Mallards shut out Fond du Lac for 1-0 series lead

A trio of clutch performances from left fielder J.T. Benson, shortstop Charlie Szykowny and starting pitcher Eliot Turnquist fueled a commanding 5-0 victory Sunday afternoon at Warner Park, giving the Madison Mallards a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Great Lakes West Divisional Series against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders.

Benson said the win just further displayed their group-first identity.

“We’re the same team we have been,” Benson said. “We’re just gonna go out there and play for each other.”

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Commanding win leaves Mallards on verge of playoffs

Win and you’re in.

That’s the story for the Madison Mallards after their shortstop Charlie Szykowny delivered an electrifying performance in a 11-1 squashing of the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders Friday night at Warner Park that put the team one more victory away from qualifying for the Northwoods League playoffs.

Mallards center fielder Cam Cratic said the chance of getting to play for the playoffs is great after the team’s early season struggles.

“It feels good, man. We started off a little shaky and caught fire,” Cratic said. 

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Mallards beat Booyah, stay in playoff hunt

The Madison Mallards kept a steady pace in the playoff hunt with powerful bats and razor-sharp pitching in a 9-1 triumph and series sweep over the Green Bay Booyah Tuesday night at a drenched Warner Park. 

Madison started and finished the day two games behind the Wisconsin Woodchucks. In order to make the Northwoods League playoffs, the Mallards must surpass the Great Lakes West division-leading Woodchucks in their last four games.

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Mallards’ playoff hopes fade after loss to Woodchucks

A brief spurt of light rain in the top of the third inning didn’t stop play, but Sunday afternoon’s 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Wisconsin Woodchucks might have put a serious damper on the Madison Mallards’ Northwoods League playoff hopes.

“Anything can really happen…we’ll be alright,” Madison Mallards starting pitcher Joseph Kalafut said, trying to maintain a positive attitude after his team fell 3.5 games behind the Woodchucks in the Great Lakes West division standings with seven games to play.

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