Flamingos close out rough month with win over New England

Forward Madison FC’s striker Jake Keegan exercised his club’s demons in a 1-0 triumph against New England Revolution II Wednesday night at Breese Stevens Field. 

It was the Flamingos’ first win in June after three draws and two losses in the month, but head coach Carl Craig said that Madison shouldn’t expect its soccer team to exhibit total command all the time due to the competitiveness of USL1. “For some reason, we think in this city that we’re supposed to dominate games from start to finish, and that’s not the truth,” Craig said. The Flamingos’ leading scorer hexed New England’s hopes of tying the all-time series by using defender Christian Diaz’s through ball assist to power a magical right-footed shot from the middle of the box to the high centre of the net in the 20th minute. 

Keegan said that there’s no clear single reason he’s had his offensive success. “If I knew that, I would never go through slumps,” Keegan said.   Forward Madison’s offense was somewhat limited the rest of the way, as only three of the Flamingos’ 12 shots were on target.

Rafters have Mallards’ number, complete home-and-home sweep

The Madison Mallards’ recent struggles against Wisconsin Rapids continued Tuesday night, as the Rafters cruised to an 8-2 win at Warner Park, completing a two-game, home-and-home sweep. This loss pushed the Mallards' record against the Rafters this season to 2-6,  and this caused Madison’s hitting coach Ryne Stanley to say that the team’s success over the years, which includes 11 straight winning seasons in Northwoods League play, has put a bull’s-eye on the team. “Madison’s kind of...ran the league for a little while,” Stanley said. “Everyone kind of targets to beat us...this year it’s falling their way.”

The Rafters registered the first run of the game in the second when Madison starter Jacob Baldino’s wild pitch sailed over catcher Jacob Campbell’s glove and allowed Rapids first baseman Marco Castillo to cruise home from third. The Mallards responded when designated hitter Joe Hauser splashed a single into center field off Matt Osterberg to knot it up 1-1.

Madison Commons Media Digest, June 27, 2021

Madison and Dane County

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Mallards’ Iadisernia makes most of rainout, takes impromptu homerun derby

Madison Mallards designated hitter Alex Iadisernia conquered an impromptu home run derby after rain forced the Friday night game at Warner Park against the Green Bay Booyah to be rescheduled to August 9 at 4:00 p.m. The home run leader said he wanted to make the most of the situation. “My first home run derby...might as well go out on top,” Iadisernia said. Eight players were given two minutes to hit as many homeruns as they could from pitches thrown roughly three-quarters the usual distance between the mound and home plate. Designated hitter Alex Iadisernia’s seven towering blasts in the first round were followed by right fielder Bryant Shellenbarger and left fielder J.T. Benson’s five rockets. Shortly after, those three players convinced the press box to conduct a three-swing elimination tournament.

Mallards’ offense bails out pitching in victory over Green Bay

The Madison Mallards overcame a shaky pitching start with mid-game cannon shots that roasted the Green Bay Booyah in a 7-5 comeback victory Thursday night at Warner Park. 

Mallards starting pitcher Eliot Turnquist said he felt early on that it was going to be a tough game. “The way the game started...I just knew I had to grind out,” Turnquist said.   The grind began almost immediately, when Green Bay first baseman Kaden Hollow and catcher Jake Berg connected off Turnquist for two-out RBI singles in the top of the first. After Madison left fielder Alex Iadisernia sparked his team’s offense by smacking an RBI single into left field off Green Bay starter Jacob Riordan in the bottom of the inning, the Booyah grilled Turnquist harder in the third, as third baseman Max Wagner’s two-run blast into right field to pushed the lead to 4-1. 

Turnquist said he adopted a new strategy after he struggled with his go-to early breaking ball. “That’s a strength of mine.

Mallards blank Fond du Lac to snap skid

Madison Mallards starting pitcher Andrew Neu saved his squad from a four game sweep Tuesday night at Warner Park after squashing the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders in a 5-0 shutout. 

Neu said his catcher Drake Baldwin played a major role in his success. “[He] calls a hell of a game back there. I love throwing to him,” Neu said. “He understands me well”

 Neu rebounded from last week’s nightmarish seven-run showing by keeping the Dock Spiders’ offense in check Tuesday night, giving up just three hits and one walk to go along with three strikeouts. 

Pitching coach Leon Davidson did not tell his starter to make any alterations coming into Tuesday’s outing. “I told him just don’t change anything.

Madison Commons Media Digest, June 20, 2021

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Mayor proposes spending $47 million in federal funds on immediate needs, services, June 19; Mayor, City Council seek to raise pay for non-union employees, June 17, Dean Mosiman, WSJ. Madison seeks feedback on program for handling mental health 911 calls, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, June 17. Madison encourages 'Days of Reflection' after unprecedented year, Abigail Becker, CT, June 15.

Flamingos’ rough month continues with loss to Revolution II

Forward Madison FC’s offensive struggles continued Saturday night in a 2-0 home defeat to the New England Revolution II at Breese Stevens Field. 

The Flamingos have scored 1 goal in their last three contests, which led head coach Carl Craig to say the team lacks poise. “It comes down to composure in the penalty area,” Craig said.  “We created so many chances today. Maybe we scared ourselves.” 

Forward Madison FC had all the right ingredients to serve Revolution II their fifth loss of the season. The Flamingos dished out a whopping 20 shots -- including 12 in the first half -- but only four of them were on target. New England kept the home crowd hungry for offense, though, with four saves and 19 clearances. 

It was Revolution II’s midfielder Noel Buck who finally delivered the goods when he sliced the ball into the top right corner of the net from the left goal area off the crisp assist from striker Justin Rennicks in first-half stoppage time. 

Flamingos’ goalkeeper Phil Breno said that his unit’s offensive struggles helped fuel the late score.

Now in its second year, Black Umbrella expands, keeps activism at its core

Black Umbrella Global, a local organization centered around activism, is geared toward supporting the Black community throughout the Madison area. Amid the 2020 Black Lives Matter protest, Black Umbrella surfaced as a resource and network for community members to be supported in various areas of the city. Black Umbrella acts as a safety net for Black people throughout the Madison area who seek out equality and liberation.

Rodney Alexander and Shy Smith, two of the founding members of Black Umbrella, spoke to the organization's mission and goals for the Madison community in addition to the progress the organization has currently made in the community since the summer of 2020. While their transitional housing project, community outreach, and distribution of food and educational resources are major aspects of Black Umbrella's mission, activism is the core value of the organization.