Mallards, Hoffmann Quiet Growlers In Kalamazoo

By: Dylan Lee – Public Relations

Kalamazoo, MI – August 9, 2014. Mallards starter Nate Hoffmann (Madison College) tallied five strikeouts and right fielder Connor Marabell (Jacksonville) hit a two run jack in the third inning to lead the Madison Mallards (20-18, 37-33) past the Kalamazoo Growlers (16-20, 29-42) tonight in by a score of 5-1.

Hoffmann was steady in his third start, allowing one run on five hits in five innings of work to earn his third win of the season.

Marabell added an RBI single in the ninth to finish 3-for-5 with three RBI. Also aiding in the win was third baseman Trent Higginbothem (North Florida), who finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the eighth inning.

Growlers starter Ryan Colegate (Ohio Dominican) was tabbed with the loss after giving up three runs over 6.1 innings.

The Mallards end their 2014 Northwoods League season tomorrow against the Growlers at 4:05 pm (CT).



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