Bad inning dooms Mallards in loss to Fond du Lac

A second-inning surge was too much for the Madison Mallards to overcome Wednesday night as the Madison Mallards dropped a 14-8 decision to the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders at Warner Park. In the aftermath, Mallards catcher Drake Baldwin tried to put the defeat in context. “I don’t even think it was that bad,” Baldwin said. “We won the last seven innings. There was just that one inning that kind of blew up on us.”

The Dock Spiders jumped out to a first-inning advantage on third baseman Jackson Loftin’s two-run lightning strike into left-center field off Mallards starting pitcher Eliot Turnquist.

Scannell provides late fireworks in Mallards’ win over Kenosha

 The Madison Mallards left fielder Matthew Scannell saved his team from a self-destruction in a 4-3 walk-off comeback victory against the Kenosha Kingfish on Sunday evening at Warner Park. 

After blowing a chance to walk it off in Saturday’s game, Scannell said the difference this time was his composure. 

“I was the most relaxed I’ve been all year,” Scannell said. “Threw me a first pitch changeup. Knew I was going to get a fastball, so just put a good swing on it.”

Madison Commons Media Digest, July 4, 2021

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Mallards’ streak snapped as comeback falls short

The Madison Mallards’ three game winning streak ended inharmoniously with a failed comeback in a 6-5 loss to the Wisconsin Woodchucks on Saturday evening at Warner Park. 

Pitching coach Leon Davidson said he’s accepted that sudden breaks in momentum are part of the game. “That’s just ball,” Davidson said. “Some days it’s gonna pan out the way you want it to. Some days it’s not...but that’s why we strap it on everyday and play this game.”

The Woodchucks jumped out to a 3-0 advantage against Mallards starter Ernie Day after shortstop Jordan Schaffer’s two-RBI single into center in the second and designated hitter Jacob Burke’s solo homer one inning later. Day struggled with his command throughout, giving up five walks in 2.1 innings of work.

O’Hara shines as Mallards top Woodchucks

Pitcher Ryan O’Hara dazzled in a breezy starting debut Friday night, leading the Madison Mallards to a 6-2 victory over the Wisconsin Woodchucks’ at Warner Park. 

O’Hara said the feeling after his success was incomparable. “There’s nothing like it,” O’Hara said. “There’s so much hard work that goes into this. We lift all year. We throw all year.