Mallards Drop Third Straight Before All-Star Break
Madison swept by Wisconsin Rapids before three-day break
Madison, WI – The Mallards lost their third straight game on Sunday afternoon from Warner Park as the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters were able to sweep the Mallards with a score of 9-4.
The Rafters got on the board early against Mallards’ starter Mitchell Leroy as Garrett Broussard drove in the first run of the game on a groundout to the right side of the infield. The Ducks were able to respond right back against Ben Amon in the bottom of the 1st as Chad McCann, who played in his second game of the year, tied up the game early. Madison took their first lead of the series in the bottom of the 3rd on the first of Estevan Moreno’s two sacrifice flies. The Rafters went on to tie the game immediately in the top of the 4th after an error and wild pitch scored Harry Owen.
The 7th inning provided the most spark for the sizey crowd at Warner Park as Wisconsin Rapids struck first to break the tie with three runs off of Drew Erdei, who made his Mallards debut on Sunday. The first of the runs was scored on a wild pitch, the second on an unearned run, and the final of the three on a bases loaded walk. The Mallards showed fight after the stretch with three straight walks. McCann drove in another run to bring the deficit to two. Moreno then knocked in the next on his second sac-fly against Connor Kurki. The Rafters took charge in the top of the 9th against Tommy Ellisen. After a leadoff walk to McKinley Erves (3-4, RBI), Ellisen (0.2 IP, 3 H, BB, 3 R) was brought in and the Rafters extended their lead to five before the bottom half.
The Mallards take a three-day pause for the All-Star Break in Wisconsin Rapids and return next Thursday on the road in Green Bay. Home Run Challenge coverage can be found on the Northwoods League Baseball Network and the All-Star Game can be found on the same network as well as ESPN+.
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