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Published On: August 4th, 2016

AUGUST 4THComing off of an exciting come-from-behind victory in Kenosha on Wednesday, the Mallards (15-11, 38-24) will take on the Kenosha Kingfish (6-20, 22-40) for the third time in as many days on Thursday. Madison will look to maintain their perfect mark against Kenosha, as they are 6-0 against the Kingfish this summer.

The Mallards will throw right-hander Mike Byrne (Florida), who is set to make his fifth start of 2016. Byrne is currently 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA, having struck out 26 batters in 21 innings of work. The Orlando, Florida native had his best start of the season against Kenosha back on July 12th, allowing one run on three hits with eight strikeouts in five frames, earning a no-decision.

Charlie Hecht (Georgia College) will get the ball for the Kingfish, ready for his team-leading 11th start of 2016. The right-hander is 2-4 with a 5.26 ERA and 1.61 WHIP, recording 36 strikeouts in 51.1 innings. Hecht faced Madison back on July 13th, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings, while taking the loss. Opponents are hitting .308 against Hecht this summer.

Madison has been arguably the hottest team in the Northwoods League as of late, winning seven of their last ten games and hitting .331 as a team in that span. They’ve been getting huge performances at the plate from Josh Stowers (Louisville), Cam Comer (Virginia), Cameron Frost (Washington State) and Nelson Maldonado (Florida), who are all hitting over .350 in their last ten outings.

Thursday’s game against the Kenosha Kingfish will get underway from the Duck Pond at Warner Park at 7:05 pm. The game will be The Shoe Box Gary “Big Dog” Breneman bobblehead giveaway. Zimbrick Honda & Agrace HospiceCare Win the Civic raffle tickets will also be available for purchase. The contest will also be the Dentistry for Madison: Dr. Jay Hazen Star Wars Night.  The Mallards will wear Darth Vader themed jerseys to be auctioned off during the game to benefit DAIS.  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.