Mallards winning streak hits 10 with 4-0 victory at Lakeshore

The Madison Mallards are on quite the roll, running their winning streak to 10 games Tuesday night with a 4-0 win at Lakeshore.

Three pitchers — Justin Watland, Brian Martinez and Tanner Rogen — combined for the shutout, allowing just four hits and striking out six. Martinez got the win and Rogen the save.

The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Drew Ober drove in Jayse McLean following his leadoff triple. Madison would get two more in the sixth thanks to an Ober single with the bases loaded. Jake Randa capped the scoring in the ninth with an RBI single.

Winners of 10 in a row, Madison owns the best record in the Northwoods League at 12-3, sitting two games up on Wisconsin and Rockford for first place in the South Division.

The Mallards now come home to take on Lakeshore at the Duck Pond Wednesday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. You can hear all the action on 96.7 FM and 1670 AM ‘The Zone.’

Mallards down the Kingfish to push win streak to nine

The Mallards beat the Kenosha Kingfish 5-3 Monday night to extend their win streak to nine games. That number ties the longest winning streak in franchise history.

The game was a defensive showdown for the first five innings with Dalton Wiggins throwing a no hitter through the first six. The scoring started in the sixth when David Vinsky came up to plate with the bases loaded and knocked in a grand-slam, pushing the score to 4-0. The Kingfish made a valiant attempt to comeback with three runs in the ninth, but it fell short, with NIck Morales closing out the game.

The Mallards continue their road trip Tuesday night with a home-and-home series against the Lakeshore Chinooks.

Walk-off HR gives Mallards an 8th straight win

It took extra innings, but the Madison Mallards have won eight straight games.

Things were tied in the bottom of the 10th inning when catcher Hunter Hisky drilled a 2-run walk-off homer to beat the Kenosha Kingfish 7-5 on Sunday afternoon at Warner Park. It was the first homer of the season for Hisky, a senior at Southern Baptist.

Along with Hisky, the Mallards were paced by shortstop Garrett Kueber’s two RBIs, and a 2 for 3 night from third baseman Tyler Plantier, who is now batting a team-high .412 on the season.

All of the Kingfish’s runs came in the fourth inning off of starter Dalton Morrow, who had his first rough outing of the year. But the bullpen picked him up, holding Kenosha scoreless the rest of the way. Trace Norkus was credited with the win.

Madison is now 10-3 on the year, the best record in the Northwoods League, and it holds a 2-game lead on the Rockford Rivets in the South Division.

The Mallards and Kingfish will meet again Monday in Kenosha with first pitch coming at 6:35 p.m. You can catch all the action on 96.7 FM and 1670 AM ‘The Zone.’

Mallards squeak past the Woodchucks for fifth straight victory

It took until the top of the ninth for the Mallards to pull ahead of the Woodchucks, in a low-scoring affair Thursday evening.

A pair of solo home runs hit by Tyler Plantier in the third and Jayce McLean in the sixth were all the Mallards were able to produce until their last chance at the dish. The bases were loaded for David Vinsky, thanks to two walks and another batter who was hit by a pitch. Vinsky was able to beat the throw as the Woodchucks tried to turn a double play, allowing Garrett Kueber to score the go-ahead run. You can hear the call below:

The Mallards victory keeps them sitting atop the Northwoods League standings at 7-3.

The Battle Creek Bombers are in Madison Friday and Saturday, then the Mallards wrap up the weekend against Kenosha on Sunday. You can tune in for each Mallards game this season on 96.7 FM/1670 AM The Zone.

Mallards extend win streak to four with win over Woodchucks

The Madison Mallards pushed their win streak to four Wednesday with a 6-4 win over the Wisconsin Woodchucks.

Jake Randa kicked the scoring off by driving a single to right field that brought in two runs thanks to an error by the right fielder. Jack Blomgren added a run in the second before the Woodchucks tied it up at the top of the fourth. The Mallards responded with a scoring double from Blomgren and a single from Hunter Hisky that brought Blomgren home.

Though the pitching was sporadic for the Mallards, Trace Norkus was able to come in and earn the save, fending off the rallying Woodchucks for an inning. Brian Morrell earned the win.

The Mallards are on the road again Thursday night at 6:35 at Athletic Park.

Mallards finish off sweep of Kalamazoo

The Madison Mallards finished off a sweep of Kalamazoo on Tuesday afternoon with a 7-1 victory.

The game was tied 1-1 heading into the eighth inning before a six-run barrage by Madison blew things open. The Mallards got home runs from Tyler Plantier and Jesse Forestell, while Jake Randa drove in three runs on the afternoon.

Dalton Wiggins provided a stellar effort on the mound, going eight innings, giving up just two hits, an unearned run, and striking out one as he picked up the victory. Jonah Smith came in the ninth to finish things.

The win moved Madison to 5-3 on the year.

It’ll be back to the Duck Pond on Wednesday night as the Mallards open a series with the Wisconsin Woodchucks. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. and can be heard on 96.7 FM and 1670 AM ‘The Zone.’

Shaq to perform at American Family Insurance Championship concert

DJ Shaq is coming to Madison.

Officials with the American Family Insurance Championship announced Tuesday morning that as part of the Champions Tour event, Basketball Hall of Fame member Shaquille O’Neil will perform at Breese Stevens Field on June 22.

According to the press release, Shaq will have two 20-minute performances. One will take place after the opening act — A Thousand Horses — with the second coming after country singer Sara Evans takes the stage. The night will be capped off by headliner REO Speedwagon.

“Shaq is truly larger than life, and we’re sure his personality and performance skills will add a fun and exciting presence during his visit to Madison and participation in our events,” American Family Insurance Championship tournament director Nate Pokrass said in the release. “For the price of one ticket, concert-goers will be treated to not only one act, but four, and we’re sure Shaq will help us raise even more money for charity.”

Shaq is a brand ambassador for The General, which is an affiliate of American Family Insurance.

You can find more information about tickets to the concert and to the tournament here.

Mallards beat Kalamazoo 7-4

The Madison Mallards went back above .500 on the season with a 7-4 win Monday night at Kalamazoo.

It was a 0-0 game in the third inning when first baseman David Vinsky drove a pair of runs in with a single to center. The Mallards added five more runs between the sixth, seventh and eighth innings in winning their second-straight game.

Centerfielder Jayse McLean had a three-hit night, while Tyler Plantier raised his batting average to .462 with two more hits.

Dalton Morrow got the start for Madison and was solid. He went four innings, giving up one earned run on six hits and striking out two. Though he gave up three runs over 4 2/3 innings, Jimmy Perkins got the win before the Mallards turned to Jonah Smith for a one-out save.

Madison improved to 4-3 on the year and will close out the two-game series with Kalamazoo Tuesday morning. First pitch is set for 11:05 a.m. and can be heard on 96.7 FM and 1670 AM ‘The Zone.’

Mallards take care of Fond du Lac 3-1

The Madison Mallards earned a 3-1 win over the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders on Sunday at Warner Park.

A 0-0 game through five innings, Fond du Lac broke the tie in the top of the sixth only to see Madison answer in its half of the inning. The Mallards would then take the lead their next time up, getting what proved to be the game-winning double from Tyler Plantier.

Brian Martinez got the win for Madison, going 2 2/3 innings and not allowing a hit, before Trace Norkus came on in the ninth to get the save. Those two were only in the position they were due to the effort from Ryan Kutt. He went 5 1/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits and striking out four.

Offensively, Garrett Kueber went 2 for 3 from the leadoff spot with one RBI, while Plantier was 3 of 4 on the night with one RBI.

Madison improved to 3-3 on the year and now hits the road for two games at Kalamazoo.