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Published On: July 7th, 2014

Kalamazoo, MI – July 6, 2014.  Superb pitching from Kalamazoo Growlers (1-4, 14-26) starter Ryan Smoyer (Notre Dame) downed the Madison Mallards (4-2, 22-17) tonight in Kalamazoo, Michigan by a score of 4-1.

Smoyer gave up two hits in his one run performance, walking none while striking out five in eight complete innings of work to get his fifth win of the year.

The Mallards generated their only run without a base hit in the fourth inning after shortstop Trace Tam Sing (Washington State) was hit by a pitch and came in later to score on a fielder's choice off the bat of third baseman Trent Higginbothem (North Florida).

Right fielder Connor Marabell (Jacksonville) and center fielder Will Krug (Illinois) would add the only two hits for the Mallards offense, Marabell’s coming in the fourth and Krug’s in the eighth inning.

The Growlers scored two runs in the second, one in the fourth and one in the seventh inning and were led offensively by left fielder Nick Yarnall (Pittsburgh), who was 2-for-3 with two runs, a triple, and one RBI.

Mallards starter A.J. Bogucki (North Carolina) went five innings, scattering three runs on eight hits while walking and striking out one.

The Mallards continue their five game road trip tomorrow night against the Kalamazoo Growlers (0-3, 13-22) at 7:05 pm. They then travel to Wisconsin Rapids for a six game home and home series against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (0-3, 12-23). The Mallards return to the “Duck Pond” on July 11th to face the Rafters at 7:05 pm.

Friday the 11th will feature a MIG Commercial Real Estate LEGO Building Giveaway. It is also Circus World Night with live circus entertainment and Remington Beard Night.

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 live the Northwoods League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit