Mallards Look To End Season Strong
By: Dylan Lee – Public Relations
Kalamazoo, MI – August 10, 2014. Tonight, the Madison Mallards (20-18, 38-33) square off against the Kalamazoo Growlers (16-20, 29-42) in their final game of the 2014 Northwoods League season.
Mallards starter Alex Pondick looks for his fourth win of the year after tossing six innings in his last start, striking out six while allowing just one run in a 6-1 win over the Alexandria Blue Anchors.
Pondick has split time as a starter and out of the bullpen for the Mallards this year, and in seven starts he carries a 4.76 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 39.2 innings pitched.
Last night, 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 Mallards past the Growlers in by a score of 5-1.
Hoffmann was solid in his third start, allowing one run in five innings of work to earn his third win. Marabell added an RBI single in the ninth to finish 3-for-5 with three RBI. Also aiding in the win was Mallards third baseman Trent Higginbothem (North Florida), who finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double.
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 MallardsBaseball.com