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).
UPDATE: This game has been rescheduled for June 25 as part of what will now be a doubleheader against the Railroaders at Elmer Kelley Stadium. The first game will begin at 5:00 PM Central Time.
Friday night’s matchup between the Railroaders and Miners was canceled just before game time due to rain. We were hoping to be able to get the game in, but unfortunately the weather would not cooperate.
No make up date has been set at this time, so please stayed tuned for more information.
The Miners have a day off tomorrow before hosting the Hoppers Sunday afternoon at 5:00 pm Central time. See you at Elmer Kelley on Fathers Day!
The official Miners batting and pitching statistics thru June 18, 2015 (14 games) are below.
Miners Batting thru June 18 (14 games)
Team Leaders (Batting)
Batting Average: Tyler Greiner (.375)
Slugging Percentage: Nolan Ramsey (.509)
On Base Percentage: Tyler Greiner (.471)
Hits: Nolan Ramsey (19)
Home Runs: Nolan Ramsey (1)
Runs Batted In: Brooks Benson (11)
Runs Scored: Connor Moss (11)
Walks Drawn: Wesley Birchmeier (11)
Miners Pitching thru June 18 (14 games)
Team Leaders (Pitching)
Wins: Mathias Brewers (2-0)
Saves: Mathias Brewers (2)
ERA: Nicholas Purpera (0.87)
Strikeouts: Yancey Pritchett (15)
Innings Pitched: Drew Mullinax (14.33)
Ballgame Update – Friday Night, June19
The Fulton Railroaders are scheduled to visit Elmer Kelley Stadum tonight, Friday, June 19. The weather forecast is calling for rain later this afternoon and evening, so stay tuned for further updates.
The game is scheduled to get underway at 7:00 pm Central Time. Let’s hope the weather holds off!
July 3 Doubleheader Versus Owensboro
The Miners and Oilers will play a doubleheader at Elmer Kelley Stadium on Friday, July 3, in order to make up a rainout on June 17. Consistent with OVL rules, both games will be seven inning matchups. Game One will get started at 5:00 PM Central Time.
Madisonville Miners 4, Hopkinsville Hoppers 2 – game 1 in 7 innings.
In Game One of the doubleheader, the Miners held on to beat the Hoppers in Hopkinsville. After three innings of play, Madisonville clung to 2-1 until the seventh and final inning. In the top of the seventh the Miners added 2 insurance runs from 3 singles and a ground out RBI for 4-1 lead. In the bottom half of the seventh the Hoppers managed one more run on a Ernie de la Trinidad solo home run, but it was too little to late. Drew Mullinax takes the win on the mound going six innings. Colin Hudson picked up the save throwing for the final inning. The loss goes to Parker Cash for five innings with Jordan Martin completing the last two innings for Hoptown. Box Scores Click Here.
Hopkinsville Hoppers 11, Madisonville Miners 5 – game 2 in 7 innings.
The Hoppers came alive to win the night cap game of the doubleheader powering past the Miners early in the game. Hoptown pounded out 9 runs through the first 4 innings of play using 9 hits and one Miner error. The Miners finally got going in the fifth innings putting up 4 runs taking advantage of 3 Hopper errors and a RBI single. The Hoppers added 2 more runs in the bottom of the fifth for their final talley. Madisonville picked up their final run in the seventh. Three Hoppers had doubles in the game; Mitch Gallager with 2 along with one each for Will Olson and Ernie de la Trinidad. The Miners received one double on the evening off the bat of Shane Connahan. The winning pitcher for Hoptown was Nick Eggemeyer for 5 innings. The loss for Madisonville goes to Yancey Pritchett who went 1 2/3 innings. Box Scores Click Here.