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Published On: July 3rd, 2016

July3rdThe Mallards will be looking for their 21st win of the 2016 season tonight, as Madison (20-13) prepares to take on the St. Cloud Rox (23-9). The game will be the conclusion of a two game-set as well as the last regular season matchup between these two teams this season. The Rox topped the Mallards by a score of 4-0 in the first matchup between the inter-division foes a night ago.

Mike Reitcheck (Penn) will get the call for the Mallards tonight, as the Illinois-born left-hander will attempt to improve to a perfect 4-0 record on the year. Reitcheck was sensational in his last outing, allowing one run in six frames against the Chinooks. Reitcheck will be making his sixth start of 2016, standing at a 3-0 record and 4.66 ERA.

Shelby Lackey (Pacific) will make his third start of the season for the Rox, having yet to earn a decision. Lackey has thrown 16 innings and struck out 14 in that span, posting a 2.81 ERA. Opposing hitters are hitting just .216 against the right-hander.

The Madison offense will look to bounce back after being shut out for the first time all season last night, mustering only four hits as a team. The Mallards currently rank sixth in the Northwoods League in runs scored.

With the loss last night and the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters win, Madison finds themselves three games back in the first-half standings with three games to play. They’ll need to win out as well as have the Rafters lose their final three games to send the first-half South division title to a tie.

Tonight’s game against the St. Cloud Rox is set for 5:05 pm from the Duck Pond at Warner Park. The game will feature postgame fireworks, presented by U.S. Bank. There will also be a performance by The Ryan McGrath Band.  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.