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Sunday Night: Wild Pitch Lifts Miners Over Hoppers In Extra Innings

The Miners scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning to defeat the Hoppers 5-4 at Elmer Kelley Stadium on Sunday night.

The Hoppers took an early 1-0, scoring in the top of the first inning on sacrifice fly to center by Kyle Hubbuch that scored lead-off hitter Matt Cogen.  Madisonville answered with two runs in the bottom of the half of the frame on an RBI-single by Cory Finkler (scoring Wesley Birchmeier) and a sacrifice fly by Shane Connahan (scoring Nolan Ramsey).

The Miners led 2-1 until the top of the 4th inning, when the Hoppers got back-to-back doubles from Kyle Hubbuch and Trent Turner to tie the game at 2-2.  The Hoppers took a 3-2 lead later in the inning when a Miner error allowed Cody Duncan to reach base and drove in Turner from third base.

Madisonville retook the lead 4-3 in the bottom of the 5th inning.  Cory Finkler drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in Connor Moss, and Shane Connahan followed with a sacrifice fly to right to drive in Birchmeier.

Hoptown rallied in the top of the ninth, tying the game at 4-4 and sending the teams into extra innings.  Parker Cash, who came in as a pinch-runner for Trent Turner scored on a wild pitch by Nicholas Purpera, to even the score.

Shane Connahan led off the bottom of the 10th inning by drawing a walk from Hopper reliever Will Bishop, who replaced starter Jordan Martin in the bottom of the 5th inning.  After a pop-up by Brooks Benson, Tyler Greiner singled and advanced Connahan to second.  Andrew Tanous then grounded to short and beat out the double play attempt, with Connahan advancing to third.  After JD Minor fouled the first pitch of the next at bat off, Bishop uncorked a wild pitch to the backstop and allowed Connahan to score the winning run.

Miner reliever Colton Nussell pitched the top of the 10th and picked up the Win.  Will Bishop suffered the Loss for the Hoppers.

The complete official OVL box score is available HERE.

OVL Schedule for Monday, July 20

The Railroaders (24-14) host the Oilers (9-30) in Fulton, and the Hoppers (14-24) host the Miners (23-15) in Hoptown.  Both games get going at 7pm Central Time.  Dubois County (26-13) gets the night off.

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It’s Winning Time! #OVLPlayoffs

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The Miners welcome the Hoppers to Elmer Kelley tonight at 7:05 pm Central Time.  We will broadcast the game on our Teamline website and also provide an unofficial iScore Gamecast for fans to follow (check our @MadvilleMiners Twitter or our Facebook page shortly before game time for the link to the Gamecast).

NOTE:  The iScore Gamecast is not the official scorekeeping book for the ballgame and may differ from the official OVL box score posted after the game.

OVL Playoff Picture

With three regular season games remaining, the Miners (22-15) are 2.5 games behind 1st place Dubois County and 1.0 game behind 2nd place Fulton (24-14).

If the current standings hold, Hoptown (14-23) and Owensboro (9-29) will play a one game sudden death playoff on Thursday, July 23, in Hoptown for the right to get the #4 seed in the OVL playoffs and face #1 seed Dubois County.

Fulton would get the #2 seed and play #3 seed Madisonville at Elmer Kelley on Friday night, July 24, in Game One of a best-of-three series.  Game Two would be in Fulton on Saturday night, July 25,  Game Three (if needed) would be in Fulton on Sunday night, July 26.

The winners of the first two 3-game series will face each other in a best-of-three OVL Championship series scheduled to begin on Tuesday, July 28.  The lower seeded team will host Game One, with Game Two (Wednesday, July 29) and Game Three (Thursday, July 30, if needed) hosted by the higher seeded team.

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Saturday Night: Miners 3, Oilers 1

The Miners traveled to Chautauqua Park in Owensboro on Saturday night and defeated the Oilers by the score of 3-1.

Wesley Birchmeier homered in the top of the first inning to get Madisonville on the scoreboard, 1-0.  The Miners picked up two more runs in the top of the third inning when Shane Connahan doubled and drove in Connor Moss and Birchmeier.

Owensboro scored its lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Josh Wetzel drove in Connor McHugh with a ground ball to second base.

Miner starting pitcher Drew Mullinax pitched six complete innings, allowing one run on five hits and one walk.  Yancey Pritchett, Colin Hudson, and Colton Nussell each worked one shutout inning to close out the game.  Mullinax picked up the Win, and Nussell picked up the Save.

Oiler starter Andrew Lyles took the Loss for the Oilers.

Madisonville ended the night with seven hits, while the Oilers scattered five hits.  The complete Box Score is available HERE.

The win moved Madisonville to 22-15 on the season.  Owensboro dropped to 9-29.  The Miners stayed to 2.5 games behind first place Dubois County (25-13), who defeated the Hoppers (14-23) in Hoptown on Saturday night.

OVL Schedule for Sunday, July 19

The Hoptown Hoppers visit the friendly confines of Elmer Kelley Stadium to face the Miners, while the Bombers make the trip south to take on the Oilers in Owensboro.  Both games get underway at 7pm Central Time.

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Friday Night: Miners Win At Dubois County

Miners pound out 22 hits and score 13 runs

(From Dubois County) Fighting to stay alive in the race for the OVL regular season championship, the Madisonville Miners rapped out 22 hits in blasting their way to a 13-6 victory over the Dubois County Bombers last night.

2,003 League Stadium fans turned out to watch the final regular season home game of the summer.

The homestanding Bombers took an early lead, scoring two in the third inning and adding another in the fourth off of Miners starting pitcher Mathias Brewers. Aided by a strong defense, Dubois County held a 3-0 advantage through five innings.

But that was as long as the Miners would be held back on this night. Madisonville rapped one single after another in scoring six times in the sixth inning and adding five more in the seventh. Single runs in each of the last two innings made it a lucky 13 scores in the final four frames for the Miners.

After struggling early, Brewers held the Bombers in check during the fifth and sixth innings before turning over the mound duties to the Miners bullpen.

Dubois County got one in the eighth, but came to bat down 13-4 in the ninth. Three walks and a pair of singles reduced the Madisonville lead by two runs, but the game ended when the Bombers batted out of turn.

Nick Barrientos had come in from right field to pitch the final out in the top of the ninth. He was replaced in right by Noah Sadler. By bringing a position player in to pitch, the Bombers forfeited the DH for the remainder of the game. Madisonville coach Jared Franklin challenged the order after Sadler batted in Barrientos’ spot in the order with two down. The umpire ruled that the Bombers had batted out of turn. Sadler was ruled out after stroking a single, ending the ballgame with Madisonville on top, 13-6.

The Miners had a collection of batting stars. Matt Walsh and Brooks Benson both had four hits. Shane Connahan and Andrew Tanous added three each. Nolan Ramsey and Cory Finkler both chipped in with a pair.

Brady Pfaadt had a single and a double for the Bombers.
Mathias Brewers takes the win to go 4-1. Barnett falls to 2-2 with the loss.

Madisonville is now 21-15. The win pulls them within 2 ½ games of the Bombers league-leading pace. In order to win the league outright, Madisonville would need to win all four remaining games, while hoping that the Bombers lose their final three games and Fulton loses the two contests it has yet to play.

Dubois County still controls their own destiny and can claim the league title by winning its final three games regardless of what other teams do. They will have to do it on the road though, as the Bombers play at Hopkinsville tonight, Owensboro Sunday, and finish the season with a game at Madisonville on Tuesday.

The playoffs will begin on Thursday. Both the Bombers and Miners will begin play on Friday. Opponents and sites are yet to be determined by the results of the remaining games.

Complete Box Scores Click Here.

OVL Schedule for Saturday, July 18

The Bombers travel to Hoptown to face the Hoppers, and Owensboro hosts the Miners.  Both games get started at 7pm Central Time.  Fulton gets the night off.

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Miners Travel To Dubois County Tonight

OVL Schedule for Friday, July 17

Tonight the Miners (20-15) travel north across the Ohio River to face the first place Bombers (24-12) at League Stadium in Huntingburg, Indiana.  The game gets underway at 7pm ET (6pm CT).

The Railroaders (22-14) host the Hoppers (14-20) at “The Yard” in Fulton for doubleheader.  The first game will begin at 5pm Central Time.

The Oilers (9-28) get Friday night off.

Updated Team Stats (thru 35 games)

Batting thru 35 games

Pitching thru 35 games

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