Mallards beat Woodchucks 4-3, improve to 6-0

It’s been a terrific start to the season for the Madison Mallards. They remain unbeaten through the first six games after defeating the Wisconsin Woodchucks 4-3 on Sunday.

Drew Williams played a huge role in the win for the Mallards. Trailing 3-2, his RBI single in the seventh tied the game at 3-3. Then, he came through again in the ninth with an RBI double scoring Justice Bigbie to put the Mallards in front 4-3.

The Woodchucks didn’t go down without a fight. They loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth. Madison was able to get out of the jam and hang on for the victory.

Brody Gibson got the start for the Mallards. He went four innings giving up three runs on five hits while striking out four. The bullpen was solid. Tanner Bradley, Blake Cisneros and Theo Denlinger finished off the final five innings allowing five hits and no runs.

Next up, the Mallards (6-0) return home to host the Lakeshore Chinooks (1-5) in the first of a two-game set on Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05pm. You can hear the game on 96.7FM or 1670AM.

Mallards still undefeated, beat Woodchucks 4-2

The Madison Mallards still have not lost. They defeated the Wisconsin Woodchucks 4-2 on Saturday night to improve their record to 5-0.

With the win, the Mallards sit at the top of the Great Lakes West and are the only undefeated team left in the division.

Madison took a 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to an error by the Woodchucks. The Mallards added to their lead in the second inning thanks to back to back hits from Jordan Stephens and Timo Schau. Stephens and Schau both came around to score making it 3-0.

The Woodchucks made it interesting late. In the ninth inning they had the tying run at the plate. Leon Davidson finished it off with a strikeout to secure the victory.

Trevor Marreel got the win. He went five innings allowing just one run and one hit while striking out six.

Next up, the Mallards (5-0) and Woodchucks (4-1) go at it again on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05pm. You can hear the game on 96.7FM or 1670AM.

Mallards sweep Rafters, stay unbeaten with 2-1 win

The Madison Mallards improved to a perfect 4-0 on the season. They were able to sneak past the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Friday night with a 2-1 win to finish off the sweep.

Starter Aj Archambo had a solid outing for the Mallards going five innings giving up five hits and one run while striking out three.

It was the defense that saved the day for the Mallards. In the bottom of the ninth, the Rafters had a runner in scoring position with two-outs when Timo Schau made a diving catch in center field to give the Mallards the win.

Offensively, Justin Wiley scored the first run for Madison in the fifth inning on a double steal. EJ Ranel hit a shot to the gap in left-field to plate the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.

It was the 300th win for Mallard’s manager Donnie Scott’s Northwoods League career.

Next up, the Mallards (4-0) begin a two-game set with the Wisconsin Woodchucks (4-0). First pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm. You can hear the game on 96.7FM or 1670AM.

Mallards beat Wisconsin Rapids to stay unbeaten

The Madison Mallards are still unbeaten.

The club improved to 3-0 with a 2-1 win over Wisconsin Rapids at Warner Park Thursday night.

Starter Aidan Tyrell went five innings to pick up the win. He allowed just one run over five innings of work before turning things over to the bullpen. Nursing just a one-run lead, they did their job, giving up only three hits in the final four innings. Tanner Bradley got the save.

Offensively, second baseman Jordan Stephens delivered the only RBI for Madison, with his single in the first inning tying the game. The winning run came courtesy of a wild pitch, allowing right fielder E.J. Ranel to score.

The two clubs will play again Friday night, with the game taking place in Wisconsin Rapids. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. You can hear the game on 96.7FM or 1670AM.

Mallards improve to 2-0 with win over Kokomo

The Madison Mallards improved to 2-0 on the season with a 7-2 win over the Kokomo Jackrabbits Wednesday night.

Madison jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Kokomo responded with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. But the Mallards had an answer in the bottom of the fifth with two more runs of their own. The Jackrabbits would not challenge again.

It was the top of the order that did most of the damage for Madison. Outfielder EJ Ranel and designated hitter Justice Bigbie combined for six of the Mallards nine hits and all four of their RBI.

Quinn Gudaitis got the win for the Mallards, going 4 2/3 innings, giving up just the two runs on on four hits and striking out eight. A trio of relievers came on for 4 1/3 innings of hitless baseball.

Madison is in action again on Thursday night as the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters come to the Duck Pond. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. You can hear the game on 96.7FM or 1670AM.

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.