Mallards blast Green Bay to split home-and-home series

The Madison Mallards thrashed the Green Bay Booyah 7-1 Sunday afternoon with a one-two punch of hot hitting and powerful pitching to salvage a series split at Warner Park. Mallards manager Donnie Scott said he wasn’t surprised by his team’s rebound after losing 9-3 to the Booyah Saturday night. “It’s what I expect,” Scott said. “These guys are starting to come together...I’m anticipating a lot of good things.”

In the bottom of the second, Mallards second baseman Dominic Toso shot an RBI single into left field off Green Bay starter Ben Hart to open the scoring. One inning later, Hart’s two-out wild pitch allowed center fielder J.T. Benson to blaze into home from third to make it 2-0.

Flamingos can’t find offense in draw with Richmond

Forward Madison FC’s defensive sparring with the Richmond Kickers led to a scoreless draw Saturday night at Breese Stevens Field, allowing the Flamingos to hold onto fifth place in the USL League One standings. Flamingos head coach Carl Craig said he wasn’t surprised by his team’s third draw of the year, due to the competitiveness of USL1. “It’s not like we should expect to go out and win every week. You look at the table. It’s very well balanced,” Craig said.

Mallards’ bats have no answer for Wisconsin Rapids

The Madison Mallards’ bats went as quiet as a well-managed library in a 5-0 loss to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Thursday night at Warner Park. Rafters starter Justin Beyer avenged last week's loss to the Mallards, surrendering just four hits over seven scoreless innings. Beyer struck out four and lowered his ERA to 2.25, picking up his first win of the season in the process. Mallards hitting coach Ryne Stanley said his team lacked the energy needed to hit the ball well. “We seemed a little dead today,” Stanley said.

Mallards’ mid-game rally turned aside against Traverse City

Spotty pitching drowned out the Madison Mallards’ mid-game surge Monday night in a 13-4 home loss to the Traverse City Pit Spitters.  Starting pitcher Ike Buxton looked to improve his 7.20 ERA entering the game, but the this outing had something much worse in mind for him in the first. Pit Spitters center fielder Trey Truitt III bookended a half inning that spelled out five runs for his squad off of four hits, two errors, and one walk.  After a two-out RBI single from Traverse City first baseman Jake Arnold  in the second,the Mallards faced an early 6-0 deficit and Buxton saw his ERA balloon to 10.29. Buxton said he felt like he let his team down. After Pit Spitters catcher Adam Proctor smoked a double into right-center field to make it 7-0 in the fourth, the Mallards surged in the bottom half of the inning.

Union Omaha ends Forward Madison’s unbeaten streak

Forward Madison FC’s undefeated start screeched to a halt Sunday night at Breese Stevens Field when the team fell 2-1 to Union Omaha. The Flamingos had vanquished the previously-undefeated Owls 1-0 on May 26.

 The self-destruction began when midfielder Audi Jepson became his own worst enemy, kicking an own goal off his right foot from the centre of the penalty area in the seventh minute of the game to help the Owls draw first blood. Jepson tried to clear a cross in, but instead skied it over the head of his goal keeper Phil Breno. Jepson later said he didn’t know how the ball went into the net.

Cratic powers Mallards to 6-3 win over Rapids

The Madison Mallards rode right fielder Cam Cratic’s four RBI to a 6-3 comeback victory against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Friday night. The Rafters steered their way to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second after catcher Weston Eberly’s sacrifice RBI groundout and right fielder Elijah Dickerson’s single into center off of starting pitcher Kyle Jungers. The Mallards parried in the bottom of the inning when second baseman Dominic Toso bounced into a double-play and knocked in third baseman Kyle Bork from third off of starting pitcher Justin Beyer to stay afloat at 2-1. In the bottom of the fifth, the Mallards found their hero, and he goes by the name of Cam Cratic, a Madison East alum who also plays for Madison College. The right fielder's three-run moonshot into right center launched the Mallards to a 4-2 advantage.

Mallards return to Duck Pond with big win

The Madison Mallards made the most of their first game in more than 20 months, handily beating the Lakeshore Chinooks 7-2 Monday night. The first inning spelled out the game’s themes for the Mallards: red-hot hitting and clutch pitching. Mallards starting pitcher Ryan Lauk’s steady hand helped him escape a bases-loaded, one out jam in the top of the inning with back-to-back swinging strikeouts. Madison frustrated the Chinooks offense and stranded several base runners throughout the game. 

Following that, designated hitter Josef Kalafut wacked a two-out single with the bases loaded to score third baseman J.T.  Benson and help the Mallards draw first blood. A wild pitch later and the Mallards had clawed their way to a 2-0 lead after the first inning.