Kilkenny, Mallards Look for Sweep of Kingfish

July17thAfter downing the Kenosha Kingfish (3-8, 19-28) by a score of 2-1 on Saturday night, the Mallards (6-5, 29-18) will try and sweep the Kingfish in this two-game set on Sunday night, as well as stay a perfect 4-0 against Kenosha this summer. All three meetings between these two clubs have come in the second half, with Madison outscoring Kenosha 16-2 in those games.

The Mallards will have Mitchell Kilkenny (Texas A&M) on the mound in Sunday’s contest, as the right-hander has been undoubtedly one of the best pitchers in the Northwoods League this summer. Kilkenny is 3-0 on the year, posting a 0.37 ERA and only three walks in 24 innings of work. Kilkenny has 22 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.83.

Kenosha will throw Rhett Rapshus (Illinois State) against the Mallards, who is the owner of a 2.07 ERA and two strikeouts in 4.1 frames. The right-hander has made one start and one relief appearance for the Kingfish, failing to earn a decision this summer.

Madison has been getting superb performances from a few guys in their lineup over the past few games, with Nelson Maldonado (Florida), Nate Palace (Valparaiso) and Noah Cummings (Oral Roberts) all hitting over .300 in their past five outings. The pitching staff has also given the Mallards a big boost, as they’ve posted a 2.45 ERA across the last ten games. This great overall play has lifted Madison to a 6-5 record in the second half, two games out of first place. They still hold the second-best overall record in the South division as well.

Tonight’s game against the Kenosha Kingfish will get underway at 4:05 pm from the Duck Pond at Warner Park. The contest will feature a Festival Foods Dancing Rick bobblehead giveaway. It will also be Public Safety Appreciation Night and Rayovac Night. Tickets are available for purchase by visiting, calling the Mallards ticket office at 608-246-4277, or stopping in the ticket office at 2920 N Sherman Ave.


The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd 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 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Mallards as your favorite team.