The Madison Mallards (41-28) fell 5-2 to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (44-25) in a pitcher’s duel at Witter Field on Thursday. With the win, the Rafters secured a season series victory with their seventh win of 2019 over the Mallards.
The Mallards took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when EJ Ranel (Lenoir-Rhyne) drew a leadoff walk. Later in the frame, Ranel took advantage of an error an came into score.
The Rafters bounced back in the second and pushed across three runs to take a 3-1 lead.
Eliot Turnquist (Madison College) took the loss for Madison after allowing four runs over three innings of work.
The Mallards and Rafters clash for the final time in the regular season on Friday in Wisconsin Rapids. First pitch between the division rivals is set for 7:05 p.m. from Witter Field.