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OVL Playoffs Game One: Mathias Brewers Shuts Out Railroaders 1-0 In Fulton

Mathias Brewers pitched a complete game shutout in Fulton lead the Miners to a 1-0 victory over the Railroaders in Game One of their best-of-three series.  Brewers threw 118 pitches over 9.00 innings, scattering five hits, walking two, and striking out twelve.

Madisonville’s lone run came in the top of the third inning off Railroader starting pitcher Eddie Mathis.  Connor Moss smoked a two-out triple into the left field corner and scored when Wesley Birchmeier hammered a ground ball to Railroader second baseman Brad Baldwin, who booted it.

The official Game One OVL box score is available HERE.  The unofficial iScore scorecard is available here: MAD@FUL July 24 scorecard, and the unoffical iScore pitchbypitch summary is available here: MAD@FUL July 24 pitchbypitch.

Game Two of the series will be Saturday night at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville.  The game will get underway at 7pm Central Time.  Game Three, if necessary, with be Sunday at Elmer Kelley, beginning at 6pm Central Time.


Final Regular Season Batting and Pitching Statistics

The final 2015 regular season batting and pitching statistics and team leaders are posted below.

Final Batting Statistics

Final Batting Statistics

Best Batting Average:  Connor Moss  .338  (minimum 80 plate appearances)

Best On Base Average:  Wesley Birchmeier  .455  (minimum 80 plate appearances)

Most Hits:  Connor Moss  50

Most Home Runs:  Shane Connahan  4

Most Runs Batted In:  Nolan Ramsey  26

Most Walks Drawn:  Wesley Birchmeier  22

Final Pitching Statistics

Final Pitching Statistics

Most Wins:  Colin Hudson, Drew Mullinax, and Mathias Brewers  4

Most Saves:  Mathias Brewers and Nicholas Purpera  2

Most Innings Pitched:  Cameron Smith  40.67

Most Strikeouts:  Mathias Brewers  32

Best Earned Run Average:  Kyle Vedrode  1.96  (minimum 20 innings pitched)

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Tuesday Night: Miners Win 12-6 And Clinch #2 Seed In OVL Playoffs

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The Miners defeated the Bombers 12-6 at Elmer Kelley on Tuesday night to finish the regular season with a six game winning streak.

The official OVL box score is available HERE.

The unofficial iScore scorecard is available here: DUB@MAD July 21 scorecard

The unofficial iScore pitch-by-pitch game summary is available here: DUB@MAD July 21 pitchbypitch

OVL Playoffs

Although Madisonville and Fulton each finished the regular season with a 25-15 record, the Miners claim the #2 playoff seed by virtue of winning the head-to-head season match-up with the Railroaders.

Fulton will host Madisonville at Lohaus Field on Friday night for Game One of a best-of-three series with the Miners.  The teams will play Game Two on Saturday night at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville, and Game Three, if necessary, will be in Madisonville on Sunday night.  All games will get underway at 7:00pm Central Time.

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Monday Night: Miners Extend Winning Streak At Hoptown

The Miners defeated the Hoppers 16-8 in Hoptown on Monday night to extend their winning streak to five games and improve their overall record to 24-15 with one regular season game remaining.  The official OVL box score from the ballgame is available HERE.

Down 7-2 after three innings of play, the Miners scored seven runs in the top of the 4th inning, knocking Hopper starter Dylan Givens out of the ballgame.  After a fly ball from Shane Connahan to start the inning, six consecutive Miners reached base and scored runs (Brooks Benson, Tyler Greiner, EJ Watson, JD Minor, Connor Moss, and Wesley Birchmeier).  Shane Connahan, batting for the second time in the inning, roped a three-RBI double to the right-center gap to also score Cory Finkler.

The Hoppers picked up one run in the bottom of the 4th to narrow the Miner lead to 9-8, but Miner starter Yancey Pritchett and reliever JA Harville shut out the Hoppers from there.  The Miners pulled away late in the ballgame, scoring twice in the top of the 8th and five more times in the top of the 9th.

Yancey Pritchett picked up the Win, pitching five-1/3 innings.  Harville took over from there and pitched three-2/3 shut out innings for the Save.

At the plate, Nolan Ramsey and Shane Connahan each picked up three RBI, with Wesley Birchmeier and JD Minor each picking up two RBI.  Connor Moss picked up the other RBI for the Miners.  Madisonville ended the game with thirteen hits to twelve for the Hoppers.

The unofficial iScore pitch-by-pitch game summary is available here: MAD@HOP July 20 pitchbypitch.  The unofficial iScore scorecard is available here: MAD@HOP July 20 scorecard.

OVL Playoff Picture

Madisonville’s win, coupled with Fulton’s loss on Monday night to Owensboro, brings the Miners and Railroaders into a tie for second place in the OVL standings.  Fulton’s loss also clinches the 2015 OVL regular season championship (and #1 playoff seed) for the Dubois County Bombers.

Madisonville faces Dubois County at Elmer Kelley Stadium on Tuesday night, while Fulton hosts Hoptown.  A win by the Miners (or a Railroader loss) will give Madisonville the #2 seed heading into the OVL playoffs on Friday night.

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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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