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Madison Readies for Doubleheader with Rockford

August1stHaving scored 25 runs in their three-game home sweep of the Green Bay Bullfrogs, the Mallards (12-10, 34-23) are set to take on the Rockford Rivets (11-11, 28-30) in a home-and-home doubleheader on Monday. Game one will take place at the Duck Pond with the two teams traveling down to Rockford for the nightcap.

Heath Renz (UW-Whitewater) will matchup against the Rivets in game one, having pitched his best game of the season against Rockford back on June 29th. The right-hander worked seven complete innings, allowing one run on six hits with five strikeouts. In 2016, Renz is 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA, acting as a major piece of the Mallards rotation.

Zach Airing (St. Joseph’s) will get the ball for Rockford in the morning contest, set to make his tenth start of the summer. Airing currently sits at a 2-2 record with a 4.71 earned run average, having struck out 39 batters in 42.0 innings of work. The right-hander allowed more runs in his last start than he did in his previous four starts combined, conceding six runs on nine hits in five frames in a loss to the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.

Westin Wuethrich (Washington) will start the evening game for the Mallards. In his only previous start against the Rivets, Wuethrich allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings, taking the loss. Rockford’s starter for game two is to be determined.

Monday’s contest against the Rockford Rivets is set to get underway from the Duck Pond at Warner Park at 11:35 am. The game will feature a Kalahari Resort Indoor Theme Park Pass giveaway and team poster giveaway.  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.