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Madison, WI – July 5, 2014.  The Madison Mallards (4-1, 22-16) fell tonight to the Battle Creek Bombers (2-3, 18-22) at the “Duck Pond” before 6,728 by a score of 7-1 after being limited to just five hits.

Bombers starter Zac Ryan (Georgia Tech) went seven innings, allowing just one run on five hits and walking two to get the win.

The Bombers were up 2-1 going into the ninth inning, and would break out with five runs in the top of the frame to quiet any chance of a Mallards comeback.

Mallards starting pitcher Sterling Sharp (Eastern Michigan) received the loss after pitching six innings, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out four.

Sharp drops to 3-4 on the year, but the righty out of Farmington Hills, Michigan is tied for third in the Northwoods League with 30 strikeouts.

The Bombers scored two runs in the fourth, and the Mallards would respond with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning after designated hitter Matt Thaiss (Virginia) singled to drive in first baseman Pete Alonso (Florida).

The Bombers would then score five runs in the top of the ninth inning, highlighted by a Connor Panas (Canisius) three run homer.

Alden Cartwright (LSU) closed out the Mallards in the eighth and ninth innings, retiring six of the seven batters he faced.

The Mallards begin a five game road trip tomorrow against the Kalamazoo Growlers (0-3, 13-22) at Homer Stryker field in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They play two against the Growlers and then travel to Wisconsin Rapids for a six game home and home series against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (0-3, 12-23). The Mallards return to the “Duck Pond” on July 11th to face the Rafters at 7:05 pm.

Friday the 11th will feature a MIG Commercial Real Estate LEGO Building Giveaway. It is also Circus World Night with live circus entertainment and Remington Beard Night.

Mallards single game tickets are on-sale now. To purchase tickets, log on to, call 608-246-4277, or stop by the Mallards ticket office.



The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 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, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live the Northwoods League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit


Published On: July 1st, 2014