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July 31, 2014

 

OVL Comments on 2014 Season.  2014 saw the beginning of our 4th season as the Ohio Valley League. Growing pains continued, but at a slower pace than 2013. Marion unfortunately found it necessary to drop out of the league due to unavailability of housing for players which caused the remaining 5 teams to play a 40 game schedule that began May 30. 
     Weather played havoc with the first 3 weeks of the season causing lots of rescheduling which did not end until the 2 open dates at the end of the season were used as make-up days as were several late double-headers. 
     The season began with Hoptown threatening to runaway and hide as they won their first 11 games, similar to 2013. As the other teams' pitching staffs got loosened up the league became immediately more competitive. Madisonville struggled the entire season but still managed to win the play-in game to win a playoff spot. Fulton, Hoptown and Dubois County all were extremely competitive fighting it out for preferred playoff spots while Owensboro coasted to the title.  There were no surprises in the playoffs with Owensboro winning the trophy to go along with their Season Championship Trophy.
     Again the league's reputation as a pitchers league held up. Hoptown moved to the Christian County HS field on their rotating schedule with Hopkinsville HS. Hoptown and Dubois again led the league in attendance.  2014 saw more 1 run games and an increased level of defensive play.
     The Batting title was super close with the top to hitters only .0003 apart. Pitching was much better with the league ERA down almost 2.00 and aggregate batting average down 23 points.
     Steve Fowler was very active as the newly named league development director. He installed a league schedule in an advertising two fold which was placed in over 30 businesses, primarily restaurants and motels in the area to better form the public and tourists about our league. The additional exposure helped to install a sense of pride in players and management groups alike. 
     Also for the first time season playoff trophies were presented along with winning team medals. Individual season batting and pitching leaders were awarded personal trophies as well. 
     Expansion efforts continue with Martin Tenn and Nashville as new possibilities to join the league. 
On balance, with only 5 teams I feel it was a good season maturing throughout the baseball community.

Gordon Guess
OVL President.


2014

Regular Season

FINAL 2014 SEASON STANDINGS

Team W L % GB STK

Owensboro

27 13 .675 - 1W

Fulton

22 18 .550 5 1W

Hopkinsville

21 18 .538 5.5 1L

Dubois Co.

19 20 .488 7.5 1T

Madisonville

10 30 .250 17 1W



Ohio Valley League announces 2014 Season Players' Awards.  With the final games of the 2014 regular season completed, the OVL recognizes the top players in ten areas of performance.  For 2014, the OVL has decided to select only one player in each area therefore eliminating ties as in years past.  Based upon a 40 game schedule the players had to quality with a minimum of playing time in order to quality for a title.  Batters must have had 112+ plate appearances (PA) and pitcher a minimum for 32 innings pitched (IP).  Stolen Bases and Saves are exempt from these qualifying factors. Where two or more qualified players tied in a specific category, OVL officials have chosen one player over the others based upon comparing all individual performance stats for each player.  Trophies will be awarded to the players selected for a title.  Competition was tough this year as several players set high standards of performance.  Congratulations to those players chosen and all who were the best in 2014.  Every player and team helped bring another great season of baseball. 

 

        Offensive

Best Batting Average

Greg Fettes .343 Railroaders
Most Home Runs Ben Rodriguez 4 Hoppers
Most Runs Batted In Tyler Rachel 26 Oilers
Most Hits Alfredo Bohorques 39 Oilers
Most Stolen Bases Glenn Jones 18 Bombers

        Pitching

Most Games Won Lucas Barnett 4 Bombers
Best W/L Percentage Fernando Gonzalez

75%

Railroaders
Best ERA Fernando Gonzalez 1.15 Railroaders
Most Strike Outs Fernando Gonzalez 46 Railroaders
Most Saves Mark Chemello 8 Oilers

Qualifying factors: batters 112+ PA and pitchers 32+ innings pitched. 

Stolen Bases and Saves  exempt from qualifying factors. (no post-season games).

Final Post Season Playoff Games.  Upon the conclusion of he final 40 game schedule in the 2014 regular season the Owensboro Oilers achieved the best record finishing 27-13. Post Season Playoffs began on July 23 and each team in the OVL had an opportunity to compete in a post season championship series.    

 

The Post Season Playoff championship rounds began on July 23 with a single game Round 1 between the 5th seeded Madisonville Miners playing at the 4th seeded Dubois County Bombers, the Miners won the game 6-1 and proceeded to Round 2. 

 

The Round 2 "best of three" series began on July 24.  The top seeded Owensboro Oilers took on the bottom seeded Miners, and the 2nd seeded Fulton Railroaders faced off with the 3rd seeded Hopkinsville Hoppers.  Both the Hoppers and Oilers swept their opponents two straight games to advance to the final Championship Round 3.

 

The "best of three" Championship Round began on July 28.  The Owensboro Oilers continued their winning ways and won the first 2 games to take home the Post Season Championship Title as well as the Regular Season Title.  Congrats to all the teams in the OVL for another great season of summer baseball.

 

 


July 29, 2014 - Playoff Championship Round 3, Game 2 - best of three series

 

Owensboro Oilers 4, Hopkinsville Hoppers 1. (From Owensboro)  The Owensboro Oilers are the 2014 Regular Season and Postseason Champions of the Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League. The Oilers followed up their League-best regular season record of 27 wins and 13 losses with a four win playoff run. Owensboro took the best-of-three third round Championship series in sweeping fashion, two games to none, finished on Tuesday night with a 4 to 1 score over the visiting Hopkinsville Hoppers.
     Tuesday night's game was scoreless through the top of the 4th inning. The Oilers took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the 4th inning. Morgan Grisham led off the home inning with a single. Alfredo Bohorques reached on an error. Jake Wilson reached safely on a bunt to load the bases. Tyler Rachel delivered a deep RBI sacrifice fly, scoring Grisham and moving Bohorques and Wilson respectively to third base and second base. Christian McHatton followed with a 2-RBI single that brought in both men ahead of him.
     Hopkinsville narrowed the lead with a lone run in the top of the 6th inning. Mitchell Gallagher reached on a fielder's choice that put a walked batter out at second base. Parker Cash followed with a single as Gallagher went to second base. A fly out later, Taylor Ellis RBI singled to plate Gallagher and push Cash onto third base. A foul fly out ended the Hoppers rally.
     Owensboro answered with an equalizing run in the bottom of the 6th inning. With one out, McHatton singled. Braxton Brinkley followed with a double, putting runners on second base and third base. Harold Diaz reached on a fielder's choice that put Brinkley out. Dalton West delivered the two-out RBI single to bring McHatton across. At the end of six complete innings the score was 4 to 1 in the home team's favor. The same score held to become the final.
     Starter Jordan Kesson collected the Chamionship win, throwing six strong innings for the Oilers. Cable Wright and Kevin Meyer combined to attest to Owensboro's deep bullpen, holding down the 7th and 8th innings. League-leading closer Mark Chemello notched the save in the top of the 9th inning , working around a lead-off hit to face just four batters in retiring the last side. Hopkinsville starter Jake McAdams took the season-ending loss. Well-wishes to all the Hopkinsville Hoppers, heading home after this series. The best to all the other OVL franchises as well.
     Owensboro will look back with fondest memories to the talented young men who have been the Owensboro Oilers of 2014. These are the players who claimed the 200th franchise win. They never lost more than two consecutive games all season, and now hold the highest season winning percentage in Oilers franchise history. They have the combined OVL championships an achievement other teams will only be able to match, but never top. They should rightly be proud of themselves, and all Owensboro proud of  them.
     Their on-field success comes because of -- not in spite of -- the hard work of the Owensboro Oilers organization. Congratulations to anyone and everyone who participates with the Oilers. In the league's largest, often most distracted city, dedicated people continue to contribute to keeping the Owensboro Oilers on the field.    
     Winning is appreciated. Championships  are memorable. The true motivation, season after season, for the people behind the Owensboro Oilers is in providing young men the opportunity to characterize themselves through the game of baseball. The 2014 Owensboro Oilers season stands as a lasting testament to a roster of players who did that, and the Oilers baseball fans, who encouraged it happening game by game.  Box Scores Click Here.


July 28, 2014 - Playoff Championship Round 3, Game 1 - best of three series

 

Owensboro Oilers 6, Hopkinsville Hoppers 2. (From Hopkinsville)  The Owensboro Oilers took the first game in the best-of-three Ohio Vally League championship series, beating the homestanding Hoptown Hoppers 6-2 Monday.

     Owensboro got a great outing from starting pitcher Caleb Johnson, who allowed two runs on five hits, striking out three and walking four in seven innings of work.

     Owensboro got on the scoreboard first in the top of the first inning when Morgan Grisham led off with a single, went to second on a sacrifice bunt, took third on a flyout and scored on a single by Tyler Rachel to give the Oilers an early 1-0 lead.

     Hoptown tied the game in the bottom half of the inning when Parker Cash was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Chris Carrier to knot the game at 1-1.

     The Oilers retook the lead in the top of the second when Braxton Brinkley led off with a single, went to second when Harold Diaz walked, went to third on a sac bunt and scored on a groundout to put Owensboro ahead 2-1.

     Owensboro added to that lead in the third inning when Alfredo Bohorquez led off with a double and went to third on a fielding error on the play. He scored on a single by Jake Wilson to put the Oilers ahead 3-1.

     In the bottom of the fourth, the Hoppers closed the deficit when Michael Haun reached on a two-out walk, stole second and scored on a double by John Davis to trim the Oiler lead to 3-2.

     Owensboro enhanced its lead in the top of the sixth when Harold Diaz led off with a single and scored on Dalton West’s double. West took third on Austin Birtle’s single and scored during a double play to push the Oilers’ lead to 5-2.

     The Oilers tacked on another run in the seventh inning when Jake Wilson led off with a single and was lifted for pinch-runner Justin Cessna. Cessna went to second on a sac bunt and scored on a ground-rule double by Braxton Brinkley to cap the scoring at 6-2.

     Coming up big at the plate for Owensboro were Brinkley, who went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a run batted in, and Wilson, who went 2-for-4. The Oilers also got doubles from Bohorquez, West and Christian McHatton.

     Five Hoppers each got a hit, with Carrier and John Davis each getting doubles.

     Owensboro’s relief pitchers did not give up a hit in the last two innings, with Kevin Meyer pitching the eighth inning and striking out two and Mark Chemello closing out the game by pitching the ninth.  Box Scores Click Here.


July 25, 2014 - Playoff Round 2, Game 2 - best of three series

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 6, Fulton Railroaders 3. (From Fulton)  The Hoptown Hoppers used seven hits and six Railroader errors to win game two in the second round and advance on to the final championship round, the loss ends Fulton's 2014 season play.

     The Hoppers scored one in the 3rd innings, added two more in the 4th and another in the 5th to take a 4-0 lead.  The Railroader finally got going in the bottom of the 5th and put up 3 runs to make it a one run game.  Hoptown scored two more insurance runs, one each in the 7th and 9th innings for the final.

     Hoptown starter Evan Tidwell earned the win on the mound for seven innings.  Tidwell retired the first 10 batters before finally allowing a Railroader runner to reach base on his only walk in the game.  He gave up 4 hits afterward and had four strikeout.  Trevor Blocker finished the last 1 1/3 innings giving up only one hit and had two strikeouts, he picks up the save..

     Taking the hard loss for Fulton was starter Dylan Smith who pitched for five innings allowing 5 hits, tagged for 4 runs (3 earned), no walks and one strikeout.

     The Hoppers will play the Oilers on Monday in Hopkinsville to begin the final round of the post season playoffs.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Owensboro Oilers 1, Madisonville Miners 0.  The Oilers eliminated the Miners on Friday in Owensboro winning game two in the second round.  As in the night before the two teams battled in another close game with the only run scored by the Oilers in seventh inning.  The loss sends the Miners home for the season, and the Oilers move on to face the Hoptown Hoppers in the final playoff round.

     Bottom of the 7th, Braxton Brinkley singled and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Harold Diaz.  Brinkley made home plate on a two out RBI double by Taylor Mathews. 

     Both starting pitcher threw for a complete game.  Cameron Wallace won the shutout game allowing only 3 hits and one walk while striking out 9 batters.  Mike Steele takes the loss giving up just 4 hits, one earned run, 3 walks and had 2 strikeouts.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Owensboro Oilers move to another field for Playoffs.  The Owensboro Oilers playoff home games have been moved to Apollo High School located at 2200 Tamarack Rd. in Owensboro.  Their game tonight and tomorrow if needed will be played at the Apollo High School location.


July 24, 2014- Playoff Round 2, Game 1 best of three series

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 3, Fulton Railroaders 2. (At Hopkinsville)  In 11 innings.  No game summary submitted.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Owensboro Oilers 4, Madisonville Miners 2. (At Madisonville)  In 11 innings. No game summary submitted.  Box Scores Click Here.


July 23, 2014

 

From OVL President.  From the league perspective we have a great group of umpires. With rare exception they are most knowledgeable and can manage a field and game. We are proud of our umpire staff here in West KY, West Tenn, & Southern Indiana. Our league thinks they are the best.  The OVL has been blessed with competent umpiring which has given us a false sense of security. Huntingburg was an anomaly for sure and hopefully never again. Its now playoff time when we put our best foot forward and provide the best baseball around. Come on out and enjoy!

Gordon Guess President OVL 


Fulton Railroaders 4, Hopkinsville Hoppers 0.  (From Fulton)  The Railroaders shutout the Hoppers in Fulton to take second place in the standings and complete the regular 2014 season schedule for the OVL.  The game saw both teams matching with five hits and one error each.  

     Fulton took a one run lead in the 2nd inning.  Conner Hill singled and advance to 2nd base after Riley Benner was hit by a pitch.  Trevor Hicks following with a RBI double to drive in Hill.

     Bottom of the 3rd the Railroaders put up 3 more runs.  Daniel Goff doubled with two men on base to score 2 RBI.  Goff then made home on a Hoppers throwing error.  Scoring remained silent for the rest of game.

     Parker Cash was best on offensive for Hoptown going 2 for 3 at the plate.

     Railroaders starter Jake Bauer gets the win on the mound going for 7 innings giving up 4 hits, walking one batter and striking out 6 men.  Clay Chandler completed the final two innings for Fulton.

     Hoptown starting pitcher Dylan Stewart takes the loss for 6 innings of work allowing all Railroader hits, 4 runs (3 earned), walked 4 and had 6 strikeouts.  Taylor Blair and Geordie Carlson each threw for one inning downing every batter they faced.

     Both teams move on together to begin playing in the second round in the post season playoffs.  Thursday the teams will play in Hopkinsville for the first game in the best of three series.  Game two will be in Fulton on Friday and Saturday if needed to complete the series.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Playoff Round One - single game elimination

 

Madisonville Miners 6, Dubois County Bombers 1.  (From Dubois County) The Madisonville Miners eliminated the Dubois County Bombers from the Ohio Valley League playoffs last night with a dramatic 6-1 comeback victory at Huntingburg’s League Stadium.
     Most of the night belonged to the starting pitchers. Tanner Koch for Madisonville held the Bombers scoreless through six innings. He retired eight Bombers on strikeouts, only giving up three hits through those first six frames. 
     Dubois County third baseman Chase Scott led off the seventh with a home run just to the left of the old-time scoreboard. It was the first home run hit in OVL action this season in League Stadium. When Joe Sturino followed with a single, Miners’ skipper Jared Franklin called on reliever Miles Wagner to replace Koch. Wagner escaped without further damage.
     Meanwhile, Dubois County starting pitcher Ryan Dills was even more dominant. Dills limited the Miners to one hit and a walk through the first eight innings. Both were erased on the bases attempting to steal. Josh Wetzel was cut down at second base by Bomber catcher Rick Linton in the third inning. 
     In the 8th, Jackson Martin reached first base on the first walk Dills had allowed. Martin was sacrificed to second, and moved to third on a ground out. With two down, Martin broke for home in a delayed steal as Linton returned the ball to Dills after a pitch. The throw back to the plate from Dills was just in time, and Linton eliminated another baserunner by making the tag. 
     For the eighth consecutive frame, the Miners were retired with no runners left on base. Through eight, Dills had faced the minimum 24 hitters in a thoroughly impressive performance.
     Dills returned to the mound in the ninth in an attempt to complete the shutout. The first Miner batter flied out to center. Then Adam Schuster walked. Pinch-hitter Colton Nussel rapped a single back through the box that glanced off of Dills’ leg. 
     Nick Calandra followed with another single to tie the game at 1-1. Dubois County head coach Wes Fink pulled Dills to a standing ovation from the home crowd. 
     In compiling their 10-30 season record, Madisonville had fallen just a bit short on numerous occasions. The whole league knew they were a better team than their record indicated. On this night, it was as if a season of frustration had been waiting on playoff action.
     Eleven Miners came to the plate in the ninth inning, producing a six-run, six-hit bombardment off of four Bomber pitchers. 
     Miles Wagner gets the win in relief for the Miners. Ryan Dills gets tagged with as well-pitched of a loss as you are likely to find.
     Dubois County’s season ends with a record of 19-21. 
     Madisonville will host the regular season league champion Owensboro Oilers tonight in the first game of a best-of-three playoff semifinal.
  Box Scores Click Here.


July 22, 2014

 

Madisonville Miners 6, Fulton Railroaders 5.  In Madisonville the Miners finally got a win over the Railroaders in front of a home crowd and completed their regular season in style.  

     With a big 4th inning trailing the Railroaders 2-1, the Miners scored four runs and took at 5-2 lead.  The Railroaders crawled by to tie the game scoring one run in the 6th and two more in the 7th.

     In the bottom of the 8th inning, Jackson Martin walked, stole 2nd and made it to 3rd on a batted bat. Martin proceeded to take home on a wild pitch to give the Miners the winning lead. 

     Madisonville reliever Paul Goldman finished off the Railroaders in the 9th to complete the game and takes the win from the mound.  Fulton's reliever CJ Lee was tagged for the loss.

     The Miners now travel to Dubois County on Wednesday to take on the Bombers in the first round, single elimination game in the Post Season Playoffs.  The Railroaders must complete their regular season on Wednesday in Fulton with the Hoppers, the game will decide 2nd and 3rd place for seeding in the Playoffs.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Statement from OVL President.  (From OVL)  A note of explanation regarding behavior of players. As we are operating league wide under American League rules, there is no rule or precedent allowing or requiring entire benches or teams to be ejected. Only a few obvious perpetrators, usually 1 or 2 players are ever ejected. The league teams have all been admonished about the player behavior and the OVL demands much better deportment than was exhibited in Huntingburg. All the teams and league officials are indeed sorry and regret the incident and are united in trying to prevent a repeat.


Gordon Guess President OVL 


July 22, 2014

 

Madisonville Miners 6, Fulton Railroaders 5.  In Madisonville the Miners finally got a win over the Railroaders in front of a home crowd and completed their regular season in style.  

     With a big 4th inning trailing the Railroaders 2-1, the Miners scored four runs and took at 5-2 lead.  The Railroaders crawled by to tie the game scoring one run in the 6th and two more in the 7th.

     In the bottom of the 8th inning, Jackson Martin walked, stole 2nd and made it to 3rd on a batted bat. Martin proceeded to take home on a wild pitch to give the Miners the winning lead. 

     Madisonville reliever Paul Goldman finished off the Railroaders in the 9th to complete the game and takes the win from the mound.  Fulton's reliever CJ Lee was tagged for the loss.

     The Miners now travel to Dubois County on Wednesday to take on the Bombers in the first round, single elimination game in the Post Season Playoffs.  The Railroaders must complete their regular season on Wednesday in Fulton with the Hoppers, the game will decide 2nd and 3rd place for seeding in the Playoffs.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Statement from OVL President.  (From OVL)  A note of explanation regarding behavior of players. As we are operating league wide under American League rules, there is no rule or precedent allowing or requiring entire benches or teams to be ejected. Only a few obvious perpetrators, usually 1 or 2 players are ever ejected. The league teams have all been admonished about the player behavior and the OVL demands much better deportment than was exhibited in Huntingburg. All the teams and league officials are indeed sorry and regret the incident and are united in trying to prevent a repeat.


Gordon Guess President OVL 


July 21, 2014

 

Fulton Railroaders 10, Madisonville Miners 4.  (From Fulton)  The Railroaders chalked up 14 hits on Monday to help take a 10-4 win over the Miners in Fulton. With the OVL ruling (below) received just before game time, Fulton has yet to seal a second seed in the standings. The previously forfeited games by Hopkinsville on Saturday and Sunday being withdrawn, leaves the Railroaders with the same 21-17 record they started with at game time. 
     Tonight's game was mostly dominated by Fulton as the Railroaders pounded Miners' starter Austin Bickerton for 7 hits in the first 2 2/3 innings. Two Miner errors help the Railroaders add 4 unearned runs to 4 earned to give Fulton an 8-0 lead. 
     The Miners finally got something going in the 6th inning as Fulton's starter Cory Main began to tire on the mound. After giving up only one hit through five innings, Main was hit for a double and single along with his first and only walk. The Miners took these and advantage of a costly Railroaders error to put up 3 runs. Main was relieved on the mound by Fernando Gonzalez who quickly shut down Madisonville. Fulton quickly responded in the bottom half of the inning adding 2 runs on 3 hits and another Miners error. 
     Madisonville managed their final run in the 8th. A leadoff Jackson Martin double setup Jake Perry who followed with a RBI single. 
     Conner Hill was best for Fulton at the plate. Hill was 4 for 5, two RBI and one run scored. Dayton Rausch was next going 2 for 2, one RBI and scoring twice. Tyler Marshall and Daniel Goff both were 2 for 5 and combined for 3 RBI and 3 scored runs. 
     Isaac Perry was 1 for 4 and knocked in two RBI for the Miners. Jake Perry had one hit for a RBI to total out the score for Madisonville. Cory Finkler went 2 for 5 and scored once. 
     Main takes the win for a good 5 2/3 innings pitched. Along with Gonzalez, Will Hazen and Cole Schaenzer helped to finish the game. The loss goes to Bickerton. The Miners used three more in relief, Kevin Melton, Brendan Janes and Miles Wagner. 
     The Railroaders now travel to Madisonville on Tuesday to take on the Miners in their final season match-up together
Box Scores Click Here.

 

OVL makes ruling and withdraws forfeited Hoptown games.  (From OVL)  The OVL executive committee met today and took definitive action necessary to overcome the less than stellar umpiring job that occurred in Huntingburg Indiana where the Hoppers and Bombers got into a huge field altercation. Fairness and maturity combined with experience and common sense judgment prevailed in settling differences created by one bad umpiring decision and compounded by another one, but worse.   
     Settlement was achieved by revoking the forfeiture loss charged to Hoptown and restoring playing rights to all the players on both teams involved without being suspended a game. The Hopper-Bomber game was determined to be a tie game because the score was 7 to 7 when play was stopped. Technically it's called "game over" and won't be replayed over or continued from the 11th inning as if it were a suspended game. Individual stats for the game, except for pitcher winner & loser, will be used in calculating season stats for individual performances. The game goes in the record books for statistical purposes as 1/2 game won and 1/2 game loss. 
     Additionally, the Hopkinsville forfeited game at Fulton on Sunday, July 20 has been withdrawn. A possible make up game may be held at Fulton on Wednesday, July 23 entertaining Hoptown should the standings require it. Standings have been adjusted to reflect this decision.  
     The playoffs will still begin on schedule without delay Wednesday, July 23 with Madisonville opening up at Dubois County in Round One single game. The winner will move on to the Round Two semifinals best of three series against with the top seeded Owensboro Oilers.
     For the Box Scores for the Hoppers at Bombers game of July 19
Click Here.


July 20, 2014

 

Owensboro Oilers 10, Madisonville Miners 8.  (From Madisonville). The Miners were trailing 9 to 3 going into the 8th inning on Sunday night to the Owensboro Oilers.  The bats came alive and the Miners scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th to make it an interesting game at 9-8 going into the 9th inning.  The Oilers added an insurance run in the top of the 9th and the rally came up short for the Miners in the bottom of the 9th.  The final score was 10-8.  Box Scores Click Here.


July 19, 2014

 

Madisonville Miners 3, Owensboro Oilers 2.  (From Owensboro). The Owensboro Oilers lost Saturday night. It was the last regular season home game, and the first game of a closing home and away series with the visiting Madisonville Miners. The final score was Miners 3 to Oilers 2.
     Madisonville scored first, with one run in the top of the 2nd inning. Caleb Crabtree led off with a single. Chase Powers was hit by a pitch. A strikeout later Michael Colorado RBI singled to score Crabtree from second base. The Miners stretched out to a 3-0 lead with two runs in the top of the 5th inning. Ian Burkhart led off that turn at bat with a single. Colorado was hit by a pitch. A groundout moved both runners up a base. Burkhart scored from third base on a wild pitch, and Colorado moved to occupy third base himself. A groundball by Adam Schuster became an RBI as a fielder's choice play attempting to cut Colorado down at the plate went errant.
     Owensboro rallied for one run in the bottom of the 5th inning. With one out, Austin Bartle was hit by a pitch, then stole second base. A fly out later, Alfredo Bohorques was also hit by a pitch. Christian McHatton singled to load the bases. Tyler Rachel reached on an error that allowed Bartle to score, and re-loaded the bases, but the inning's rally ended there. The Oilers added one more run to the cause in the bottom of the 6th inning. Harold Diaz led off with a double. He scored on a one-out RBI single from Tyler Adams. Owensboro had its chances, advancing a runner to third base in the 8th inning and to second base in the 9th inning, but Madisonville held off the late home scoring attempts, and took the game by the maintained 3 to 2 final.
     Madisonville starter Colton Nussel pitched eight of the nine total innings for the win. Miners reliever Reid Clements held down the 9th inning for a save. Owensboro starter Brandon Jean took the loss. 
Box Scores Click Here.

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers @ Dubois County Bombers.  The game was stopped in the 11th inning tied at 7 each due to issues on the field.  At this time, the Dubois Bombers have been declared the winner.  More information is forthcoming.


July 18, 2014

 

Fulton Railroaders 7, Hopkinsville Hoppers 4.  (From Fulton). The Railroaders and Hoppers both fought well on Friday with Fulton coming out on top and gaining a game on second place Hoptown in the standings.  A game total of 22 hits and mild weather made for an excellent night of baseball at Fulton's Lohaus Field.

     The Hoppers got off to a quick start scoring one run in the 1st inning.  Three hit singles ended with a Scotty Adkins RBI rap with two outs.

     The Railroaders immediately responded with three hits for two runs. Reed Johnson hit a RBI double to scored one then made home on a following RBI double by Dayton Rausch.  Fulton took a 2-1 lead.

     Hoptown fought back in the 2nd inning to tie it up at two each.  Sean Brophy singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and made third base on a Meade Kendrick single.  Brophy was driven in with a sacrifice fly by Matthew Alford.

     Fulton's quickly regained the lead when Daniel Goff lead off the bottom half of the 2nd inning with homerun, his second for the season.

     The Railroaders extended their lead in 4th scoring two more runs.  Both Jeremiah Spring and Goff started the inning with singles and later crossed the plate on two fielder's choice plays

     The Hoppers banged out two more runs in the top of the 5th inning.  Solo homeruns by Taylor Blair and Jeffrey Kammer closed the score to 5-4 but still in Fulton's favor.

     In the bottom of the 8th the Railroaders put up two more insurance runs.  Jeremiah Spring reached base on an error and made third stealing two bases.  After two walks loaded the bases, Spring scored off a RBI single by Tyler Marshall.  With bases still loaded, Conner Hill drew yet another walk for a RBI.

     A total of fifteen different hitters form both sides got one or two hits on the evening.

     For Fulton, Justin Vernia gets the win for the first five innings on the mound.  Vernia gave up 9 hits, 4 earned runs, no walks and had 5 strikeouts.  Clay Chandler threw for 3 scoreless innings with only one hit given up and a strikeout.  Keaton Baker closed out the final innings earning a save, no hits, one walk and 2 strikeouts.

     The loss for Hoptown is taken by starter Reese Johnson for 6 innings.  Johnson allowed 10 hits, 5 earned runs, no walks and had 2 strikeouts.  Health Petty and Josh Drake each pitched one inning to close out for the Hoppers.

     The two teams meet one more time in regular season play on Sunday in Fulton. Hoptown leads the season series 7-2 over Fulton.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Dubois County Bombers 9, Madisonville Miners 4.  The Bombers win over and at Madisonville Miners keeps Dubois County alive for a third seed chance, but they still trail Fulton by two games.  Dubois completes their regular season on Saturday at home against the Hoppers.  Madisonville has four games remaining to close out their season play before post season play begins.

     The Bombers 9 runs came from 10 hits and they had 3 defensive errors in the game.  The Miners got the most hits with 12 in the game and had only one error.

     The win for Dubois goes to starter Brandon Hicks for 5 innings pitched, 6 hits, 2 runs (one earned), 3 walks and one strikeout.  Mike Steele takes the loss for Madisonville going 6 innings , 6 runs (4 earned), 2 walks and a strikeout.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Owensboro Oilers clinch 2014 Regular Season Pennant.  With their doubleheader sweep of the Hoptown Hoppers last night, the Owensboro Oilers secure the top seed for the Post-Season Playoffs and earn the regular season pennant for 2014.  Their current 26-12 record places them 4.5 games ahead of the second place Hoppers who currently stand on a 21-16 record.  Owensboro has only 2 games remaining for regular season play.  The Hoppers have 3 games left and are now unable to catch the Oilers before the season completes.

     The Madisonville Miners remain locked into the fifth seed with 5 games to complete.  The Miners trail the current fourth seeded Dubois County Bombers by 8.5 games without a chance to advance any further.  The Miners will prepare now for the post season contests.

     The Fulton Railroaders currently hold third in the standings with 4 games left to play.  The Railroaders are wedged between the Hoppers 1.5 games behind and ahead of the Bombers by 2 games.  Fulton's four remaining games are split with two each against Hoptown and Madisonville, and have the Railroaders' eyes on unseating the second place Hoppers. 

      Dubois County Bombers have 2 games to left, one tonight away with the Miners and then finish out at home on Saturday with the Hoppers.  Trailing Fulton by two, the Bombers threaten to take over the Railroaders' current third seed standing.

     Check the Schedule page for all the upcoming final games of the 2014 season.  Post Season Playoffs are schedule to begin next Wednesday, July 23, with Round One consisting of a single game playoff between fifth seeded Madisonville Miners playing at the fourth seeded team's home field.


July 17, 2014

 

Fulton Railroaders 2, Madisonville Miners 1.  (From Fulton). In 10 innings. The Railroaders waited until the final innings to tie and overtake the Miners in 10 innings to win in Fulton. Fulton had 7 hits total in the game with one error and left 11 men on base.  Madisonville totaled 12 hits with no error and stranded 9 runners.

     The low scoring game saw the first run plated by the Miners in the 4th inning.  Cory Finkler lead off and reached on a bobbled grounder to second baseman Conner Hill.  Finkler made it to 2nd base on a Jackson Martin single then advanced to 3rd during a ground out doubleplay.  A Kevin Dupree RBI single drove in the unearned run then was thrown out trying to take second base to end the inning..

     The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 9th inning.  Reed Johnson singled to lead off and advanced to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Tyler Marshall.  Johnson made it to 3rd on another single from Conner Hill then Greg Fettes walked to load the bases on the Miners.  Miners relief pitcher Abraham Almonte then walked Dylan Rajkovich to tie the game.

     The Miners failed to score Nick Calandra who doubled with two outs in the top of the 10th inning.

     Bottom half of the inning Zach Bailey lead off with a single and was batted to second on a Troy Squires sacrifice bunt. Reed Johnson followed with a single moving Bailey to third.  The Miners intentionally walked Tyler Marshall to load the bases with one out.  Conner Hill returned to the plate and redeemed himself from his earlier error by hitting the game winning RBI to give the Railroaders their 8th victory over the Miners on the season..

     Fulton's starting pitcher Dylan Smith threw for 6 innings giving 8 hits, one unearned run, one walk and had two strikeouts.  Tyler Nichols in middle relief went 3 2/3 innings allowing 4 hits, one walk and had 6 strikeouts.  Clay Chandler came in to hold the Miners and get the last out, he takes the win.

     Madisonville's starter Tanner Kock pitched a strong game through 7 innings allowing on 2 hits, 3 walks and struck out 6 batters.  Taking the hard loss was Miles Wagner for one inning of work with 3 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts and giving up the winning run.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Owensboro Oilers 4, Hopkinsville Hoppers 3 - game 1.  In 9 innings.  (From Owensboro). The Owensboro Oilers hosted the Hopkinsville Hoppers for a Thursday twi-night doubleheader of games slated for seven innings each. Competition ignored the shorter format, as Owensboro completed a comeback with a winning run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win Game 1 by a 4 to 3 final score. The home team also took a narrow early lead and held on to a Game 2 win in a 2 to 1 outcome.

     In Game 1: The Hoppers scored one run in the top of the 3rd inning. With two out, John Davis was hit by a pitch. Mitchell Gallagher followed with an RBI double. Hopkinsville made it 2 to 0 in the top of the 4th inning. Chris Carrier singled, then advanced to second base on an error. Carrier was sacrificed over to third base. He scored from there on a wild pitch.
     The Oilers answered with one run in the bottom of the 4th inning. Alfredo Bohorques singled, then stole second base. Jake Wilson walked. Both runners were advanced by a sacrifice. Christian McHatton drove in Bohorques with an RBI groundout. Owensboro tied the game with one run in the bottom of the 5th inning. Jake Krupar led off with a triple. He scored on a two-out RBI single by Morgan Grisham.
     Back came the Hoppers, scoring a run in the top of the 6th inning. With one out, Carrier walked, then stole second base. Taylor Ellis followed with a two-base RBI sacrifice fly, as Carrier scored.
     The Oilers got that run back in the bottom of the same inning. Wilson led off with a double, and he was sacrificed along to third base. McHatton's sacrifice fly was his second RBI of the game, bringing Wilson in. After six complete innings, the game was a 3 to 3 tie.
     The contest was still knotted going into the bottom of the 9th inning. With one out, Austin Bartle singled. Dalton West walked. Bartle stole third base. Taylor Mathews RBI singled, scoring Bartle, and ending the game 4 to 3 in Owensboro's favor.
     The winning pitcher was Owensboro reliever Mark Chemello. The losing pitcher was Hopkinsville reliever Trevor Blocker.
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Owensboro Oilers 2, Hopkinsville Hoppers 1 - game 2. In 7 innings.  (From Owensboro).  In Game 2: The Owensboro Oilers scored two runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. Morgan Grisham led off the home at-bats by reaching on an error. Alfredo Bohorques bunted on safely, and Grisham took second base. Both runners were sacrificed ahead one base. Tyler Rachel delivered a 2 RBI single to score both Grisham and Bohorques.
     There was no more scoring in the game until the Hopkinsville Hoppers plated one rally run in the bottom of the 7th inning. Scotty Adkins reached on a dropped third strike passed ball., then he stole second base. Two outs later, Meade Kendrick RBI singled to score Adkins. A groundout ended the Hopper rally, and the game at 2 to 1 in home hands.
     The winning pitcher was Oilers starter Cable Wright. Mark Chemello picked up a save in this game, securing the final out. The losing pitcher was Hopkinsville starter Jake McAdams, who went the distance in the effort. 
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July 16, 2014

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 10, Fulton Railroaders 5.  (From Fulton). The Hoppers continued their dominates of the Railroaders by winning a seventh victory over Fulton on the season.

     Hoptown scored their first run in the 1st inning from a solo homerun by Parker Cash.

     The Railroaders tied the game in the 2nd innings with one run off a RBI single from Tyler Marshall.  Fulton took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd scoring Troy Squires who doubled to start the inning and was driven in by a RBI single from Jeremiah Spring.

     The Hoppers produced 3 more runs in the top of the 5th off two hits and two costly errors by the Railroaders.  Only one run was scored by a RBI from a Mitchell Gallagher single.  

     Another run was scored in the 6th for Hoptown from a second Hopper solo homerun by Scotty Adkins.  The Hoppers added two more scores in the 7th with a fielders choice RBI by Gallagher and another Cash RBI single.  

     In the 8th inning, Ben Fisher put two more runs across with a third Hoptown homer for 2 RBI.

     The Railroaders managed to score one run the bottom of the 7th with a RBI single by Greg Fettes.

     Hoptown answered and put up their final run in the 9th from with a RBI ground out by Meade Kendrick.

     Fulton's final score came in the 9th with a bases loaded walk of Jeremiah Spring.  Trevor Blocker then came in the pitch for the Hoppers, threw one pitch to pinch hitter Reed Johnson who grounded into double play to end the game.

     The win goes to Health Petty for two innings pitched and in relief of starter Brady Walsh who went 4 2/3 innings.  The loss was tagged on Fulton starter CJ Lee who threw for 4 1/3 innings.  The two teams will meet again on Friday and Sunday with both games in Fulton to end their season seriesBox Scores Click Here.

 

Owensboro Oilers 7, Dubois County Bombers 2.  (From Dubois County). In 10 innings. The Dubois County Bombers battled the league-leading Owensboro Oilers toe-to-toe for nine innings last night. The game was so closely contested that it required extra innings to determine the winner. The Oilers demonstrated in that 10th inning why they are in first place. Owensboro hit better, pitched better, and fielded better in the deciding inning. Although the Bombers never trailed in the regulation nine innings, they ultimately fell to the Oilers in front of a crowd of 1439 on Little League Night by a final score of 7-2.
     The Bombers scored first, Joe Sturino driving in Caleb Lonkard in the first inning.
     Owensboro’s Alfredo Bohorquez singled in Austin Cessna in the third to tie the game at one apiece.
     Dubois County regained the lead in the fourth when Lonkard brought Rick Linton home.
     Once again, Owensboro knotted the affair in the fifth, Bohorquez with another RBI.
     The game remained even through nine innings.
     Then the 10th came and everything changed. With one out and two Oilers on base, Braxton Brinkley singled to right. Bombers right fielder Joe Sturino came up firing and cut down Oiler pinch runner Cameron Wallace at the plate. It looked like the Bombers might escape the rally.
     But it was a case of, “Out of the frying pan and into the fire…”
     Harold Diaz rounded the bases on an infield single combined with two Bomber throwing errors, all on the same play. Two runners scored in front of him, putting Owensboro up 5-2. That was followed by a triple, a pair of walks, and a hit batter resulting in two more Oiler tallies, producing the final score of 7-2. 
     Mark Chemello, the league’s co-leader in saves came out of the Oiler bullpen to retire the Bombers in order in the bottom of the 10th to preserve the win.
     Caleb Johnson collected the win for the Oilers. Jacob Murray takes the loss.
     Harold Diaz led the Oiler attack four singles. Justin Cessna chipped in a triple and a single. Alfredo Bohorquez, Christian McHatton, and Braxton Brinkley had a pair of hits apiece.
     Sturino and Lonkard each had a pair of base hits for the Bombers.
     The Bombers season record falls to 18-20. They remain a game and a half behind Fulton for third place. Owensboro is now 24-12. They continue to maintain a 2 ½ game advantage over Hopkinsville. Game summary pending
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July 15, 2014

 

Fulton Railroaders 3, Dubois County Bombers 0.  (From Fulton). The Railroaders evened and ended their 10 game season series with the Bombers in a 3-0 shutout in Fulton.  The game only saw scoring in the 3rd inning with good pitching and defensive plays when needed,  Both teams overcame two errors each, and together they produced 14 hits with the Railroaders getting 8 and the Bombers taking 6.  

     Fulton's scoring in the 3rd began with a one out single for Conner Hill who then advanced to 2nd base on a wild pitch.  Tyler Hardin walked and Jeremiah Spring singled to load the bases.  After after the next out, Troy Squires singled for a RBI, followed by Greg Fettes hitting a 2 RBI single to complete scoring.

     Dubois County's best at the plate was Dane Giesler who was 2 for 3.  The Bombers left 7 men on base and the Railroaders stranded 8.

     The winner on the mound for the Railroaders was Fernando Gonzalez, his third on the year.  Gonzalez pitched a full 8 innings allowing 6 hits and one walk while striking out 6 batters.  Keaton Baker took his third save finishing off the 9th inning with no hits, one walk and a strikeout.

     Nick Gobert takes the loss throwing for 6 innings giving up the 8 hits and 3 earned runs.  He walked 2 and struck out 4 at the plate.. Tyler Nichols cleaned up for the Bombers with two innings of hitless ball, no walks and had 3 strikeouts.  

     The victory moves third place Fulton up 1-1/2 games ahead of Dubois County, and 2 games behind Hoptown who lost to Madisonville.  The Railroaders will play the Hoppers on Wednesday in Fulton.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Madisonville Miners 5, Hopkinsville Hoppers 3.  (From Hopkinsville). Madisonville scored all of their runs in the second and third innings. Jake Perry led off the second with a single and Kevin Dupree followed with a 2-run home run. Josh Wetzel tripled later in the inning and scored on a passed ball, giving the Miners a 3-0 lead. The Miners scored 2 runs in the third inning off 4 hits.
     In the fourth inning the Hoppers scored a single run when Taylor Ellis was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a single by Chris Carrier, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mitchell Gallagher.
     Ben Rodriquez led off the bottom of the sixth with a home run reducing the Hoppers deficit to 5-2. Mitchell Gallagher scored the final run after being hit by a pitch and driven home by a double by Jeffrey Kammer.
     Austin Bickerton picked up the win allowing 3 runs in 6 innings of work. Miles Wagner picked up the save in relief.
     Geordie Carlson took the loss allowing 5 runs in 6.33 innings of work. 
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July 14, 2014

 

Madisonville Miners 3, Owensboro Oilers 2.  The Miners picked up their seventh win at home on Monday against the first place Oilers in a game that was delayed twice for weather.  

     The Oilers took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning after Harold Diaz reached base hit by a pitch the advanced to 3rd base on wild pitches.  Diaz scored on a Taylor Mathews one out ground out.

     The Miners went ahead for a 2-1 lead in the 4th inning.  Rutger Luebke singled followed by a Kevin Dupree single.  Luebke scored off a Jake Perry RBI single and Dupree crossed home on a wild pitch.

     The game was tied up in the 5th as Owensboro scored one from a Morgan Grisham RBI single driving Tyler Adams in who had walked to start the inning.  The second and longest game detail then occurred after the completion of the bottom half of the inning.

     Play resumed after an hour and the Miners took a 3-2 lead in the 6th inning.  With the bases loaded, Josh Wetzel was hit by a pitch earning a RBI bringing in Kevin Dupree from third.

     The win goes to Jackson Everman in relief for 3 innings on the mound.  Abraham Almonte picked up a save finishing off the 9th inning.  Taking the loss for Owensboro was Jackson Lockhart for 2 innings of work and giving up the go ahead run.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 5, Dubois County Bombers 3.  (From Hopkinsville)  The homestanding Hoptown Hoppers won in dramatic come-from-behind fashion Monday, using a three-run eighth inning that featured three hit batters to pull out a 5-3 win over visiting Dubois County.
     Hoptown (20-13) plated a run in the first inning when Taylor Ellis hit a two-out single, went to third on Chris Carrier's single and ensuing error and scored on a wild pitch to give the Hoppers an early 1-0 lead.
     The Bombers (18-18) scored three runs in the second inning when Nick Gobert led off with a ground-rule double, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Joe Sturino. Sturino stole second, went to third when Joe Redburn reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch, moving Redburn to third. Redburn scored on a Tyler Frank single, putting Dubois County ahead 3-1.
     Hoptown added a run in the bottom of the fifth when Scotty Adkins drew a two-out walk, went to third on a double by Ellis and scored on a single by Carrier to close the gap to 3-2.
     Then came the wild and woolly eighth inning. With two outs, Matthew Alford and Mitchell Gallagher were each hit by a pitch. Both players moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Ben Rodriguez, who went to second on the throw to home. Ellis was hit by a pitch and Carrier singled in Rodriguez to cap the scoring at 5-3.
     Heath Petty (1-0) was the fourth of five Hoppers pitchers in the game and got the win, allowing one hit in one inning of work, pitching the eighth inning. Josh Drake pitched the ninth, retiring the side with one strikeout to get his second save of the season.
     Dru Sebastian (2-1) was the third of four Bombers pitchers in the game and got the loss, allowing two runs on no hits in two-thirds of an inning.
     At the plate, Hoptown was led by Carrier, who went 4-for-5 with two runs batted in. Ellis went 2-for-3 with a double -- the Hoppers' sole extra-base hit -- and a run scored, while Ben Fisher went 2-for-4.
     The Bombers were paced by Gobert and Sturino, who each had two hits. Gobert and Glenn Jones each had a double. 
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July 13, 2014

 

Fulton Railroaders 6, Owensboro Oilers 2.  (From Owensboro)  The Owensboro Oilers lost their Sunday night home game hosting the Fulton Railroaders. The final score was Fulton 6 to Owensboro 2.
     The Railroaders scored one run in the top of the 3rd inning. Trevor Hicks led off with a single. Zach Bailey walked. Both runners were sacrificed over one base. Riley Benner walked to load the bases. A strikeout later, Dylan Rausch reached on an error that allowed Hicks to score.
     The game tilted securely away from home control when Fulton translated five hits and one defensive error into five runs in the top of the 5th inning. With one out, Troy Squires singled. Benner reached on a defensive error, advancing Squires to second base. Reed Johnson singled, loading the bases. A wild pitch scored Squires, and moved the other runners ahead. Rausch RBI singled to bring in Benner while Johnson moved to third base. Jeremiah Spring RBI singled, driving in Johnson, and Rausch moved to third base. Spring stole second base as Rausch held pat before a Dylan Rajkovich 2-RBI single scored both Spring and Rausch. The five-spot put the Oilers behind their guests by a 6 to 0 score.
     The Oilers scored both runs in the bottom of the 7th inning. Tyler Rachel led off with a single. Tyler Adams was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch. Rachel and Adams were both driven across on a 2-RBI single by Austin Bartle. At the end of seven complete innings the score was 6 to 2 for Fulton. That gap held up through nine innings as final.
     The winning pitcher was Fulton starter Cory Main. The Oilers brought a potential tying run on deck in the bottom of the 9th, so Tyler Nichols earned a save. The losing pitcher was Oilers starter Jake Wilson. 
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Dubois County Bombers 6, Madisonville Miners 3.  (From Dubois County)  The Dubois County Bombers kicked off the final week of the regular season with a 6-3 victory over the Madisonville Miners. The Bombers record now inches back over .500 at 17-16 with just five regular-season games remaining.
     Coach Wes Fink tabbed Murray State’s Brandon Hicks for his second mound start. Hicks scattered nine Miners base hits, limiting them to two runs in six innings of work. Meanwhile the Bombers offense scored in each of the first four innings.
     In the top of the first, Nick Calandra scored on a fielder’s choice, giving Madisonville a short-lived 1-0 lead.
     The Bombers answered with two in the bottom of the first. Nick Gobert drove in Caleb Lonkard and Glenn Jones with a two-out single. Dubois County would not trail again on this night. Caleb Lonkard drove in Kaleb King in the second. Rick Linton brought Gobert home in the third with a bases-loaded single. 
     Both teams scored in the fourth. Rutger Luebke crossed the plate for Madisonville, scoring on a fielder’s choice. Dubois County added a pair in the bottom of the inning when Ty Broady and Gobert scored on a pair of Madisonville errors.
     Hicks turned the game over to Brian Wichman after six innings, Dubois County holding a 6-2 advantage. Wichman pitched the rest of the game, earning the save by limiting Madisonville to a single run on two hits in three innings of work.
     Hicks picks up his second win in as many starts. He collected three saves early in the season. Wichman gets credit for his first save. Miners starter Colton Nussel takes the loss, falling to 0-3.
     The Bombers record improves to 18-17, pulling them within 2 ½ games of idle Hopkinsville. Dubois County travels to play the Hoppers tonight.. 
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July 12, 2014

 

Owensboro Oilers 6, Hopkinsville Hoppers 3.  (From Hopkinsville)  The Owensboro Oilers solidified its hold at the top of the Ohio Valley League standings with a 6-3 win at second-place Hoptown on Saturday. Owensboro used a three-run fifth inning to seal the win.
     Owensboro (23-10) got on the scoreboard in the first inning when Braxton Brinkley led off with a walk and went to second on a sac bunt by Alfred Bohorques. Jake Wilson then walked and Tyler Rachel singled to load the bases, and Brinkley scored on a sacrifice fly by Christian McHatton to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead.
     Hoptown (19-13) scored in the second inning when Jake McAdams hit a two-out double and scored on Michael Haun;s triple to tie the game at 1-1.
     The Oilers took the lead for good in the fourth inning when Harold Diaz and Dalton West each walked and advanced on two wild pitches, scoring Diaz to give Owensboro a 2-1 lead.
     That lead expanded in the fifth inning when Brinkley reached on an error and stole second. Bohorques walked and Wilson reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Rachel was then hit by a pitch, scoring Brinkley, and Bohorques scored on a wild pitch, moving Wilson to third. Wilson scored on a sac fly from Diaz to give the Oilers a 5-1 lead.
     Hoptown responded in the bottom of the sixth when Taylor Ellis led off with a double, went to third on a single by Scotty Adkins and scored when the Owensboro catcher retrieved a wild pitch and threw wildly towards the pitcher to get Ellis out. Ellis, who had retreated to third, scored on the errant throw to cut the Oilers' lead to 5-2.
     The Hoppers scored again in the seventh when Bubba Olivera led off with a single, went to third when Mitchell Gallagher reached on an error and scored on a groundout to trim the deficit to 5-3.
     Owensboro tacked on an insurance run in the ninth when Brinkley led off with a single, went to second on a sac bunt, went to third on a groundout and scored on a single by McHatton to end the scoring at 6-3.
     Owensboro was led at the plate by Rachel, who went 2-for-4. Brinkley scored three runs and McHatton had two runs batted in for the Oilers.
     Hoptown was paced by Adkins and Taylor Ellis, who each had two hits. Ellis and McAdams each doubled for the Hoppers, and Haun picked up a triple.
     Starter Brandon Jean (4-0) got the win for Owensboro, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits, striking out five and walking four in five-plus innings. Cable Wright pitched the sixth inning, allowing one unearned run on one hit, striking out one in one inning. Jordan Kesson came on in the seventh, allowing no runs on no hits, striking out one in one inning. Kevin Meyer entered in the eighth inning, allowing one hit in two-thirds of an inning, while Morgan Grisham pitched the last one-third of the eighth inning. Mark Chemello earned his sixth save of the season, allowing no hits and striking out one in the ninth inning.
     For Hoptown, starter Dylan Stewart (1-1) took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on three hits, striking out two and walking five in four-plus innings. Taylor Blair came on in the fifth, allowing two hits and striking out one in three innings of work. Reese Johnson entered in the eighth, allowing one run on one hit, walking two in 1 1/3 innings, and Josh Drake closed out the game, allowing two hits in two-thirds of an inning. 
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Fulton Railroaders 7, Madisonville Miners 6.  (From Fulton)  In an overall ugly defensive game for both teams, the Railroaders escape with a win over the beleaguer Miners in Fulton. Seven of the total thirteen runs scored in the game were unearned.  The Railroaders committed 7 errors followed by the Miners with a total of 5.  Fulton had 11 hits and stranded 10 runners while Madisonville only got 4 hits with 11 men left on base.  

     The Miners lead off the game scoring one run in the 1st inning off a Cory Finkler RBI double driving in Adam Schuster who reached hit by a pitch. The Railroaders answered in the bottom half of the innings with 3 runs.  Dayton Rausch reached base on the first Miner error, Conner Hill followed and was hit by a pitch, and Tyler Marshall walked to load the bases.  With one out, Riley Benner walked for an RBI, then with a second out Tyler Hardin singled for 2 RBI.

     The Railroaders added 2 more runs in the 3rd scoring off two Miner errors including a second bases loaded walk-in RBI.  The score now stood 5-1 in Fulton's favor.

     Top of the 4th inning the Railroaders began their mistakes in the field of play allowing 3 Miners to score with no hits, a defense interference call and 4 total errors.  The only RBI came from a Michael Colorado sac fly.  Bottom half of the inning the Railroaders came back and managed to score one run using 3 hits. 

     Both teams remained scoreless until the 7th when the Railroaders earned another run off a Jeremiah Spring RBI double that was aided by a fourth Miner error.  The score now showed 7-4 on Fulton's side.

     The Miners bounced back in the 8th to close the gap to one and complete the scoring with 2 runs.  Ian Burkhart lead off with a walk following by a bunt single by Michael Colorado.  Both men scored from a Nick Calandra RBI ground out and a Cory Finkler RBI single.

     Fulton sent in closer Keaton Baker to finish off the 9th and end the game. Baker picked up a save striking out two and fielding his own a ground out.  Starter Justin Vernia gets the win for 5 innings pitched allowing only one hit, tagged for 4 runs (one earned), 3 walks and had 9 strikeouts. Miners starter Mike Steele takes the loss for 2 2/3 innings of work giving up 2 hits, 5 runs (2 earned), 4 walks and with one strikeout.  Box Scores Click Here.


July 11, 2014

 

Owensboro Oilers 3, Dubois County Bombers 2 - game 1.  (From Owensboro)  In 7 innings.  The Owensboro Oilers hosted the Dubois County Bombers at the patched up Kamuf Park for a Friday doubleheader. Owensboro won the opener by a 3 to 2 final score. Dubois County split by winning the closer with a 7 to 3 score.

     In Game One -- The Bombers scored one run each in the opening and closing innings. Scoring for Dubois County in the top of the 1st inning was Ty Broady (walk), driven in by Nick Gobert (RBI sacrifice fly).
    Scoring in the bottom of the 3rd inning for Owensboro were Taylor Mathews (single) and Alfredo Bohorques (bunt single). Jake Wilson RBI singled to plate Mathews, while Bohorques scored on a wild pitch.
    Scoring for the Bombers in the top of the 7th inning was Gobert (singled). He eventually scored from third base on an error.
    Scoring for the Oilers in the bottom of the 7th inning was Mathews (single). He came in on a two-out RBI single by Jordan Cessna.
    Owensboro reliever Mark Chemello picked up the win, spelling spot starter Cameron Wallace. The loss went to starter Ryan Dills, who went the distance for the Bombers. 
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Dubois County Bombers 7, Owensboro Oilers 3 - game 2.  (From Owensboro)  In 7 innings.  In Game two -- Scoring for Dubois County in the top of the 1st inning was: Glenn Jones (reached by fielder's choice; scored from third base on an error). Scoring for the the Bombers in the top of the 3rd inning was Jones as well (single; scored from third base on an error).
    Scoring for the Oilers in the bottom of the 3rd inning was Alfredo Bohorques (singled; scored from third base on a wild pitch).
    Scoring for Dubois County in the top of the 4th inning were: Rick Linton (double; RBI by Jacob Lightie) and Sam Griggs (bunt single; RBI by Jones).
    Scoring for Owensboro in the bottom of the 4th inning was Harold Diaz (reached on an error; RBI by Taylor Sears).
    Scoring for the Bombers in the top of the 7th were: Dan Giesler (double; RBI by Rick Linton), Linton (single; RBI by Griggs) and Griggs (inside park homerun; batted self in).
    Scoring for the Oilers in the bottom of the 7th inning was Bohorques (RBI by Christian McHatton).
    The winning pitcher was Bombers starter Devin Williams. The losing Pitcher was Oilers starter Clint Chestnut. 
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Hopkinsville Hoppers 3, Fulton Railroaders 0.  (From Hopkinsville)  Visiting Fulton was able to get hits early on, but unable to score, leaving 10 runners on base. Homestanding Hoptown wasn't able to get hits, but scored two runs on a two-out error en route to the 3-0 final Friday night.
     Hoptown (19-12) was the first to score in the bottom of the third inning when Taylor Blair walked and went to second on a sac bunt by Matthew Alford. Mitchell Gallaher reached on a fielder's choice, moving to second on the play, with Blair scooting to third. Parker Cash then hit a grounder to second base, but the ball was bobbled and the throw went wide, allowing Blair and Gallagher to score to give the Hoppers a 2-0 lead.
     Hoptown tacked on another run in the sixth inning when Cash led off with a ground-rule double, went to third on a flyout and scored on a single by Taylor Ellis to close the scoring at 3-0.
     Hoptown was led at the plate by Cash, Ellis and Alford with two hits apiece, gathering all of the Hoppers' hits among them. Cash had a double for Hoptown.
     Fulton was paced by Greg Fettes and Trevor Hicks, who each had two hits. Fettes, Hicks and Dayton Rausch each doubled for the Railroaders.
     Hoppers starter Brady Walsh (3-2) got the win, allowing no runs on six hits, striking out one and walking three in five innings. Walsh got the first two batters out in each of the five innings, but had trouble getting the third out in all but the fifth inning, when he retired the side. Jake McAdams held Fulton at bay, entering in the sixth inning and allowing no runs on two hits, striking out three and walking one in three innings. Trevor Blocker picked up his fifth save of the season, allowing no runs on no hits in the ninth inning.
     Railroaders starter Dylan Smith (2-4) deserved a better fate, as only one of his three runs was earned, allowing five hits, striking out four and walking one in seven innings. He threw fewer pitches (86) in seven innings than Hoptown's Walsh did in five (96). Daniel Goff pitched the eighth inning for Fulton, allowing no runs on one hit, striking out one and walking one in one inning. 
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July 10, 2014

 

Fulton Railroaders 6, Dubois County Bombers 5.  (From Dubois County)  The Dubois County Bombers and the Fulton Railroaders have been locked in a struggle for third place in the Ohio Valley League for weeks now. The Bombers have had a slight advantage in the standings lately, but the Railroaders pulled even again last night with a hard-fought 6-5 victory in League Stadium.
     The game figured to be a pitcher’s duel, with each coach selecting one of the league’s best hurlers to start the contest.
     The Railroaders struck quickly, pushing across a run in the first with a hit batter, a sacrifice bunt, and an RBI single by Greg Fettes.
     Dubois County went one better in the bottom of the inning. Nick Gobert singled home Ty Broady and Chase Scott to give the home team a 2-1 lead.
     The Bombers added another pair in the third with a bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice fly by Dane Giesler. After three, the Bombers had a 4-1 advantage.
     Starting pitcher Lucas Barnett sidestepped several Fulton scoring threats through the first six innings, attempting to collect a league-leading fifth win. Meanwhile, Cole Schaenzer came out of the Railroader bullpen to start the fourth inning. In shutting down the Bombers through the next three innings, Schaenzer provided time for his team to mount a rally.
     Barnett ran out of gas in the seventh, allowing four of the five batters he faced to reach base. Fettes drove in one run with a sacrifice fly. Dayton Rausch brought two more home with a double. Conner Hill and Reed Johnson followed with RBI singles. When the dust had cleared, the Railroaders had sent 11 men to the plate, scoring five runs off of three Dubois County pitchers in the seventh inning, storming to a 6-4 lead.
     The Bombers cut the margin to one in the home seventh on a Chase Scott RBI double. But that would be the last base hit for the home team on this night. Fernando Gonzalez and Keaton Baker held the door shut through the final two innings.
     Schaenzer picks up the win, his first decision of the season. Barnett’s record falls to 4-2. Baker earned his first save.
     Both teams are now an even .500 for the season, and tied for third place. Dubois County is 16-16. Fulton is 15-15. Each are three games behind second-place Hopkinsville. 
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Hopkinsville Hoppers 4, Madisonville Miners 3.  (From Hopkinsville)  In 10 innings. The Hoptown Hoppers halted a six-game losing streak in dramatic fashion Thursday, scoring the last four runs in a 4-3 10-inning game in Hopkinsville.
     The Hoppers (18-12) trailed 3-0 after six innings, but rallied for three runs in the eighth inning and the winning run in the bottom of the 10th.
     Madisonville (6-24) plated two quick runs in the top of the fifth when Kevin Dupree hit a one-out single before Michael Colorado popped a two-run homer -- his first of the season -- to give the Miners a 2-0 lead.
     Madisonville tagged on another run in the sixth inning when Matthew Barger led off with a double, went to third on a balk and scored on a groundout to boost the Miners' lead to 3-0.
     In the Hopper eighth, Matthew Alford led off with a single, Mitchell Gallagher drew a walk and Ben Rodriguez was hit by a pitch. All three advanced on a wild pitch, with Alford plating Hoptown's first run, Taylor Ellis singled in Gallagher and Rodriguez scored on a fielder's choice to tie the game at 3-3. Ellis tried to score the go-ahead run, but was caught at the plate to end the inning.
     In the bottom of the 10th inning, Michael Haun hit a one-out single and stole second. Jake McAdams walked, and Chris Carrier slapped a single into left-center field, scoring Haun for the game-winner.
     Six batters each had a hit for Hoptown, with Haun scoring two runs and Carrier getting two runs batted in.
     Madisonville was paced by Colorado, who went 2-for-2 with a double and a home run and two RBIs, and Nick Calandra, who went 2-for-4 with a double. Barger and Jackson Martin also doubled for the Miners.
     Josh Drake (1-1) got the win in relief for Hoptown, allowing no runs on one hit, walking one in two innings. Evan Tidwell started for the Hoppers, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out seven and walking three in eight innings.
     Miles Wagner (0-2) got the loss for Madisonville, allowing one run on two hits, striking out two and walking three in 2 1/3 innings. Tanner Koch started for the Miners, allowing two runs on three hits, striking out four and walking five in seven innings. Jackson Everman came on in the eighth inning, allowing one run on one hit in one-third of an inning. 
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July 9, 2014

 

Dubois County Bombers 11, Hopkinsville Hoppers 9.  (From Dubois County)  The last time the Hopkinsville Hoppers visited League Stadium, the Bombers and Hoppers hooked up in a classic low-scoring affair with the Bombers prevailing in extra innings on Independence Day.
     Hopkinsville returned to Dubois County last night. It was another classic, but far from a pitcher’s duel. The second and third place teams in the Ohio Valley League slugged it out for 9 innings with the Bombers finally prevailing 11-9.
     The Hoppers scored a run off of Bombers starter Brian Wichman in the top of the first. Dubois County answered immediately with five runs off of six hits in the bottom of the frame, highlighted by a two-run triple by Kaleb King, the Fourth of July hero. Chase Scott added an RBI-double as the home team sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning.
     Down 5-1, the Hoppers cut into the lead in the fourth inning with a two-run single by Mitch Gallagher. Once again, the Bombers wasted no time in responding. They added two of their own in the bottom of the fourth, Nick Gobert driving in both runs to restore the four-run home advantage.
     Having scored in two frames and having been answered both times by the Bomber attack, Hopkinsville’s next scoring outbreak would have to be more intimidating. It was. The Hoppers pushed six runs across the plate in the seventh inning. The big blows were a two-run triple by Jake McAdams and an RBI double by Ben Rodriguez. Hopkinsville had taken a 9-7 lead.
     The Hoppers had scored in the first inning. The Bombers answered in the first. The Hoppers scored in the fourth. So did the Bombers. The question became whether Dubois County could turn the trick a third time after Hopkinsville had taken a seventh-inning lead. It turns out the Bombers not only could, but did. 
     The 900+ in attendance serenaded the home team in the seventh inning stretch, “root, root, root for your Bombers. If they don’t win, it’s a shame.” There was no shame to be found on this night. 
     A hit batter, a walk, and a single loaded the bases with one out. Wes Fink tabbed Ty Broady to pinch-hit. Broady rocketed a ball to deep center field, clearing the bases and restoring the lead to the Bombers. Broady came around to score on an error later in the inning, providing the final 11-9 margin.
     With the win, the Bombers record is over.500 for the first time this season at 16-15. Their ninth win in 12 games pulls them within two games of the second-place Hoppers with nine games remaining in the regular season. 
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Owensboro Oilers 5, Madisonville Miners 4.  (From Owensboro)  The Owensboro Oilers won their Wednesday night game against the visiting Madisonville Miners. The game actually had to be played away from Kamuf Park because of Monday storm damage there. The baseball confines at nearby Apollo High School were an appreciated stand-by. The final score of the game was Oilers 5 to Miners 4.
     Madisonville opened the scoring with  three runs in the top of the 3rd inning. Rutger Luebke singled. A groundout later, Adam Schuster singled and Luebke moved on to third base. Nick Calandra followed by reaching on a RBI fielder's choice that put Schuster out at second base, but plated Luebke when a throw to first base for a double play went wide instead -- putting Calandra on second base. Cory Finkler RBI doubled to score Calandra. Jackson Martin RBI singled to bring in Finkler. At the end of the frame the Miners led 3 to 0.
     Owensboro responded with one run in the bottom of the 3rd inning. With one away, Justin Cessna walked,  Tyler Adams followed with a double, posting Cessna ahead at third base. Tyler Rachel delivered an RBI groundout to score Cessna. After three complete innings the score was 3 to 1 in visiting favor.
     Madisonville took a turn to score one run in the top of the 6th inning. Martin led off the Miners 6th with a double. Martin came in on a one-out RBI single from Isaac Perry. The Madisonville lead was now 4 to 1.
     The Oilers took their 6th inning turn to score three times. Jake Wilson led off with a single. He was still there an out later when Braxton Brinkley singled, putting runners on the first two bases. Harold Diaz followed and reached on a two-base error that brought both Wilson and Brinkley in to score. An out later, Adams doubled again to drive in Diaz. The scoring had flipped into balance, and after six complete the game was tied 4 to 4.
     Owensboro scratched across the go-ahead tally in the bottom of the 8th inning. Rachel reached on an error, then gave way to pinch-runner Cameron Wallace. Brinkley sacrifice bunted Wallace along to second base. A groundout got Wallace over to third base. With two outs, Dalton West flared a RBI single into right field and Wallace scored.
     Madisonville faced their last at-bat trailing for the first time all game. A walk between two strikeouts and a final groundout did not overcome the sudden deficit. The game ended 5 to 4 in Owensboro's advantage.
     The winning pitcher was Owensboro reliever Jordan Kesson, who struck out eight batters over five innings of relief. The losing pitcher was Madisonville reliever Colton Nussel. 

     Johnathan Williams gets credit for the win and Jacob Murray earns a save.  Trevor Blocker takes the loss for the Hoppers who fall to 17-12.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Rescheduled Railroaders @ Miners Rainout.  The game between the Fulton Railroaders and Madisonville Miners that was rained out on July 7 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 22 in Madisonville.


July 8, 2014

 

Fulton Railroaders 6, Owensboro Oilers 3.  (From Fulton)  The Railroaders won their fourth game in a row and handed the first place Oilers a second straight loss. Owensboro remains at the top in the standing and 2 1/2 games ahead of idle Hopkinsville. Fulton pick up one game and now stand 6 games back with 11 games left in the regular season.

     The Railroaders scored first with 2 runs in the 2nd inning.  Reed Johnson reached base hit-by-pitch then scored off a RBI triple by Dylan Rajkovich.  Rajkovich scored on a fielder's choice to give Fulton a 2-0 lead.  Bottom of the 5th, the Railroaders put up  2 more from a 2 RBI single by Johnson with men on 2nd and 3rd.

     Trailing 4-0, the Oilers closed to within one run scoring 3 runs in the top of the 6th inning.  A Jake Willson RBI single drove Alferdo Bohorques home who had reached hit-by-pitch.  Wilson and Justin Cessna (who singled) both scored off a Braxton Brinkley 2 RBI double.

     Fulton's final 2 runs came in the bottom of the 7th inning with no hits.  One Oilers error, a balk and passed ball gave the Railroaders the additional unearned runs for the final 6-3 score..

     The Railroaders totaled 7 hits, had one error and stranded 10 men on base.  The Oilers had 8 hits, committed 2 errors and left 7 runners out on base.

     Pitcher Jake Bauer gets the win starting and going 5 1/3 innings giving up 5 hits, 3 earned runs, one walk and had 8 strikeouts.  Clay Chandler picked up a save with 3 2/3 innings pitched with no runs, one walk and 3 strikeouts.  Taking the loss for Owensboro was starter Cable Wright for 4 1/3 innings allowing 3 hits, 3 earned runs, 4 walks and struck out one.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Dubois County Bombers 8, Madisonville Miners 3.  The visiting Bombers over took the Miners on Tuesday to win their third straight game in Madisonville.  

     The Miners out hit the Bombers 10-9 in the effort as the game remained close through 4 innings.  In the top of the 5th with a 2-1 lead on the Miners, the Bombers broke out scoring 4 runs to extend their lead to 6-1.  Both teams scored single runs in each of the 6th and 9th innings for the final 8-3 score.

     Nick Gobert took the win for Dubois County pitching 6 innings giving up 7 hits, 2 runs (one earned), one walk and had one strikeout.  The loss goes to pitcher Reid Clements for 4 2/3 innings allowing 6 hits, 6 runs (5 earned), 4 walks, and striking out 3 batters.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Rescheduled Hoppers @ Oilers Rainout.  The game between the Hopkinsville Hoppers at Owensboro Oilers that was rained out on July 7 has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 17 in Owensboro.  The first game start will be 5:30 pm with each game scheduled for 7 innings.

 

Owensboro's Kamuf Park damaged in storm.  Storm damage to Kamuf Park in Owensboro on Monday, July 7 has forced the relocation of the upcoming Oilers home game vs. the Madisonville Miners on Wednesday, July 9 to Apollo High School located 2280 Tamarack Road in Owensboro, KY.  The Oilers hope to be back at Kamuf Park by Friday, July 11.


July 7, 2014

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers @ Owensboro Oilers - PPD Rained Out.  The game has been rained out.  Rescheduled for Thursday, July 17 in a doubleheaders beginning at 5:30 pm.

 

Fulton Railroaders @ Madisonville Miners - PPD Rained Out.  The game has been rained out.  Rescheduled for Tuesday, July 22 as a single game..


July 6, 2014

 

Fulton Railroaders 8, Hopkinsville Hoppers 7.  (From Hopkinsville) In 10 innings. Fulton's Greg Fettes scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning at Hoptown, and Railroaders pitcher Keaton Baker pitched the ninth and 10th innings to pick up the win in Fulton's 8-7 win.
     Fulton (13-15) scored first in the game, plating three unearned runs in the second inning behind one hit and two Hoptown errors.
     The Hoppers (17-11) responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run double by Chris Brown to close the gap to 3-2.
     Fulton scored two runs of its own in the third inning when Fettes led off with a double and took third on a wild pitch. Riley Benner was hit by a pitch, and Tyler Marshall singled in Fettes. Tyler Hardin walked to load the bases, and Dylan Rajkovich was hit by a pitch, scoring Benner to give the Railroaders a 5-2 lead.
     Hoptown answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning when Ben Rodriguez led off with a double and Ben Fisher followed with a triple that reached the fence when it bounced over the fielder's head, scoring Rodriguez. Fisher scored on a groundout to bring the Hoppers back within a run, 5-4, after three innings.
     The Hoppers tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the fourth when Sean Brophy reached on an error, stole second and scored on a Michael Haun single.
     Hoptown took its only lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth when Bubba Olivera led off with a single and Chris Brown reached on a bunt. Both runners advanced on a groundout and Rodriguez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Chris Carrier singled in Olivera to give Hoptown a 6-5 lead.
     Fulton tied the score in the top of the seventh when Fettes led off with a single and Tyler Marshall was hit by a pitch. Daniel Goff singled and Fettes scored on a fielding error to knot the game at 6-6.
     In the ninth inning, Fulton retook the lead when Goff hit a one-out single, went to second on a single by Rajkovich and scored on a single by Jeremiah Spring to take a 7-6 lead.
     In the bottom half of the inning, pinch-hitter Scotty Adkins led off with a ground-rule double. Michael Haun reached base when his sac bunt was mishandled, but was thrown out trying to reach second on the play. Pinch-runner Geordie Carlson scored on the play to tie the game at 7-7.
     Both teams had ample opportunities to score, as Fulton left 12 runners on base in the first nine innings, while Hoptown left 11.
     Fulton was led at the plate by Marshall, who went 3-for-5 with a run batted in. Fettes went 2-for-3 with three runs, a double, while Goff went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI and Rajkovich went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. 
     Hoptown was paced by Chris Brown, who went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, while Rodriguez went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Olivera scored two runs, while Carrier had two RBIs. Adkins had a double and Fisher had a triple for the Hoppers.
     On the mound, Baker (1-0) allowed one unearned run on two hits, striking out three and walking none in two innings. Fernando Gonzalez started the game for the Railroaders, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits, striking out six and walking three in five innings. Tyler Nichols came on in the sixth inning, allowing one run on three hits, walking two in three innings.
     For Hoptown, Josh Drake (0-1) got the loss, allowing two runs on three hits, striking out one and walking four in 2 1/3 innings. Dylan Stewart started for the Hoppers, allowing five runs (two earned) on four hits, striking out one and walking three in two-plus innings. Jake McAdams came on in the third inning for his first game of the season, allowing one unearned run on two hits, striking out three and walking two in 4 1/3 innings. Parker Cash entered in the seventh inning, allowing no runs on one hit, striking out one in two-thirds of an inning. Heath Petty closed out the game in the 10th inning, allowing no runs on one hit, striking out one in two-thirds of an inning. 
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Dubois County Bombers 5, Owensboro Oilers 1.  (From Dubois County)  Baseball does not typically have a home field advantage as pronounced as football or basketball. Don’t tell that to the collection of young men wearing red, white, and blue Bomber uniforms. They apparently enjoy like the dimensions and ambience of 120-year old League Stadium. Or maybe it's the Dubois County cooking. Or it just might be the opportunity to play in front of the league’s largest and most enthusiastic crowds. Regardless, the Bombers knocked off league-leading Owensboro by a score of 5-1 last night. 
     Dubois County has now won their last five games played in League Stadium, and 10 of the last 12 home contests.
     Sam Higgs entered the game with a 2-0 record for the Oilers. The Bombers attacked him for four singles in the first inning off the bats of Caleb Lonkard, Glenn Jones, Joe Sturino, and Kaleb King to claim a quick 3-0 lead. 
     Higgs rebounded nicely, retiring Dubois County in order in each of the next three innings. Owensboro tallied their only run in the fourth after Harold Diaz doubled with one out. He later scored on a passed ball and a wild pitch.
     Up 3-1, Dubois County added a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Ty Broady brought Joe Redburn in with a sacrifice fly. Caleb Lonkard scored on a Glenn Jones single.
     Brandon Hicks had worked exclusively out of the bullpen until last night and leads the Bombers with three saves. Coach Wes Fink handed Hicks the starting assignment on this occasion. Hicks responded by scattering four hits over six innings, allowing only one unearned run. Hicks’s brethren in the Dubois County bullpen made the 5-1 lead stand up.
     Christian Vain pitched the seventh. Two Oilers reached base, but the rally died when Vain retired Alfredo Bohorquez on a comebacker to the mound. D.J. Eckert tossed the final two innings for the Bombers. He retired all six hitters he faced, three of them on strikeouts.
     Hicks collects his first win of the year to go along with his team-leading three saves. Higgs takes the loss, falling to 2-1.
     The defeat snapped a six-game winning streak for Owensboro. They remain in first place at 20-7, three games in front of the second-place Hopkinsville Hoppers. Those two squads will square off in Owensboro tonight.
     The win is the seventh in the last 10 games for Dubois County, improving the season record to 14-15, and allowing the Bombers to gain a game on each of the top two teams. Dubois County has Monday off. They will return to action on Tuesday in Madisonville, before returning to the crowds at League Stadium on Wednesday. 
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July 5, 2014

 

Fulton Railroaders 7, Dubois County Bombers 0 - game 1.  In 7 innings. (From Fulton)  The Railroaders (12-15) swept and shutout the Bombers (13-15) in a doubleheader on Saturday in Fulton.  Fourth place Fulton now trails third place Dubois County by a half game.  The teams have just two head-to-head meetings left in regular play with the Bombers leading the current season series 5-3.  

     In the first game of the twin bill the Railroaders had 11 hits and 7 earned runs to take the victory in 7 innings.  Zach Bailey was best for Fulton going 2 for 4 at the plate with 3 RBI.  Bailey and Jeremiah Spring both contributed a triple in the effort, and Troy Squires added a double.  This trio of sluggers also ran to score 2 runs each.  Additional hits were by Tyler Marshall, 2 of 3 for one RBI, and Riley Benner who was 2 for 4 and had 2 RBI.

     The Bombers were able to muster 4 hits total in the game. Ty Broady, Dane Giesler, Tirey Burch and Jacob Lightle each had singles. 

     Fulton starter Justin Vernia wins the game throwing the full 7 innings with no walks and 7 strikeouts.  Dubois County starter Tyler Nichols takes the loss for 2 innings pitched and responsible for 7 hits and 3 earned runs before being replaced by Johnathan Williams who finished the remaining 4 innings.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Fulton Railroaders 5, Dubois County Bombers 0 - game 2.  In 7 innings. (From Fulton)  In contrast to the first game, the second shutout came from 4 costly Bomber errors and only one earned run by the Railroaders.  Both teams were just able to manage 3 hits each in the game with the Railroaders getting 2 RBI total. The Bombers stranded 3 men on base and the Railroader left 7 men total.

     Zach Bailey lead Fulton again going 2 for 4, one RBI and scoring once.  Trevor Hicks got the only other hit by Fulton, and he also made it home for a score.  

      For Dubois County, Joe Redburn went 2 for 3 at the plate, and Jacob Roberts singled for Dubois' third hit on the night cap.

     Cory Main earned the win for the start and 6 innings pitched, no runs or walks, 3 hits and 4 stikeouts.  Will Hazen closed the final 7th inning with one walk and 3 strikeouts.  Mark Giesler takes the hard loss for 3 1/3 innings and tagged for 3 unearned runs, 3 walks and struck out 3 at the plated.  Brian Wichman finished the final 1 2/3 innings with 2 runs (one earned), one hit, walking 3, and striking out 2 batters.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Madisonville Miners 4, Hopkinsville Hoppers 1.  (At Madisonville)  The Miners won their sixth game of season on Saturday taking down the Hoppers and handing Hoptown their fourth straight loss.  Madisonville scored 2 runs in both the 4th and 8th innings with 7 hits total in the game.  Hopkinsville's one run came in the 8th and had 6 game hits.  Both teams committed 2 errors each.

     For the Miners; Nick Calandra was 3 of 4 at bat and scored twice, and Jackson Martin went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI and one run scored.

     The Hoppers' Ben Rodriguez one hit produced the RBI score for Hoptown, and Mitchell Gallagher was 3 of 4 at the plate.

     Mike Steele gets the win on the mound for 8 innings, was hit 5 times for 1 unearned run, walked one and struck out 4.  Reid Clements earned a save closing out the final inning.  The loss goes to Brady Walsh who threw for 7 innings allowing 5 hits, tagged for 2 unearned runs, and had one walk and strikeout.  Box Scores Click Here.


July 4, 2014

 

Owensboro Oilers 4, Fulton Railroaders 2.  (From Fulton)  The Oilers extend their winning streak to six games with a victory over the faltering Railroaders.  Fulton out hit Owensboro 8-5 but trailed 4-0 through 7 1/2 innings before scoring 2 unearned runs in the bottom of the 8th inning resulting from an Oilers error. 

    The Oilers runs came early in the game.  Top of the 2nd inning a two out double by Kyle Floyd positioned the first run for Cameron Wallace to hit a RBI single.  In the 3rd inning the Tyler Rachel earned a RBI on a Fielder's choice driving in Alferdo Bohorques.  With 2 outs and 2 men on, Cable Wright doubled to push 2 more runs across the plate.

     The Railroaders were held in check until the 8th inning.  Zach Bailey lead off with a double, was batted to 3rd and then scored on a throwing error from a ground ball hit by Riley Benner.  Benner was award 2n base on the error and then scored off a single by Greg Fettes.

     Starter Tanner Edge gets the win from the mound throwing 5 innings giving up 4 hits, no runs or walks and one strikeout.  Mark Chemello picked up a save to close the final inning.  Fulton starter Dylan Smith takes the loss for 5 innings pitched allowing 5 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), one walk and no strikeouts.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Dubois County Bombers 4, Hopkinsville Hoppers 3.  In 11 innings. (From Dubois County)  The 4th of July is not a day that is positively associated with Kings. But the Dubois County Bombers took their “Every night is throwback night” theme to a new level last night, with a King as the unlikely Independence Day hero – Kaleb King to be specific. 
     Bombers starter Ryan Dills scattered five hits in nine innings of work, but the Hoppers bunched three of the five into the second inning, using singles off the bats of Scottie Adkins, Taylor Blair, and Mitchell Gallagher to take an early 2-0 lead. 
     The Bombers tied the game in short order, scoring single runs in the bottom of the second and third innings. Nick Gobert scored on Joe Redburn’s groundout in the second. Chase Scott’s single brought Ty Broady home in the third.
     Dubois County threatened to add more in the third. But Trevor Blocker, the league co-leader in wins, stepped out of the Hopkinsville bullpen early, extinguishing a Bomber threat with the bases loaded and one down.
     Inning by inning, batter by batter, Blocker and Dills retired their respective opponents with little trouble through the remainder of the regulation nine innings. Dills would not face more than three batters in any inning between the third and the ninth inning. Meanwhile, Blocker pitched six innings before allowing a single Bomber hit. 
     Tied at two after nine innings, the scheduled postgame fireworks were temporarily placed on hold. The matter on the field would have to be settled before turning the night over to pyrotechnics. It was still twilight and too early for fireworks anyway on a night when efficient pitching was the theme.
     Hopkinsville loaded the bases in the 10th, but reliever Brandon Hicks struck out Chris Carrier to end the threat. Nick Barrientos got a one-out single for Dubois County in the bottom of the 10th, but was erased on a double play.
     The Hoppers took a 3-2 lead in the 11th after Ben Rodriguez led off with a double. Michael Haun pinch ran for him and eventually scored on a bunt by Taylor Blair.
     The bottom of the 11th started slowly enough. A groundout, an error, and a fielder’s choice resulted in Nick Gobert standing on first base with two down. Then Joe Sturino blasted a Trevor Blocker offering into deep right-field for a double, advancing Gobert to third.
     With two out, two runners in scoring position, the Bombers trailing by one, and a huge holiday crowd ready for a show in the night sky, Kaleb King was sent up to pinch-hit. The King may not be The Independence Day hero in the history books, but he was on this night. King shot a flare into right-center that brought home both Gobert and Sturino, sealing the victory and setting off the celebration.
     Jacob Murray earns the win in his first decision of the season. Trevor Blocker takes the tough loss, falling to 4-1.
     The victory was the 6th in the last 7 games for the Bombers, pulling them within four games of the 2nd-place Hoppers. Dubois County is now 13-13, pulling to an even .500 record for the first time since the season started. 
     Hopkinsville had started the season by winning their first 11 games. This loss drops them to 6-9 since that span, making an overall record of 17-9. The Hoppers are now 2 ½ games behind the league-leading Oilers. 
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July 3, 2014

 

Owensboro Oilers 5, Fulton Railroaders 0.  (From Owensboro)  The Owensboro Oilers won their home portion of a festive home-and-away Independence Holiday series. They topped the visiting Fulton Railroaders on Thursday night in shutout fashion by the final score of 5 to 0.
     The Oilers scored one run in the bottom of the 1st inning. Owensboro leadoff man Braxton Brinkley reached on an error. Two consecutive bunts followed and loaded the bases. Brinkley came in from third base on a RBI sacrifice fly by Jake Wilson. The Oilers added another run in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Cable Wright led off the home inning with a single, then stole second base. He was still there two outs later to be driven in when Brinkley delivered an RBI single. The game remained 2 to 0 in the home team's favor until Owensboro scored three runs in the bottom of the 6th inning. Leading off, Jake Krupar singled. Kyle Floyd reached on a sacrifice fielder's choice that did not result in an out.  Wright followed with a walk to load the bases. That situation set up 2 RBI single by Taylor Sears that scored Krupar and Floyd while Wright moved over to third base. Austin Bartle followed with a successful RBI squeeze bunt to bring in Wright. At the end of six complete innings the Oilers led by the score 5 to 0, which became the final.
     A tandem of three Owensboro pitchers scattered three Fulton hits and combined for nine strikeouts over nine innings of work. Newcomer Oilers starter Clint Chestnut went 4 innings. Winner Morgan Grisham was the pitcher of record when the game became official over the next 1.67 innings. Finally, Cameron Wallace notched a save by pitching 3.33 innings in relief of Grisham. Fulton starter Clay Chandler took the loss. 
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Dubois County Bombers 3, Madisonville Miners 0.  (From Dubois County)  If the 1500 Dubois County Bomber fans who packed Huntingburg’s League Stadium last night had thoughts of seeing some early offensive fireworks to kick off the holiday weekend, Tanner Koch and Lucas Barnett had other plans. 
     What the fans were treated to was one of the best pitching duels of the 2014 OVL season. Madisonville’s Koch and Dubois County’s Barnett matched complete game efforts, eliminating any threat of early fireworks.
     Neither team had a hit through three innings. To that point, Koch had held the Bombers hitless.
     Ty Broady became Dubois County’s first base runner, singling to lead off the fourth. After advancing to second on a walk to Nick Gobert, Joe Redburn drove in Broady to give the Bombers a 1-0 advantage.
     Dubois County added two more in the sixth. Nick Gobert slammed a double off the left-field wall to bring in Chase Scott. Joe Redburn followed with a sharp grounder to first that brought in Glenn Jones, who eluded Jake Perry’s attempted tag at the plate, increasing the lead to 3-0. 
     The Bombers were retired in order in each of the six remaining frames. But those two innings would be the Miner’s and Koch’s undoing on this night, because as good as Koch was, Barnett was even more dominant. 
     Madisonville only managed to send more than three batters to the plate three times. On each of those three occasions, a fourth batter was the most Barnett ever needed to retire the side. Only one Miner advanced as far as second base in the contest. He struck out eight Miners, permitting only two hits and two walks.
     Barnett’s record improves to 4-1. He is only the second pitcher in the league to achieve four wins thus far in the season. Koch falls to 1-4. 
     Dubois County is now within a game of .500 at 12-13. The Bombers have won five of their last six. Madisonville’s record falls to 5-21. 
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July 2, 2014

 

Fulton Railroaders 8, Madisonville Miners 0.  (From Fulton)  The Railroaders finally broke a 4 game losing streak shutting out the Miners 8-0 in Fulton.  The Railroaders totaled 11 hits and had one error with the Miners getting 3 hits and committed 3 errors on the evening.

     Fulton's runs came in the 3rd and 5th innings scoring 4 in each. Daniel Goff was 2 of 4 at the plate including a 3 RBI homerun.  Another solo homer by Greg Fettes added to the victory.  Both Riley Benner (2 of 4 and RBI) and Zach Bailey (1 of 4) had doubles with each scoring one run.

     Madisonville's 3 hits were singles by Michael Colorado, Matthew Barger and Josh Westzel.

     Starting pitcher CJ Lee earned his 3rd win on the season going for 6 full innings.  He allowed 2 hits with no walks and struck out 7 batters.  Keaton Baker, Will Hazen and Tyler Nichols finished off the game throwing for one inning each.  The loss goes to Abraham Almonte who lasted just 3 innings allowing 8 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), one walk and had 2 strikeouts. 

     The Railroaders improve to 10-13 on the season, the Miners now stand at 5-20.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Owensboro Oilers 4, Hopkinsville Hoppers 1.  (From Hopkinsville)  Owensboro pitcher Caleb Johnson pitched a gem of a game at Hoptown, missing a complete game by only one batter in throwing a four-hitter in leading the Oilers to a 4-1 win Wednesday to move the Oilers into sole possession of first place in the Ohio Valley League.
     Johnson (2-1) allowed one unearned run in the ninth inning on four hits, striking out nine and walking two in 8 2/3 innings. Jordan Kesson came on and struck out the one batter he faced to get his first save of the season.
     Owensboro (18-7) broke the scoreless tie in the fourth inning when Tyler Rachel was hit by a pitch, went to third on back-to-back wild pitches and scored on a Tyler Adams single to give the Oilers a 1-0 lead.
     They tacked on two more runs in the sixth when Harold Diaz got a one-out single and scored on Dalton West's first home run of the season, putting Owensboro ahead 3-0.
     The Oilers added another run in the seventh when Taylor Matthews singled, went to third on a failed pickoff and scored on a sacrifice fly by Alfredo Bohorques to put Owensboro ahead 4-0.
     Hoptown (17-8) got a run in the ninth inning when Mitchell Gallagher reached on a two-base error and scored on a Chris Carrier single to end the scoring at 4-1.
     Seven Owensboro batters each had a hit, led by West's home run and two runs batted in.
     Hoptown was paced by Carrier, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Bubba Olivera slapped a double for the Hoppers.
     On the mound, starter Geordie Carlson (3-2) took the loss for Hoptown, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out six and walking one in six innings. Heath Petty pitched the seventh inning, allowing one unearned run on one hit and striking out one. Trevor Blocker threw the eighth inning, allowing no hits and striking out one, and Reese Johnson pitched the ninth, allowing one hit and striking out one.
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July 1, 2014

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers @ Fulton Railroaders - PPD Rained Out.  The game has been rained out and has been rescheduled for Friday, July 18 in Fulton.

 

Dubois County Bombers @ Owensboro Oilers - PPD Rained Out.  The game has been rained out.  Rescheduling is TBA.


June 30, 2014

 

Dubois County Bombers 4, Fulton Railroaders 1.  (From Dubois County)  Nick Gobert made his first start on the mound last night for the Dubois County Bombers. 1671 fans witnessed as the Dubois County native pitched seven dominant innings, limiting the Fulton Railroaders to one run on five singles. Gobert seemed to get tougher as the night progressed, retiring eight out of nine Railroaders the third time through the batting order.
     Fulton struck first. In the third inning, a single by Jeremiah Spring, a walk, a sacrifice bunt, and another hit by Greg Fettes plated the only run the Railroaders would score on this night.
     Dubois County took the lead with a pair in the fifth inning. After being hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, Jacob Lightle stole second with two down. Lightle scored on a throwing error that allowed batter Glenn Jones to advance all the way to third. Dane Giesler followed with an RBI single to put the Bombers on top 2-1.
     Dubois County added another run in each of the next two innings. In the sixth, Caleb Lonkard drove in Nick Barrientos. Joe Sturino scored on Caleb King’s double in the seventh.
     Aaron Pearcy retired Fulton in order in the eighth. But the Railroaders brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth after two of the first three batters reached base. Dru Sebastian entered from the Bombers bullpen to put out the fire. It only took him one batter, inducing Trevor Hicks to ground into a double play.
     Gobert is credited with the win, his first decision of the season. Starter Fernando Gonzalez falls to 2-1. Sebastian collects his second save.
     The Bombers record improves to 11-13 as they reclaim sole possession of third place, notching their fourth win in five games. Fulton drops to 9-13 on the season.
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Madisonville Miners 5, Hopkinsville Hoppers 3.  (From Madisonville)  The Madisonville Miners found themselves in a familiar spot last night.  Trailing the Hoppers 3-1 going into the bottom of the 6th inning.  The Miners were able to tie the game 3-3 with a Jackson Martin double and then an RBI double by Jack Perry.  Josh Wetzel came to bat and single to score Perry.  The Miners took the lead in the bottom of the 7th with a single by Martin and an RBI single by Jake Perry.  An insurance run was added in the bottom of the 8th by Colton Nussel who singled and after advancing to 3rd base, scored on a  pass ball by the pitcher.  Reid Clements was stellar from the mound by retiring the first 11 Hopper batters.  He allowed the first hit in the 5th inning.  Clements left the game with a no decision and Jackson Everman finished the game for the win.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Madisonville Miners @ Fulton Railroaders Rainout Rescheduled  (From Fulton) The rained out game on June 27 between the Railroaders and Miners in Fulton has been rescheduled for Friday, July 21.  The single game will start at 7 pm.


June 29, 2014

 

Owensboro Oilers , Madisonville Miners.  (From Owensboro)  The Owensboro Oilers won a Sunday night home game against the the visiting Madisonville Miners. The final score was Miners 4 to Oilers 5. The win was the Oilers third in a row, maintaining the team's current spot, just a half game back of the OVL League standings lead.
     The Miners scored first with one run in the top of the 2nd inning. Miner newcomers Kevin Dupree and Martin Jackson both walked to lead off the frame. Both runners were sacrificed up a base. Dupree eventually scored from third base on a wild pitch that brought Jackson as far as third base.
     The Oilers responded with three runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning. With one out, Cameron Wallace walked. Braxton Brinkley reached on an error that allowed him to take third base -- receiving RBI credit for Wallace's run. Brinkley scored on a following RBI single by Alfredo Bohorques, who then stole second base. A fly out later Tyler Rachel RBI singled to drive in Bohorques. At the end of three complete innings Owensboro led by the score 3 to 1.
 Madisonville narrowed the score with one run in the top of the 7th inning. Jake Perry led off with a double. He was bunted over to third base. Adam Schuster manufactured the run with an RBI sacrifice fly.
 Owensboro pushed across two insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. Brinkley led off with a single, and was bunted over to second base. Christian McHatton reached on an error that put Brinkley on third base. McHatton stole second base as Brinkley stayed put. Rachel was deliberately walked. Harold Diaz RBI sacrifice bunted, plating Brinlkey. A resulting error allowed McHatton in as well.
     The Miners rallied in the top of the 9th, but managed only 2 runs. Pinch-hitter Rutger Luebke reached on an error. Perry followed with an RBI triple. Two outs later, Colton Nussel RBI singled to score Perry. Madisonville came no closer than 5 to 4 by the end of the game.
     The win went to short notice Owensboro starter, Jake Wilson. Mark Chemello earned a save. Miners starter Bickerton got the loss.
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Hopkinsville Hoppers 7, Dubois County Bombers 3.  (From Hopkinsville)  The homestanding Hoptown Hoppers pushed out to a 6-0 lead after four innings and held off a late Dubois County rally to pick up the 7-3 win on Sunday. 
     The Hoppers (17-6) got on the scoreboard in the first inning when Matthew Alford reached on an error, went to second on a groundout and scored on a double by Chris Carrier to give Hoptown an early 1-0 lead.
     In the second inning, Hoptown's Ben Fisher led off with a double, Mitchell Gallagher was hit by a pitch and Michael Haun reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Parker Cash drew a one-out walk to score Fisher, putting the Hoppers ahead 2-0.
     In the third inning, Taylor Ellis doubled, went to third on a groundout and scored on a Gallagher single to give Hoptown a 3-0 lead.
     Hoptown broke things open in the fourth inning when Cash reached on a two-base error and went to third on a sac bunt. Ben Rodriguez walked and went to second on a groundout, scoring Cash. Taylor Ellis singled in Rodriguez and Fisher doubled in Ellis to put the Hoppers ahead 6-0.
     Dubois County (10-13) got on the board in the top of the seventh when Dan Giesler hit a two-out single, went to second when Nicholas Barrientos was hit by a pitch and scored on a single by Sam Griggs to cut the lead to 6-1.
     In the eighth inning, the Bombers scored again when Glenn Jones hit a one-out single and scored when Nick Gobert hit his first home run of the season to further trim the lead to 6-3.
     Hoptown plated a run in the eighth inning when Cash was hit by a pitch, went to third on an error and scored on a passed ball to seal the scoring at 7-3.
     The Hoppers were led by Ellis, Fisher and Haun, who each had two hits in the game. Fisher had two doubles, while Ellis and Carrier each had one. Cash and Ellis each scored two runs, and Carrier had two runs batted in.
     Dubois County was paced by Jones, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Gobert hit a home run for the Bombers and had two RBIs.
     On the mound, Evan Tidwell (3-1) got the win, allowing one unearned run on four hits, striking out six and walking one in seven innings. Taylor Blair entered in the eighth inning, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out one in one inning of work. Josh Drake closed out the game, allowing no runs on no hits, striking out one in one inning.
     D.J. Eckert (1-3) took the loss for the Bombers, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits, striking out four and walking two in two innings. Christian Vain entered in the third inning, allowing three unearned runs on five hits, walking two in four innings of work. Brian Wichman closed out the game for Dubois County, allowing one unearned run on no hits, striking out one in two innings. 
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June 28, 2014

 

Owensboro Oilers 2, Fulton Railroaders 1.  The home team Oilers beat the Railroaders in a close, low scoring game to move Owensboro within a half game of league leading Hopkinsville.  The loss moved Fulton down into fourth place behind Dubois County who won their game against Madisonville.

     The Oilers' 2 runs came from 8 hits, they had one error and they stranded 11 men on base. The first run scored came in the bottom of the 3rd from a RBI single by Tyler Rachel driving in Alferdo Bohorques on third who had reach on a single and stole two bases.  The Oilers' final run came in the 6th inning with a RBI single from Braxton Brinkley scoring Dalton West who walked and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and ground out.

     The Railroaders had 4 hits total, with one error and left 8 runners on base.  Fulton's only run came in the 8th inning on a RBI single by Reed Johnson scoring Grey Fettes who had reach on a fielder's choice.

     Owensboro starter Brandon Jean gets the win for 7 innings of work allowing 2 hits, 2 walks and had 4 strikeouts.  Mark Chemello picked up a save closing out the final inning.  The loss goes to Fulton starter Jake Bauer who threw for 5 innings giving up 6 hits, 2 walks and striking out 2 at the plate.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Dubois County Bombers 4, Madisonville Miners 2.  The visiting Bombers moved into 3rd place with a victory over the home team Miners in Madisonville.  Dubois County improves to 10-12 on the season with 3 straight wins and are now 5 games behind the leading Hoppers. 

     The Bombers scored first with single runs in both the 2nd and 4th innings.  The Miners got one run across in the 5th.  Both teams doubled their scores in the 9th inning for the final 4-2 score.

     Winning the game on the mound was Ryan Dills going for 7 innings with 1 earned run allowed, giving up 4 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 7 batters.  Jacob Murray take a save throwing the final inning.  Madisonville starter Tanner Koch takes the loss for 6 innings of work, allowing 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks and had 3 strikeouts.  Box Scores Click Here.


June 27, 2014

 

Owensboro Oilers 4, Hopkinsville Hoppers 2.  (At Hopkinsville)  Owensboro pitcher Cam Wallace came into the game with little warning in the bottom of the first inning when starter Drew Lyles suffered an apparent injury after walking the first batter he faced. Wallace was up to the challenge, throwing seven innings of shutout baseball, allowing five hits, striking out seven and walking two en route to the 4-2 win at Hoptown Friday.
     Wallace (2-1) got the win, by Oilers relievers worked to fend off a late Hoppers rally. Kevin Meyer pitched the eighth inning, allowing one run on three hits and striking out one. Jake Wilson, who started the game at first base, came on in the ninth, but loaded the bases, allowing one run on one hit and striking out two in two-thirds of an inning. Mark Chemello entered the game and put out the fire, walking one in one-third of an inning for his second save of the season.
     Owensboro (15-7) pulled within a game of frontrunning Hoptown (16-6), scoring first when Braxton Brinkley led off with a single, was bunted over to second by Justin Cessna, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Tyler Rachel to give the Oilers an early 1-0 lead.
     The Oilers struck again in the third inning when Brinkley reached on a two-base error, went to third on a sacrifice bunt by Cessna and scored when Rachel reached on a fielder's choice to put Owensboro ahead 2-0.
     In the fifth inning, Owensboro scored again when Cessna got a one-out single, stole second and scored on a ground-rule double by Rachel to put the Oilers ahead 3-0.
     In the seventh inning, Harold Diaz popped his first home run of the season to put Owensboro ahead 4-0.
     Hoptown got on the scoreboard in the eighth inning when Matthew Alford got a one-out single, went to second on a single by Chris Carrier, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Taylor Ellis to narrow the gap to 4-1.
     The Hoppers rallied in the ninth inning when Ben Fisher was hit by a pitch, and stole second. Parker Cash hit a two-out single, moving Fisher to third. Chemello then entered the game, walking Scotty Adkins to load the bases, and Alford was hit by a pitch to score Fisher. Chemello was able to coax a fielder's choice to end the game with the 4-2 win.
     At the plate, Owensboro was led by Christian McHatton, who went 3-for-5. Rachel went 2-for-5 with a double and three runs batted in, while Brinkley scored two runs and Diaz had a home run for the Oilers.
     Hoptown was paced by Carrier, who went 2-for-5. Chris Brown popped a double for the Hoppers, and Cessna had two stolen bases.
     Brady Walsh (2-1) took the loss as the Hoppers' starter, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits, striking out two and walking one in 4 2/3 innings. Bubba Olivera came on in the fifth inning, allowing no runs on two hits, striking out two and walking three in one inning of work. Trevor Blocker entered in the sixth inning, allowing one run on two hits, striking out two in 2 1/3 innings, and Josh Drake pitched the ninth inning, allowing no hits and striking out one. 
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Madisonville Miners @ Fulton Railroaders - Postponed rained out  (At Fulton)  The game set for tonight, June 27, between the Railroaders and Miners in Fulton has been rained out.  Rescheduling of the game is TBA at this time.


June 26, 2014

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 3, Fulton Railroaders 1.  (From Hopkinsville)  Four Hoptown pitchers combined for a two-hitter in the Hoppers' 3-1 win over Fulton on Thursday, but it was not exactly a defensive gem. In the seventh and eighth innings, Hoppers pitchers faced bases-loaded situations with no outs through four walks, a hit batter and a fielding error.
     Leading 3-0 in the top of the seventh, Hoptown pitcher Heath Petty hit Reed Johnson on a 3-0 pitch, then walked Zach Bailey. Ryan Mossman then came in to pitch for the Hoppers and walked Jeremiah Spring to load the bases with no outs. Mossman was able to coax a strikeout from Riley Benner, a flyout from Tyler Hardin and a strikeout from Dylan Rajkovich to get out of the jam unscathed.
     In the top of the eighth, Mossman walked Troy Squires and Tyler Marshall to start the inning. Greg Fettes reached on an error to load the bases with no outs, and Mossman gave way to Trevor Blocker. Blocker got Johnson to hit into a double play, scoring Squires, and got Zach Bailey to strike out to get out of another potential threat.
     Hoptown (16-5) scored all three of its runs in the fourth inning when Ben Rodriguez drew a one-out walk and Chris Carrier singled him to second. A pickoff attempt went past the first baseman, scoring Rodriguez and putting Carrier on third. Scotty Adkins singled in Carrier, went to second when Matthew Alford was hit by a pitch and scored on a fielding error to give the Hoppers a 3-0 lead.
     Hoptown was led by Carrier, who went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
     Greg Fettes had a double for Fulton (9-11), the only extra-base hit of the game.
     On the mound, starter Parker Cash (2-0) got the win, allowing no runs on two hits, striking out two and walking one in five innings. Petty came on in the sixth, allowing no runs on no hits, walking two in one-plus innings. Mossman entered in the seventh, allowing one unearned run on no hits, striking out two and walking three in one-plus inning, and Blocker got his fourth save of the season, allowing no runs on no hits, striking out two in two innings.
     For Fulton, starter Dylan Smith (2-2) took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits, striking out three and walking two in four innings. Cory Main came on in the fifth, allowing no runs on one hit, striking out three and walking two in three innings, and Clay Chandler pitched the eighth inning, allowing no runs on no hits, striking out two. 
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Dubois County Bombers 10, Owensboro Oilers 4.  (From Dubois County)  After closing the first half of their season with a big 7-2 victory on Tuesday, the Dubois County Bombers opened the second half of the season last night in just as impressive a fashion, downing the Owensboro Oilers 10-4. Dubois County pressed the action all night long. The leadoff or second batter reached base for the Bombers in all eight innings. Dubois County had runners in scoring position with no more than one out in seven out of eight innings. The Bombers scored in every inning from the fourth through the eighth.
     Owensboro scored in the first on an RBI single by Jake Wilson. They added another in the fourth when Justin Cessna doubled to drive in a run.
     After threatening but coming up empty through the first three innings, the Bombers scored four times in their half of the fourth inning. Nick Gobert and Joe Sturino lined back-to-back doubles inside the third-base bag to score the first two Bombers runs. Two more came in on a single by Caleb Lonkard that featured a controversial obstruction call on the Owensboro catcher, Dalton West. 
     Owensboro recouped one run in the fifth when Cam Wallace and Braxton Brinkley opened the frame with consecutive doubles. This made the score 4-3 in the Bombers favor and it looked like it was going to be a slugfest.
     However, Dubois County scored in each of the next four innings while reliever Dru Sebastian came out of the Bombers bullpen to shut down the second-place Oilers. Sebastian struck out two batters each in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings, allowing no Oilers past first base. When Owensboro showed signs of life in the ninth, loading the bases with one out, Sebastian retired the next two hitters to close out the game.
     Nick Gobert went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the Bomber onslaught. Tirey Burch and Caleb Lonkard added a pair of hits each. Braxton Brinkley had a pair of doubles and two RBIs for the Oilers.
     Dubois County starter Tyler Nichols gets credited with the win, his first decision of the season. Sebastian gets the save with four strong innings of work. Tanner Edge takes the loss for the Oilers. His record falls to 1-3.
     The Bombers improve to 9-12 on the season. Owensboro falls to 14-7.
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June 25, 2014

 

Madisonville Miners 4, Hopkinsville Hoppers 2.  (From Hopkinsville)  The homestanding Hoptown Hoppers gave up three unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning against Madisonville, with two runs scoring on one play that had two errors, and the Miners were able to make it hold up, winning 4-2.
     The Miners (3-17) picked up their third win in the last five games after opening the season with 15 straight losses. The loss was the fourth for Hoptown in the last six games after the Hoppers opened the season with 11 straight wins.
     In Madisonville's half of the fourth inning, Matthew Barger reached on a fielder's choice and went to second on an error. Jake Perry then reached on a fielder's choice, sending Barger to third, and Rutger Luebke singled to center. The fielder overran the ball, enabling Barger to score. The throw to third was errant, allowing Perry to score and sending Luebke to third. Luebke scored on a sac fly by Michael Colorado to give Madisonville a 3-0 lead.
     In the bottom of the fifth inning, Hoptown (15-5) responded when Anthony Gonzalez hit a two-out single, then scored on a two-run home run hit by Mitchell Gallagher to narrow the deficit to 3-2.
     Madisonville added an insurance run in the seventh inning when Adam Schuster hit a one-out single, then scored on a double by Nick Calandra to the fina 4-2 score.
     Madisonville was led by Calandra, who went 3-for-5 with a double and a run batted in. Schuster went 2-for-5 with a run scored.
     Hoptown was paced by Gallagher, who went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and a run scored.
     Abraham Almonte (2-1) got the win for the Minors, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out two and walking one in seven innings. Luke Floer got his first save of the season, allowing no runs on two hits, striking out two and walking one in two innings of work.
     Starter Geordie Carlson (3-1) took the loss for the Hoppers, allowing three unearned runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking none in six innings. Ryan Mossman came on in the seventh inning, allowing one run on three hits in two innings. Trevor Blocker closed out the game, allowing no hits. 
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Dubois County Bombers 7, Fulton Railroaders 2.  (From Fulton)  The Bombers took advantage of two Railroaders errors and used 5 unearned runs to beat Fulton at home 7-2.

     The Railroaders scored first with a run in the 1st inning, and the Bombers answered in the top of the 2nd with a run to tie the game.  The Bombers broke out with four more runs in the 4th inning using 3 hits and the two Fulton errors.  The Railroaders got their final run across in the 6th inning from a solo homerun by Greg Fettes.  The Bombers tacked on two more runs in the 6th for the final 7-2 score.

     For the Bombers; RBI's by Ty Broady, Joe Redburn and Mitch Doucette contributed to the win.  For the Railroaders; Fettes was the star at the plate, 3 for 4 and knocked in both runs for Fulton.

     Both teams left 9 runners each on base.  Bombers had 8 hits with no errors in the field and Railroaders got 10 hits with 2 errors.

     Dubois County starter Lucas Barnett gets the win for 5 innings of work, giving up 8 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks and one strikeout.   Fulton starter CJ Lee takes for loss on the mound for 3 2/3 innings with 5 hits allowed, 5 runs (2 earned), 6 walks and 3 strikeouts. 

     The Bombers improve to 8-12 and gain a game on Hopkinsville who lost to the Miners on the evening.  The Railroaders remain 5 1/5 games back with the Hoppers loss.  Box Scores Click Here.


June 24, 2014

 

Owensboro Oilers 6, Madisonville Miners 4.  At Madisonville.  The Oilers (14-6) battled back from a 4-0 Madisonville lead and overcome the Miners (3-17) to win the game 6-4. The Oilers keep page with the Hoppers (15-4) and remain 1.5 games behind Hoptown in the standings.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 6, Dubois County Bombers 1.  (From Hopkinsville) The Hoppers scored first in the game.  Ben Rodriguez hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first.  The Bombers came right back in the top of the second.  Joe Sturino started the inning with a double.  He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored in Rick Linton doubled.

     The Hoppers went up 2-1 in the bottom of the third.  Sean Brophy lead off the inning with a single, moved to second by a sacrifice bunt , and scored on a fielder's choice by Bubba Oliverra.

     The score remained 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth when the Hoppers scored 2 more runs.  The Hoppers added 2 more insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh.

     Sean Brophy was 2-3 and scored 2 runs for the Hoppers.  Rick Linton was 2-4, both doubles, for the Bombers.

     Dylan Stewart picked up the win for the Hoppers going 5 innings giving up 1 run off of 5 hits.  He struck out 4 and did not issue a base on balls.  Devin Williams took the loss for the Bombers.  Box Scores Click Here.


June 23, 2014

 

Fulton Railroaders 3, Owensboro Oilers 2.  (From Fulton)  The Railroaders broke a tied game in the bottom of 9th to take the victory over the visiting Oilers in Fulton.  

     Owensboro jumped to a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning.  Braxton Brinkley singled and.Alferdo reached on an error.  Both runners moved forward a base when Christian McHatton walked to load the bases with no outs.  The next batter Harold Diaz then grounded out driving in the first run.  The following batter Jake Krupar hit a RBI single for the second run while McHatton was thrown out trying to score from second on the hit.  A strikeout ended the inning.

     The Railroaders tied the game in the 2nd inning with a RBI single by Zach Bailey who drove in Riley Benner who had single and advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Bailey then reached third on an error and then score off a Dayton Rausch single.  The inning ended with a double play and so did the scoring for both teams through the next 7 1/2 innings of play.

     In the bottom of the 9th with two outs and tied at 2-2, Railroader Dylan Rajkovich hit a solid single which he stretched into a double rounding first for second and beating a high throw-in from right field. Dayton Rausch then hit a hard line drive into right field just over the fielder's outstretched glove for a game winning RBI driving Rajkovich across home plate.

     The Railroaders totaled 8 hits on the evening with one error and they left 8 runners on base.  The Oilers were only able to muster 3 hits, committed 3 errors and had only 2 runners stranded.

     Fernando Gonzalez earned the win for a strong pitching performance and complete 9 innings on the mound.  After giving up 2 hits and a walk in the 1st inning, Gonzalez allowed only one other batter to reach base (a double) through the last 8 innings of the game.  He struck out 8 and had 2 unearned runs against him. 

     Owensboro's starter Cable Wright pitched 6 innings leaving the game tied giving up 5 hits, 2 runs (one earned), one walk and no strikeouts.  Morgan Grisham pitched 2 innings followed by Kevin Meyer and Trent Benningfield who pitched to only one batter each for 2 outs in the 9th inning.  Next, Cameron Wallace came in with the 2 outs and gave up the final two Railroaders hits and score to take the loss.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Madisonville Miners 3, Dubois County Bombers 2.  (From Dubois County)  In a game that started over an hour late after an afternoon storm swept through the area, the Madisonville Miners thundered to their third win in five games, defeating the Dubois County Bombers 3-2.
     Bombers starter Brian Wichman pitched out of trouble in the first two innings, stranding five runners. The Miners came up with a pair of clutch hits in the third, run-scoring singles by Colton Nussel and Rutger Luebke.
     Madisonville starter Reid Clements only allowed one Bomber past second base through the first six frames, scattering five hits and a pair of walks in 6 2/3 innings.
     Dane Giesler doubled to lead off the Dubois County seventh. Joe Sturino pinch ran for him, later coming around to score on a grounder off the bat of Joe Redburn. The Bombers added another run later in the inning when Glenn Jones was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
     DJ Eckert relieved Wichman in the fifth and held Madisonville scoreless until the ninth. 
     In the Miner ninth, Nick Calandra led off with a walk. Cory Finkler bunted him to second. Calandra moved to third on Isaac Perry’s single. Jacob Murray relieved Eckert and Colton Nussel brought Calandra home with a sacrifice fly.
     The Bombers came to bat in the bottom of the ninth trailing 3-2. Joe Redburn led off with a single, but was picked off of first base by catcher Luebke. Then Caleb Lonkard walked and stole second base with two down. Nick Gobert also walked. A double steal advanced both into scoring position. Chase Scott worked another walk to load the bases off of Miner reliever Luke Floer. But Joe Sturino hit a grounder to third to end the ballgame.
     Floer earned the win to square his record at 1-1. The loss drops Eckert to 1-2.
     The Bombers are now 7-11 on the season. With the win, the Miners record improves to 3-16, 4 ½ games back of the Bombers for fourth place in the Ohio Valley League.
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UPDATE: Bombers @ Railroaders game rescheduled.  (June 23, 2014)  The postponed game between the Bombers and Railroader from June 20 has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 5 in Fulton as part of a doubleheader.  The first game start will be 5 p.m. CDT with each game set for 7 innings each.


June 22, 2014

 

Owensboro Oilers 7, Hopkinsville Hoppers 4.  (From Hopkinsville)  Visiting Owensboro blew open a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh inning with four unearned runs to hand homestanding Hoptown its first home loss of the season, 7-4, on Sunday. Owensboro (13-5) pulled to within a game of the Ohio Valley League leaders with the win.
     The Oilers were the first to score in the game, as Christian McHatton drew a one-out walk and scored on a double by Dalton West to put Owensboro ahead 1-0.
     Hoptown (14-4) overtook the Oilers in the fifth inning when Michael Haun led off with a walk, went to second on a sac bunt and scored when Sean Brophy reached on an error, tying the game at 1-1. Brophy went to second on the error and scored on a groundout to put the Hoppers ahead 2-1.
     Owensboro retook the lead in the sixth when Tyler Rachel led off with a walk, took second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by McHatton, tying the game at 2-2. McHatton scored when Harold Diaz reached on a two-base error to put the Oilers ahead 3-2.
     Back-to-back muffed sacrifice bunts kept the Oilers on the basepaths in the seventh inning. Justin Cessna led off with a walk, then scored on a throwing error on an attempted sac bunt by Alfredo Bohorques. Bohorques scored from first on another misthrow on a sac bunt, this one by Braxton Brinkley, who reached third base on the play. McHatton followed with a walk, and Harold Diaz doubled in McHatton and Brinkley to give the Oilers a 7-2 lead.
     Hoptown stayed in the game, as Bubba Olivera popped a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh. The Hoppers plated a run in the ninth inning when John Davis led off with a double, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout for the final 7-4 score.
     McHatton went 2-for-2 with a double for the Oilers, scoring three runs and driving in one. Diaz went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs batted in. Brinkley added two RBIs for Owensboro, while West pounded out a double.
     Five Hoppers each had a hit for Hoptown, with Olivera getting a home run and Davis picking up a double.
Sam Higgs (2-0) got the win in an impressive start for Owensboro, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits, striking out four and walking two in 7 2/3 innings. Jackson Lockhart finished the eighth inning, while Kevin Meyer pitched the ninth, allowing one run on one hit, striking out two.
     Evan Tidwell (2-1) took the loss as the Hoppers' starter, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits, striking out three and walking three in 5 2/3 innings. Heath Petty came on in the sixth, allowing four unearned runs on two hits, walking one in one inning. Josh Drake finished the seventh inning, allowing one hit and walking one in two-thirds of an inning, and Olivera closed the game for Hoptown, allowing no hits and walking one in two innings of work. 
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Fulton Railroaders 6, Madisonville Miners 0 - game 1.  In 7 innings at Madisonville.  Fulton Railroaders swept the Madisonville Miners in a doubleheader on Sunday.

     The Railroaders took the first game with a 6-0 shutout over the Miners. Fulton scored one run in the 1st inning, added 4 more in the 3rd and one more in the 6th.  The Miners were held to 4 hits and the Railroaders had 11 total hits.

     For Fulton; Dayton Rausch, Reed Johnson and Zach Bailey eacj got 2 hits a piece for the Railroaders.  Starting pitcher Clay Chandler gets the win threw for  the complete full 7 inning game with 8 strikeouts and no walks.

     Madisonville starter Jackson Everman takes for loss for the Miners. He went for  5 2/3 innings allowing all 11 hits, 6 runs (4 earned), 3 walks and one strikeout.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Fulton Railroaders 5, Madisonville Miners 2 - game 2.  In 7 innings at Madisonville.  In game two both teams remained scoreless through 3 innings, and at the end of the 4th inning the game was tied at 1-1.  The Railroaders broke into the lead in the top of 5th with 3 runs scored and the Miners answered in the bottom half with a single run for 4-2 score.  Fulton added an insurance run top of the 7th for the final 5-2 total.

     The Railroaders had 9 hits with 2 errors for the 7 innings.  Troy Squires was 3 for 3 at the plated and one run scored.  Jeremiah Spring and Reed Johnson (RBI) were both 2 of 4, and Riley Benner hit a 2 RBI double.

     The Miners managed 4 hits with no errors on defense.  Isaac Perry doubled and scored a run, with Cory Finkler and Tyler Woolbright each having a RBI.

     Will Hazen gets the win for Fulton in relief pitching for 1 /13 innings, and Cory Main completed the final 2 1/3 innings to pick up a save.  Miner starter Austin Bickerton take the loss with 5 innings on the mound.  Box Scores Click Here.


June 21, 2014

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 9, Fulton Railroaders 6.  (From Fulton)  Five Railroader errors aided the Hoppers with 7 unearned runs to beat Fulton at home on Saturday.  The Hoppers jumped to a 3-1 lead after the first inning of play.  The Railroaders chipped back into the game with a single run in the 3rd and 4th innings to tie the game at 3 all.  In the bottom of the 5th the Railroaders scored two runs to take a 5-3 lead only to see the Hoppers add three runs in each of the 6th and 7th innings.  The Railroaders managed another run in the 8th for the final 9-6 score.

     Talyor Ellis lead Hoptown at the plate going 3 of 4, one RBI and scored 3 times.  He was followed by Mitchell Gallagher (one score) and Ben Rodriquez (two scores) who were both 2 for 4 at bat.  

     For Fulton's 6 earned runs in the game; Jeremiah Spring was 2 of 4 with 3 RBI, with both Greg Fettes and Reed Johnson getting solo homeruns in the effort.

     The game was won and lost in the field of play.  The Hoppers played error free throughout the game while the Railroaders struggled to handle the ball.  Two of  5 total errors resulted in 4 runs of the 7 total unearned runs allowed.

     Brady Walsh gets the win for Hoptown going the first 5 innings and then relieved from starting the bottom of the 6th.  He allowed 6 hits, 5 earned runs, a walk and had 2 strikeouts.  Trevor Blocker earned another save closing out the final 1 1/3 innings. Fulton's starter Justin Vernia suffers the loss for 6 innings on the mound, giving up 6 hits, tagged for 6 runs (one earned), walked zero batters and had 6 strikeouts.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Owensboro Oilers 5, Dubois County Bombers 2.  (From Dubois County) The Dubois County Bombers home win streak was halted at five games last night by the Owensboro Oilers. The Oilers never trailed in the 5-2 victory, out-hitting the Bombers by a 12-7 margin.
     The Bombers provided the home crowd with some excitement from the start. In the home first, a pair of Dubois County runners reached third-base but neither crossed the plate. Joe Redburn was tagged out attempting to score on a fielder’s choice. Caleb Lonkard was ultimately stranded at third when Oilers starter Brandon Jean struck out Nick Gobert and Joe Sturino to quiet the Dubois County threat.
     The Oilers took the lead in the top of the third. Austin Bartle scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Alfredo Bohorques. It would be the only earned run scored on this night.
     Owensboro added three unearned runs in the fourth inning on three hits, two Bomber errors, and a wild pitch to extend the lead to 4-0. The big blow was Tyler Adams’ double.
     Dubois County closed to 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth, scoring a pair of unearned runs. Joe Sturino had the only hit of the inning for the Bombers.
     The only additional scoring would be an insurance run for the Oilers in the ninth. Bohorques drove in Bartle, just as he had done in the third inning.
     Caleb Lonkard was the only Bomber with more than one hit as well as the only Bomber with a multi-hit game, going two for three with a double.
     Adams, Bartle, Braxton Brinkley, and Harold Diaz had two hits each for the Oilers. Diaz and Adams both had doubles.
     Brandon Jean’s record improves to 2-0. Jean’s effort was augmented by relievers Austin Sisk, Mark Chemello, and Cameron Wallace. The bullpen trio limited Dubois County to one-hit in the final 3 1/3 innings, striking out four. Bombers starter Ryan Dills only permitted one earned run in six innings of work, but gets tagged with the loss. He is now 1-1 for the season.
     A crowd of 1492 fans sailed the streets and roads of Dubois County to land at League Stadium on this night.
     With the win, Owensboro (12-5) avoids losing ground to the league-leading Hoppers, trailing them by two games. Dubois County (7-10) remains tied for third with Fulton, seven games back.. 
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June 20, 2014

 

Madisonville Miners 11, Hopkinsville Hoppers 3.  At Madisonville.  Courtesy of the Kentucky New Era) By Daniel Newton, Hoppers Beat Writer

     MADISONVILLE, Ky. — Three innings into the game Friday, it seemed like the curtains were already closing for the Hoptown Hoppers.

     The Madisonville Miners were able to put up all 11 of its runs in the first five innings against the Hoppers. A five-run third and a three-run fourth helped put the game out of reach, as the Miners toppled the Hoppers 11-3 at Elmer Kelly Park.

     Head coach Grayson Crawford felt the wind come out of his team’s sails early in the game.

     “From the get go, after the first inning. We just didn’t play really well. It was a lot of things we did. You just put this one behind you and go from there,” Crawford said. “We’re just going to move on. There are too many things tonight we didn’t do right to learn from. You just have to move on and get ready for tomorrow.”

Madisonville (2-14) relied on the bat of Cory Finkler to take an early lead.

     In the first inning, Finkler just barely cleared the center field fence for a solo home run.

In the third inning, with the bases loaded, Finkler again cleared the fences. The second time around was much more convincing, easily clearing the left field wall for a grand slam, which at the time giving the Miners a comfortable 6-0 lead.

     Finkler has three home runs against the Hoptown (13-3) pitching staff this season.

     “It’s just being aggressive at the plate, that’s the key. I got some good pitches at the plate and I was aggressive,” Finkler said. “I got a fastball up in the zone which is what I like to hit so I put a swing on it.”

After tacking on another run in the third, the Miners continued to stay hot in the fourth.

     Madisonville used four hits and a Hoppers’ error to put three more runs across.

     A final run in the fifth made possible by a Hoppers’ error concluded the scoring for Madisonville, giving them an 11-0 lead at the time.

     A combination of Bubba Olivera, Heath Petty, former Hopkinsville high school star Josh Drake, centerfielder Michael Haun and first baseman Jeffrey Kammer worked together to shut the Miners’ bats down after the fourth inning.

     Haun and Kammer were the biggest surprises, both working perfect 1-2-3 innings on the mound. The everyday position players even surprised their own head coach.

     “Maybe a little surprise. We knew Haun was a pitcher when he came here. Maybe a little surprised with Jeff but he threw strikes,” Crawford said.

     The Hoppers were able to plate a single run in each of their final innings at the plate. John Davis, who had been slumping this season, lead the team at the plate with a lead-off double in the seventh and a single in the eighth.

     “I was trying to forget the other at bats. I went up there and got down in the count, so I tried to battle up there. I finally got some pitches I could hit,” Davis said. “That’s baseball for you. You just have to stick with your approach and good things will happen.”

     The loss for the Hoppers is their second in a row. In Both games, Hoptown fell behind by margins of five and 11 runs early and never recovered. Crawford knows his team needs to return to its old form to end this current slide.

     “We just have to get back to the way we were the first 12 games. Winning will take care of itself when you do the right things and we have just been doing some silly things,” Crawford said. “We will try to get back to that tomorrow.”

     The Hoppers travel to Fulton today to take on the Railroaders at 7 pm. Following that game, the Hoppers will play their next five games at home at Christian County High School’s Colonel Field.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Dubois County Bombers @ Fulton Railroaders - PPD weather.  The game was started and played through 4 complete innings before a lightning delay was called.  After 2 hours of delays the umpires called the game incomplete. The rescheduling of the game is TBA at this time.

 


June 19, 2014

 

Owensboro Oilers 2, Madisonville Miners 1.  In 10 innings at Madisonville.  In a tight game the Oilers edged out the Miners in an extra inning of play. A top of the 10th inning 2 out RBI double by Ryler Rachel drove the winning run across from first base.  The Miners threaten in the bottom half of the 10th to tie the game with a runner on third and 2 outs, but a fly ball caught ended the game.

     The Oilers had 9 hits total and overcame 3 errors in the game, and left 10 men on base.  The Miners were better at plate with 11 hits, committed only one error but stranded 13 runners.

     Jake Wilson got the win in relief for 1 2/3 innings pitched coming into a tied game.  Cameron Wallace pitched the final inning and earned a save.  Reid Clements takes the loss for the final inning on the mound and giving up the go ahead run.   Box Scores Click Here.

 

Dubois County Bombers 5, Hopkinsville Hoppers 2.  (From Dubois County)  It had the makings of “Out of the frying pan and into the fire”. Fresh off of a 13-1 drubbing at the hands of cellar dweller Madisonville, the Bombers returned home only to find the league-leading Hopkinsville Hoppers waiting for them.
     But the Bombers were up to the task, defeating the Hoppers on a muggy summer night 5-2. It was only the second loss of the season for the Hoppers in 15 games.
     Nick Gobert reached second base in the fourth inning on a two-base error by hopper right fielder Chris Carrier. Joe Sturino singled him in, giving Dubois County an early 1-0 lead.
     The Bombers added four runs in the fifth inning. Joe Redburn led off with a single. Two outs later, Gobert was hit with a pitch. Dane Giesler and Joe Sturino followed with RBI singles. Mark Giesler brought them both home with a double to chase Hoppers starter Ryan Mossman.
     Meanwhile, Lucas Barnett was cruising through the Hopper batting order with little trouble. Barnett limited the hoppers to five hits in eight innings of work, never allowing a runner past second base. 
     With a 5-0 lead, Barnett was given an opportunity to finish the job when he was sent to the mound in the ninth inning. He walked the leadoff batter. It was only the second base on balls he had issued in the entire game. 
     Jacob Murray was brought out of the bullpen to finish the task. After getting Chris Carrier to fly out, Murray walked Ben Fisher and gave up a run-scoring double to Scottie Adkins. Another run scored on Jeff Kammer’s groundout, but Murray struck out Ben Rodriguez to end the game.
     Barnett picks up the win. His record improves to 2-1. Mossman takes the loss for the Hoppers. His record evens at 1-1. 
     Dubois County is now 7-9, and moves back into a tie for third place with Fulton. A crowd of 911 witnessed the Bombers secure their fifth straight home victory in historic League Stadium. 
     At 13-2, the Hoppers continue to lead the Ohio Valley League.  B
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June 18, 2014

 

Owensboro Oilers 2, Fulton Railroaders 0 - game 1.  In 7 innings. (From Fulton)  The Railroaders and Oilers split a doubleheader on Wednesday. The split leaves Owensboro (10-5) where they were at 3.5 games behind idle Hoptown (13-1).  Fulton (6-8) improves, picking up a half game and moving them into 3rd place after a Dubois County (6-9) loss to Madisonville (1-13) who finally broke a 13 game losing streak to win their first game of the season.

     Game One: Single scores in the 2nd and 4th innings were all that was needed for Oilers to take the first game.  RBI singles by Jake Wilson and Taylor Mathews highlighted the offensive action. Both teams had 7 hits each with the Railroaders stranding 8 runners and committing one error, and the Oilers left 6 on base and were error free on defense.

     Owensboro starter Jackson Lockhart gets the win going 5 innings allowing 7 hits, a walk and 2 strikeouts. Jake Wilson picks up a save closing out the final 7th inning.  Fulton starter CJ Lee takes the loss for 6 innings pitched, 2 earned runs, giving up 6 hits, 3 walks and striking out 4 at the plate.   Box Scores Click Here.

 

Fulton Railroaders 5, Owensboro Oilers 2 - game 2.  In 7 innings. (From Fulton)  Game Two:  The Oilers jumped out to an early lead scoring 2 in the first inning.  A Kyle Floyd RBI single drove in one of two unearned runs resulting from the only Railroader error in the game. 

     Both teams battled scoreless until the bottom of the 4th when the Railroaders scored their first run off a RBI single by Dayton Rausch.  Fulton broke out in the 6th inning beginning with a lead off solo home run off the bat of Trevor Hicks, his only hit on the evening.  After a walk, a single and a sacrifice bunt, Troy Squires drove in 2 RBI with a single then scored himself off a Greg Fettes single for the final 5-2 score.

     As in the first game both teams total 7 hits each, with both teams having one error each in the second game. The Railroaders stranded 8 runners and the Oilers 7 in the game.

     Dylan Smith pitched the complete 7 innings for Fulton and takes the win.  Mark Chemello takes the loss pitching the bottom of the 6th inning in relief.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Madisonville Miners 13, Dubois County Bombers 1.  At Madisonville.  The Miners finally got into the win column on Wednesday with a huge victory over the Bombers.  With a 3-1 through 7 1/2 innings, the Miners busted out in the bottom of the 7th with 10 runs scored off only one hit and 4 Bomber errors as Dubois County came apart at the seams.

     The Bombers were only able to get one unearned run with 2 game hits and 9 errors total during the game.  The Miners had 5 hits and one error in the 13-1 win. 

     Starter Abraham Almonte gets the win for Madisonville going 7 innings.  Christian Vain takes the loss for Dubois County throwing for 4 innings.  Box Scores Click Here.


June 17, 2014

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 11, Owensboro Oilers 1.  (From Owensboro) The Owensboro Oilers lost the last game of their promising long June homestand Tuesday night to the visiting Hopkinsville Hoppers. The final score was 11 to 1 favoring the road team.
     The Hoppers amassed their total of runs by scoring three runs in three separate innings and two runs in another. Scoring in the top of the 3rd inning were: Sean Brophy (singled, scored on an error), Mathew Alford (singled, scored on the same error) and Bubba Olivera (reached base on an error, batted in by Michael Haun). Scoring in the top of the 4th inning were Ben Fisher (single, batted in by Ben Rodriguez), Rodriguez (doubled, batted in by Alford) and Brophy (singled, also batted in by Alford). Scoring in the top of the 8th inning were: Chris Brown (pinch running for Taylor Ellis [walked], batted in by Fisher), Fisher (singled, scored on an error), and Rodriguez (walked, batted in by Alford). Finally, scoring in the top of the 9th inning were: Parker Cash (singled, batted in by Fisher) and Mitchell Gallagher (batted in by Rodriguez).
     The lone Owensboro run came in the bottom of the 4th inning. Alfredo Bohorques led off with a single and Jake Krupar singled right behind him to set up runners at first base and third base. Bohorques scored on a RBI sacrifice fly by Tyler Rachel. That was all from the hometown offense for the game.
     Hopkinsville reliever Geordie Carlson picked up the win in immediate relief of the Hopper starter Dylan Stewart, who left the game at 4.67 innings pitched. Oilers starter Tanner Edge took the loss. 
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Fulton Railroaders 19, Madisonville Miners 7.  (From Fulton)  The Railroaders got their first home win of the season in a big way at the expense o  the Miners who remain winless.  Fulton's 19 runs came with 17 hits and error free defense. Madisonville managed 7 runs with 11 hits and committed 4 errors in the game.

     Reed Johnson topped the Railroaders at the plate going 3 of 4 for 7 RBI produced from two homeruns, a grand slam and a 3 RBI shot.  Riley Benner was next best for Fulton with 3 of 5 for 3 RBI and on run scored.  For the Miners, Adam Schuster was 4 for 5, a RBI and 2 runs scored, with Chase Powers and Rutger Luebke both getting 2 RBI each.

     The winning and starting pitcher Clay Chandler completed 5 innings allowing 5 hits, one earned run, one walk and 8 strikeouts. Taking the loss for Madisonville was starter Colton Nussel who threw for 3 1/3 innings allowing 7 hits, 6 earned runs, 4 walks and struck out 2 at the plate. Both team together sent 11 pitchers to the mound during the game.  Box Scores Click Here.


June 16, 2014

 

Owensboro Oilers 7, Dubois County Bombers 6.  (From Owensboro)  The Owensboro Oilers outlasted the visiting Dubois County Bombers to win a Monday night ballgame  by the final score of 7 to 6 for the home team.
     The Bombers scored first with one run in the top of the 3rd inning. Rick Linton led off the visitor inning with a walk. He was sacrifice bunted to second base, and moved to third base on a groundout. Linton scored on a RBI single by Glenn Jones. DC added two runs in the the top of the 6th inning. Caleb Lonkard and Jones both walked consecutively. The runners were sacrificed ahead to third base and second base respectively. A fly out and a hit batter later, Tirey Burch singled for RBIs of  Lonkard and Jones. Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning the visitors led 3 to 0.
     The Oilers made it a game with one run in the bottom of the 6th inning. Austin Bartle led off with a walk. After a fly out, Alfredo Bohorques was hit by a pitch, positioning Bartle on second base. A strikeout followed before Tyler Rachel delivered an RBI single to plate Bartle. Owensboro took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the 7th inning. Kyle Floyd led off with a double and gave way to pinch-runner Tyler Adams. A groundout moved Adams on to third base. Cable Wright  and Jake Wilson walked back to back, loading the bases. Caleb Johnson pinch-ran for Wilson. A strikeout followed. Bohorques returned to the plate and drove in both Adams and Wright with a 2 RBI single while Johnson moved to third base. As Bohorques stole second base, Johnson stole home for the inning's third tally. The momentum shift in the game seemed complete when the Oilers added two more runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. Rachel led off by reaching on an error. A sacrifice bunt moved him along to second base. Rachel scored on a RBI single by Dalton West. Justin Cessna followed with a single, that and and groundout pushed West to third base. He scored from there on a wild pitch. After eight complete innings the Oilers led the Bombers by a 6 to 3 score.
     Moving momentum must love dramatic baseball. The Bombers rallied for three runs in the top of the 9th inning to tie the game. Linton and Lonkard walked back to back to start the inning. A fly out and a ground out set runners at first base and third bases before Jones walked too to load the bases. Joe Redburn made the most his opportunity with a 2 RBI single that brought in Linton and Lonkard, and fielding the hit resulted in a two base-error that allowed Jones to score as well while sending Redburn all the way to third base. The Bombers managed to reload the bases on a walk and a hit batter -- but a fielder's choice put out saved the 6 to 6 tie.
     Momentum had one last shift in it for the night as the Oilers promptly scored one run in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game. Braxton Brinkley led off with a double. Bohorques was intentionally walked to get to Christian McHatton, who perfectly executed a bunt down the third base line to load the bases with nobody out. Tyler Rachel returned to the plate and sent everybody home with his second single and second RBI of the game, bringing in Brinkley.
     The final hurlers of the evening for both clubs were the pitchers of record. Oilers reliever Kevin Myer got the win, while Bomber reliever DJ Eckert took the loss
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Hopkinsville Hoppers 4, Fulton Railroaders 3.  In 12 innings. (From Hopkinsville) Hoptown and Fulton battled for twelve innings with the homestanding Hoppers winning a walk-off 4-3 game.

     Both teams scored a single run in the first inning, and the score remained 1-1 until the fifth inning.  In the fifth Fulton took a 2-1 lead when Reed Johnson lead off with a double.  Daniel Goff then moved Johnson to second with a sacrifice bunt.  After Jeremiah ground out, Dayton Rausch singled driving in Johnson.

     In the bottom of the eighth inning Hoptown scored 2 runs off 2 walks and 2 errors giving the Hoppers a 3-2 lead.  The Railroaders came right back in the top of the ninth scoring a run to tie the game.  Reed Johnson singled, stole second and scored on a single by Jeremiah Spring.

     The score remained 3-3 until the bottom of the twelfth.  Bubba Olivera reached first on an error by the second baseman.  Chris Carrier then doubled with Olivera being thrown out at home.  Carrier advanced to third on the throw.  Anthony Gonzalez then singled driving in Carrier with the winning run.

     Trevor Blocker picked up the win pitching four scoreless innings.  Tyler Nichols suffered the loss allowing only the one run.  Box Scores Click Here.


June 15, 2014

 

Dubois County Bombers 6, Madisonville Miners 3.  (From Dubois County)  The Dubois County Bombers picked up their third straight win on this Father’s Day weekend, downing the stubborn Madisonville Miners 6-3.
     The Bombers opened the scoring in the third inning. After Miner starter Jackson Everman walked the first two batters, Caleb Lonkard bunted them into scoring position. Centerfielder Glenn Jones followed with a double, bringing Mitch Doucette and Joe Redburn home. One out later, Dane Giesler singled in Jones. The Bombers had an early 3-0 advantage.
     Mike Steele came out of the Miner bullpen to relieve Everman. Steele held the Bombers scoreless until the seventh. Meanwhile, the Miners offense started chipping away immediately.
     Nick Calandra doubled to lead off the fourth and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jake Perry.  Tyler Woolbright singled to lead off the fifth, and similarly scored on a sacrifice fly by Adam Schuster.
     The Miners scored for the third consecutive inning when Jake Perry doubled in Cory Finkler, tying the game in the top of the sixth.
     At this point, both starters were out of the game and off the hook as far as any decision was concerned.
     The Bombers regained the lead in the seventh inning when Caleb Lonkard singled in Doucette who had been hit by a pitch. Lonkard came around to score on a Madisonville error later in the inning, making the score 5-3.
     Dubois County added an insurance run in the eighth. Doucette singled to score Sturino who had walked and stolen second.
     While the Bombers were batting in the eighth, Nick Gobert was loosening up in the pen. As Madisonville came up for their last at-bats, Gobert moved from third base to the mound, pitching the ninth. He retired the Miners in order.
     The Bombers had a number of defensive gems on this day. Reliever Dru Sebastian and catcher Doucette both erased Minors from first base with pickoff throws. Two other Miners were tagged out between third and home, one by Doucette at the plate; the other was chased down by Gobert.
     Sebastian gets the win in relief, his second victory out of the bullpen this weekend.  Nick Gobert gets his first save of the season. Brendan Janes takes the loss for the Miners.
     The victory improves the Bombers record to 6-7. It is the third consecutive win for Dubois County, and their home fourth straight home victory. It moves the Bombers into sole possession of third place.
     The Minors continue to battle teams tough, but fall to 0-12 on the season.
 
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Owensboro Oilers 10, Hopkinsville Hoppers 5.  (From Owensboro)  The Owensboro Oilers played host to the visiting Hopkinsville team Sunday evening and topped the Hoppers by a final score of 10 to 5 in the home team's favor.
     The overall scoring started mildly enough with the Oilers scoring one run in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Scoring was Christian McHatton (double), eventually driven in by Justin Cessna's RBI fielder's choice. Owensboro added one more run in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Braxton Brinkley led off with a single, and he was still there to come all the way in to score on a two-out RBI double by Tyler Rachel. At the end of three complete, the Oilers were up 2 to 0.
     Back came the Hoppers, scoring two runs in the top of the 4th inning. Parker Cash led off with a walk, and Chris Carrier was hit by pitch following him. Both runner moved up on a groundout. Taylor Blair singled to collect the two RBIs that were Cash and Carrier. Now the game was tied at 2 to 2.
     Owensboro responded by scoring eight runs in the home portion of the same inning. Scoring in the inning were: McHatton [twice] (singled); Cessna (walked); Taylor Mathews (singled, RBI for McHatton); Alfredo Bohorques (hit by pitch); Jake Wilson (hit by pitch); Rachel (single, RBIs for Mathews and Bohorques); and Harold Diaz (walk). In addition to scoring in the inning, McHatton drove in Wilson and Rachel. Though they did not score, Brinkley's sacrifice fly had brought in Cessna and Dalton West's 2 RBI double plated McHatton the second time around, as well as Diaz. At the end of of four complete, what had been a tense tie was now a completely different kind of game at 10 to 2 for the Oilers.
     The Hoppers rallied for three runs over their next five at-bats. Jeffery Kramer led off the top of the 6th inning with a single, and eventually scored from third base on a RBI sacrifice fly by Blair. Hopkinsville added two more runs in the top of the 7th inning. Mitchell Gallagher and Meade Kendrick opened the visitor inning with back to back singles, but Kendrick was out attempting to take second base. Gallagher scored on an RBI single from Kramer. Kramer moved on to second base as Bubba Olivera walked. Kramer scored on a wild pitch before consecutive strikeouts ended the Hoppers scoring. The resulting 10 to 5 score stood to become final.
     Oilers starter Cable Wright went 5.67 winning innings to lead a platoon of Owensboro hurlers in holding on to the lead staked out for them. Hoppers starter Korie Vine was tagged 8 runs on 9 hits in 3.67 innings, and took the loss.
 
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June 14, 2014

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 6, Madisonville Miners 5.  At Hopkinsville, Madisonville gave undefeated Hoptown a scare for the second night in a row.  Madisonville had a 5-1 lead after five innings, but the homestanding Hoppers scored three runs in the seventh inning, one run in the eighth inning, and the winning run in the ninth for the 6-5 final.

     The winning run was scored by Chris Carrier when Ben Fisher tripled with one out in the ninth inning. Trevor Blocker picked up the win in relief.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Dubois County Bombers 5, Fulton Railroaders 4 - game 1.  In 8 innings. (From Dubois County)  The first game of the twinbill was a seesaw affair. The Bombers scored in the bottom of the third on a bases-loaded walk to Glenn Jones by Railroader starting pitcher Cole Schaenzer. Tyler Nichols relieved Schaenzer and the Railroaders escaped the inning without further damage.
     The Railroaders immediately answered in the top of the fourth. Greg Fettes and Trevor Hicks both doubled in runs to give the visitors at 2-1 advantage.
     Dubois County regained the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth, keyed by an RBI single off the bat of Dane Giesler and a sacrifice fly by Tirey Burch. Nick Barrientos singled drove in Jacob Lightle in the sixth to extend the Bombers lead to 4-2.
     The Railroaders rallied for a pair of runs in the seventh inning. Zach Bailey singled. Troy Squires tripled, and Dayton Rausch followed with a sacrifice fly to even the game. The Bombers failed to answer in the bottom of the frame, so the scheduled seven inning affair continued on.
     Dru Sebastian came out of the pen to retire the Railroaders in order in the top of the eighth. Daniel Goff walked two batters in the bottom of the frame before tossing a wild pitch, allowing the potential winning run to reach third-base. He was then removed, in favor of John Lollar who intentionally walked Glenn Jones to load the bases. Nick Gobert drove a single into shallow centerfield to give the Bombers their final 5-4 advantage.
     Sebastian collected the win. Goff takes the loss. It was the first decision for both
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Dubois County Bombers 5, Fulton Railroaders 3 - game 2.  In 7 innings. (From Dubois County)   In game two the Bombers got off to a quick start in the nightcap of the doubleheader, scoring in three of the first four frames. In the bottom of the first, Nick Gobert repeated his game-winning RBI heroics by singling in Nick Barrientos. Gobert added yet another RBI single in the third, driving in Caleb Lonkard. Barrientos also scored in the third on the benefit of a Fulton error. 
     Up 3-0 after three, the Bombers added two more in the fourth. Caleb King led off with a triple. Jacob Roberts followed with a single and came in to score on Caleb Lonkard’s sacrifice fly.
     Meanwhile, the Railroaders threatened rallies time after time but couldn’t push any runs across until the sixth inning. In the sixth, a walk and a pair of bomber errors produced two runs for the Railroaders. Tyler Harden and Lance Mays both scored when Dubois County reliever Christian Vain threw wildly on a play at first base.
     Jacob Murray, a newcomer for the Bombers, came out of the bullpen for his first appearance of the season.
     An error by Gobert combined with a hit batter and the Railroaders quickly had the tying run at the plate with nobody out. Murray struck out Tyler Marshall looking, before Zach Bailey singled in a run. Bailey then stole second base. The tying runs were in scoring position with only one out. But Tyler Harden also went down looking at strike three, and Andrew Young hit a grounder to the Bombers star of the night, Nick Gobert to close out the night's action.
     A crowd of 1872 passed through the League Stadium turnstiles on this Saturday of Father’s Day weekend. They went home happy. Johnathan Williams gets the win in his first decision of the season. Justin Vernia takes the loss in his first appearance. The Bombers are now 5-7 on the season and are tied for third place with the 4-6 Railroaders.
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June 13, 2014

 

Owensboro Oilers 2, Madisonville Miners 0.  (From Owensboro)  The Owensboro Oilers edged a home shutout win Friday night over the visiting Madisonville Miners. The final score was 2 to 0 for the home team.
     The game was a pitching duel, as both Owensboro starter Brandon Jean and Miners starter Tanner Koch frustrated the offenses. The Oilers finally opened the scoring in the bottom of the 7th inning. Braxton Brinkley led off the home frame by reaching on an error. A sacrifice bunt moved him over to second base. A strikeout later, Cable Wright delivered a clutch RBI single to plate Brinkley.    
     Owensboro added one insurance run in the bottom of the 8th inning. Christian McHatton led off with a double. He was sacrifice bunted over to third base. Taylor Sears was intentionally walked, then lifted for pinch-runner Tyler Adams. Adams stole second base while McHatton held third base. Taylor Mathews was hit by a pitch to load the bases. McHatton scored on a RBI sacrifice fly by Brinkley.
     Pitching dominated the night. Jean collected the win, going 7 innings and scattering five of the Miners six hits while striking out 6. Oilers reliever Mark Chemello continued steady set-up work and Cameron Wallace closed with a perfect 9th inning for a save, striking out the side. Koch suffered the Miners loss, in spite of surrendering just two hits over 6.67 innings.
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Hopkinsville Hoppers 5, Dubois County Bombers 4.  (From Hopkinsville)  Dubois County gave undefeated Hoptown a scare on Friday the 13th with a 3-0 lead after four innings, but the homestanding Hoppers scored four runs in the fifth inning and the winning run in the sixth for the 5-4 final.
     Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Hoptown scored four runs when Mitchell Gallagher led off and was hit by a pitch and Anthony Gonzalez walked. Both runners advanced on a double-steal and scored when newcomer Bubba Olivera reached on an error. Chris Carrier then singled, and Olivera scored when Ben Fisher doubled to tie the game at 3-3. Carrier scored on a Taylor Ellis groundout to put the Hoppers ahead 4-3.
     The Bombers tied the game in the top of the sixth when Mark Giesler led off with a single, went to second on a sac bunt by Nicholas Barriento and scored when Mitch Doucette reached on an error to tie the game at 4-4.
     In the bottom of the sixth, Hoptown's Gallagher reached on a three-base error and scored on a fielder's choice to give the Hoppers the 5-4 win.
     Geordie Carlson (2-0) got the win in relief, allowing one unearned run on one hit, striking out three and walking two in 3 2/3 innings. Ryan Mossman started on the mound for Hoptown, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits, striking out one and walking two in 3 1/3 innings. Josh Drake came on in the eighth inning, allowing no hits in an inning of work, and Trevor Blocker got his first save of the season, allowing one hit and striking out one in one inning.
     Brian Wichman (0-2) got the loss in relief, allowing one unearned run on no hits, striking out two and walking one in three innings. Tyler Nichols started for the Bombers, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits, striking out two and walking two in 4 1/3 innings. Aaron Pearcy closed out the fifth inning, allowing no runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning.
     At the plate, Fisher went 2-for-4 for the Hoppers with two doubles. Gallagher scored twice for Hoptown, and Taylor Ellis had a double.
     For Dubois County, Giesler went 3-for-4 with a run and a run batted in
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June 12, 2014

 

Fulton Railroaders 3, Owensboro Oilers 1 - game 1.  In 7 innings. (From Owensboro). The Owensboro Oilers hosted the Fulton Railroaders to a Thursday twi-night doubleheader of seven inning games and split the evening by mirror scores. Fulton took the opener 3 to 1, but Owensboro claimed the nightcap 3 to 1 as well.

     In Game 1: The Railroaders scored 1 run in the top of the 5th inning. With two away Andrew Young reached base on a bunt. He moved to third base as Dylan Rajkovich doubled. Young scored on an RBI single by Troy Squires, but Rajkovich was cut down attempting to take third base. Fulton made it a 3 to 0 lead with two more runs in the top of the 6th inning. Jeremiah Spring reached on a fielder's choice that put one out at second base. Spring stole second base and took third base on a defensive error. Greg Fettes followed with a RBI single to score Spring. Tyler Marshall singled and Fettes went to third. Marshall tried unsuccessfully for second base second base. Fettes scored on a RBI single by Reed Johnson.
     The Oilers rallied for their lone game one run in the bottom of the 7th inning. With one away, pinch-hitter Alfredo Bohorques singled, pinch hitter Braxton Brinkley reached on a two-base error that put runners on third base and second base. Bohorques scored on a RBI groundout from pinch-hitter Christian McHatton. The Oilers came no closer in the first tilt.
     The winning pitcher was Fulton starter CJ Lee, and John Lollar picked up the save. Oilers starter Caleb Johnson bore the home team loss.
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Owensboro Oilers 3, Fulton Railroaders 1 - game 2.  In 7 innings.  (From Owensboro)  In Game 2: The Oilers scored one run in the bottom of the 1st inning. With one out Alfredo Bohorques, Jake Wilson, and Tyler Rachel RBI singled consecutively. Owensboro add two runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning. This time with one out Bohorques was hit by a pitch. He stole second base and moved to third base on an errant attempt to prevent the initial steal. Wilson was also hit by a pitch. Rachel grounded out, but collected his second RBI as Bohorques came across. Wilson scored on a RBI single by Jake Krupar. The home team led 3 to 0 after three innings.
     The Railroaders scored one run to narrow the home lead in the top of the 4th inning. Troy Squires led off the visitor inning with a walk. The advance runner moved up on a groundout, then went to third base as Greg Fettes singled. A Daniel Goff RBI double scored Squires and put runners on at third and second bases, but a pop out staved the Railroader rally at the one run.   
     Collective Oiler pitching bore down and the defense gelled to shut out Fulton the rest of the way.
     Oilers starter Drew Lyles was the winning pitcher and Cameron Wallace earned a save. Fulton starter Dylan Smith took the loss
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Dubois County Bombers 2, Madisonville Miners 0.  (From Dubois County) The Dubois County Bombers notched their first home win of the season, shutting out the Madisonville Miners 2-0 behind a strong performance by starting pitcher Lucas Barnett.
     The Bombers scored all they would need in the first inning. Caleb Lonkard lashed a two-out double into left center. Glenn Jones followed with a sinking liner into shallow center for a single that was misplayed by Miner center fielder Adam Schuster. Lonkard came in to score and Jones advanced to second on the error. Joe Redburn followed with a double to deep left field, scoring Jones. The Bombers led 2-0 after one frame. As the first inning ended, so did the scoring for the evening.
     Miner starter Abraham Almonte settled down after a rocky first inning. Dubois County would only advance runners as far as second base in two frames after that. Reid Clements and Miles Wagner came out of the Madisonville bullpen to help keep the Bombers off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
     But Barnett was in command all night long, allowing only two Madisonville runners to reach scoring position in his seven innings of work. At one point he retired 13 consecutive Miners, as they went down in order in the 4th, 5th, and 6th. With the win, Barnett squares his record at 1-1. His ERA drops to 1.50.
     Brandon Hicks pitched the 8th and 9th innings for Dubois County, earning his third save in as many appearances. Almonte takes the loss in his first decision.
     The Bombers first shutout of the season raises their record to 3-6. The Miners fall to 0-9. 
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June 11, 2014

 

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers @ Owensboro Oilers - PPD Rained Out  Tonight's game in Owensboro has been rained out.  This game has been rescheduled for this Sunday, June 15 in Owensboro, start time is 7 p.m. CT. .

 

 

 

Fulton Railroaders @ Madisonville Miners - PPD Rained Out  Tonight's game in Madisonville has been rained out.  This game has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 22 as part of a doubleheader in Madisonville.


June 10, 2014

 

Owensboro Oilers 10, Dubois County Bombers 3.  (From Owensboro)  The home standing Owensboro Oilers won their Tuesday night game hosting the visiting Dubois County Bombers. The final score was Bombers 3 to Oilers 10.
     Owensboro set the tone for their offense in the game early by opening the scoring with six runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Scoring were Kyle Floyd (walked -- scored on an error); Christian McHatton (singled -- scored on a passed ball); Dalton West (reached on an error -- batted in); Justin Cessna (walked -- batted in); Cameron Wallace (bunted on -- batted in RBI for West); and Braxton Brinkley (walked --batted in). Alfredo Bohorques was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to RBI the hard way for Cessna's run. Jake Krupar followed with a 2 RBI groundout that plated both Wallace and Brinkley. At the end of two innings the home team led 6 to 0.
     The visitors rallied mid game, scoring three runs total in the tops of the 4th and 5th innings to cut the home lead in half. Dubois County scored twice in the the top of the 4th. Glenn Jones led off by reaching on an error. Joe Sturino followed and was hit by a pitch. Jones and Sturino executed a double steal of third base and second base respectively. Jones scored on a RBI groundout by Kaleb King. Sturino came around on an RBI double from Rick Linton. In the top of the 5th, the Bombers added one more run. Tanner Wood opened the Bomber frame with a double. One of two fly outs later had advanced him to third base. He scored from there on a passed ball. As the game became passed the halfway mark the Oiler lead was only 6 to 3.
     Owensboro responded with one run in its own 5th inning. With two outs West tripled and Cessna RBI tripled behind him. The Oilers added two more runs in the bottom of the 7th inning. This time West doubled and Cessna followed with a walk. Wallace delivered a 2 RBI double of his own -- extending the lead to six runs again. Finally, Owensboro capped the evening at the plate with one run in the bottom of the 8th inning. Bohorques led off the inning with a single. One out later, a walk moved him along to second base. Bororques reached third base on a force out at second base. Austin Bartle, who entered the game as a defensive substitution, batted Bohorques in by reaching on a fielders choice. The Oilers maintained a scoreless top of the 9th behind reliever Jake Wilson to secure the 10 to 3 final.
     Owensboro starter Tanner Edge picked up the win while Dubois County starter Brian Wichman got the loss.
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Hopkinsville Hoppers @ Fulton Railroaders - PPD Rained out.  Tonight's game at Lohaus Field in Fulton has been rained out.  The game has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 21 as part of a doubleheader.  First game start will be 5 pm CT with each game scheduled for 7 innings.

 


June 9, 2014

 

Fulton Railroaders 3, Dubois County Bombers 1.  (From Dubois County)  If unearned runs didn't count, Fulton and Dubois County might still be in a scoreless tie. But the Railroaders pushed across three unearned runs to one for the Bombers, good enough for a 3-1 victory.

     The visitors from Fulton scored all they would need in the first inning. After Troy Squires led off with a single, Dayton Rausch advanced him with a swinging bunt. Bombers catcher Mitchell Doucette fielded the ball cleanly, but then threw it into center field, attempting to cut down the lead runner. Jeremiah Spring followed with a single to load the bases. Squires and Rausch then came in to score on a ground out and a wild pitch, respectively. 

     The Bombers got one run back in the bottom of the third. With two down, leadoff hitter Caleb Lonkard reached base on a throwing error by Fulton shortstop Squires. Lonkard stole second, and came around to score on a Glenn Jones single.

     The Railroaders added an insurance run in the sixth. Reed Johnson led off with a single, advancing to second on an error by Dane Giesler. Tyler Hardin followed with another single of his own. Johnson then scored on a groundout off the bat of Tyler Marshall.

     Fernando Gonzalez started the game for the Railroaders, striking out six Bombers in six innings of work. He limited the Bombers to three hits, walking none to earn his first win. Daniel Goff relieved Gonzalez to start the seventh. He fanned three Bombers in two innings of work. After allowing a leadoff single to Lonkard in the bottom of the ninth, Goff gave way to Clay Chandler who retired all three batters he faced to merit his first save.

     Devin Williams (0-2) took the tough loss for the Bombers, allowing no earned runs on 7 hits and 2 walks in five-plus innings of work.

     There were no extra base hits by either side. Squires, Rausch, and Lance Mays had two singles each for the Railroaders. Jones had a pair of singles for the Bombers.

     Curiously, the final out came down to a battle of college teammates. With Lonkard at 2nd and the Bombers trailing 3-1 with two down in the bottom of the ninth, Dane Giesler stepped in to hit off of his Wabash Valley teammate Chandler. Giesler bounced the offering from Chandler right back to him to end the game.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 5, Madisonville Miners 4.  In 12 innings at Madisonville.  The home team Miners struggle for their first win continued on Monday as they fell to the Hoppers by one run in extra innings.  The Hoppers lead 3-0 after three innings before the Miners finally got on the board with a single run in the 4th and 6th innings to close the score 3-2.  Hoptown added a fourth run in the 6th inning before the Madisonville came back again in the 8th to score 2 runs and tie the game at 4-4.  An RBI single by Sean Brophy in the top of the 12th gave the Hoppers another one run lead.  The Miners got the tying run aboard in the bottom half of the 12th with one out only to have their hopes dashed with a double play to end the game.

     The Hoppers had 10 hits with 3 errors and left 6 men on base, and the Miners got 9 hits with one error but stranded 13 runners.  Trevor Blocker got the win on the mound in relief for 3 2/3 innings of work, Josh Drake picked up a save in finishing the final inning.  Austin Bickerton was tagged for the loss pitching 4 1/3 innings.  The Hoppers remain undefeated at 9-0 and the Miners still seeking their first victory at 0-8.  Box Scores Click Here.


June 8, 2014

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 6, Dubois County Bombers 3.  (From Dubois County)  The Hopkinsville Hoppers kept their unbeaten record intact with a 6-3 triumph over the Dubois County Bombers, but it wasn’t without some tense moments at the end.

     The Hoppers scored twice in the first, and added four runs in the second inning to take an early 6-0 lead.  They did so despite only managing three hits in those two frames. Two were off the bat of cleanup hitter Ben Fisher; the other was from Sean Brophy. But mix in four walks in just over an inning’s worth of work by Dubois County starter Mark Giesler, and a pair of Bomber errors by second baseman Jacob Roberts, and the trio of base hits stretched to six runs.

     Bombers relievers Tyler Nichols and Aaron Pearcy managed to hold the Hoppers in check for the rest of the night. From the third inning on, the Hoppers never got a baserunner past first base. At one point, Nichols and Pearcy combined to retire 11 consecutive Hoppers. But the Bombers bats were equally quiet at the command of a string of Hopper pitchers, including starter Evan Tidwell followed by relievers Parker Cash, Heath Petty, Josh Drake, and Trevor Blocker.

     Tirey Burch doubled in Jacob Lightle for the Bombers’ first run in the 5th inning. The Bombers then threatened in the 7th, loading the bases with two down, but first baseman Ben Fisher snared a liner off the bat of Joe Redburn to kill the rally.

     Then it got interesting in the bottom of the 9th. Down 6-1, Rick Linton walked, Jacob Lightle doubled, his third base hit of the game. Tirey Burch followed with his fourth hit of the night, a single that brought in a run. Joe Redburn kept it going with an RBI single of his own, and Glenn Jones reached on an error, loading the bases. 

     But the Hoppers escaped the threat as Blocker struck out Nick Gobert to end the game. Despite outhitting the Hoppers 10-4, the early lead proved a bit too much for the Bombers to overcome.

     Tidwell pitched five strong innings, earning the win to improve his record to 2-0.  Giesler took the loss, falling to 0-2. The Hoppers are now 8-0 on the season. The Bombers record falls to 2-4. A crowd of 1,113 showed up for the first Dubois County home weekend contest of the seasonBox Scores Click Here.

 

Owensboro Oilers 6, Madisonville Miners 1.  (From Owensboro)  The hosting Owensboro Oilers won their Sunday night game against the visiting Madisonville Miners. The final score was Oilers 6 to Miners 1.
     Madisonville opened the scoring with their only run of the game in the top of the 1st inning. With one out, Nick Calandra singled. A strikeout later, Cory Finkler doubled. Calandra scored, but Finkler was tagged out attempting to take third base to end the inning. The score remained 1 to 0 in the Miners favor through three and a half innings of play.
     Owensboro rallied to take the lead with two runs in the bottom of the 4th inning. Alfredo Bohorques led off the inning with a single. He stole second base, then moved to third base on a wild pitch. Bohorques scored on an RBI single by Jake Wilson. A strikeout later, Wilson advanced to second base on a groundout. An RBI single by Christian McHatton drove Wilson around to score. The game held 2 to 1 in the home favor until the Oilers added four more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. In the inning, McHatton led off with a single. A sacrifice bunt pushed him along to second base, and he stole third base. Pinch-hitter Jake Krupar walked, as did Austin Bartles behind him to load the bases. Braxton Brinkley came through with a 2 RBI single, plating McHatton and Krupar. Bartles and Brinkley stole third base and second base respectively. With two outs Tyler Rachel laced a 2 RBI triple to bring both advance runner across. The resulting 6 to 1 score favoring Owensboro was the final.
     Owensboro starter Sam Higgs worked 7.33 innings of 4-hit, 1-run ball for the win. Miners starter Jackson Everman gave up only two runs in 4.67 innings, but took the loss. 
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June 7, 2014

 

Dubois County Bombers 3, Madisonville Miners 2.  The Miners fell short by one run for the third game in a row to the visiting Dubois County Bombers on Saturday.  After three innings the Miners lead the Bombers 2-1 and held on until the 7th inning when the Bombers scored a tying run from a balk with a runner on third.  The Bombers then got a second run from 2 singles for to make the final score 3-2.  Glenn Jones is credited with the game winning RBI which was the only run batted in by either team on the evening.

     Starter Ryan Dills earned the win with 7 innings pitched with 10 strikeouts, giving up 3 hits and 2 earned runs, and walking none.  Brandon Hicks get a save for the final inning pitched.  The losing pitcher Luke Floer allowed 5 hits, 2 earned runs, one walk and struck out 3 with 3 2/3 innings in relief.  The Miners remain winless through six games on the season while the Bombers improve to 2-3.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Owensboro Oilers @ Fulton Railroaders- PPD Rained Out.  Tonight's contest at Lohaus Field in Fulton has been rained out.  The game has been rescheduled for Wednesday, June 18 as part of a doubleheader.  First game start will be 5 pm CT with each game scheduled for 7 innings.

 


June 6, 2014

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 6, Owensboro Oilers 4.  (From Owensboro)  The Owensboro Oilers lost their home game Friday night to the visiting Hopkinsville Hoppers. The final score was Hoppers 6 to Oilers 4.
     The Hoppers scored four runs in their first three inning, while the Oilers scored only one run through their first five at-bats. For Hopkinsville, Jefferey Kramer reached base in the 1st inning on a two-out dropped third strike passed ball, then scored as Chris Carrier RBI tripled. In the 2nd inning Chris Brown hit a two-out single, stole second base, then scored on a RBI single from Anthony Gonzalez In the 3rd inning Kramer reached base on a fielder's choice, and Carrier was intentionally walked. Scotty Adkins followed with an RBI single that plated Kramer, and a resulting error allowed Carrier in as well.
     Owensboro countered with a run in the 2nd inning. Christian McHatton led off the home inning with a walk. He advanced two more bases on separate wild pitches, then scored via a RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Taylor Mathews. At the end of five innings the score was 4 to 1 in the Hoppers favor. The Oilers tied the score with two runs in the bottom of the 6th inning and one run in the bottom of the 7th inning. In the home 6th, Tyler Rachel singled and moved to second base when Jake Wilson walked behind him. A fly-out later, Dalton West walked to load the bases. Justin Cessna delivered the 2 RBI single that brought Rachel and Wilson home. In the Oiler 7th, Braxton Brinkley reached on an error. He was sacrifice bunted to second base, a groundout pushed him over to third base. Brinkley scored from there on a wild pitch. At the end of seven innings it was a new ball game, tied 4 to 4.
     The home hopes of newness in the contest faded against a familiar pattern on the night. Hopkinsville scored twice in the top of the 8th inning with two outs. With one out, Kramer singled, and gave way to pinch-runner Geordie Carlson. A strikeout later, pinch-hitter Taylor Ellis walked, sending Carlson to second base. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. They both scored on Sean Brophy's 2 RBI single. The Hoppers came away from the visitor 8th leading again, 6 to 4. That score stood to become final.
     Hopkinsville late reliever Trevor Blocker picked up the win while Owensboro reliever Cable Wright took the loss for the Oilers
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Fulton Railroaders , Madisonville Miners.  The Railroaders won their second game of the season at the expense of the home team Miners in Madisonville.  The Railroaders only two wins are against the Miners who are still looking for their first win of the season.  After 6 innings of play the game was close at 4-3 in Fulton's favor.  The Railroaders added another run in the 8th with the Miners matching the run in the bottom half inning.  In the bottom of the 9th and the score 5-4 Railroaders, the Miners loaded the bases with one out but failed to scored.

     Dylan Rajkovich lead Fulton going 3 for 4 scoring once and 1 RBI, followed by Dayton Rausch 2 of 4, 2 runs scored with a RBI.  Adam Schuster topped out for Madisonville with 2 of 3 and scoring 3.

     Fulton starter Dylan Smith takes the win on the mound for 6 innings of work giving up 6 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), with 6 strikeouts and no walks.  Tyler Nichols earns a save throwing the final 1 1/3 innings.  The loss goes to starter Tanner Koch who went 3 2/3 innings allowing 3 earned runs, 5 hits, and struck out 4 batters walking noneBox Scores Click Here.


June 5, 2014

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 9, Fulton Railroaders 1.  (From Hopkinsville).  Hoptown Hoppers starter Ryan Mossman and reliever Geordie Carlson combined for a one-hitter tonight in the Hoppers' 9-1 win over Fulton, closing out their four-game homestand with a 4-0 record, improving to 6-0 on the season.
     Mossman (1-0) went five innings, allowing one earned run on one hit, a single by Andy Young in the second inning. Mossman also struck out two and walked four.
     Carlson picked up his first save of the Ohio Valley League season, allowing no runs on no hits, striking out three and walking one in four innings.
     Fulton (1-3) scored first in the game when Riley Benner drew a two-out walk, went to third on a failed pickoff attempt and scored on Young's single to give the Railroaders an early 1-0 lead.
     Hoptown took the lead with three runs in the bottom half of the inning, then plated a run in the third inning, three in the fourth and two in the seventh.
     Parker Cash led the Hoppers at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in. Michael Haun, Meade Kendrick and John Davis each got two hits for Hoptown.
     Hoptown now begins a five-game road swing, returning to Colonel Field in Hopkinsville on June 13 against Dubois County. 
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Owensboro Oilers 3, Dubois County Bombers 1.  (From Dubois County)  The old baseball adage says to “Get ‘em on. Get ‘em over, and get ‘em in.” The Bombers got the runners on and over, but the Oilers did a better job of getting them in, spoiling the Bombers home opener by a score of 3-1 in front of over 700 fans in historic League Stadium.

     With two out in the top of the second inning, Jake Wilson followed Tyler Adams’ walk with an RBI-double. He then came in to score on a Bomber error, giving the Oilers an early 2-0 lead.

     The Oilers added a third run in the fifth inning when Alfredo Bohorquez singled home Sam Griggs.

     The Bombers lone run came in the bottom of the sixth on a delayed double steal. With nobody out and runners at the corners, Glen Jones stole second base with cleanup hitter Dane Giesler at the plate. Jacob Roberts scored from third on the throw to second. But Giesler had struck out on the pitch, and Jones overran second and was tagged out. The threat was snuffed out with only one run scoring.

     The Bombers threatened again in the eighth, loading the bases with one out. But Cable Wright came out of the Oilers bullpen to strike out Giesler again and retire Kaleb King on a grounder to kill the rally.

     Starter Caleb Johnson scattered seven hits in six innings of work for the Oilers, picking up his first win of the year. Lucas Barnett (0-1) took the loss for the Bombers. Cable Wright earned his first save of the season.  Box Scores Click Here.


June 4, 2014

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 1, Madisonville Miners 0.  Game called for weather and complete after 5 2/3 innings.  

     (From Hopkinsville)  The host Hoptown Hoppers were able to score a run in the bottom of the fifth inning, just ahead of the game being called due to inclement weather. According to rule 5-8-b-(3), it is a regulation game, but it is up to the Ohio Valley League office to determine if the game will be called complete or if it will be a suspended game to be completed on June 14.
     Battling in a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth, the Hoppers centerfielder Parker Cash led off with a single and went to second on an errant throw. He then stole third and scored on a one-out single by Meade Kendrick, who went to second on a passed ball and took third on a groundout. The umpires called for a lightning delay during the next batter's at-bat, then eventually called the game about 45 minutes later.
     Severe thunderstorms were predicted for Hopkinsville, which was under a tornado warning when the game was called.
     Hoptown starter Brady Walsh is in line for the win, allowing no runs on one hit, striking out two and walking two in five innings of work. Abraham Almonte started on the mound for Madisonville but left after four innings, having thrown 63 pitches in the game. He allowed no runs on two hits, striking out five. Miles Wagner came on in the fifth for the Miners, allowing one run on two hits, striking out one in two-thirds of an inning. He threw 29 pitches in the fifth..
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Dubois County Bombers 4, Fulton Railroaders 1.  (From Fulton)  The visiting DC Bombers won their first game of the season in Fulton beating the Railroaders 4-1. The Bombers scored first with a run in the 2nd inning.  The Railroaders tied the game in the 3rd only to see Dubois County regain the lead in the top of the 4th putting up 2 more for a 3-1 lead.  Bomber Dane Giesler added another run in the 6th with a solo homerun for the final 4-1 score.

     The Bombers produced 7 hits total, committed 3 errors and left 5 men on base.  The Railroaders managed 4 hits with 2 errors and stranded 10 runners.  Fulton's only run was unearned coming off a Bombers error.

     DJ Eckert takes the win for DC pitching 4 innings and in relief of starter Brian Wichman who threw for 4 innings.  Both together they evenly split 10 total strikeouts.  Brandon Hicks picked up a save pitching the final inning.  Taking the loss for Fulton was starter John Lollar who went for 4 innings giving up 3 hits and 3 earned runs, walking one and striking out 5 at the plate. 

     The win for the Bombers take their record to 1-2 and even with the Railroaders in the standings.  Box Scores Click Here.


June 3, 2014

 

Owensboro Oilers 8, Madisonville Miners 3.  The visiting Owensboro Oilers handed the Madisonville Miners their 3rd straight loss.  The Miners scored in the 1st inning to take an early 2-0 lead.  The Oilers tied the game in the 2nd with a 2 RBI homer by Tyler Rachel.  The game remained tied at 2 each until the Oilers broke out in the 6h and 7th innings totaling 5 runs to make the score 7-2.  The Oilers added another run in the 9th and the Miners answered with their final run in the bottom half to end the game.  

      Alfredo Bohorques topped the Oilers offense going 2 for 4 with 3 RBI.  For the Miners, Jake Perry's one hit produced 2 RBI.  Taylor Grisham takes the win on the mound for Owensboro.  The loss goes to Mike Steele giving up the go ahead run after 2 1/3 innings pitched. Box Scores Click Here.

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 12, Dubois County Bombers 2.  (From Hopkinsville) The host Hoptown Hoppers scored seven runs in the first two innings and tacked on a five-run seventh inning en route to their 12-2 win over visiting Dubois County.
     The Hoppers (4-0) scored seven runs (four earned) on two hits and five walks off of Bombers starter Devin Williams, who lasted 1 1/3 innings. Hoptown then put together a five-run seventh inning punctuated by a three-run home run by Chris Carrier, the first Hoppers homer in a home game.
     Dubois County (0-2) scored two runs in the fourth inning off of Hoppers starter Dylan Stewart, who struck out six straight batters over the first, second and third innings, but threw 75 pitches in 3 1/3 innings.
     Hoptown was led at the plate by Carrier, who went 2-for-4 with a home run and four runs batted in, and Taylor Ellis, who went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI. Sean Brophy and Michael Haun each scored three runs for the Hoppers.
     Dubois County had seven batters who each had a hit, all singles. Dave Giesler and Tirey Burch each scored a run, and Tanner Wood had the team's sole RBI.
     On the mound, Parker Cash (1-0) got the win in relief for Hoptown, allowing no runs on one hits, striking out six and walking two in 2 2/3 innings. Stewart started for the Hoppers, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits, striking out seven and walking two in 3 1/3 innings. Trevor Blocker came on in the seventh inning, allowing no runs on one hit in two innings, and Josh Blake closed out the game, allowing no runs on one hit, striking out one in one inning.
     For Dubois County, Williams (0-1) took the loss, allowing seven runs (four earned) on two hits, striking out one and walking five in 1 1/3 innings. Aaron Pearcy came on in the second inning, allowing no runs on one hit in 3 2/3 innings. Nick Gobert entered in the sixth inning, allowing five runs on four hits, striking out two in 1 2/3 innings, and Dru Sebastian closed out the game for the Bombers, allowing no runs on one hit in 1 1/3 innings.
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June 2, 2014

 

Fulton Railroaders @ Owensboro Oilers -  PPD Rain.  The game between the Railroaders and Oilers in Owensboro has been postponed because of field conditions and rain forecast. The Game has been rescheduled as a part of a doubleheader on June 12 in Owensboro with first game start at 5 pm CT.


June 1, 2014

 

Fulton Railroaders 7, Madisonville Miners 0.  (From Madisonville)  The Miners lost 7-0 to the visiting Fulton Railroaders tonight at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville. 

     Madisonville gave up two runs in the top of the 1st inning, one more in the 2nd, and four runs in the 8th inning.  At the plate, Madisonville never got anything going, carving out just three hits on the night.

     Railroader starter CJ Lee got the Win, with Miner starter Reid Clements getting the Loss.

     The Miners drop to 0-2 on the season, and the Railroaders improve to 1-1.  Madisonville gets back in action Tuesday night at home against the Owensboro Oilers.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 8, Owensboro Oilers 2.  (From Hopkinsville)  Trailing Owensboro 2-1 in the middle of the fourth inning, the host Hoptown Hoppers tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, then took the lead for good in the fifth inning en route to the 8-2 final. The Hoppers scored the last seven runs of the game.
     In the bottom of the fourth inning, Hoptown's Chris Brown reached on a fielder's choice, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Geordie Carlson to tie the game at 2-2.
     In the fifth inning, Michael Haun led off with a double and scored on a single by Ben Fisher, who went to second on a fielding error. Tyler Harris singled in Fisher to give the Hoppers a 4-2 lead.
     The Hoppers (3-0) plated a run in the sixth inning and three in the eighth for the win.
     The Oilers (1-1) scored both of their runs in the fourth inning when Tyler Adams drew a one-out walk and Jake Krupar doubled him home. Kyle Floyd hit a single to left to bring Krupar to third, but the ball got past the fielder, allowing Krupar to score and give Owensboro a 2-1 lead.
     Hoptown was led at the plate by Haun, Fisher and Jeffrey Kammer, who each went 2-for-4. kammer and Haun each had doubles for the Hoppers, while Fisher had a game-high three runs batted in. Haun, Fisher and Sean Brophy each scored a game-high two runs for Hoptown.
     Owensboro was paced by Floyd, who went 2-for-4 for the Oilers. Krupar had a double for Owensboro along with a run and the team's sole RBI.
     On the mound, Evan Tidwell (1-0) got the win for Hoptown, allowing two runs on five hits, striking out two and walking one in six innings of work. Tidwell gave way to Heath Petty in the seventh, who allowed no runs on no hits, striking out three and walking one in two innings. Taylor Blair pitched two outs in the ninth inning, allowing one hit, and Josh Drake finished the game, giving up a hit in one-third of an inning.
     For Owensboro, Tanner Edge (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits, striking out three and walking three in 4 2/3 innings. Trent Benningfield came on in the fifth, allowing one run on two hits, striking out one and walking two in an inning of work. Kevin Meyer entered in the sixth, allowing no runs on no hits and striking out one in 1 1/3 innings, while Morgan Grisham gave up three runs on three hits, striking out one and walking one in one-third of an inning in the eighth. Brandon Jean shut it down for the Oilers, allowing no hits in two-thirds of an inning.
     The game began after a half-hour rain delay, pushing the start of the game to 7:30 p.m..  Box
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May 31, 2014

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 6, Fulton Railroaders 2.  (From Fulton). The Railroaders dropped their first game of the season against the Hoppers giving up 9 hits and committing 3 errors. Fulton managed only 2 runs coming in the first inning.  Hoptown offense was lead by Jeffrey Kammer (DH) who was 3 for 4 at the plate with a triple and totaled 2 RBI.  Railroader Lance Mays topped out for Fulton with 2 for 3 scoring once and stealing 3 bases on the evening. 

     Hoptown's Korie Vine was the winner on the mound throwing for 6 innings allowing 6 hits, 2 earned runs, 3 strikeouts and one walk.  The loss went to reliever Jake Bauer who threw for 1 1/3 innings giving up 3 earned runs and the go ahead score for the Hoppers.  Fulton starter Fernando Gonzalez pitched for 3 innings allowing only one hit but was tagged for 2 unearned runs off a single Railroader error.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Owensboro Oilers 6, Dubois County Bombers 5.  (From Owensboro) The 2014 Owensboro Oilers won their season-opening home game Saturday night, playing the visiting Dubois County Bombers. The final score was 6 to 5 for the home team.
     The Oilers opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st inning. With one out, Alfredo Bohorques doubled and Jake Krupar followed with an RBI single. Owensboro increased its lead with two runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Braxton Brinkley and returning Oiler Taylor Mathews reached on consecutive singles. Borhorques returned to plate and batted both runners in with his second double of the night. After two complete innings the Oilers led 3 to 0.
     Dubois County closed in with two runs in the top of the 4th inning. Caleb Lonkard led off with a single and Joe Redburn followed with a double. Jacob Roberts plated Lonkard with an RBI groundout. Redburn moved up to third base on the same play, then scored on a wild pitch.
     The Oilers answered with a run in the bottom of the 5th inning. Justin Cessna led off with a walk, then advanced to second on a passed ball. One out later, Krupar RBI singled again to score Cessna. At the end of five innings it was 4 to 2 for Owensboro.
     The Bombers took the lead with three runs in their half of the 6th inning. Lonkard, Redburn, and Roberts singled consecutively, with Roberts driving in Lonkard. Dave Geisler reached on an error that scored Redburn, and pushed Roberts to third base. Roberts scored as Kaleb King grounded into a double play. DC led 5 to 4 moving to the bottom of the 6th inning.
     Owensboro tied the game with a run in the bottom of the 6th inning, and reclaimed the lead with a run in the bottom of the 8th inning. In the 6th inning Jake Wilson walked, then moved to second base on a wild pitch. A one-out groundout sent Wilson to third base. He scored as Cessna reached on an error. In the bottom of the 8th inning. Brinkley and Mathews both singled with one out. A strikeout later, Bohorques was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Jake Krupar's third RBI of the game came via walk to score Brinkley.
     Oilers reliever Mark Chemello worked a scoreless top of the 9th inning to save the game for fellow reliever Austin Sisk. Sisk worked the 8th inning after one inning by Caleb Johnson and six innings from starter Sam Higgs. Bombers reliever Mark Giesler took the loss. 
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May 30, 2014

 

Hopkinsville Hoppers 8, Madisonville Miners 1.  The Madisonville Miners kicked off the 2014 OVL season with a 8-1 loss to the Hoptown Hoppers at Elmer Kelley Stadium tonight.  The Miners get back in action on Sunday, June 2, against the Fulton Railroaders.   Come see us at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville at 7 PM Central.  Box Scores Click Here.

 

Fulton Railroaders @ Dubois County Bombers PPD Rain.  The game between the Railroaders and Bombers in Dubois County has been postponed. The Game has been rescheduled as a part of a doubleheader on June 14 in Dubois County, first game start is 5 pm ET.

 


The 2014 Ohio Valley League season gets underway this week. (May 26, 2014) Five teams will play in the OVL this year with 2 season openers this Friday, May 30.  The renamed Madisonville Miners (formally Tradewater Pirates) will host the Hopkinsville Hoppers who took the 2013 regular season OVL pennant. Beginning their second year in the OVL, the Dubois County Bombers will open at home and play the 2013 post season OVL champion Fulton Railroaders.  The Owensboro Oilers will be idle on Friday, then open at home against the Bombers on Saturday, May 31.  The OVL schedule for this year consist of 40 games for each team.


Pirates Change Name to Madisonville Miners! (posted on Sept. 5, 2013 by Madisonville Pirates. By Mike Stunson, Messenger Sports Writer) Madisonville’s summer-league collegiate baseball team will be going back to their Kitty League roots from nearly 100 years ago next season.  Formerly the Madisonville Tradewater Pirates, the team has been renamed as the Madisonville Miners. The new name pays homage to the city’s first professional team formed in 1916.

     “The Tradewater Pirates have called Madisonville home for two seasons, and the organization is steadily building a strong fan base,” said Tricia Noel, president of the board of directors, in a statement. “While we respect the Tradewater Pirates name and legacy, everyone in the organization felt that it was time to bring the Miners name back to Madisonville.  Also, with most of the other OVL teams playing under their old Kitty league names, it is the right thing to do.”

     The former name dates back to the team’s Dawson Springs roots, as Riverside Park was once used as the spring training site for the MLB’s Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Tradewater Pirates moved to Madisonville two seasons ago, becoming the Madisonville Tradewater Pirates.

     “We discussed the idea of the name change with various community stakeholders before we made the final decision, and all of the feedback we received was very supportive of the idea,” Noel stated. “Other than the name on the uniform changing, the operations of the organization will not change in any manner.”

     The new website for the Miners is www.madisonvilleminers.com


Bobcats to bow out of 2014 baseball season. (December 3, 2013) From The Crittenden Press The boys of summer will be sitting out 2014.

     For the last six years, the Marion Bobcats have drawn crowds to Gordon Blue Guess Field at Marion-Crittenden County Park during the months of June and July. The ballpark and City of Marion played host each of those years to the team’s college baseball players looking to hone their skills in the summer months away from school. Next year, however, the Bobcats will be idle.

     Club spokesman and namesake of the Bobcats’ home field, Gordon Guess, announced last week that the club will not be taking the field during the next season of  Ohio Valley League baseball. The team’s exit from the league will be indefinite.

     “We’ll be on hiatus,” Guess said. “I don't know how long it will last. I’m not going to speculate on 2015.”

     Guess’ reasoning behind the decision was, in baseball terms, a double play. Due to health issues, Guess was finding it hard to cover all the behind-the-scenes bases needed to keep the club moving ahead. But difficulty in finding housing for the players during their summer stay in Crittenden County was the single biggest issue.

Over the last six years, Guess has approached about 150 people asking them to put up a player or two for the summer. While grateful to those who did house players over the years, he said it was becoming more and more difficult to find willing hosts.

     Guess called the turn of events disheartening, but would not rule out the club’s return to action in the future.

The Bobcats were born in January 2008 as the brainchild of Guess and first took the field that summer. A group of local financial backers made the team possible. It took a team of volunteers and a small paid staff to keep the club going each year. Community support through advertising, donations, sponsorships and, of course, filling the stands, helped keep the team solvent.

     Because of the Bobcats, Guess Field, also home to Crittenden County High School Rockets baseball, has seen numerous improvements in order to meet the needs of hosting summer collegiate baseball.

     In retrospect, Guess, a die-hard baseball fan, is proud of what the team accomplished.

     “You look back, and we did something worthwhile,” he said. “We did something good for Marion.”

     The team amassed a 103-167 record over six years. In 2011, the organization’s most successful year on the field, the club finished in third place with a 20-22 record, only 4.5 games out of first place.

     The team’s most successful alumnus is Travis Jankowski. In 2010, he batted .484 with the Bobcats and still holds most of the club’s single-season and all-time offensive records. In 2012, he was drafted 44th overall by the San Diego Padres in Major League Baseball’s June Amateur Draft. He remains a rising star in the Padres minor league system.

     Guess remains president of the Ohio Valley League.


Fulton and the Railroaders featured on Bluegrass & Backroads. (November 7, 2013) Kentucky Bluegrass & Backroads recently featured the Fulton Railroaders on their television program. The segment reflects how baseball, past and present, affects small towns. To watch the video Click Here


 

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