Oakley, Kravetz Face Off In Game Two

Madison, WI- June 13, 2014. Starting pitcher Chris Oakley (North Carolina) will look to guide the Madison Mallards (10-6) to their eleventh win tonight at the “Duck Pond” against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (4-13) to wrap up a two game home and home series. First pitch is slated for 7:05 pm.

Oakley will make his third start of the year and aims to pick up his first win against Rafters starter John Kravetz, a 6’4”, 215-pound junior out of the University of Illinois. Kravetz (0-2) has pitched a total of 12 innings in two starts for the Rafters, holding a 3.75 ERA with 11 strikeouts and one walk.

The Mallards fell to the Rafters yesterday in Wisconsin Rapids by a score of 12-5. Contributing at the plate for the Mallards was third baseman Trent Higginbothem (North Florida) and right fielder Brian Rodemoyer (Illinois State). Both went 1-for-4 with one home run and two RBI.

Tonight is Charter Communications Office Space Night with an appearance by Richard Riehle, who played Tom Symkowski, the creator of the Jump to Conclusions Mat.  Doc Jams will provide old printers and copiers for fans to smash on the field post-game.

Tomorrow, the Mallards stay at the “Duck Pond” to begin a two game series against the Wisconsin Woodchucks (9-6). Great Dane will present Summertime St. Patty's with in-game entertainment by The Kissers. There will be Pepsi Post-Game Fireworks and a Zimbrick Honda Free Kids Clinic from 10 am – noon at the "Duck Pond."

Mallards single game tickets are on-sale now. To purchase tickets, log on to, call 608-246-4277, or stop by the Mallards ticket office.


The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable via the Northwoods League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit