Mallards swept by Bucks

The Mallards entered Tuesday just a half game behind the first place Rochester Honkers, but Madison failed to take advantage of prime opportunities against the Northwoods League?s worst team the Waterloo Bucks, dropping both games of a double-header 2-1 and 4-1.

Madison struck first in Game One as Abe Aguirre reached base in the third inning. Aguirre came around to score on an RBI single by outfielder Ryan Rogowski that gave the Mallards their only lead of the game.

Waterloo responded with a run in the fourth and another in the fifth to give the Bucks a 2-1 lead and that was all Waterloo would need. First baseman Anthony Gressick homered for the Bucks and Jay Monti (4-1) picked up the victory after throwing eight strong innings, scattering just five hits while striking out six.

Ryan Rogowski led the way for the Mallards offensively, collecting three of the Mallards five hits on his way to a perfect night at the plate. Rogowski finished Game One three-for-three with a walk, including the Mallards only RBI.

Game Two was nearly a mirror image of Game One as the Mallards jumped on the board early, courtesy of Rogowski. The league leader in steals led off the game with his fifth double of the season and came around to score on Mike Rohde?s sacrifice fly. Rogowski collected his Northwoods League leading 20th stolen base in the double-header.

But similar to Game One, the Mallards relinquished their lead, this time allowing four runs in the fourth. Once again errors plagued the Mallards who have given up an error in every game thus far this season. All four runs were charged to Jake Hansen (4-1) who lasted only three innings for the Mallards, but two of the runs were unearned.

Waterloo improved to 8-18 while the Mallards fell to 15-11. The Mallards take on La Crosse Wednesday before returning home for a five-game home stand.