Madison, WI – July 22nd, 2016. The Mallards (8-5, 31-18) were able to top the Kalamazoo Growlers by a score of 5-1 (5-8, 25-24) in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday, playing a seven-inning contest after last night’s game was postponed due to rain. The matchup was the first game of a doubleheader, with game two starting at 7:40 pm.
Mike Reitcheck (Penn) took the win, pitching a scoreless inning in relief. The loss was charged to Growlers starter Grant Wolfram (Central Michigan), who allowed four earned runs in 4.1 frames.
Nelson Maldonado (Florida) delivered a two-out, two-RBI double in the bottom of the first to give Madison the 2-0 early advantage. They would never look back from that lead.
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.