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Mallards Host Loggers to Begin Stretch Run of Season

7-23 pre game CROPPEDMadison, Wis. (July 23) – Following Tuesday’s All-Star Game festivities in Wisconsin Rapids, field manager Donnie Scott and the Madison Mallards (12-7, 32-22) will begin the stretch run of their 2015 regular-season schedule Thursday against the La Crosse Loggers (13-8, 32-23) at the Duck Pond. Tonight’s 7:05 p.m. contest will be the first of a key two-game home stand with the Loggers for the Mallards, who after their home series will begin a seven-day road trip this Saturday.

Tuesday’s All-Star Game witnessed the South Division defeat its North Division counterparts by a final score of 3-1, with several Mallards players contributing to the victory. Anthony Gonsolin (St. Mary’s College) drove in one run, Logan Regnier (Central Michigan) went 1-for-2 and Jean Ramirez (Illinois State) went hitless across two at-bats. Mike Kaelin (Buffalo) tabbed a scoreless second inning, while Vince Arobio (Pacific) pitched 0.2 shutout frames with a strikeout.

Dalton D’Spain (Texas A&M Corpus Christi) will receive the call for the Mallards on the mound in tonight’s series opener against La Crosse. D’Spain, who leads all Madison starting pitchers with 40 strikeouts this summer, enters Thursday with a 3-1 record and two consecutive winning decisions at Warner Park in 2015. Overall, the right-hander is 5-2 with a 4.01 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 40:20 strikeout-to-walk ratio in nine games (40.1 IP). Opponents have batted just .242 against him.

Entertainment for tonight’s contest at the Duck Pond will include XPOGO, presented by Charter Communications, and Summerween post-game trick-or-treating on the field. For tickets, call the Mallards Ticket Office at 608-246-4277 or visit www.MallardsBaseball.com for more information. Unable to attend? Follow the Mallards on Twitter at @MadisonMallards or tune in to 100.5 FM ESPN Madison’s comprehensive play-by-play coverage beginning at 6:45 p.m.

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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.