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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.



Friday Night: Miners Lose In Fulton 3-1

(From Fulton) The Railroaders edge past the Miners to win 3-1 in Fulton with the only scores coming for both teams in a single inning.
Good pitching and defense held each side scoreless through 4 innings. Top of the fifth, EJ Watson (2-for-4) led off with a single and made home plate on a RBI double by JD Minor (2-for-4).
Bottom half of the fifth, the Railroaders answered with 3 runs. Griffin Neuer walked and made third base on a Clay Reece (2-for-4) single who then stole second. A RBI groundout by Brad Baldwin drove in Neuer to tie the game and moved Reece to third. Ramon Valdez follow with a walk and reach second on a pass ball. A two out double for Kyle Uhrich (2-for-4) yielded 2 RBI for Fulton to complete the scoring.

Relief pitching and defense continued to shutdown both offenses for the remainder of the game. The Railroader left 11 men on base and the Miners stranded 12 runners.

Starter Dillon Symon earned the win for Fulton for 7 innings, giving up 7 hits, one earned run, 4 walks and had 3 strikeouts. Lee Haeberle threw for one inning with one hit, a walk and one strikeout. Kyle Estand finished the final inning for a save with no hits or walks and stuck out one batter.

Taking the hard loss for Madisonville was starter Mathias Brewers who pitched for 5 innings allowing 6 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), 3 walks, and struck out 8 at the plate. Wesley Birchmeier threw for 2 innings in middle relief, no hits 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Cameron Smith completed the final inning giving up only one hit.

Both teams are now 17-13 on season in second and third place with the Miners better head-to-head winning 5 of 9 games between the two. The teams meet one more time in Madisonville on Wednesday, July 15 to complete their regular season series.

The first place Dubois County Bombers remain ahead in the standings by 3½ games, and were idle on Friday due to weather in Owensboro with the Oilers.

A complete Box Score of the game is available HERE.

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