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Mallards, Bullfrogs Meet for Final Matchup of Summer

July31_PregameThe Mallards (11-10, 34-23) will take on the Green Bay Bullfrogs (12-9, 27-30) in the last contest between the two teams this season on Sunday evening. Madison has won five of the seven previous matchups between the division rivals, including both Friday and Saturday’s meetings.

Alex Lyons (Purdue) will make his fifth appearance and first start of the summer for Madison, having been a reliable arm out of the bullpen thus far. The 6’5” Lyons has yet to allow a run this season while striking out seven batters in 6.2 innings of work. He is in search for his first decision of 2016.

Jacob Padilla (Dubuque) is set to pitch for Green Bay, with the left-hander making his first appearance of 2016 on Sunday. In his junior campaign for the Dubuque Spartans, Padilla went 2-3 with a 4.64 ERA, striking out 39 batsmen in 52.1 frames.

Madison has been putting on an offensive showcase in their past two outings, following a six-run walk-off performance on Friday with an 11-run outburst on Saturday. The Mallards used four home runs, including two from Northwoods League Player of the Night, Zach Jarrett (UNC-Charlotte), to blow past Green Bay in Saturday’s 11-5 victory.

Sunday’s contest against the Green Bay Bullfrogs will get underway from the Duck Pond at Warner Park at 4:05 pm. The game will be Stoddard’s Country Grove Market Bratwurst Appreciation Night with Meat Raffle Giveaway. It will also be Madison Public Library Foundation Harry Potter Night.  The Mallards will wear Harry Potter themed jerseys to be auctioned off during the game to benefit Pinney Library Capital Campaign. It is also Faith Night and Madison Children’s Museum 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.