Mallards rebound from early deficit to hold off Wisconsin Rapids

The Madison Mallards’ hungry offense overcame their fragile defense in a 11-7 clubbing of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Thursday night at Warner Park.

“I think if we just continue to do that…I think we’re going to make a real big run here for playoffs, so stay tuned,” Mallards first baseman Tyler Dean said of the win. 

Mallards outlast Woodchucks for series split

A gritty mix of manufactured offense and timely hits fueled the Madison Mallards in a back-andΠ-forth 5-4 victory Sunday afternoon at Warner Park that earned them a two-game series split against the Wisconsin Woodchucks. 

“The Woodchucks put up a good fight. They always do. It’s always gonna be a good baseball game when we’re playing them,” Mallards shortstop Michael Fuhrman said.

Victory slips away from Flamingos in stoppage time

Forward Madison FC’s late collapse forced a 1-1 draw with Fort Lauderdale CF Saturday night at Breese Stevens Field that dropped the team further out of playoff contention.

“[It was] heartbreaking to get beaten the last minute,”  Flamingos head coach Carl Craig said of the failure that saw the team slip from seventh to eighth in the USL1 standings

Madison Commons Media Digest, July 25, 2021

COVID-19

State health officials raise concern as delta variant cases grow in Wisconsin, Mitchell Schmidt, Wisconsin State Journal, July 23. Madison and Dane County

Madison and Dane County launching new efforts to distribute millions more in federal rent help, Chris Rickert, WSJ, July 24. Madison adds Juneteenth holiday, designates Ho-Chunk Day, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, July 21. Madison City Council pursues alternating in-person, virtual meetings, Abigail Becker, CT, July 21. Madison City Council plans to alternate between online, in-person meetings for rest of year, Logan Wroge, WSJ, July 21.

Late rally falls short as Mallards lose in extras

The Madison Mallards’ hopes of a late comeback were crushed in a bitter 5-4 defeat Friday night at Warner Park, resulting in a two-game series split against the Kalamazoo Growlers. 

“Man, you never want to lose a ball game like that,” Mallards pitching coach Leon Davidson said after his team’s three-game winning streak was snapped.

Mallards rely on bullpen to hold off Kalamazoo

Bullpen depth and clutch hitting spurred the Madison Mallards to a 5-4 victory against the Kalamazoo Growlers on Thursday night at Warner Park. 

Mallards center fielder J.T. Benson said his squad was able to rally because of their group-first mindset. 

“We are a great team right now,” Benson said. “We’re very...built around each other...and not for ourselves.”

Madison Commons, July 18, 2021

Madison and Dane County

City's nonunion employees challenge mayor's plan for wage parity with unions, Dean Mosiman, Wisconsin State Journal, July 15. Airport Commission rejects resolution seeking PFAS clean-up oversight, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, July 15. No candidates running for Dane County Board District 20 seat, Abigail Becker, CT, July 15; Timothy Rockwell wins special election for Sun Prairie-area seat on Dane County Board, Emily Hamer, WSJ, July 14. Community

A year after dogs were welcomed in Madison parks, response is largely positive, Molly DeVore, WSJ, July 14. Boys & Girls club to break ground on new Regional Youth Workforce Center, David Dahmer, Madison365, July 12.

Iadisernia’s walkoff homer turns tide for Mallards

Alex Iadisernia found redemption for his team on Tuesday night. 

“It was satisfying,” the Madison Mallards center fielder said of a 7-6 walkoff win that snapped the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters’ five-game winning streak over his club. “We knew coming in that this team had our number.” 

Madison’s starting pitcher Eliot Turnquist said that a hostility has existed between the two teams. 

“We’re rivals with these guys,” Turnquist said. “There’s been bad blood between us in the past.”

Madison Commons Media Digest, July 11, 2021

COVID-19

COVID-19 uptick in Wisconsin likely linked to delta variant, David Wahlberg, Wisconsin State Journal, July 10. 'Not everyone has to come to jail': COVID-19 changes could lead to sweeping transformation, Emily Hamer, WSJ, July 10; Incarceration after COVID: How the pandemic could permanently change jails and prisons, Robert Chappell and Shereen Steward, Madison365, July 7. Madison and Dane County

Cap Times Election Q&A: Dane County Board District 19, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, July 10. Madison Municipal Building, parts of City-County Building open to the public, Abigail Becker, CT, July 8. Madison City Council rejects moving quickly on proposal ending Reindahl Park homeless camp, Abigail Becker, CT, July 7.