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Mallards looking to rebound against Cats

The Madison Mallards will try to rebound tonight versus the Thunder Bay Border Cats when they send right-hander Kitt Kopach (top left)to the hill. Thunder Bay spoiled the Mallards? home opener Thursday night, defeating the Ducks 6-1, before an opening night record crowd at Warner Park of 7,001. The loss drops the Mallards to 0-1 on the year while the defending NWL Champs are out of the gate at 1-0. Great seats are still available for tonight?s game including the Great Dane Duck Blind.

Kopach is coming off a solid spring at Illinois State, in which he led the Redbirds in ERA (4.17) and was second in opposing batting average (.252). He?ll face a Border Cats lineup heavy with right-handed hitters.

The offense looks to bounce back from a night in which they were stymied for a single run on seven hits. Fourth-year Mallard Mike Rohde went one for five and newcomer Wayne Bond was the only Mallard to notch more than a single hit. Nonetheless, the team had its opportunities to score, but left 11 men on base throughout the night.

Friday is Newcastle Hockey Night in Madison. The Mallards will wear hockey uniforms as they take on the Thunder Bay Border Cats. Commemorative hockey pucks will be issued to the first 1,000 fans and Bucky Books will be given to the first 1,000 families. All fans in attendance will receive a Chet?s Car Care Magnet Schedule.

Tonight is also Stoughton Night ? the first of 19 TDS Community Nights in 2006. This summer, fans from 19 different communities in the Madison area will receive discounted tickets courtesy of TDS. Residents of Stoughton can receive a bleacher seat for only $5 tonight. Groups of 100 or more from one organization will receive group discounted tickets at $4 per ticket. For more information contact the Mallards ticket office at 608.246.4277.

Single-game and group tickets are on sale now! For more information please log on to www.mallardsbaseball.com or call the Mallards ticket office at 608.246.4277.