The ?Duck Pond? at Warner Park will have four familiar faces back in action for the upcoming 2004 Northwoods League season. The Madison Mallards are pleased to announce the resigning of right-handed pitchers Corey Cabral, D.J. Roshone, John Flood, and Jake Eiler.
Cabral, a 2003 NWL post-season All Star, is back with the Mallards after having a stellar year on the mound last season. The San Jose State University product, posted the sixth best ERA (1.72) in the league in 2003. Cabral went 5-2 in his nine starts while striking out 44 batters in 57.2 innings of work. So far this season with San Jose State, Cabral is 3-3 with a 4.01 ERA in 42.2 innings pitched.
Rejoining Cabral this summer will be fellow right-hander D.J. Roshone. The Iowa Western Community College sophomore, was Mr. Durability for the Mallards in 2003, appearing in a team high 28 games. Roshone, fanned 50 batters in 39.2 innings on his way to recording five saves.
Flood appeared in 13 games, including four starts, posting a 3.75 ERA for the Mallards in 2003. Flood, a sophomore at the University of Illinois-Chicago will be looked to provide a versatile arm in the line-up and veteran leadership.
Also returning to Madison this summer is Jake Eiler, a late season addition in 2003. Eiler, who is 3-0 in his current 2004 campaign at St. Scholastica, joined the Mallards for the second half of the season and the playoff run. Eiler allowed only four runs in 13 innings for the Mallards in 2003.
The latest additions bring the Mallards to nine players signed for the 2004 season. So far the Mallards have inked eight returnees from the 2003 season and one new player, Madison native Ryan Zink.
The Mallards 2004 home opener is June 9th at 7:05 P.M. against the Mankato MoonDogs. The Madison Mallards set a Summer Collegiate Baseball record averaging 4,411 fans per game for a season total of 136,751 fans in 2003.