Mallards Rout Bombers, 13-4

By: Dylan Lee – Public Relations

Battle Creek, MI – August 7, 2014. With their playoff hopes on the line, the Madison Mallards (19-17, 37-32) scored 13 runs against the Battle Creek Bombers (15-19, 31-38) tonight to take down the Bombers by a score of 13-4.

Mallards starter Rob McDonnell (Illinois) tossed 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out four.

He was helped by the Mallards offense, who recorded 17 hits against off five different Bombers pitchers. Mallards shortstop Tony Butler (Virginia) led all Mallards hitters with four RBI, and centerfielder Will Krug (Illinois) and catcher Matt Thaiss (Virginia) chipped in two RBI to aid in the 13 run effort.

Although it was a strong showing, the Mallards were eliminated from playoff contention after the Wisconsin Woodchucks took down the Duluth Huskies by a score of 8-5.They are three games back of the Woodchucks in the Northwoods League South Division overall standings with three games left, and because the Woodchucks are 4-2 against the Mallards in head to head play, even if the Mallards were to win out and the Woodchucks lose their next three games, the Mallards would not viable for playoff contention.

The Mallards stay in Battle Creek tomorrow for a 6:05 pm (CT) start against the Bombers before traveling to Kalamazoo to face the Kalamazoo Growlers on Saturday and Sunday.



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