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Published On: August 7th, 2018

MADISON, Wi. – The Madison Mallards scored eight unanswered runs including three in the bottom of the ninth for a come from behind win on Monday against the Kalamazoo Growlers in 11 innings to win 8-7.

Jesse Forestell delivered the walk-off hit in the bottom of the 11th inning to win the game for the Mallards scoring Nick Gile from second.

Kalamazoo started quickly with two runs in the first inning on an error by David Vinsky to score Ivan Johnson. Jason Sullivan made the score 2-0 when he scored on a Zach Daniels sac fly.

The Growlers added two more runs in the third inning on an RBI double from Niko Kavadas and a Daniels single.

It was the fifth inning that seemed to open things up for the Growlers scoring three runs in the frame to make the score 7-0. Dylan Shockley delivered the big hit with a 2-RBI single to center field.

But the bottom of the fifth turned the tide for the Mallards where the scored 4 runs on three walks, a hit-by-pitch and two hits.

The Growlers held the lead, thanks to 3.1 innings of scoreless innings on the mound from Luke Boyd, until the ninth inning.

The inning began for the Mallards with two walks and a two straight balls to a third batter from Jarret Smetana on the mound. Brennan Cox came in and got two outs but allowed two walks and two hits for the Mallards to tie the game.

After a scoreless tenth from both teams, the Growlers could not capitalize with runners on first and third in the 11th. The home half of the 11th made way for the Mallards and Forestell to walk off for the second time this week.

The Growlers will have a day off for the MLB Dreams Showcase on Tuesday before returning to action again on Wednesday against the Mallards.


The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, 200 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Growlers as your favorite team.