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Wednesday Night: Miners Rally Late To Beat Railroaders 8-7

The Miners scored five runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to pull out a 8-7 walk off win over the visiting Fulton Railroaders.  Connor Moss delivered the game-winning hit, belting a double into the gap to drive in Wesley Birchmeier.

Madisonville took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 2nd when Connor Moss singled to drive in Cory Finkler.  Fulton answered in the top of the 3rd when Kyle Uhrich singled to drive in Clay Reece.

The score stayed tied 1-1 until the top of the 4th.  Tyler Hilton, who reached base on a bloop single, scored on a Miner fielding error on a single by Lucas Eliason and made the score 2-1 through four innings.

Fulton extended the lead with two runs in the top of the 7th, making the score 4-1.  Kipp Moore singled, driving in Brad Baldwin, and Tyler Hilton followed with a single, driving in Ramon Valdez.

Madisonville picked up one run in the bottom of the 7th on an RBI-single by Matt Walsh scored JD Minor and cut the lead to 4-3 heading into the 8th inning.

Fulton seemed to put the game away in the top of the 8th.  Kyle Uhrich hammered a three-rum home run to center field, driving in Griffin Neuer and Brad Baldwin, and made the score 7-3.

The score held until the bottom of the 9th, when Matt Walsh led off the inning for the Miners by reaching base on an error by Kipp Moore.  Shane Connahan followed with single, advancing Walsh to second base.  After Jacob Czimadia struck out for the first out of the inning, Cory Finkler singled to left field, where Tyler Hilton misplayed the ball and allowed Walsh to score the first Miner run of the inning.

Tyler Greiner hit a sharp ground ball to first base, but Railroader first baseman Kyle Uhrich threw the ball into left field trying to get the force out at second base.  The error allowed Connahan to score and Finkler to advance to third base.

EJ Watson entered to game as a pinch runner for Greiner, and Wesley Birchmeier prompty doubled home Finkler and Watson to tie the game at 7-7.  After a foul ball, Moss then roped his game-winning double, scoring Birchmeier and capping the walk off win for the Miners, 8-7.

Railroader reliever Logan Parrett suffered the loss for Fulton, while Colin Hudson followed Miner starter Kyle Vedrode and got the win.

The official box score is available here: Railroaders@Miners071515.

The unofficial iScore scorecard is available here: Railroaders@Miners071515.

The unofficial iScore pitch-by-pitch recap is available here: Railroaders@Miners071515.

OVL Schedule for Thursday

Fulton travels to Dubois County, and Hoptown visits Owensboro.  Madisonville has the night off.

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Tuesday Night: Hoppers Down Miners

(From Hopkinsville) The Hoptown Hoppers defeated the Madisonville Miners by a score of 15 to 2 in a game played in Hopkinsville on Tuesday evening.

Parker Cash earned the victory for the Hoppers, pitching 8 innings, allowing 1 run and 3 hits.  Cash struck out 8 and walked 2 in his performance.  Colton Nussel suffered the loss for Madisonville.

The Hoppers had 13 hits in the contest, led by Matt Cogen, who was 3 for 3 with 3 walks.  Ernie de la Trinadad continued his fine hitting with two hits, including a home run and a double, John Davis had a triple and a single, and Bo Coolen, Cody Duncan, and Olsen each had two hits for the Hoppers, played in front of an attendance of 215.

Andrew Tanous went 1-for-3 and picked up an RBI for the Miners, and Jacob Czismadia drove in the other Madisonville run.   Connor Moss and Wesley Birchmeier scored the runs.

Complete Box Scores Click Here.

Wednesday Night OVL Schedule

Madisonville (19-15) hosts Fulton (21-13) on Wednesday night at Elmer Kelley Stadium, while Owensboro (9-26) travels to Dubois County, Indiana, to face the Bombers (23-11).  Hoptown has the night off.

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Monday Night: Miners Sweep Oilers At Elmer Kelley

The Miners swept Monday night’s doubleheader against the Oilers, winning Game One 4-3 in extra innings and winning Game Two 9-1 in seven.

The wins snap a three-game losing streak by the Miners (19-14) and move Madisonville to within 3.5 games of first-place Dubois County and only 0.5 games behind second-place Fulton.  The two losses extend the Oiler losing streak to three games and drop Owensboro (9-24) 13.5 games back.

Game One: Miners 4, Oilers 3

The Miners jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, scoring one run in each of the first two innings.  Owensboro got on the board with three runs in the top of the 4th and held the lead 3-2 until Madisonville tied the game 3-3 in the bottom of the 5th inning.

The game stayed tied through seven innings and ended in the second extra inning when Matt Walsh drove in Nolan Ramsey for the game-winning run with a double to deep center field.

Brooks Benson went 2-for-3 with two RBI, with Connor Moss driving in the other Miner run.  Nolan Ramsey also chipped in, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored.  EJ Watson and JD Minor scored the other two Miner runs.

Wesley Birchmeier pitched two shut out innings following starter Cameron Smith and picked up the win.  Smith pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits with three Ks and one BB.

Chase Randolph took the loss for the Oilers, pitching the final 2.67 innings and allowing the winning run to cross the plate.  Oiler starter Damon Davis went five innings before giving way to Ryan Flores, who pitched the scoreless 6th inning.

Ty Broady led the Oilers at the plate, batting 1-for-3 with two RBI and one run scored.  Alfredo Bohorques went 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Riley Benner went 2-for-3 with a run scored.  Drew Bene picked up an RBI while going 0-for-4.

A complete box score is available HERE.

Game Two: Miners 9, Oilers 1

The Miners continued the offensive show of force in Game Two, scoring one in the 1st, three in the 3rd, and four more in the 4th.  The Oilers cut the score to 8-1 with a run in the 5th, but the Miners answered with one in the bottom half of the frame to make the lead 9-1.  Neither team scored from there, and Madisonville cruised to the 9-1 win in seven innings.

Brooks Benson blasted a three-run home run in the 3rd inning off Oiler starter Jake Wilson, driving in Matt Walsh and Shane Connahan.  Benson went 3-for3 with one run score and five RBI in Game Two.  Wesley Birchmeier homered as well, going deep in the bottom of the 5th off Oiler reliever Austin Bartle.  Eight Miner players scored runs in Game Two.

Miner starter Yancey Pritchett went five complete innings, allowing just one run and scattering four hits.  Pritchett walked four and struck out four while earning his first win of the year.  Austin Lukachewski pitched two scoreless innings to secure the win for the Miners.

Jake Wilson started in the mound for the Oilers and got the loss.  Wilson gave up seven runs on four hits and seven walks.  Wilson struck out one Miner batter.  Austin Bartle and Josh Wetzel each saw some action on the mound for the Oilers.

Riley Benner picked up an RBI, driving in Will Broady for the lone Oiler run.

A complete box score is available HERE.

Tuesday Night OVL Schedule

Madisonville travels back to Hoptown in hopes of avenging the 19-5 drubbing on their last trip south, while the Oilers host the Railroaders for a doubleheader in Owensboro.  Dubois County gets the night off.

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Sunday Night: Miners Fall To Bombers In Extra Innings

(From Dubois County) 1614 enthusiastic Bomber fans witnessed one of the most thrilling games of the year as the Dubois County Bombers scratched out an 11-10 extra inning victory over the Madisonville Miners last night.

Neither team would claim it was the best-played ballgame of the season, but the roller coaster ride provided a series of highs and lows for fans of both squads.

The game had the makings of a pitcher’s duel. Bombers head coach Andy Lasher sent Ryan Dills to the mound. Dills is the only pitcher in the Ohio Valley League that has already collected five wins on the season. Madisonville coach Jared Franklin countered with Drew Mullinax, putting his 3-1 record on the line as the Miners strove to close to within two games of the league-leading Bombers with the season winding down.

In a manner similar to a football game between a down-the-field passing team playing against a grind-it-out three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust offense, the game developed into a contrast of styles early on. Before it was over, the Bombers would score in seven of the ten innings played, but never tallying more than two runs in a frame. By contrast, Madisonville only scored in two innings, but made the most of them, pushing four runs across the plate in the second and six more in the eighth.

The Bombers took the early lead in the first inning. Nick Gobert doubled and scored on a Drake McNamara single.

Madisonville responded immediately with their first big inning. Five Miners singled. Mix in one of the four Bomber errors committed on the evening, and the Miners had a 4-1 lead after an inning and a half.

But Dubois County added a run in the second without a base hit to close it to 4-2.

The Bombers utilized the exceptional speed of Daniel Johnson and Devyn Newberry to tie the game in the third inning. Johnson and Newberry singled to lead off the inning. With runners on the corners and one out, Newberry took off for second with Mullinax on the rubber. It appeared Mullinax would be able to pick him off, but Newberry arrived safely while Johnson started a dash home from third. He too appeared to be in jeopardy on the bases, but somehow managed to elude a tag attempt by the Miners catcher, sliding in to score as Newberry advanced on to third. Newberry came in to score later in the inning, tying the game at four.

Dubois County plated two more in the fifth. Johnson singled and was sacrificed to second. With two down, Madisonville chose to intentionally walk McNamara and pitch to Noah Sadler. Sadler responded by hammering a triple to the warning track, driving in two runs.

The Bombers stretched the margin to 8-4 in the seventh when Johnson singled, Gobert doubled him in, and Sadler collected his third RBI of the game.

All told, the Bombers had scored seven consecutive runs scattered over six innings to turn a 4-1 deficit into an 8-4 advantage. But tides come in, and tides go out.

Madisonville sent twelve batters to the plate in the eighth inning, facing four different Dubois County pitchers. Six hits, a walk, an error, a sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly produced six Miner runs. Zach Freeman came out of the Bomber bullpen to finally get the final out, but not before the Miners had taken a 10-8 lead.

Down to their last at bat in the bottom of the ninth, Dubois County tied the game. With two down and the bases loaded, Morgan DePew drove a ball to the outfield scoring Newberry and McNamara, knotting the contest at 10-10 and forcing extra innings.

Having retired the Miners in order in the ninth, Freeman stayed on to pitch the 10th. Madisonville came up empty again.

The trend of the evening had been for the Bombers to score more often than not, even if it was in smaller bunches on this night. In the bottom of the tenth, they would only need one.

Thomas Rea opened the inning with a double. He tagged and advanced to third when Johnson flew out to deep right field. After the Miners walked Newberry, Nick Gobert came to the plate. Rea raced home with the winning run when Gobert pushed a squeeze bunt to the right side of the infield.

Zach Freeman gets the win in relief. His record improves to 3-3. Colin Hudson takes the loss, squaring his record at 2-2.

Bombers offensive standouts included Johnson with three singles, Gobert with a pair of doubles, and Sadler with a pair of hits including the big 2-rbi triple.

Conner Moss and Matt Walsh both had 3-hit nights for the Miners.

With the win, the Bombers record improves to 22-11. Madisonville drops to 17-14. They remain in third place, four games off of the Bombers league-leading pace.

Dubois County will be home again tonight, hosting the 12-19 Hoppers. Madisonville will play a home double header against Owensboro. Complete Box Scores Click Here.

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