With these two teams having faced each other just five days ago, Frank German (North Florida) and the Mallards (14-10) will head up to Green Bay to take on the Bullfrogs (9-15). The teams split a series that was played in both Madison and Green Bay, where each team won their home contest.
German, fresh off his first win of the season against Battle Creek, will look to bring the tools he used in his strong start last time out against the Bullfrogs tonight. In his five frames against the Bombers, German allowed only three hits and struck out four, allowing one earned run in the process. The outing was the freshman’s longest of 2016, giving him a record of 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA on the season.
Green Bay will oppose German with right-hander Austin Hancock (Lenoir Rhyne), who faced the Mallards a few days ago. Hancock earned the win in that matchup, allowing four base runners and striking out five in his seven-shutout frames. Despite his 0.78 ERA, Hancock is the owner of a 1-2 record, as he was charged with an unearned run in each of his first two starts.
Madison will look to take the success they found in the late innings of last night’s loss to the Wisconsin Woodchucks and carry that over into today’s contest. They were able to push three runs across in the 8th inning after receiving great work out of their bullpen, as Alex Hintze (UCONN), Alex Smith (North Florida) and Kevin Berge (St. John Fisher College) allowed only one hit between the three of them in their combined 5.1 innings of work.
Tonight’s game is set for 6:35 pm from Joannes Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The Mallards will return to the Duck Pond on Wednesday, June 29th to take on the Rockford Rivets at 7:05 pm. The theme for the game will be 80’s Night, with a tribute to Prince. It will also be Mullet Night at Warner Park, where fans can earn one dollar off of a hot dog for every inch of their authentic mullet. Do the math and we’ll pay you to eat a hot dog! Tickets are available for purchase by visiting MallardsBaseball.com, calling the Mallards ticket office at 608-246-4277, or stopping in the ticket office at 2920 N Sherman Ave.
The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd 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 150 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 (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.mallardsbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the Mallards as your favorite team.