson to make it 2-1. It was Anderson’s sixth RBI of the season.

Jacob Godman’s RBI single in the sixth inning gave the Booyah a 3-1 lead which held as the final.

In his first start for Madison, Nick Pogue picked up the loss. He worked five innings giving up two runs on six hits. Jack Mahoney got the win for Green Bay going six innings while allowing one run. Tanner Lane picked up his second save of the year.

Offensively, EJ Ranel led the Mallards with three hits. He went 3-for-4 at the plate raising his batting average to .302.

Next up, the Mallards (11-4) begin a five-game home stand beginning with the Lakeshore Chinooks (5-11) on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05pm. You can hear the game on 96.7FM or 1670AM.

Mallards lose to Rafters 4-3

The Madison Mallards fell in the series opener to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 4-3 despite out-hitting their opponent 14-9. The Mallards had a chance late. In the top of the ninth they moved the tying runner to third with two outs but couldn’t get him home.

The Rafters were able to get out to a 2-0 start in the first inning. With bases loaded and no outs, Osvaldo Tovalin hit into a double play that scored two runs.

Madison responded in the fourth inning. Jordan Stephens hit into a fielder’s choice scoring the Mallard’s first run of the game. Then, Wade Stauss knocked an RBI single to tie the game at 2-2.

It didn’t stay tied for long. In the bottom of the fourth, the Rafters scored two more runs thanks to back-to-back RBI singles from Roman Trujillo and Richie Schiekofer.

A sacrifice fly by Nick Gile scored Timo Schau in the ninth inning to pull the Mallards to within one. However, they couldn’t get one more run across.

Mallards’ starter Lowell Schipper picked up the loss falling to 1-1 on the season. Matt Osterberg improved to 2-0 after pitching seven innings for the Rafters.

Next up, the Mallards (11-2) look to avoid the two-game sweep Monday night against the Rafters (6-7). First pitch is set for 7:05pm. You can hear the game on 96.7FM or 1670AM.