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Slugger Riggins Returning to Madison

The Madison Mallards and the Northwoods League will be treated to a second season of NC State slugger Harold Riggins (pictured). The 2009 NWL All-Star and Home Run Derby Champion recently signed to return to Madison where he hit .308 with nine home runs and 48 RBI last summer.

Wisconsin Woodchuck fans recently learned about a couple new Cowboys coming to town – Oklahoma State University’s Chance Deason and Don Lisi. Deason struck out over 500 hitters in his high school career, and 142 in two years at Eastern Oklahoma State College. Meanwhile, Lisi, son of former big leaguer Rick Lisi, isn’t too shabby in that department himself; he has 149 whiffs in 158 career collegiate innings.

Elsewhere round the Northwoods League, as the weather gets warmer and warmer, the teams are busying themselves finalizing their rosters with opening day just over a month away. Other notable signings include pitcher Bret Mitchell and infielder Danny Pulfer, both returning to Rochester after last year’s championship run, outfielders Derek Brown and Brian Embery (Wisconsin Rapids), and pitcher Mike Thomas (Green Bay).

To read more about all of the latest player signing, click on to “The Hot Corner Blog” at blog.northwoodsleague.com.

June 2nd marks opening day 2010 for the Northwoods League. In the North Division, the Alexandria Beetles will host the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers, the Duluth Huskies will travel to Canada and take on the Thunder Bay Border Cats, and the Rochester Honkers will go to Mankato and play the MoonDogs.

In the Southern Division, the expansion Wisconsin Rapids Rafters play the Bucks in Waterloo in their first game, the Eau Claire Express will be in LaCrosse playing the Loggers, and the Madison Mallards will host the Wisconsin Woodchucks.

The expansion Willmar Stingers will host their first game the following day, taking on the St. Cloud River Bats on June 3rd.