Mallards hold Chinooks scoreless, win fourth in a row

After sweeping the Chinooks on a doubleheader Tuesday, the Mallards put down Lakeshore again, this time keeping them scoreless in a 3-0 shutout.

Coel O’Conner earned the win defensively, pitching five scoreless innings and earning four strikeouts along the way. Strong pitching from Nick Morales, Leon Hunter, and Trace Norkus also helped Madison come out victorious.

On the offensive side, not much was needed and what was needed came early. In the top of the first, Jake Randa drove in a line drive single, bringing Garrett Kueber home along the way. Randa also had a double and two of the six Mallards hits.

The Mals travel again to the Wisconsin Rapids to play the Rafters Thursday night at 6:35.

Mallards sweep double-header against the Lakeshore Chinooks

In a forced double-header due to rain last Friday, the Mallards were able to take both games against the Lakeshore Chinooks, winning the first 7-1 and the second 2-1.

With a 1-0 score inherited in the second inning from the postponed game, the Mallards were able to add a run in the fourth before opening the scoring up in the sixth with four straight hits, including a three run homer from Trevor Schwecke. Defensively, Dustin Saenz earned the win with five innings pitched and one run allowed while also earning a key strikeout in the fifth, stranding the Chinooks with the bases loaded.

The second game was a much more defensive battle, though Madison still came out on top.

Brian Morrell and Jonah Smith performed more than admirably, combining to no-hit the Chinooks, though a run was allowed due to a walk, a stolen base and an error in the third. Morrell threw five innings and allowed no hits while striking out four. Smith pitched two innings and had two strikeouts while also earning the win.

The Mallards were fairly quiet on offense, though they hit when they had to. Drew Ober dinged in a solo home run in the second to start the scoring off. With the game tied in the seventh, Ober hit a single and was moved to second on a bunt before Trevor Boone knocked in a walk-off double.

The Mallards will get no rest as they travel to Lakeshore Wednesday night to take on the Chinooks at 6:35.

Mallards shutout the Bombers: 3-0

The Madison Mallards salvage the final game of the series against the Battle Creek Bombers Monday afternoon. The Mallards pitched their way to a 3-0 shutout over the Bombers.

Madison had three pitchers that teamed up to complete the shutout. Starting pitcher Brian Morrell (Notre Dame) and relievers Leon Hunter(North Carolina A&T) and Nicholes Morales (San Jose State), allowed a combined five hits and issued four walks in total.

In the top of the fifth inning, the Mallards offense opened the scoring with a two-run double by Trevor Boone (Oklahoma State) and Morrell held serve in the bottom of the inning. Through five innings, Madison led 2-0 and Morrell finished his day going five innings and only allowing one hit.

Two innings later,  Leon Hunter, the Mallards relief pitcher,  worked out of a jam to preserve the 2-0 Madison lead. With the bases loaded and only one out, Hunter struck out Will Baker and then got the next batter to ground-out, keeping the Bombers off the board. Morales then took over in the eighth inning and collected a two-inning save and preserved a 3-0 Mallards win.

The Mallards will return to action tomorrow night to take on the Kenosha Kingfish. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM. Gates will open at 5:30 PM and the game features A1 Furniture and Mattress Princess Night.

Mallards drop second straight

The Madison Mallards have dropped the first two games of the second half of the season. The Battle Creek Bombers muscled their way past the Mallards by a score of 10-2 last night behind some explosive offense.

Early on in the game, the Bombers were able to build a sizable lead behind two home runs at accounted for seven of their runs. Although the Mallards were able to collect a respectable eight hits, their only two runs came off of the bat of David Vinksy, who had a home run in the third inning. The Mallards relief pitching was able to limit the damage after the third inning last night, as they threw the last 6 innings without surrendering another run.

The Mallards will look to get back on the winning track as they open up a two-game series in Kenosha. After the series in Kenosha, the Mallards will stay on the road for another series against Battle Creek. Be sure to tune in to 96.7 FM/1670 AM The Zone  to hear every pitch this season.

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Mallards bullpen dominates Rafters

The Madison Mallards pulled off another victory behind six innings of one-hit baseball Monday night. Madison jumped out to a 3-1 lead early in the game, the in the bottom of the third, starting pitcher Brian Morrell worked through at bases-loaded jam.

Morrell was relieved in the fourth and it only took three Mallard relievers to finish off the Rafters. In the six innings of relief, the Mallards only surrendered one run. The most impressive reliever for Madison was Turner French, who struck out four over 2 and 1/3 innings. Jonah Smith finished the game out for the Mallards, notching his second save with the 4-2 victory.

The Mallards are back in Madison for tonight’s match up against the Rafters and tomorrows day-game against Battle Creek. Catch every pitch on 96.7 FM/1670 AM the zone.


Mallards clinch first-half title

It was an exciting weekend for the Madison Mallards as they clinched the Northwoods league’s South division title on Saturday. The Mallards beat the Bullfrogs and their victory, coupled with the Kalamazoo Growler’s loss, assures that they will finish atop the standings for the first half of the season. The last time the Mallards won the first half was in 2013, the same summer they went on to capture the championship.

Madison put up their 12 runs on only seven hits, but they were patient at the plate, drawing eight walks. They put up six runs in the second and three in the third to jump out to an early lead. Later in the game, the Mallards closer Trace Norkus was brought in to thwart a potential game-tying rally. Norkus was able to work through unharmed, and has yet to give up a run this year and leads the league with 9 saves.

On Sunday, play was cut short in the seventh due to excessive rain. However, the Mallards won that match up by a score of 3-2.

The game was tied in the fifth, until Justin Bigbie was able to drive in Trevor Schweke with a double. Leon Hunter was brought in for a relief appearance, and dominated the Bullfrogs. He was nearly impossible to hit, as he struck out the first four Bullfrogs. Hunter finished the day with two scoreless innings and tallied his third win of the year.

The Mallards match up against for a home-and-away in Wisconsin Rapids Monday and back in Madison Tuesday.

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Mallards top Bullfrogs 4-2

Despite clinching the first-half crown in the South Division on Saturday, the Madison Mallards didn’t have a letdown on Sunday, as they went to Green Bay and beat the Bullfrogs 4-2.

A double from Justice Bigbie scored the go-ahead run to break a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning, and that’s all the Mallards’ pitching staff would need to close things out. Leon Hunter threw two scoreless innings before the game was called in the top of the seventh due to rain.

First baseman Tyler Plantier was credited with a pair of RBI, while centerfielder Trevor Boone drove in one.

Madison improved to 26-8 on the season and will open a series at Wisconsin Rapids on Monday.

Madison split double header with Rockford

The Madison Mallards faced off with the Rockford Rivets in a day/night doubleheader on Wednesday. The first game of the day was a slug fest as the Mallards took the first game by a score of 14-12. The second game of the day did not feature the same offensive explosion as the first, Madison lost the night game 5-4.

In the first game, Madison and Rockford combined for 30 hits and 26 runs. Early on, the Mallards jumped out to a 7-4 lead but couldn’t maintain a lead throughout. The game featured three lead changes before the Mallards pulled ahead for good in the bottom of the seventh behind Drew Campbell’s RBI single scored David Vinsky.

Manager Donnie Scott commented on the team’s persistence, “I just told them that hey, this is why you’re here. Being tired is just a mindset. You can turn it up notches and that’s what you’re trying to figure out coming to this league. They responded.”

Nicholes Morales threw two scoreless innings to close out the game for the Mallards, who pushed their record to 23-6 with the victory.

The night cap of the double header featured some better pitching, as both teams were neck and neck throughout. In the eighth inning, the Mallards were leading 4-3 when Rockford led off the inning with a double. Some errant defense allowed the Rivets to push two runners across, giving them a 5-4 lead. In the ninth, the Mallards were threatening to score as they had both the tying and winning runs on base. The ball was put in play but the runner was called out on a close call at first to end the game.

The Mallards host the Wisconsin Woodchucks tonight, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05.

Mallards take down Rafters

The Madison Mallards won comfortably over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 10-3 last night behind a solid start from Justin Watland. Watland only allowed 2 hits, struck out seven batters, and gave up an unearned run over 7 innings. Over his last 17 innings, Watland has not given up an earned run. Watland improved his record to 2-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.62.

The Mallards were up 3-1 in the seventh when the bases were loaded, then proceeded to string together some hits and walks to push across 5 runs. In the eighth inning, Tyler Plantier ripped his sixth home run of the year to add two more runs to the lead. Plantier leads the Mallards in home runs and is tied for second in RBI.

There is only one game left on this long road trip for the Mallards, as they finish up a two-game set tonight with the Rafters. Tomorrow they return to the Duck Pond for a double header against Rockford. The first game starts at 12:05 and the second starts at 6:35.

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