Gonsolin Stays Hot as Mallards Edge Bombers

Mallards end first half with loss in La Crosse

Fueled by timely hitting and quality pitching, the Madison Mallards beat the Battle Creek Bombers 6-1 in eight innings Monday night in Battle Creek.

The win helped the Mallards end their two-game losing skid and got them back to a .500 record this season.

Anthony Gonsolin had another productive night for Madison, going 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and run batted in. Logan Regnier also got two hits and scored two runs from the top of the Mallards lineup. J.J. Gould drove in two runs as well.

Nate Hoffmann earned the win by allowing one earned run on six hits, two walks and two strikeouts over five innings. Corbin Olmstead, who fanned seven batters over four frames out of Madison’s bullpen last Friday against Lakeshore, turned in another impressive appearance out of the mound. He pitched three innings, allowing no runs with three strikeouts.

The Mallards got a fast start by scoring two runs on three hits in the top of the first inning. Mikey Diekroeger’s RBI groundout to second base allowed Regnier to score. Jean Ramirez drove home Gonsolin on an RBI single to give Madison a 2-0 lead after their half of the first. Battle Creek responded with a run in the bottom of the second inning, though that was all its lineup would muster in the loss.

Hoffmann settled in nicely soon after, giving up two hits between the third, fourth and fifth innings before giving way to Olmstead in the bottom of the sixth. Madison’s offense provided insurance runs in the top of the seventh, when Gould got both of his runs batted in on a single. Gonsolin followed with another RBI single.

After 30 minutes of rain delay, the game was called with a final score of 6-1 after eight complete innings. Following the win, the Mallards turn their attention toward the finale of the two-game series with Battle Creek, scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT on Tuesday.

The Mallards will return home on Friday, June 19 against the Kenosha Kingfish.