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Published On: June 5th, 2015

Mallards return home for Big top showdown Cropped (1)Madison, Wis. – The Madison Mallards (7-6) and Green Bay Bullfrogs (6-6) on Tuesday, June 9, will partake in the opener of a two-game South Division series in Madison, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from the confines of Warner Park.

Endres Manufacturing presents Dave “The Bullet” Smith, the Human Cannonball, who will perform at the Duck Pond following tonight’s game.

This evening will mark the beginning of a four game home-stand for the Mallards, who fell victim to a 5-4 loss at the hands of the Kenosha Kingfish in thirteen innings last night. Matt Bower (Washington State) performed admirably as Madison’s starting pitcher in the loss, fanning six batters and conceding just one earned run across six innings of work.

Nate Hoffmann (Middle Tennessee State) will look to give Mallards field manager Donnie Scott a similar performance on Tuesday against Green Bay. The 6-foot-2 right-handed pitcher from Sun Prairie, Wis., received a winning decision in his first start of the summer on opening night against Kalamazoo, striking out four batters across five innings of one-run ball. During his junior collegiate campaign this spring, Hoffmann went 4-1 with a 3.61 ERA in 15 appearances (77.1 IP).

To counter, Green Bay will task left-handed pitcher Garrett Harrison (St. Cloud State) with his third start of the season in tonight’s series opener. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound southpaw has compiled a 1-1 record and 1.76 ERA during his first two starts of the 2015 Northwoods League season, during which he has struck out 14 and issued four walks. Harrison, originally from Champlin, Minn., went 9-0 on his way to a 2.16 ERA with St. Cloud State this spring.

  • Kaelin and His K’s – Mike Kaelin (Buffalo) tossed 3.1 innings of late bullpen work in Monday’s extra-inning loss, logging eight strikeouts, one walk and two hits allowed. This season, the power-armed right-hander has tabbed 9.2 innings of scoreless relief for the Mallards, allowing just four hits and one walk. Most impressively, Kaelin has punched out 19 batters, tying him for third-most among all qualified Northwoods League pitchers.
  • Tuesday’s Roster Moves – The Mallards have waived first-baseman/designated hitter Manny Ramirez Jr. (San Francisco), who batted .176 with across 17 at-bats during his stay. Subsequent to the roster move, third baseman Mikey Diekroeger (Stanford) will claim Ramirez Jr.’s spot on Madison’s active roster. This spring, Diekroeger batted .315 with an on-base percentage of .426 (108 AB) during his freshman collegiate campaign.

For tickets to tonight's game, call the Mallards ticket office at 608-246-4277 or check out MallardsBaseball.com for more information.

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The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, 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 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website.  For more information, visit www.MallardsBaseball.com