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Wednesday Night: Miners 4, Hoppers 3

The Miners downed the Hoptown Hoppers 4-3 at Elmer Kelley on Wednesday night.  The win brought the Miners back to .500 for the season at 9-9, and the loss dropped the Hoppers to 7-12.  Click HERE for the complete box score.

Madisonville got on the board with a run in the bottom of the first inning.  Nolan Ramsey singled and drove in Connor Moss, who was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and then stole third base.  Hoptown responded with one run in the top of the third, when Jimmy Cubillos walked and later scored on an RBI-triple by Ernie de la Trinidad.

The score remained tied at 1-1 until the bottom of the fourth inning, when the Miners got a solo home run from Wesley Birchmeier, who went 3-for-3 on the night.  The Miners picked up two more runs in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Gabe Franklin (scoring Tyler Greiner) and an RBI-double from Cory Finkler (scoring Addison Rospert).

The Hoppers cut into the 4-1 deficit in the top of the eighth inning after Madisonville starter Kyle Vedrode was lifted for Mathias Brewers.  Zac Sanders and Cubillos started the inning off with back-to-back singles off Brewers.  The Miners doubled off Sanders after a line drive out by de la Trinidad, but a John Davis double and a walk by Will Olson set the stage for a two RBI single by Matt Crowder, who faced Miner reliever Nicholas Purpera.

Vedrode, who scattered three hits and one run over seven complete innings, got the Win for the Miners.  Vedrode walked one and stuck out seven.  Purpera picked up the Save for the Miners.  Hopper starter Nick Eggemeyer got the Loss, allowing 4 fours (three earned) on seven hits, three walks, and five strikeouts.

Madisonville hosts a doubleheader against Fulton on Thursday night, while the Hoppers get a night off.  Game One of the Fulton/Madisonville doubleheader will get underway at 5:00 pm Central.  In other OVL action on the card for Thursday night, Owensboro will visit Dubois County.

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Tuesday Night: Owensboro 9, Madisonville 4

The visiting Owensboro Oilers defeated the Miners 9-4 at Elmer Kelley Stadium on Tuesday night.  A complete Box Score is available HERE.

The Oilers scored eight runs in the first inning and took immediate control of the ballgame.  After a fly ball out began the ballgame, seven consecutive Owensboro batters reached base and scored runs in the inning.  The Oilers sent fourteen batters to the plate in the inning, and ended up with eight runs on five hits, five walks, one error, and three runners left on base.

The Oilers added another run in the top of the second, making the score 9-0 as the game headed to the home half of the inning.  The Miners held the Oilers scoreless from there out.

Madisonville picked up on run in the second, with EJ Watson singling to drive in Cory Finkler.  The score remained 9-1 until the fifth inning, when Madisonville scored two more runs on two hits and left the bases loaded.  Madisonville added one more run in the bottom of the eighth to end the scoring for the ballgame.

Owensboro starter Damon Davis recorded the Win, and Madisonville starter Jesse Ellefson took the Loss.

Madisonville (8-9) dropped into third place in the OVL standings, four games behind first place Dubois County (13-6).  Owensboro (6-10) pulled to within five-1/2 games of the Bombers.  Both teams are back in action on Wednesday night.  Owensboro hosts Fulton (10-8) and Madisonville hosts Hoptown (7-11).


Miners Downed At Dubois County Monday Night

(From Dubois County) The Dubois County Bombers returned to their winning ways last night with a 13-1 pasting of the Madisonville Miners. The Bombers mixed a dozen hits with ten walks issued by the visitors in running their record to 12-6.  Box Score click HERE.

Dubois County scored eleven of the twelve runs in just two innings. Seven Bombers crossed the plate in the second inning. Five more scored in the fifth.

Dubois County started off with a single run in the home first by playing small ball. Leadoff batter Daniel Johnson walked off of Miners starter Colton Nussel. Johnson later scored on a Drake McNamara sacrifice fly.

Madisonville responded with an unearned run in the top of the second when Wesley Birchmeier walked and came around on a Bomber error.

Then came the Dubois County second inning. Nussel was experiencing control problems. He walked three Bombers and hit one, forcing in a run with only one out. Miners coach Jared Franklin pulled Nussel in favor of Colin Hudson. Hudson yielded five hits before the inning was complete. The big blows were a 2-run single by Nick Gobert followed by a 2-run double by McNamara. Greg Jones added an RBI single. When dust had settled, the Bombers held an 8-1 advantage after two innings.

Meanwhile, Bombers starter Ryan Dills turned in another solid performance. He struck out eight and only walked one in five innings of work. Dills scattered six hits. The only run scored off of him was unearned, dropping his ERA to 1.20.

After the fifth, Dills would turn the rest of the evening’s mound duties over to the bullpen. But first, the batting order was to be heard from again.

Dubois County scored five more runs in the bottom of the fifth on four hits, three walks, and an error. Gobert, McNamara, and Jones had the RBI base hits again. After five, the scoreboard read 13-1 in the Bombers favor.

The Bombers bullpen would take it from there. They held the Miners to three hits over the final four innings. On a night where there was plenty to cheer about, one of the loudest cheers was for Bombers’ outfielder Nick Barrientos who tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning.

Dills is credited with the win. He is the first OVL pitcher to earn a third W this season. Nussel takes the loss to fall to 0-2.

There were plenty of hitting stars on this night. McNamara had a pair of doubles and five RBIs. Gobert added three RBIs on a pair of singles. Jones went 3-for-4, driving in two. Noah Sadler added a pair of RBIs, both on bases-loaded walks. Leadoff hitter Daniel Johnson scored three times. Johnson has now hit safely in all five games he has played for the Bombers.

Madisonville drops to 8-8. They remain in third place, now three games back of the first-place Bombers. Dubois County improves to 12-6.

Both teams will be home tonight. Madisonville hosts Owensboro, while the Hoppers will travel to Dubois County.

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Schedule Update for June 19 Rain Out

UPDATE: The June 19 rain out game versus Fulton has been rescheduled for June 25.  The game will be played as part of a doubleheader at Elmer Kelley Stadium.  The first game will begin at 5:00 PM Central Time.

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Miners Down Hoppers on Fathers Day

The Miners defeated the Hoppers 9-6 at Elmer Kelley Stadium on Sunday evening.  For a complete box score, click HERE.

After a scoreless first inning for the Hoppers, the Miners took an instant 1-0 lead when lead off hitter Addison Rospert hit the first pitch of the inning over the center field wall for a solo home run.  Nolan Ramsey followed a batter later with a double and scored on a Matt Walsh single, making the score 2-0 after one inning play.

Madisonville picked up another run in the third inning when Walsh doubled, advanced to third base on a single by Brooks Benson, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Shane Connahan.  The Miners extended the lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning as Rospert scored on an RBI single by Nolan Ramsey.

Miner third baseman EJ Watson drove in two runs with a one out single in the bottom of the fifth, scoring Brooks Benson and Logan Hopple, and making the score 6-0.

Madisonville starter Cameron Smith kept the Hoppers scoreless until the top of the seventh inning when Chris Jones hit a solo home run, but the Miners responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to make the score 9-1 after seven innings.  The big hit of the inning for the Miners came on a two-RBI double by Conner Moss.

The Hoppers fought back with four runs in the top of the eighth inning and cut the lead to 9-5.  Ernie de la Trinidad led off with the single and was followed by a single by Cody Duncan.  Will Olson then hit a three-run home run off Miner reliever Jake Gill.  Mitch Gallagher scored the other run of the inning for the Hoppers, stealing home after a walk by Matt Dunlevy.

The Hoppers scored one more run on the top of the ninth on an RBI-single by Will Olson, driving in Matt Crowder.  Madisonville reliever Cody Finkler shut the door from there and secured the win for the Miners.

Starter Cameron Smith picked up the win for the Miners (8-7), and Bryan Cruse took the loss for the Hoppers (6-9).

Madisonville travels to league-leading Dubois County (11-6) on Monday night, while the Hoppers host the Fulton Railroaders (9-7).

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