Mallards comeback to win ninth straight over the Rockford Rivets

The Mallards escaped the Duckpond victorious Thursday night thanks to clutch hitting and pitching from Trevor Schwecke and Trace Norkus, respectively.

With the game tied up at 5-5 in the top of the seventh, the Rockford Rivets broke the stalemate by bringing in a runner on a leadoff double. Then, in the bottom of the eighth and down one, Schwecke stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and hit a base-clearing triple, putting the Mallards up 8-6.

With the win in sight, Norkus came to the mound and gave up a solo homer. He quickly recovered, though, and struckout three hitters in a row to seal the victory.

Drew Campbell went 4-4 on the night at the plate and scored two runs while reliever Alex Reyes earned his first win of the season, giving up one run and one hit in two innings pitched.

The Mallards play at Rockford Friday night at 6:35, looking to win their tenth straight.

Mallards carry the North All-Stars

The Northwoods league’s all-star game featured both the coaching staff and eight players from the Madison Mallards, and they did not disappoint as they lead the team to a 3-1 victory.

Jake Randa pushed across all of the South team’s runs, as he collected  3 RBI with his two hits.  The other Mallard batters had a decent day at the plate, but the pitchers that were representing Madison pitched very well. Carson Ragsdale, Trace Norkus, and Dalton Wiggins all combined to provide scoreless relief for their side.

The Mallards return to action on Thursday when they take on Rockford in Madison. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.

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Mallards shut down Fon du Lac

The Madison Mallards took down the Fon du Lac Dock Spiders 3-1 in their Sunday night match up. Runs were at a premium, as both pitching staffs were able to work out of some jams and hold back the offense.

However, Andrew Baker dominated at the plate as the Dock Spiders were unable to retire him. He knocked in two runs off a two doubles, a single, and a walk. Baker broke the 1-1 tie in the sixth when he drove in Tyler Plantier, and added an insurance run in the eighth on a double to right field.

The Mallards are off until Thursday for the all-star break. The Mallards will be heavily represented in the match-up, as they are sending eight players and their managing staff.

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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