The Madison Mallards (45-21, 17-13) were in the game early, but poor control on the mound led to an easy 14-5 Kingfish (35-31, 22-10) win in Kenosha Sunday afternoon. Madison led only once in the game on an RBI single by Jake Randa (NW Florida State) in the bottom of the first. After a two-run Kenosha first, the Mallards middle infield defense kept them in the game by turning two inning ending double plays.
The wheels came off in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Mallards trailing 3-1. Madison pitchers yielded four walks in the bottom of the fifth, and when the dust settled, Kenosha led 6-1. The Kingfish put the game away in the bottom of the sixth inning, drawing two more walks which scored ahead of a grand slam. Kenosha led 11-1 at the end of the sixth and cruised on to a 14-5 win.
- Nick Gile (Madison College) came off the bench in the ninth inning to hit his first home run as a Mallard
- Trevor Schwecke (UW Milwaukee) doubled and scored in the first inning and blasted a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning
- David Vinsky (Northwood) extended his hitting streak to 16 games with an RBI single
- Trevor Boone (Oklahoma State) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to prevent further strain on the bullpen and hit 90 mph on the radar gun
The Mallards return home to Warner Park Monday and will host the Kalamazoo Growlers for two games August 6, and Wednesday August 8. Both games start at 7:05 pm. All kids 12 and under will eat free at Warner Park Monday night, receiving a hot dog, chips, and a soda with a regular admission ticket. As first half champions, Madison is guaranteed home field for Game 1 of the play-offs, Monday August 13, at 7:05 pm. Get your play-off seats on madisonmallards.com to “Pack the Pond” with a capacity crowd. Listen to all Mallards game action on the Zone, 1670 AM, 96.7 FM.
The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.mallardsbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Mallards as your favorite team.