Three Mallards Earn a Spot as Northwoods League All-Stars
Madison sends three players to All-Star game on July 19th
Madison, WI – The Northwoods League All-Star squads were announced on Friday morning, featuring three Mallards on the Great Lakes roster that will compete against the Great Plains division from Witter Field in Wisconsin Rapids.
The first selection and only position player to earn an All-Star spot is catcher Josh Caron. Caron batted at a .310 clip while launching six home runs in the first half of play. The Sun Prairie native led the Ducks in hits, doubles, runs scored, walks, and runs-driven-in during an 18-18 start to the season. The product of the University of Nebraska played in the second half for the team last season and did not get a chance to be listed on the All-Star ballot in 2021 as a graduated high school senior.
The other two Mallards to be voted onto the All-Star roster by the media, front office, and coaches were both relief arms. The first of the two is closer Bryce Woody. Woody ranks in the top-5 in the league when it comes to slamming the door on the season with five saves. The redshirt senior from Lincoln Memorial University posted a sub-1 earned run average throughout the first 36 games of the year, striking out 36 and only walking 8. Woody had a performance out of the bullpen against the Kokomo Jackrabbits in mid-June where he struck out all six batters he faced to secure a win for Madison. The latter of the pitchers elected is the right hander from Delta State University, Steven Lacey. The combination of Lacey and Woody in the backend of the bullpen has been untouchable when used as a duo leading late in games. Lacey, who did not pitch much during his collegiate spring season at Delta State, impressed with his strikeout abilities, punching out 30 and walking just 6 batters. He’s struck out at least one bat in each of his 11 appearances out of the arm barn this season.
The three Mallards will make the trip to Wisconsin Rapids over the All-Star Break which spans from July 18th through July 20th before returning to play the rest of the second half.
The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 28th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 280 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com. For more information, visit www.greenbayrockers.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rockers as your favorite team.