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2018 Season Wrap Up

RiverDawgs Win Playoff Championship

The Owensboro Riverdawgs won the 2018 OVL playoffs by defeating the Hoptown Hoppers two games to one in the championship series.

The Miners congratulate the RiverDawgs on their outstanding season, winning both the East Division pennant and the Championship Series.

Miners Head Coach Franklin Bush Named Montevallo Assistant Coach

We are excited that 2018 Miners Head Coach Franklin Bush got a new coaching job at the University of Montevallo, although that means he will be unable to coach the Miners for the 2019 season.

We want to thank Coach Bush, as well as 2018 assistant coach Caleb Ledbetter and pitching coach Andrew Mercer for their efforts this season. We enjoyed having them in Madisonville for the summer and wish them nothing but the best as they move forward in their coaching careers. We are proud to have them as permanent members of the Madisonville Miners family!

For more information on Coach Bush’s new job at Montevallo, see the following press release from the University of Montevallo:

Montevallo, Ala. – University of Montevallo head baseball coach Chandler Rose has named Franklin Bush as the new assistant coach, replacing former assistant coach Daniel Furuto.

Bush spent last season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Falcons and spent this past summer as the head coach of the Madisonville Miners of the Ohio Valley Collegiate Baseball League.

After working with Bush for a season Coach Rose knows that the Falcons will be able to build on last season’s success with the stability that Bush’s promotion will bring to the program.

“I’m really excited to hire Coach Bush,” said Rose. “He did a tremendous job last year as our volunteer assistant and earned this opportunity. He brings a great work ethic, commitment, and energy to the program. I know he’ll do an awesome job for the players and help us continue to build on the success we’ve had.”

Before Montevallo, Bush spent a year at the University of Buffalo as a volunteer assistant coaching the hitters and infielders.

Bush also worked as an assistant coach for his alma mater Blackburn College for one season.  While coaching the hitters at Blackburn, Bush helped five players earn All-Conference honors and two earned All-Region.  Under Bush, the Beavers were ranked second in the conference in hitting statistical categories.

Bush also spent a season coaching hitters and infielders for the Wellsville Nitros of the New York Collegiate Baseball League.  The Nitros led the league in hits, runs, RBIs, extra-base hits, slugging percentage, and batting average under Bush.  He also helped guide five All-League hitters and earned one national Hitter of the Week.

A three-year starter at Blackburn College, Bush batted a career .305 batting average and boasted a career-best .360 batting average in his junior season.  Bush was named Most Valuable Player and earned All-Conference honors during his time with the Beavers.

Bush earned his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Blackburn College in 2014.  In 2015 Bush graduated from Auburn University with a Master’s degree in Adult Education.

Regular Season Concluded; Playoffs Start Friday Night

Regular Season Wrapped Up Wednesday Night

The Miners closed out the 2018 regular season with a 5-1 loss in Hopkinsville on Wednesday night. The loss gave the Miners a 14-25 final regular season record and a fourth place in the OVL West Division.

Hopkinsville finished with a 21-20 regular season record and won the OVL West Division by 1/2-game over the Paducah Chiefs, who finished the season at 21-21.

The Owensboro RiverDawgs won the OVL East Division with a 28-14 overall record. The Dubois County Bombers finished second in the East at 25-16 overall.

(Multiple teams had games late in the season that got rained out, and the calendar did not allow for all teams to complete the planned 42-game regular season schedule.)

We congratulate both the Hoptown Hoppers and the Owensboro RiverDawgs on their respective regular season division championships.

Playoffs Start Friday Night in Hoptown

Madisonville will face top-seeded Hoptown in Round One of the 2018 East Division Playoffs beginning Friday night, July 20.

The two teams will play a best-of-three series, with the Hoppers hosting Game 1, the Miners hosting Game 2 on Saturday night, July 21, and Game 3 (if necessary) moving back to Hoptown on Sunday night. Games 1 and 2 will both start at 7pm CT. If Game 3 is necessary, we will post the start time as soon as it is confirmed.

#2 seeded Paducah will play a best-of-three series about #3 seeded Fulton on the same nights. The winners of the two series will face each other in another best-of-three series next week for the East Division Playoff pennant.

The East pennant winner will face the West pennant for the 2018 OVL Playoff Championship late next week. The two teams will also play a best-of-three series.

All Miners playoff games will be available on the GameChanger app, and our home game on Friday night will be audio streamed on our Teamline page.

Miners Win in Paducah; More schedule changes due to rain

Miners Win 4-2 Wednesday Night

The Miners traveled to Paducah on Wednesday night to face the Chiefs and came home with a 4-2 victory.

Miners starter Nicholas Rathke pitched a complete game to earn the Win, surrendering just one earned run on seven hits, no walks, and six strikeouts.

At the plate, Sean Kearney drove in two Miner runs, with Caleb Nobles driving in one, as well. Bernee Sanchez went 3-4 at the plate on the night.

The official box score is available here: Miners_vs_Chiefs_Jun_27_2018

Miners and Bombers Rained Out Tuesday Night

The Miners trip to Dubois County on Tuesday night rained out, and in accordance with OVL rules, the game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 3, in Madisonville.

The game will now be Game 1 of a doubleheader on that night, with both games being seven-inning match-ups. Game 1 will start at 5pm Central.

Admission to both games will be free to the public as part of the City of Madisonville’s annual “4thFest” celebration.


Hoppers Defeat Miners 12-7 Sunday Night

The Miners traveled to Hopkinsville Sunday evening and fell to the Hoppers 12-7. The loss moved Madisonville to 11-9 on the season, while the Hoppers improved to 12-7 and moved 1.5 games in front of the Miners in the OVL West Division race.

The official box score for the game is available here: Hoptown_Hoppers_vs_Madisonville_Miners_Jun_24_2018

The Miners get a day off on Monday before heading to Dubois County on Tuesday night to face the Bombers (10-9). The game will start at 6:05pm  CT/7:05pm ET.