Mallards Float Past Rafters In 8-4 Win

Wisconsin Rapids, WI – July 9, 2014. The Madison Mallards (6-3, 24-18) took down the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (3-4, 15-27) tonight by a score of 8-4 to even their six game home and home series at 1-1.

Left fielder Alex Bacon (North Florida) went deep in the second inning, hitting a two run bomb to put the Mallards up 2-0 and added a triple in the ninth, scoring on an error later in the inning to finish 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.

The Rafters would respond with a run of their own in the bottom of the second after Bacon’s home run, and added one run in each the sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

The Mallards scored three runs in the fourth, helped by designated hitter Pete Alonso’s (Florida) RBI single, his 27th of the year, to drive in second baseman Robbie Tenerowicz (California) and bring the score to 5-2. Alonso finished 2-for-4 with two singles.

Right fielder Connor Marabell (Jacksonville) added a run in the eighth inning, doubling to score Tenerowicz, who reached on a single and stole second during Marabell’s at bat. The Mallards would go on to score two runs in the ninth, bringing their lead to 8-4.

Closer Tim Black (Central Michigan) shut down the Rafters in the eighth and ninth innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out four.

Mallards starter Christian Taugner (Brown) went five innings, striking out eight while allowing one run on four hits.

The Mallards teed off on Rafters starter Jeff Gogue (Cal. State- Dominguez Hills), scoring five runs on seven hits against the lefty. He walked four while striking out three in the loss.

The Mallards stay in Wisconsin Rapids tomorrow to wrap up their five game road trip against the Rafters at 7:05 pm before returning to the “Duck Pond” on July 11th to begin a three game home series against 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