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EXPANSION: Henderson Flash Join OVL for 2017

Article courtesy of the Henderson Gleaner (Kevin Patton , kevin.patton@thegleaner.com)

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A growing collegiate summer baseball league is expanding into Henderson as the Henderson Flash was selected as the eighth member of the Ohio Valley League on Saturday and will begin play inJune 2017.

“We are excited to have Henderson join the league,” said league President Cubb Stokes. “Henderson has a good baseball history and will be a good addition because of its proximity to the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Evansville.”

The team, which will play a 40-game schedule in June and July, will have a roster of college players from junior college to NCAA Division I levels.

Clay Bolin, who is the owner and president of the Henderson Flash, began the process of formulating the team almost a year ago. “It’s been a lot of work on the front end,” he said. “Now we are ready for the fun to start as far as putting the pieces in place to put a team on the field.”

Henderson will join seven other teams in the league which had its beginnings in 2004.

Because of its expansion, the league voted to split into two divisions. Henderson will compete in the East Division with the Owensboro Oilers, the Dubois County Bombers of Huntingburg, Indiana, and the Muhlenberg County Stallions.

The West Division teams are the Fulton Railroaders, the Paducah Chiefs, the Madisonville Miners and the Hopkinsville Hoppers.

Muhlenberg County and Paducah were new additions to the league in 2016.

“Our goal is to get to 10 teams,” Stokes said. “Two years ago, we were at five. Paducah and Muhlenberg were two good additions last year. We are about 99 percent sure that we have another team coming on board in 2018 and we are working diligently on bringing a 10th team into league in 2018. We are growing, so I think that’s a sign we are doing something right.”

Henderson is another community in the OVL with connections to the Kitty League, a professional Class D minor league that existed in the region from 1903 to 1955. Owensboro, Madisonville, Fulton, Paducah and Hopkinsville also fielded Kitty League teams. Their nicknames are throwbacks to their Kitty League history.

Bolin said he chose Flash as his team’s nickname because of its strong ties to the community as the nickname of the former Henderson City High School.

The Flash will play its 20-game home schedule at Henderson County High School’s B.T. Wayne Field.

Fans can expect to see a high level of play in the wooden bat league, Stokes said. “It will be a level of baseball that they’ve never seen. They’ve seen good high school baseball and semi-pro baseball. Some of these college players could make it to the major leagues.”

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Rain Washes Out Playoffs; Season Concluded

Playoffs Washed Out – Season Over

Both OVL playoff semi-final games were rained out tonight, and OVL commissioner Cubb Stokes made the tough call to conclude the 2016 season. The Hoptown Hoppers are the 2016 regular season champions. Mother Nature won the 2016 playoffs.

Thank You

Our players will be heading home tonight and over the course of the weekend. We wish them safe travels and successful upcoming college seasons. Thank you for spending the summer with us in Madisonville. You will always be Madisonville Miners!

We also want to take the opportunity to thank our coaches. Jared Franklin, Matt Reed, and Brian Knisley did a great job this year, and we appreciate all of the effort they put into putting our team on the field. Thank you.

There are a host of others who deserve some recognition and thanks, so here we go:

  • Team Bus Driver Bill Dawson is a super driver and even better person. Thanks for getting our players home safely each night Bill!
  • Boyce Tate did another amazing job broadcasting our home games on Teamline. With no disrespect to the other OVL broadcasters, Boyce sets the standard. Thank you Boyce!
  • Chad Ladd took over the stadium PA duties this season and handled it with a sense of humor and smile. We like him, even if he is a St Louis Cardinals fan. Thanks Chad!
  • Marci Cox and Don Hundley split the scoreboard duties this season. If you think it’s easy, you can give it a try. They made the games fun and stayed cool under pressure. Thank you!
  • The scorekeeper sucked again this year. You’d think after five years he’d know the difference between a wild pitch and a passed ball. Maybe next year.
  • Melanie Proffitt took over the marketing and between-inning activities and jumped in with both feet. Thanks for your hard work, Melanie!
  • The MNHHS Lady Maroons Basketball Boosters ran the concession stand again this season. They cook the best cheeseburgers and popcorn in the Ohio Valley League! Thank you!
  • We thank our host families for opening their homes to our players. To a man, the players appreciate your kindness and hospitality. Thank you!
  • Our board members and volunteers worked the gate and cleaned up the stadium after the games. We couldn’t pull it off without you. Thank you!
  • Thank you to our sponsors, too. Your financial support of Madisonville Miners baseball keeps our team on the field. Thank you!
  • We also thank the City of Madisonville for the stadium upgrades this season. From the renovated rest rooms to the replaced stadium and scoreboard lights, and everything else in between, we say Thanks!
  • And  then there’s our General Manager Tricia Noel. She did another amazing job juggling 1000 balls at one time. She’s quite simply the glue that holds the organization together. Thank you.
  • Last but not least are our fans. We love you. You show up and get loud. You make road trips. You ring cowbells and throw balls to our players. You cheer our team and you get on … well, you know. Thank you for your loyalty!

It’s been a fun ride in 2016. It’s fitting that the season ended exactly where it started … with a rain out in Dubois County. If that’s not baseball karma, we don’t know what is. In between those two rain outs, we played hard every single night. We finished second in the regular season standings and with a 27-14 overall record. We rode a ten-game winning streak and sent ten players to the inaugural league All-Star Game. And we got to know #GreenBeans, #CleanPants, and the player simply known as the #All-Star (that’s you, Joe McGuinness).

We’re proud of the 2016 edition of the Madisonville Miners. Now we will take a few weeks off to rest before we start working on 2017. We’ll talk to you soon …

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Thursday Night Game Canceled

Tonight’s game between the Miners and the Dubois County Bombers has been CANCELED due to the field condition at Elmer Kelley Stadium.

The Miners and Bombers will play one single-elimination nine-inning ballgame on Friday night in Dubois County. The game will start at 7:00pm ET at League Stadium in Huntingburg. The winner of that game will advance to play the winner of the Owensboro/Hopkinsville series for the OVL Championship.

The OVL Championship will be determined in one single-elimination nine-inning ballgame played on Saturday night at the home field of the highest remaining team.

If tonight’s game between the Oilers and Hoppers is canceled due to weather, the remainder of the OVL Playoffs will be canceled with no further games played.

We are just as sick of the rain as you are.

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Game One Rescheduled for Thursday Night in Madisonville

UPDATE: Game One Set For Thursday Night at Elmer Kelley

The Miners and Bombers have agreed to play Game One on Thursday night at 7pm CT at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville, weather permitting. Keep your fingers crossed!

Miners and Bombers Rained Out Wednesday Night

Game One of the semi-final matchup between the Madisonville Miners and the Dubois County Bombers was rained out on Wednesday night.

Game Two was originally scheduled to be played Thursday night at Dubois County, but no determination has been made about the status of that game.

As soon as we have more information about the scheduling of the games, we will post it.

Oilers Win Rain-Shortened Game In Hoptown

The rain stayed away from Hopkinsville Wednesday night just long enough for the Oilers to down the Hoppers 2-1 in Game One of the other semi-final matchup. The win gives the Oilers a 1-0 lead over the Hoppers in the best-of-3 series.

The Oilers led the Hoppers 4-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning when the game was suspended by weather. After an hour rain delay, the game was ended with the score at the time the teams completed five full innings of play.

Game Two of the Owensboro/Hoptown series is currently scheduled for tonight in Owensboro. Stay tuned for updates …

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Miners Advance to Semi-finals

Miners Eliminate Stallions 12-6 Tuesday Night

The rain stayed away from Elmer Kelley Stadium on Tuesday night, and the Miners and Stallions finally hooked up for the Round One playoff match-up. The Miners committed six errors and gave up six unearned runs in holding off a scrappy Stallion team in a 12-6 victory to advance to the OVL playoff semi-finals.

The Miners took an early 3-0 lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. The big blow of the inning was a two-RBI single from Logan Jarvis , driving in Genesis Hillard and Joe McGuinness. Chase Hensley scored later in the inning on a wild pitch from Stallion starter Max Hall.

The Stallions got on the board with one run in the top of the 4th inning when Justin Ware singled and later scored on a Madisonville throwing error.

Madisonville answered with four runs in the bottom of the 5th to make the score 7-1. Austin Sistrunk and Nolan Ramsey each drove in one run, and Tom Prospero belted a two-run home run over the right field fence.

Both teams added runs in later innings, with Madisonville adding four runs in the bottom of the seventh and one more in the bottom of eighth.  The Stallions scored three in the top of the sixth and tow more in the top of the eighth.

Madisonville starter Jeff Lindgren pitched six complete innings and picked up the Win. Although the Stallions scored four runs with Lindgren on the mound, all of the runs were unearned. Lindgren allowed six hits, walked one, and struck out three. Kyle Klotz pitched two innings, giving up one hit, two walks, and striking out two. The Stallions scored two unearned runs with Klotz pitching. Mitchell Bault came on to pitch the ninth and struck one in retiring the side in order to end the game.

Stallion starter Max Hall took the loss, allowing 7 earned runs in 4.67 innings. Aaron Glitchstein pitched 2.00 innings of relief, allowing four runs, all unearned, on two hits, four walks and two strikeouts. Corey Mason pitched the final 1.33 innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on one hit and one walk.

Both teams were sloppy defensively, with the Miners committing six errors and the Stallions committing four.

The official box score and game summary is available here: Miners 12, Stallions 6 (playoff game July 26)

Miners Host Bombers Wednesday Night

The #2 seed Madisonville Miners and #3 seed Dubois County Bombers kick off a best-of-three series on Wednesday night at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00pm CT, weather permitting.

The series will be played at the following locations:

  • Game One @ Madisonville – Wednesday, July 27
  • Game Two @ Dubois County – Thursday, July 28
  • Game Three (if necessary) @ Madisonville – Friday, July 29

Updated OVL Playoff Bracket

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