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an open letter from OVL president cubb stokes

July 31, 2017

From the President’s Desk

What a great season we have had in 2017!  This year we had a record high eight teams in the league and for the first time in our history, we had divisional play: four teams in the East and four teams in the West.  This format created our first divisional playoff schedule and what a playoff we had.  Both #1 seeds advanced to the Championship round with the Dubois Co. Bombers defeating the Hopkinsville Hoppers.  Both teams lead their respective divisions from opening night throughout the entire season.  In all we had seventeen playoff games.

We had our second annual All Star game in Huntingburg, Indiana, on July 9th with the East All Stars defeating the West All Stars on a walk off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth.  It couldn’t have ended any other way!  All the players and coaches seemed to have a great time and enjoyed playing with players that they had played against all season.  I want to give a big thank you to the host Dubois County Bombers and organization for putting on a great venue for all to enjoy.

I want to thank all of the workers behind the scene, the scorekeepers, PA announcers, radio announcers, concession stand workers, merchandise table workers, grounds crew, ticket takers, ushers/Peaches, 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.  I can’t leave out our Webmaster, Zach Bulliet who stayed up late every night to post all of the games and box scores, maintained the leagues stats and also designed and built our new webpage.

Thanks to all of the managers and coaches who spent their summer helping to develop our players into better players and to help them understand the importance of why they were playing summer ball.

I want to thank all of the umpires.  They did a tremendous job this year in making each game go smoothly and without any serious incidents.  I look forward to working closer with this group of professionals in the years to come so that our league will be recognized as one of the premier summer leagues in the nation.

A big thanks goes out to all of the fans, sponsors 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 to give your full support.  Also, I want to thank the sponsors that helped make the All Star game a success, BSN Sports of Martin, TN., Russell Athletic Wear, Diamond Baseball Co., Old Hickory Bat and The Game cap company.

How could I close without thanking all of the coaches across the nation that sent us their players for us to assist in developing them into better players and young men.  Also, thank you to mom, dad and family members!  For some, it is the first time that their son/relative has been away from them in the summer and they are sending them hundreds of miles away to an unfamiliar town to play baseball.  It also gave them a new place to vacation and get some fine Southern Hospitality!

Finally, I would like to thank our newest team in the league this year, the Henderson Flash.  They were a great addition to our league and brought in a new group of fans and exposure to the nation for our league.  I know that they are already planning for a great 2018 season.  Their owner and team did a fantastic job in their first season.

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 life time.

Respectfully yours for better baseball,

Cubb R. Stokes, President

Ohio Valley Summer Wooden Bat League

Miners Lose Game 1 in Henderson 15-3

GAME 1 COVERAGE COURTESY OF THE MADISONVILLE MESSENGER, Jesse Mayfield-Sheehan, Reporter

HENDERSON — Not much went right for the Madisonville Miners in Game One of the First Round of the Ohio Valley League Playoffs, losing to the Henderson Flash on Friday, 15-3.

Miners pitcher Austin Henrich got off to an uncharacteristically bad start on the mound, as the Flash rallied for three runs in the first inning, and then a grand slam by Zack Smith in the second gave them a 7-0 lead.

Henrich managed to rebound and throw three shutout innings before being taken off the mound after five innings, but still finished with seven runs (six earned) and the loss.

Nicholas Hutchison came on in relief in the sixth, but things didn’t get any better after that.

David Robins made a pair of acrobatic plays in right field to keep two potential home run balls in the field of play, and even threw out a runner at home on the first hit, but the second one turned into a two-run double as Hutchison gave up three runs in just two-thirds of an inning and was knocked off the mound.

Spencer Woods came in and allowed both of the runners he inherited from Hutchison to score before the inning ended, then gave up one more on a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Christopher Mutter came on in the eighth and gave up two runs.

After being shutout through the first four innings by Henderson starter Marty Coursey, Madisonville got its only runs of the game in the fifth, scoring on an RBI single by David Robins that scored Logan Jarvis and an infield single by Ryan Brooks that scored Bradley Hull. The team got one more in the eighth when Ryan Carver drove in Brooks on a single to left-center.

With the Flash now holding a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series, the next game will be played at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

Game 1 iScore Scorecard (Unofficial Statistics)

The unofficial scorecard and pitch-by-pitch recap from last night’s game in Henderson is available here:

Miners at Flash Game 1 scorecard

Miners at Flash Game 1 pitchbypitch

 Other OVL Playoff Scores

The Owensboro Oilers defeated the Paducah Chiefs 10-3 in Paducah and lead that series 1-0.  Game 2 will be Saturday night in Owensboro.

The Fulton Railroaders defeated the Dubois County Bombers 11-3 in Dubois County and lead that series 1-0. Game 2 will be in Fulton on Saturday night.

The Hoptown Hoppers defeated the Muhlenberg County Stallions 12-3 in Hoptown on Friday night. Hoptown leads the series 1-0 and will travel to Muhlenberg County for Game 2 on Saturday night.

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Final Regular Season Standings; 2017 Playoff Bracket; Final Regular Season Team and Player Stats

Final Regular Season Standings

All regular season games are played and the final regular standings are set. Congratulations to the Dubois County Bombers and Hoptown Hoppers on winning their respective division titles!

EAST DIVISION

Team W L % GB STRK
DUB 29 11 .725 - 2W
HEN 18 22 .450 11 2L
OWB 18 22 .450 11 2L
MUH 16 24 .400 13 1L

WEST DIVISION

Team W L % GB STRK
HOP 24 16 .600 - 1L
PAD 19 21 .475 5 2W
MAD 18 22 .450 6 1L
FUL 18 22 .450 6 1W

2017 Playoff Bracket

The Miners finished in third place in the OVL West with an 18-22 record. Although tied with Fulton (18-22) in the standings, Madisonville earns the #3 seed in the West Division due to winning the tie-breaker with most runs scored in head-to-head games against Fulton (63 runs to 61 runs).

The Miners will face the Henderson Flash, the #2 seed from the East Division, in Round One of the playoffs. The series will be best-of-three, with Game 1 scheduled for Friday night, July 21, at BT Wayne Field on the campus of Henderson County High School. Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday night, July 22, at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville. If Game 3 is necessary, the series will move back to Henderson on Sunday, July 23.

The complete Playoff Bracket is attached here: 2017 OVL Playoffs Bracket (PDF)

Final Regular Season Team and Player Stats

Final Regular Season Batting (sorted by batting average)

Final Regular Season Base Running (sorted by stolen bases)

Final Regular Season Pitching (sorted by wins)

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Miners End Regular Season With 9-6 Loss to Hoptown at Elmer Kelley

The Miners ended the 2017 regular season on Tuesday night with a 9-6 loss to the Hoptown Hoppers at Elmer Kelley Stadium. Alex Walker collected the Win for the Hoppers, Carson Imes took the Loss for the Miners, and Hoptown relieverJonathan Jacks earned a three-inning Save.

The official box score and game summary is available here: July 18 – Hoppers 9, Miners 6

The loss dropped the Miners to 18-22 for the season.

Playoff Picture

While Madisonville has concluded its regular season, several teams still have one more game to play. As of the time of this post, the Miners are in third place in the OVL West standings, 1/2-game behind second place Paducah and 1/2-game ahead of fourth place Fulton.

Fulton is scheduled to play at Muhlenberg County on Wednesday night to make up a rain out from July 6. Paducah is scheduled to play Henderson to make up a rain out from the same date. The outcome of both games finalize the playoff bracket.

Stay tuned!

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