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.

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.

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.