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.
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.
Tonight’s game against the Hoptown Hoppers at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville has been pushed back to an 8PM Central start time due to rain currently moving through the Madisonville area.
We will provide additional updates on the Miners’ Facebook page and Twitter (@MadvilleMiners) if conditions change.
See you at the ballpark at 8pm!
Starting pitcher Jack Bellinger shut down the Paducah Chiefs for eight-plus innings as the Miners cruised to 7-1 victory Monday night at Elmer Kelley Stadium. Bellinger earned the Win and pitched 8.67 innings, allowing just one unearned run on four hits, two walks, and nine strikeouts.
The Miners offense got started early, scoring two runs in the bottom the first inning and giving Bellinger all of the cushion he needed. The Miners put two more runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning and added three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Chad Hinkle hit a solo home run, Logan Jarvis drove in two runs, and Bradley Hull went 2-for-3 and scored two runs to lead the Miners at the plate. The Miners banged out twelve total hits, with every Miner batter knocking at least one base hit on the night.
The complete box score and game summary is available here: Miners 7, Chiefs 1 – July 17
The win moved the Miners (18-21) into sole possession of second place in the OVL West standings with only Tuesday night’s game against the Hoppers remaining in the regular season. With the loss, the Chiefs (17-21) dropped 1/2-game behind the Miners and into third place in the West, tied with the Fulton Railroaders (17-21).
With the bottom three teams in the division within 1/2-game of each other, the playoff picture and seeding won’t be finalized until all remaining regular season games are played.
Hoppers 10, Miners 4
The Hoptown Hoppers clinched the OVL West division championship with a 10-4 win over the Miners on Sunday night at Elmer Kelley Stadium.
The complete box score and game summary is available here: July 16 – Hoppers 10, Miners 4
Playoff Standings and Bracket
The win moved the Hoppers to 22-15 on the season and guaranteed Hoptown a #1 seed in the upcoming OVL Post-Season Playoffs. Madisonville dropped to 17-21 overall and back into a #4 seed with two games remaining in the regular season.
In the OVL East division, the Dubois County Bombers (27-10) clinched the OVL East crown last week and secured the other #1 playoff seed.
The 2017 OVL Playoff bracket is here: PlayoffBracketPDF
Remaining Regular Season Games
Madisonville hosts the Paducah Chiefs (17-20) on Monday night and winds up the regular season at home on Tuesday night against the Hoppers. Both games have playoff implications, with the bottom three teams in the OVL East within 1/2-game of one another.
The Miners scored five runs in the top of the first inning and held on from there for the 11-10 victory over the Hoppers in Hopkinsville on Saturday night. The complete box score and game summary is available here: July 15 – Miners 11, Hoppers 10
The Madisonville win, coupled with a loss by the Paducah Chiefs, moved the Miners into the third place in the OVL West standings with three regular season games remaining. The Miners (17-20) trail second place Fulton (17-19) by just 1/2 game. The Chiefs (16-20) sit in the fourth spot in the division, 1/2 game behind the Miners. Hoptown sits in first place, four games ahead of Fulton.
The Miners wind up the regular season with a three game home stand beginning Sunday night against the Hoppers. Monday night the Paducah Chiefs visit Elmer Kelley, and the Miners then host the Hoppers again on Tuesday night to close of the regular season.