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Published On: July 16th, 2022

Mallards Fall Behind Early, Unable to Respond

Madison dominated by Wisconsin Rapids at home


Madison, WI – The Mallards struggled for a second consecutive night after winning the first two games of their five-game homestand on Saturday with an 11-0 loss to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. 

The Great Lakes West 1st Half Champion Rafters got off to an early start against the debut of Joel Barker on the bump. Wisconsin Rapids pelted the outfield grass with five consecutive hits to begin the game including two doubles. The Mallards were unable to respond to the 5-0 deficit with much offense throughout the ballgame as the Ducks were only able to muster two hits the whole game. Josh Caron punched a single to begin the bottom of the 2nd and Liam Moreno slashed a single to begin the 4th but both were stranded at second base. Wisconsin Rapids’ offense added to their early lead with a Ben Ross home run to left field off Barker (4.0 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, BB, K). The right hander from Harding University was pulled from the game in the top of the 5th after the Rafters put their first two on base. Adrian Montilva entered the game and was able to strand the couple of baserunners left by Barker including an exciting double-pickle which snagged the second out of the inning. 

The Mallards would use three more pitchers in the game including two All-Stars. Steven Lacey and Bryce Woody both allowed home runs to Rafters’ left fielder McKinley Erves. Erves put together a career day including the two homers, a double, and a single to go along with four runs batted in. Wisconsin Rapids’ offense put together a strong rebound following their first blowout loss of the season yesterday against Wausau. Montilva and J.J. Baez accounted for the only scoreless frames tossed by a Mallards pitcher. The Rafters used five pitchers including a strong start from Nick Torres who tossed three shutout innings. Ross put together another three-hit game in the Rafters’ dominant win. The Rafters have won all five games played against the Mallards this season.

The Mallards finish the two-game series with Wisconsin Rapids tomorrow from Warner Park before the three-game pause for the All-Star Game. Game action can be found under the ‘Live Action’ tab on the Northwoods League website at 12:45 PM for pregame show coverage and a 1:05 PM first pitch. 



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