Mallards season comes to an end

The Madison Mallards’ record-breaking season came to an abrupt end Monday night in Madison, falling to the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 17-5. The Mallards finished with a franchise-best 49 victories.

Fond du Lac jumped out to an early lead and didn’t let up the whole game. The Mallards entered the bottom half of the fifth inning down 8-1, but David Vinsky gave the Mallards some life as he belted a two-out double that cleared the bases.

The Dock Spiders came back the next inning to increase their lead by seven runs, effectively ending the Mallards’ season. Vinsky, Garrett Kueber, and Jesse Forestell all had solid days at the plate, but it was not enough to respond to the Dock Spiders’ offensive explosion.

The Northwoods League playoffs will go on through the remainder of the week. Be sure to check out mallardsbaseball.com to check out their end-of-the-season recap.

Mallards finish strong in record-breaking season

The Madison Mallards were able to sweep the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders and cap off their record-breaking season. The Mallards were able to mount a rally late and defeat the Dock Spiders 6-4 Sunday to set their season record at 49-23.

After Madison took the lead early in the game, the Dock Spiders first six batters reached in the fourth as they took the lead 4-3.

The Madison Mallards were able to get the offense going again in the seventh inning. David Vinsky ripped a single that scored one run to tie up the game at four.

In the eighth, Trevor Boone led off with a single and advanced to second as the result of a sacrifice bunt. Boone then went on to try and steal third, but was able to score with ease as Cal Greenfield singled to left field. Greenfield was brought in to score by another single, this time by Garrett Kueber.

Mitch Vogrin held the Dock Spiders at four through the seventh and eighth innings, earning the win. Karston Lee locked down in the ninth to earn the save.

The playoffs start tonight in Madison when the Mallards take on the Dock Spiders again. Gates open at 5:30 and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Hear all of the Mallards’ playoff action on 96.7 FM/1670 AM The Zone.

Mallards lose on a walk off wild pitch

After winning three straight games in walk-off fashion, the Madison Mallards lost to the Green Bay Bullfrogs as a result of a game-winning wild pitch.

The Mallards came in to the ninth inning down 2-1, but were able to tie up the game to potentially send it to extra innings. Trevor Schwecke and Jake Randa drew walks with the bases empty and two outs, bringing Tyler Plantier up to bat. Plantier was able to rip a single up the middle to knot the game up at two.

The Bullfrogs won in strange fashion. Closer Trace Norkus struck out the first batter, but went on to hit the next batter. Norkus went on to throw two wild pitches, advancing the runner to third. Norkus again struggled keeping the ball out of the dirt, but the game winning run scored on what was ruled a passed ball.

The Mallards are back in Madison tonight to face off against Green Bay. There are only three games remaining until the playoffs start on Monday.

Photo courtesy of the Madison Mallards.

Mallards win in third straight walk-off

Wednesday night was yet another walk-off win for the Madison Mallards, as they beat the Kalamazoo Growlers by a score of 5-4. The Mallards improved their record to 47-21, and 19-13 in the second half.

Kalamazoo was in control most of the game, but the Mallards didn’t give up easily. Madison entered the seventh inning down 4-2, until Garrett Kueber came up to bat. The bases were loaded thanks to three consecutive walks, and Kueber was able to get a fly ball deep enough to score the runner on third.

Alex Reyes came on to hold the game at 4-3 for the eighth and the ninth, leaving it up to the offense to send it to extras.

Andrew Baker led off the Mallards’ half of the ninth with a single, Jake Randa pinch-hit and was able to reach second on a throwing error going to first. With Baker standing on third and Randa on second, Cam Cratic grounded out to drive in the tying run. Garrett Kueber was able to produce a single to left field, which brought in the winning run, Jake Randa.

Madison travels to Green Bay tonight to face off against the Bullfrogs. They will be back in Madison tomorrow night to finish the two-game series against Green Bay.

Mallards walk-off against Kalamazoo

The Madison Mallards completed an exciting comeback Monday night at Warner Park.

After falling behind 7-0 early, Madison didn’t give up on the game. Instead the went on to score eight unanswered runs to win in the 11th.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Mallards tacked on runs from RBI knocks from David Vinsky and Nick Gile. All of the runs came with two outs.

The ninth inning was the most thrilling inning of all, as the Mallards entered the frame down 7-4. Vinsky and Tyler Plantier drew walks to start the rally, and the first runs of the Mallards’ half of the inning came on a bases-loaded walk drawn by Trevor Boone. Jesse Forestell drove in two more runs on a double to center field. Finally, Garrett Kueber came to the plate with the bases loaded and delivered a single to left field and send the game to extras.

After a scoreless tenth, the Mallards had two men on with no one out in the 11th. Jesse Forestell was able to dump the ball far enough in to the outfield to score David Vinsky, the runner on second.

The Mallards host the Northwoods League Major League Dreams Showcase, which will feature eight Mallards. The first game starts at 4:05, and the second will start at 7:35.

Photo courtesy of the Madison Mallards.

Mallards split weekend series with Kenosha Kingfish

The Madison Mallards ended the six-game winning streak of the Kenosha Kingfish on Saturday with a thrilling extra innings victory. The Mallards ended up winning the game in the 11th, after some ugly play early. The teams combined for seven errors and gave up a whopping 13 walks.

David Vinsky extended his impressive hitting streak to 15 games on a double in the 11th, which moved Jake Randa to third. Next, Justice Bigbie was able to hit the ball deep enough to score Randa with ease to end the game.

On Sunday, Kenosha came back to beat the Mallards handily. The Kingfish pulled away in the bottom of the fifth inning 6-1, went on to add five more in the sixth, before finishing out the game with a score of 14-5.

David Vinsky went on to extend his hitting streak to 16, Trevor Schwecke and Nick GIle hit home runs, and Trevor Boone threw one of the only scoreless innings in relief.

The Mallards are back in Madison Monday and Wednesday, as the Kalamazoo Growlers are in town. Both games are set to start at 7:05.

Mallards rout Chinooks

The bats came alive last night for the Madison Mallards, who beat the Lakeshore Chinooks by a score of 15-5 in Madison. Madison racked up 16 hits in the game, including two home runs from Jake Randa, and one from both David Vinsky and Trevor Boone.

Sean Leland took the hill for the Mallards, and he was able to work comfortably through his six innings. Leland only allowed five Chinooks to reach base,  and had a stretch where he retired 10 straight batters.

Tanner Rogen came on for the final two inning to seal up the victory. He dominated those innings, only allowing one hit without giving up a run.

The Mallards are heading to Lakeshore for a 6:35 game tonight. They will be back in Madison tomorrow night to face off against the Kenosha Kingfish.

Photo courtesy of the Madison Mallards.

Mallards go 1-1 in defensive doubleheader against Rockford

The Mallards split their doubleheader with the Rockford Rivets Wednesday, winning the first 3-1 while losing the second 4-1.

In the first game, the Mallards were able to win with a dominant pitching performance from Justin Watland, who threw seven innings while allowing one run, two hits and tossing nine strikeouts. The offense had nine hits on the night, with three Mallards (Cam Cratic, Justice Bigbie and Trevor Boone) hitting the ball twice.

The second game was the polar opposite. The Mallards offense was held in check all night, only getting three hits and one run on the night. Jonah Smith made his first start of the season for Madison, pitching four innings and shutting out the Rivets while allowing only three hits before being pulled. However, the Rivets opened up the scoring in the seventh, scoring three runs on a two-run double and a groundout single.

The Mallards are back in action Thursday night, taking on the Lakeshore Chinooks at 7:05.

Mallards hold off Dock Spiders

The Madison Mallards improved their record to 42-18 following a 7-5 victory in Fond Du Lac last night.

Patient hitting was key for the Mallards, who drew 12 walks and collected hits from eight of the nine starters. The Mallards and Dock Spiders were neck-and-neck until the bottom of the seventh inning, when they added several insurance runs.

The game was knotted up at three, when the Dock Spiders walked three consecutive Mallards to load up the bases. Justice Bigbie, Garrett Kueber, and Trevor Schwecke each drew walks to push across runs and increase the lead to 6-3. Trevor Boone ripped a ball into right field, adding the Mallards final run of the game.

Carson Ragsdale collected the win, tossing two full scoreless innings to hold the Dock Spiders at three runs. Trace Norkus added to his league-leading save total, holding off the Dock Spiders in the ninth to collect his 14th save.

The Mallards have a doubleheader with Rockford today, starting in Madison and then moving to Rockford for the night cap. First pitch in Madison is scheduled for 11:00, and the night game starts at 7:05. Hear both games on 96.7 FM, 1670 AM or online at madcitysportszone.com.

Mallards trounce Dock Spiders

The Madison Mallards provided plenty of run support for their pitchers, winning by a score of 14-2. Churchill threw five solid innings, only allowing two runs off of three hits. Relievers Tanner Rogen and Brian Martinez combined to toss four scoreless innings to keep the Dock Spiders at only two runs.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Mallards scored eight runs after bringing 13 batters to the plate. David Vinsky was a perfect 3-3 on the night, driving in three runs as well as scoring three himself. Justice Bigbie continued to stay hot, going 4-5 while he also drove in three runs.

The Mallards are back in Madison tonight as they face off against the Dock Spiders, and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05.