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Doubleheader Opens with Madison in Rockford

June29_PregameThe Mallards (18-10) will play the first game of a doubleheader this morning against the Rockford Rivets (13-14) from Rockford, Illinois. The game is set for 11 am from Rockford Stadium.

Luke Shilling (Illinois) will make his first start of the season for the Mallards, as the bullpen regular hopes to showcase his stuff in extended innings against the Rivets. Shilling has appeared in ten games this season, pitching to a 1-1 record in 13 innings. He’s struck out ten, walked ten and has posted a 3.46 ERA.

Rockford will throw Ethan Howard (Kirkwood CC), who will be making his fifth start of 2016. Howard is 0-1 with a 4.79 ERA in 20.2 innings of work.

The Mallards will return to the Duck Pond tonight, June 29th to take on the Rockford Rivets at 7:05 pm in the second game of the doubleheader. 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.

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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 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.