In addition to winning a first-half championship and breaking numerous team records, the Madison Mallards continued making team history as league officials announced Ryan Rogowski as the Northwoods League Most Valuable Player and pitching coach Chris Maliszewski as Coach of the Year Monday afternoon.
In 2005 Rogowski set records both NWL and Mallards records for career (75) and single-season stolen bases (44). The outfielder finished the regular season hitting .345 with four home runs and 29 RBI. Rogowski, a two-year Mallard, is the first Mallard to be named MVP and will sign a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers following the conclusion of the 2005 NWL season.
Pitching coach Chris Maliszewski led the Mallards pitching staff to the best ERA in the Northwoods League at 2.31, shattering the previous Northwoods League record of 2.53 set by Wisconsin in 2002. Additionally, three members of Maliszewski?s staff set single-season Mallards records. J.J. Hollenbeck set the record for most wins (eight), Adam Mills broke the record for best ERA (1.00) and Matt Petty saved a Mallards best 10 games.
Adam Mills and J.J. Hollenbeck were also named post-season All-Stars, joining Rogowski as the three representatives from the Mallards. Mills, who will start Game One of the Divisional Playoffs tonight, finished the regular season 6-2 and threw a season-high 72.1 innings for the Mallards while striking out 62 and walking only ten. Hollenbeck, a mid-season All-Star as well, compiled an 8-3 record with a 2.39 ERA in a dual role as a starter and reliever.
The Mallards open the 2005 Northwoods League Playoffs tonight in Game One of the Divisional Series against the Rochester Honkers at 7:05 p.m. at the Duck Pond. Great tickets, including tickets in the Great Dane Duck Blind, are still available. For tickets visit www.mallardsbaseball.com or call (608) 246.4277.