The Madison Mallards dug an early hole and couldn't get out of it as they lost at Willmar Wednesday night, 4-2.

Danny Brennan hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Mallards starter Reilly Hovis. Colton Bottomley followed with a run-scoring single as the Stingers took a 3-0 lead.

Geonte Jackson had the only RBI of the night for the Mallards. He went 2-4 in the game.

The Mallards outhit the Stingers 10-6, but with the loss split the series with Willmar at a game apiece.

Madison moves on to play at Mankato against the Moon Dogs Thursday and Friday nights before returing home to Warner Park to face Lakeshore Saturday night.