Published On: June 4th, 2022



June 4, 2022

Samantha Rubin



Mallards Snap Three-Game Skid in Fond du Lac
Madison splits home-and-home to return to .500


Madison, WI – The Mallards get back into the win column with a 7-4 victory in Fond du Lac on Saturday night. The second road trip of the season starts off with a win after dropping three straight: two to Wisconsin Rapids and one to Fond du Lac.

Madison was the first to score for the fourth time through six games in the 2nd inning thanks to a Tyler Hare double that scored leadoff walks from Payton Smith and Christian Rivera. The Dock Spiders responded immediately in the bottom half off Mallards’ starter Justin Miller (3.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 4 K) with a two-out two run triple from 9-hole hitter Evan Smith to give Fond du Lac a 3-2 lead. The Ducks brushed off the three-run Fondy response with a string of good teamwork. Marcus Brodil, Javier Beal, and Josh Caron led off the 3rd inning by reaching. A wild pitch from Dock Spiders’ starter Reed Gallant (3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 BB) scored Brodil, a Payton Smith sacrifice fly scored Beal, and a Christian Rivera single scored Caron to retake the lead 5-3.

The scoring took a pause until the 5th inning when both teams were on relief arms. J.J. Rollon had his first hit as a Mallard with a double to left field, scoring Caron. The Dock Spiders swing back with a solo run in the bottom half with Evan Smith scoring on a passed ball thrown by Seth Marano (W, 1-1). Marano was very impressive as the third arm out of the bullpen for Donnie Scott’s crew. Marano lasted three and a third and only allowed the one unearned run. The only true trouble that Marano found himself in was in the bottom of the 8th inning. With runners on the corners and just one out, the Mallards turned to Steven Lacey (S, 1) to flip the shutdown button. Lacey struck out cleanup hitter Connor Manthey and then got Stephen Schissler to bounce out to end the threat. After the Mallards tacked on one more run as insurance in the 9th, Lacey struck out the side to snap the Ducks losing streak at three.

Josh Caron and Christian Rivera were the two Mallards with multi-hit games. Javier Beal extends his hit streak to cover all six games played this season.

The Mallards complete the two-day road trip as they travel to Green Bay to face off against the newly rebranded Rockers for their first matchup of the season. The Ducks will be on a short night’s rest after returning back from Fond du Lac to Warner Park. Madison coverage can be found on Mixlr (MadisonMallards) at 12:55 PM with first pitch at 1:05 PM.




The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 28th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 280 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rockers as your favorite team.

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