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Mallards Bullpen Brings Home Third In A Row

The Madison Mallards (27-8) won their third game in a row 4-2 over the Rafters (15-19) behind six innings of one run relief work. The first place Mallards never trailed and outhit the Rafters 11-6.

Turning Point

With the Mallards up 3-1 in the bottom of the third inning, starting pitcher Brian Morrell (Notre Dame) worked out of a bases loaded jam to preserve Madison’s two run lead.  A fine defensive play by shortstop Trevor Schwecke (UW Milwaukee) ranging into the hole between short and third ended the scoring threat.  From there, a trio of Mallards relievers – Turner French (St. Johns), Carson Ragsdale (South Florida), and Jonah Smith (Creighton) – held the Rafters in check the rest of the night.

Top Mallards

  • Turner French spun two and a third innings of hitless ball with four strikeouts to earn the win
  • Carson Ragsdale kept Wisconsin Rapids off the scoreboard in the sixth and seventh innings
  • Jonah Smith left Rafters in scoring position in both the eighth and ninth innings to close the door and gain his second save
  • David Vinsky (Northwood) had two hits, the go-ahead RBI, and scored two runs
  • Jesse Forestell (Western Michigan) had a single and an RBI double

Next Up

The Mallards return home for a three-game home stand at Warner Park.  Tuesday night at 6:05 pm they take on the Rafters.  Madison will face off for two games against Battle Creek on the July 4th holiday at 1:05 pm, and Thursday July 5 at 6:05 pm.  Bring the family for great holiday promotions at each game, including a post-game Run Forrest Run performance sponsored by MG&E Tuesday night; Olympic Gold Medalist Matt Hamilton bobblehead giveaway Wednesday afternoon; and a Pat McCurdy post-game performance Thursday evening presented by Endres Manufacturing.  There will also be fireworks Tuesday night sponsored by LSM Chiropractic, and more fireworks Thursday night brought to Mallards fans by Pepsi.