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Miners Fall Short 3-2 in Game Three

The Miners dropped Game Three of the 2015 OVL Championship Series to the Dubois County Bombers last night in Huntingburg, Indiana, by the final score of 3-2.  The win gave the Bombers the OVL Championship Series Championship.

We congratulate the Bombers for winning both the regular season pennant and the playoff championship.

Thank you to our players and coaches this summer. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the Miners organization and summer collegiate baseball. Thank you for being a part of the Miners family this season.

We want to thank all of the staff and volunteers that made this season such a success. Your efforts were recognized and appreciated. Thank you!

Special thanks to go Boyce Tate for being the “Voice of the Madisonville Miners” on our Teamline broadcasts and to Willie Wright for being the stadium announcer this season. Thank you!

Thank you to the Madisonville/North Hopkins Lady Maroons Basketball Booster Club for operating the stadium concession stand this summer.  Outstanding job (and outstanding cheeseburgers)! Thank you!

Last but not least, we want to say “Thank You!” to Chris Luttrell, who has been our marketing director for the past three seasons. Chris is leaving us due to his promotion to Battalion Chief at the Owensboro Fire Department. Congratulations on your promotion, thank you for your tireless efforts, and best wishes moving forward. Miners primary logo

Bombers Even Series With 4-3 Win; Game Three Friday Night

(Courtesy of John Millikan, Sports Reporter, The Messenger)

HUNTINGBURG, Indiana — The Ohio Valley League championship will be decided Friday night at League Stadium, and Ryan Dills made sure of it.

The Dubois County Bombers right-hander pitched a gem on his 21st birthday Thursday night in Huntingburg, Indiana to lead the Bombers to a 4-3 victory in Game 2 of the OVL title series, setting up a winner-take-all Game 3 at 6 p.m. Friday.

Dills, an Evansville native, cruised through 8.1 innings and allowed just three hits and struck out nine to keep the Miners’ bats as quiet as they have been all season.

The Miners finished with just four hits, with two coming in the ninth inning as they nearly forged a dramatic comeback off a pair of Dubois County relievers. However, Madisonville left the tying run stranded on base, and the Bombers escaped to keep the OVL championship trophy locked up for another night.

“That last inning gives us a little confidence, but we are too good of an offensive team to have that kind of game,” Miners third baseman Wesley Birchmeier said. “Four hits, that’s not us. We scored 14 (in Wednesday’s series opener), and I think we are capable of doing that (Friday). Our heads are high, and that’s how we are coming into the final game.”

The Miners have been one of the league’s hottest teams in July, and coach Jared Franklin believes his squad will recapture that magic for the final game of the season.

“We have to leave it all on the field,” Franklin said. “There’s nothing to lose now. There is no tomorrow. This is what we played all summer for. We have swung it well all season, minus that game and maybe a few earlier in the season. I expect to come out swinging (Friday).”

The early part of Thursday’s game was dominated by the pitchers. Dills and Miners starter Mathias Brewers kept the game scoreless for the first three innings before the Bombers broke through for a pair of runs in the fourth.

Brewers lasted five innings and allowed six hits with two strikeouts, but Dills was even stronger and allowed just two hits — both singles to Miners catcher Andrew Tanous — through the first eight innings.

“We finally made some good adjustments in the ninth inning, but the story of the game is that we did not adjust to Dills throughout the game,” Franklin said. “We have seen him enough times, but we did not adjust at all. We knew he was going to pitch backwards, throw fastballs on off-speed counts and off-speed on fastball counts. We just couldn’t adjust to it.”

The Miners finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning when Tanous crossed the plate on a throwing error by Bombers shortstop Jacob Snodgrass.

With Madisonviill trailing 4-1, Nolan Ramsey led off the top of the top of the ninth with a single and came around to score on a throwing error. Shane Connahan was walked by Bombers reliever Konner Eck and later scored on an RBI single from Cory Finkler, who represented the tying run. However, Bombers right-hander Zach Freeman retired the final two hitters to extend Dubois County’s season.

Friday’s game will be the 13th time the Miners and Bombers play each other this season with Dubois County leading the series 7-5.

“This will sting on the bus ride home, but we will be ready for (Friday),” Birchmeier said. “We are confident. We are a hot team right now, and I think we will get it going again.”


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The official OVL box score is available HERE.

The unofficial iScore scorecard is here: MAD@DUB July 30 scorecard

The unofficial iScore pitch-by-pitch game summary is here: MAD@DUB July 30 pitchbypitch

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Miners Take Game One of Championship Series 14-4

(Courtesy of John Millikan, Sports Reporter, The Messenger)

The Madisonville Miners out-bombed the Dubois County Bombers on Wednesday night at Elmer Kelley Stadium.

In Game 1 of the best-of-three Ohio Valley League championship series, the Miner erupted for 13 hits and defeated the Bombers, 14-4. The series now heads to Huntingburg, Indiana, for Game 2 at 6 p.m. Thursday at League Stadium. Game 3, if necessary, will be at 6 p.m. Friday at League Stadium.

“We know it’s definitely difficult to beat them at their place, but we are excited about it,” Miners starting pitcher Kyle Vedrode said. “We are going in with a lot of confidence and will try to get it done in one game. It’s always intense playing at their place. They have intense fans and it’s always loud. But we like playing in situations like that and playing in high-intensity games.”

The way Madisonville played Wednesday night, there might not be much of a need for a third game. The Miners fell behind 2-0 in the first inning after Dubois County’s Drake McNamara hit a two-run home run to center field, but Madisonville answered with 14 straight runs for one of its most lopsided victories of the season.

“We have been really hot the past couple of games and hope we can carry it into (Thursday),” Miners catcher Andrew Tanous said.

The Miners took the lead for good in the second inning when they hit through the order and plated six runs on five hits — an outburst that was highlighted by RBI singles from Tanous, JD Minor, Cory Finkler and Wesley Birchmeier.

Madisonville continued to pour it on during the middle innings, scoring two in the fourth, one in the fifth and four in the sixth.

Dubois County tacked on another run in the seventh inning on a solo home run from McNamara, but that was all the damage the Bombers could muster against Vedrode, who allowed five hits and struck out seven in seven innings of work.

Bombers starter Willie Poe lasted just one inning and allowed six runs and four walks, and Dubois County reliever Lucas Barnett didn’t fare much better, giving up five hits and four runs in four innings.

The Miners were hot up and down the lineup, starting with leadoff hitter Connor Moss, who scored three times and drove in a run. Tanous had three hits and three RBIs; Finkler added two hits and three RBIs; and Birchmeier drove in two runs.

The Bombers, who committed five errors in the loss, added a final run in the top of the ninth inning to avoid losing by more than 10 runs for the first time this season.

The official OVL box score will be available HERE.

The unofficial iScore scorecard is available here: DUB@MADgame1scorecard

The unofficial iScore pitch-by-pitch game summary is available here: DUB@MADgame1pitchbypitch

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Game One of OVL Championship Series Postponed

Game One of the OVL Championship Series against the Dubois County Bombers has been CANCELED due to rain and will be played tomorrow night, July 29, at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville beginning at 7pm CT/8pm ET.

Game Two of the series will be played Thursday, July 30, at League Stadium in Huntingburg, Indiana, with Game 3 (if needed) played back in Huntingburg on Friday night, July 30.

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Miners beat Railroaders 9-7 to advance to OVL Championship Series

The Miners defeated the Fulton Railroaders 9-7 at Elmer Kelley on Sunday night to advance to the 2015 OVL Championship Series.  The Miners will face the Dubois County Bombers, who knocked out the Hoptown Hoppers on Sunday night to advance.

Madisonville got on the board first, scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning and two runs in the bottom of the second inning.  Fulton answered with three runs in the top of the third to tie the game at 3-3.

After the Railroaders took the lead 4-3 in the top of the fourth, the Miners scored four runs on the bottom of the frame to lead 7-4 after four complete innings of play.

Fulton scored two runs in the fifth inning and trailed 7-6 heading to the bottom of the inning.  The score stayed 7-6 until the bottom of the sixth, when Madisonville picked up one run and extended the lead to 8-6.  Madisonville added another run in the bottom of the seventh to make the 9-6.  Fulton rallied with one run in the top of the eighth inning to cut the lead to 9-7, but the Miners held on to close the door on the Railroader season.

Shane Connahan led the way at the plate for the Miners, batting 3-for-5 with four RBI and one run scored.  Connahan’s big blow came on a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning off Fulton reliever Trey Tigart.  Brooks Benson (3-for-5, 2 RBI) added a solo home run of his own to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning.  Nolan Ramsey (4-6, 2 RBI) scored a run, as did Connor Moss, Cory Finkler (2 runs scored), Tyler Greiner, Andrew Tanous, and JD Minor.

Kyle Uhrich (3-for5, 3 RBI) hammered a three-run homer for Fulton in the top of the third inning off Madisonville starter Drew Mullinax.  Jacob Elliott, Drew Greenwood, Ramon Valdez, and Griffin Neuer all drove in runs for the Railroaders.

Mullinax picked up the Win for the Miners, with Wesley Birchmeier picking up the Save.  Railroader starter Dillon Symon took the loss.

The complete official OVL box score is available HERE.

The unofficial iScore scorecard is available here: FUL@MAD Game Three scorecard

The unofficial iScore pitchbypitch game summary is available here: FUL@MAD Game Three pitchbypitch

OVL Championship Series Schedule

Madisonville will host Dubois County at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville on Tuesday night, July 28, for Game One of the best-of-three series. The game will get started at 7pm Central Time.

Game Two will be played at 6pm Central Time in League Stadium in Huntingburg, Indiana, on Wednesday, July 29, with the Bombers hosting Game Three (if necessary) as well on Thursday, July 30.

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