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Franklin duelers join league

The Miners welcome the Franklin (KY) Duelers into the Ohio Valley League for the 2019 season!

The Duelers will play their home games at Franklin-Simpson High School in Franklin, Kentucky, and will be slotted in the East Division of the OVL.

Tucker Hughes, an assistant coach at Waldorf University (Forest City, IA), will be the Head Coach of the Duelers in their inaugural season.

Welcome to the OVL, Duelers!

Miners Welcome Mateo Gil To 2019 Roster

The Miners and head coach Joe Martinez are pleased to announce that Mateo Gil will play for the Miners in 2019.

Mateo is 5’10” 180-pound sophomore at Salem University in Salem, West Virginia. During his freshman season at Salem, Mateo played third base, hit .373, and stole seven bases for the Tigers in 21 games. For more information on Mateo, check out his complete 2018 Salem University stats at: Mateo Gil – Salem University.

A native of Staten Island, New York, Mateo graduated from Grand Street Campus High School in Brooklyn, New York, in 2017. Mateo was a Perfect Game All-American in 2017.

Coach Martinez reports that Mateo has a strong arm, “peppers the gaps” with the bat, and that Mateo may play in the outfield or third base for the Miners.

Welcome to the Miners, Mateo!

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Miners Name Joe Martinez Head Coach For 2019 Season

The Miners are excited to introduce Jose (Joe) Martinez as the Head Coach for the upcoming 2019 summer baseball season.

Joe comes to the Miners after a one-year stint as the head coach of the Utica (NY) Blue Sox of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.

In 2018, Joe’s team finished with a 25-21 record. Under Joe’s leadership, the Blue Sox placed five players on the PGCBL All Star team and a host of players on the PGCBL All League list at the conclusion of the season. Joe’s team finished third in the PGCBL in team batting average and finished the year with the most single-season “walk off” wins in Blue Sox history.

Joe has served in numerous capacities with the Bullets Baseball organization since 2009, including Vice President of Player Development, Head Coach, and 16u and 18u Scout. Accomplishments include:

  • 97% of players commit to college or university baseball programs
  • 2015 IBC World Series Champions
  • Program consistently in state and national rankings

Joe has additionally served as the head instructor and assistant coach at the Frozen Ropes Baseball Academy, owner/operator of the Scorpion Baseball Academy, and assistant coach/hitting instructor in the Tidewater College Summer League.

As as professional player, Joe played in the AA Puerto Rico Winter League (1995-1996) and in the Detroit Tigers organization for two seasons.

Joe played college baseball at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, earning All Conference recognition both seasons and being voted Team Captain and MVP by his teammates. Joe hit a smooth .435 in his first season and .465 in his second season.

Joe currently resides in Tampa, Florida, with his family.

Welcome to the Miners family, Joe!

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OVL 2018 Postseason Update

John Bruce Elected OVL Commissioner

The OVL board of directors met in Madisonville on August 18, 2018, and faced a host of decisions in preparation for the 2019 season.

The major decision was the election of John Bruce as the new OVL Commissioner. Bruce, formerly the General Manager of the Hoptown Hoppers, succeeds Cubb Stokes, who notified league members shortly after the conclusion of the 2018 season that he would not be returning as commissioner for the 2019 season.

The complete slate of OVL officers for the 2019 season will be:

John Bruce, Commissioner/President

Vic Evans, Vice President

Tricia Noel, Secretary

Mike Smith, Treasurer

Other OVL Meeting News:

In addition to electing new officers for 2019, the teams voted to make the following changes for the 2019 season:

  • The teams voted to adopt the NCAA Ten-Run “Mercy Rule” to end blowout games early.
  • The teams voted to suspend the annual All-Star Game for the 2019 season due to scheduling concerns surrounding the possible addition of a new team for the 2019 season. (Stay tuned for more news concerning possible league expansion!)
  • The teams voted to move the center point of the league from Marion, Kentucky, to Madisonville, Kentucky, thereby shifting the geographic territory of the league slightly to the east. This change may open the door to a further expansion of teams  on the eastern side of the OVL footprint.
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Cubb Stokes Retires As OVL Commissioner

The following is a statement from OVL Commissioner Cubb Stokes concerning the 2018 season and his plans for the future:

August 6, 2018

From the President’s Desk

We have just completed another successful season in the OVL!  In our second year of divisional play, our playoff pairings were not set until the final day of the season.  Both of our divisional champions, Owensboro and Hopkinsville, made it through the first two rounds of the playoffs and went the full three games in round three with Owensboro winning the playoff championship 2 games to 1.  Owensboro was under new ownership this year and had a new name, RiverDawgs.  What a way to start a new brand in Owensboro with a division and playoff championship!

We had our annual All-Star game in Hopkinsville on July 1st with the West defeating the East.  All the players and coaches had a great time and enjoyed playing with players that they had competed against all season.  I want to thank the Hoppers’ owners and volunteers for putting on a great venue for all to enjoy.  A special thanks goes out to Jones Trucking Company along with BSN Sports of Martin, TN, The Game Cap Co., Diamond Baseball Co. and Old Hickory Bat Co. for sponsoring the game!

After the championship was completed, the OVL had two teams participate in the inaugural “Bluegrass World Series” in Louisville, KY.  Hopkinsville and Dubois County played against four other wooden bat teams from across the country.  There was also a team of former major league players including recently elected Hall of Famer, Chipper Jones.  The team was managed by Johnny Bench, also a Hall of Famer.  The Hoppers went 0-3, but the players enjoyed themselves and created lifetime memories, especially the game they played against the Louisville Stars.  They played a great game, but came up short 4-0.  The Bombers qualified to play the Stars in the Championship game with a record of 2-1 in pool play.  The Bombers defeated the Stars in the Championship game 6-4 to become the Champions of the inaugural Bluegrass World Series!  Nolan Ramsey of the Bombers was named MVP of the series.  I would say that the OVL was represented very well and received a great deal of exposure.  Many thanks to the Hoppers and Bombers organizations for participating and representing the OVL.

My thanks also goes out to all of the workers behind the scene; the scorekeepers, PA announcers, scoreboard operators, radio announcers, concession stand workers, merchandise table workers, grounds crew, ticket takers, ushers, video personnel, bat boys/girls, statisticians, host families and all others that make it possible to provide quality baseball to our local region and to the nation via the internet and Game Changer.  I cannot leave out our Webmaster, Zach Bulliet, who stayed up late every night to post all of the games and box scores and maintained the leagues stats.

Thanks to all of the coaches and their staffs who spent their summer helping to develop the players skills and understanding the importance of why they were playing summer ball.

Also, thanks to the umpires.  Without them, the league would not survive.  They, like the players, spend their summers honing their skills as umpires and to make sure the game is played in the correct manner.  I cannot express my gratitude enough to them for the job they do and the dedication that they have towards making the OVL one of the premier leagues in the country.

A BIG thanks goes out to the dedicated fans, sponsors, owners and advertisers.  Without each of you, we would not be able to have an Ohio Valley League!  Whether your team was winning or losing, you were always there giving your full support.

Before I close, I have to thank all of the coaches across the nation that sent their players to our league for us to help develop them into better players and young men.  Also, thank you to Mom, Dad and family members!  For some, it was the first time that your son/relative has been away from home for the summer and they are sending them hundreds of miles away to an unfamiliar town to play baseball.  It also gave them an opportunity and place to spend their vacation and experience our fine Southern Hospitality!  I must not leave out a first that occurred this year in our league.  We had a marriage ceremony take place at home plate in Hopkinsville before the beginning of the second round of the playoffs between the Chiefs and the Hoppers!  How committed to the league was that couple!

In closing, I want to leave you with one last comment.  Please remember that baseball is just a game and we owe it to all of you and the players to provide the best possible environment to participate in and to build lasting memories for a lifetime.

Respectfully yours for better collegiate baseball,

Cubb R. Stokes, President

Ohio Valley Summer Wooden Bat League

NOTE: The Madisonville Miners thank Commissioner Stokes for his leadership of the Ohio Valley League during his tenure. He has done an outstanding job. Cubb is welcome at Elmer Kelley Stadium any time. Enjoy whatever comes next, Cubb – you’ve earned it!
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