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Mallards Take Down Rafters In Rain-Shortened Affair

Madison, WI – July 12, 2014. A seven run second inning lifted the Madison Mallards (7-5, 25-20) over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (5-5, 17-28) in eight innings tonight at the “Duck Pond,” winning by a score of 10-7.

Three runs were walked in by Rafters starter Antonio Gonzales (UC- Riverside) in the second, and he was charged for all seven runs that came home in the inning. The Mallards had three singles, five walks and were aided by two Rafters errors in that inning.

The Rafters would respond with three of their own runs in the third and another three in the fifth in addition to scoring once in the first inning.  

Mallards starter A.J. Bogucki (North Carolina) went four innings, earning all seven runs on eight hits, walking three and striking out two.

Right fielder Connor Marabell (Jacksonville) came through for the Mallards in the seventh, roping a two RBI double down the right field line to put the Mallards up 9-7. Marabell finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and one run.

Third baseman Trent Higginbothem (North Florida) added an RBI groundout later in the inning to bring the Mallards tally to ten.

Andrew Buckley (California) held the Rafters scoreless in relief to get the win, giving up no hits while walking one in 1.2 innings of work.

The game was called in the bottom of the eighth inning after field conditions were deemed unplayable.

The Mallards stay at the “Duck Pond” tomorrow to face the Rafters at 3:05 pm. Sunday is Marshfield Clinic and Susan G. Komen Pink Night with a Dancing Millie Bobblehead Giveaway. The Mallards will wear pink jerseys that are going to be auctioned off during the game.

Sunday is Princess Night and kids 12 and under in costume get a free standing room only ticket. It is also Madison Children's Museum Night and Petting Zoo Sundays.

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

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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 MallardsBaseball.com.