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Mallards, Kingfish Meet for First Time in 2016

July12thThe Mallards (3-3, 26-16) will return to the Duck Pond on Tuesday night to take on the Kenosha Kingfish (2-4, 18-24) in their first matchup this summer. The game will be the first of a two-game series, with game two coming Wednesday night in Kenosha.

Mallards manager Donnie Scott will give the ball to right-hander Mike Byrne (Florida), who is ready for his second start of the 2016 season. Byrne pitched five scoreless innings as a reliever before making his first start against the Battle Creek Bombers on July 6th, where he allowed four earned runs in 2.1 innings of work. He will match up against a Kenosha team that hits .251 against right-handers and .270 on the road as a unit.

The Kingfish will throw Grant Spranger (Southeastern CC) who will be making his second start of the 2016 campaign on Tuesday. The southpaw made his first appearance for Kenosha on July 6th, where he took the no-decision against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. He allowed no runs on three hits, three walks and three strikeouts in 3.2 frames. The first-place Rafters hit only .214 off of Spranger in the contest.

Madison will be coming off of their loss on Monday night to the Kalamazoo Growlers, who topped the Mallards by a score of 5-3 in Kalamazoo. The green and gold received two-hit nights from Nate Palace (Valparaiso) and Bryce Carter (Stanford), but weren’t able to hold on to the 3-1 lead they had after six innings.

Tuesday’s contest will be the home debut for Noah Cummings (Oral Roberts) and Jesse Medrano (Fresno State), who both joined the team for the series in Kalamazoo. The Mallards will also be joined by Alex Lyons (Purdue), who arrived in Madison Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday’s game against the Kenosha Kingfish will get underway at 7:05 pm from the Duck Pond at Warner Park. The contest will feature a Zimbrick Honda Lego giveaway. It will also be Agriculture Appreciation Night, South Central Library System Night and Children's Theatre of Madison Night.  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.