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Miners Fall 3-2 in Extra Innings at Fulton

(Summary courtesy of Fulton Railroaders) The home team Railroaders (4-1) fought hard to win and overcome a determined Miners (0-4) team hungry for their first victory.  Click here for the Box Score.

For Madisonville it was a second straight night of extra play going past nine innings tied at 2-2, this time with the Railroaders. In the bottom of the 11th inning, pinch hitter John Anderson led off with a walk followed by a strikeout and caught fly. Clay Reece then singled with 2 outs and advanced to second on a wild pitch along with Anderson moving to third. The Miners intentionally walked Kipp Moore to load the bases. Kyle Uhrich (2-for-6) got the game winning RBI with a singled down the third base line off the third baseman’s glove.

Fulton took the first and early 1-0 led in the first inning from Uhrich’s first a RBI single, driving in Brad Baldwin (1-for-4) who led off with a walk and was advanced with a sacrifice bunt by Clay Reece (1-for-4).

Madisonville tied the game in the third at 1-1 after Logan Hopple (3-for-4) singled, reached third on a batted ball and wild pitch, then scored on a ground out. The Miners took a short lived 2-1 led in the fourth when Cory Finkler (2-for-5) singled and advanced to third on another hit, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Greiner (1-for-4).

Fulton answered in the bottom of the fourth inning with a led off solo homerun by Clayton Conner (1-for-5) that tied the game at 2-2 until the eleventh inning.

Kyle Ward (2-0) is the pitcher of record and takes his second win in relief getting the final Miner out with the game tied. Fulton starter Dillon Symon pitched 7 innings giving 6 hits, 2 earned runs, a walk and had 5 strikeouts. Trey Tigart threw for 3 2/3 innings allowing 3 hits, no runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.

The Miners’ starter Drew Mullinax went 3 1/3 innings followed by Jesse Ellefson for 3 2/3 innings of work. Blaine Alvery finished the final 3 2/3 and takes the loss. The three pitchers combined to give up 8 hits, 3 earned runs, 7 walks, and issued 10 strikeouts total.
Defensively both teams turned one double play each. The Railroaders were error free and the Miners committed two on the evening.

The Railroaders remain home on Thursday to host the Bombers. The Miners will regroup on Thursday with a day off and take on the Bombers on Friday at home in Madisonville.

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Hoppers Outlast Miners in 18-Inning Marathon

The Madisonville Miners (0-3) and the Hoptown Hoppers (1-3) hooked up at Elmer Kelley Stadium on Tuesday night, and neither team simply wanted to let go.  Eighteen innings later, the Hoppers won the longest game in the history of the Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League by the final score of 4-2.  (Box Score Here)

Hoptown got the scoring underway in the top of the 3rd inning, scoring two runs off Madisonville starting pitcher Cameron Smith.  Hopper second baseman Chris Jones singled after a leadoff ground out by Jimmy Cubillos.  Jones then moved to third on a single by the next batter, John Davis, and scored on a delayed steal after Davis stole second base.  Ernie de la Trinidad followed with a single, and advanced to second base on a Miner error that also allowed Davis to score.

Madisonville answered with one run in the bottom of the 3rd inning.  Addison Rospert ripped a one-out triple and scored on an RBI-single by Jacob Csizmadia.

The Miners tied the ballgame at 2-2 in the bottom of the 4th after Andrew Tanous reached base on an error and later scored on a ground ball by Matt Walsh.

Neither team could muster another run over the next fourteen innings.  The Hoppers finally broke the deadlock in the top of the 18th inning, scoring two runs and taking a 4-2.  The inning started with Cubillos drawing a leadoff walk from Miner reliever Colin Hudson.  Cubillos then scored on a single by de la Trinidad, who promptly scored on a single by Cody Duncan.

Madisonville loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom half of the 18th inning, but pinch hitter J.A. Harville ended the game by lining out hard to Duncan, the Hopper shortstop.

Madisonville pounded out ten hits, but stranded sixteen runners on the base paths.  Addison Rospert went 1-for6, Jacob Csizmadia went 2-for-7 with an RBI, Nolan Ramsey went 2-for-5, Matt Walsh went 2-for-6 with an RBI, and Wesley Birchmeier went 1-for-8.  Pinch hitters Tyler Greiner and Conner Moss each went 1-for-1 late in the ballgame.  Madisonville committed three errors on the night.

The Hoppers had eleven hits and stranded eight baserunners.  Ernie de la Trinidad led the way at the plate, batting 5-for-8 with an RBI and one run scored.  Cody Duncan went 2-for-8 with an RBI.  Hopper catcher Will Olson went 1-for-7, Chris Jones went 2-for-7 with one run scored, and John Davis went 1-for-7 with one run scored.  The Hoppers committed seven errors.

Hopper starter Brady Walsh pitched nine complete innings, giving up four hits, two runs (one earned), walking one, and striking out three Miners.  Jordan Martiin pitched two scoreless innings, walking one.  Will Bishop took over from there, pitching 7 shutout innings. Bishop walked five and struck out five Miners.  Bishop picked up the Win.

Cameron Smith got the start for Madisonville and pitched four complete innings.  Smith gave up five hits, two runs (one earned), and struck out one.  Smith gave way to Nicholas Purpera, who pitched four scoreless innings while scattering two hits and striking out two Hoppers.  Kyle Vedrode followed, pitching three scoreless innings. Vedrode gave up one hit and struck out four Hoppers.  Yancey Pritchett took the mound and pitched one inning, walking one and striking out one.  Colin Hudson relieved Pritchett and pitched five and two-thirds innings.  Hudson gave up two runs (both earned) on two hits, two walks, and three strikeouts.  Cory Finkler wrapped things up on the mound for the Miners, allowing one hit in one-third inning of work.  Hudson took the Loss for the Miners.

Madisonville gets back in action on Wednesday night in Fulton against the Railroaders.

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Madisonville Loses Home Opener to Dubois County, 8-1

The Dubois County Bombers (1-2) spoiled the home opener for Madisonville Miners (0-2) on Sunday night, 8-1.  The Bombers scored three runs in the top of the top of the 1st to take an early lead.  Madisonville answered with one run in the bottom of the 2nd, but the Bombers responded with one run in the top of the 3rd inning to make the score 4-1.  Dubois County added one run in the 5th and three more in the 7th to extend the lead out to the final margin of 8-1.  A complete box score is available HERE.

The Bombers were led at the plate by Nick Gobert, who went 2-for-2 and scored four runs.  Alex Ralph went 3-for-4 with two RBI, Drake McNamara went 1-for-4 with two RBI, and Cody Krumlauf got an RBI.  Alex Snodgrass went 1-for-3 and scored two runs, with Ryan Keck and Morgan DePew each scoring a run each.  Dubois County was assisted offensively by four Madisonville errors.

Cory Finkler scored Madisonville’s only run of the ballgame on a sacrifice fly from Tyler Greiner in the bottom of the 2nd inning.  Carlton Peppers went 2-for-4, with Nolan Ramsey and Shane Connahan each batting 1-for-3.

Bomber starting pitcher Devin Williams got the Win for Dubois County.  Williams scattered four hits over eight complete innings, giving up one earned run, walking four Miners, and striking out five.  Nicholas Scheller pitched a perfect 9th inning to close out the game for the Bombers.

Starting pitcher Colton Nussel took the Loss for Madisonville, allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits in three innings of work.  Blaine Alvey pitched three innings in relief, allowing one unearned run on two hits, a walk, and a strikeout.  Alvey gave way to Mathias Brewers, who pitched just one-third of an inning.  Brewers gave up three runs (all earned) on one hit, three walks, and one strikeout.  Nicholas Purpera completed the seventh inning for Brewers, walking one batter and striking one.  Kyle Vedrode pitched the final two innings for Madisonville, giving up one hit and striking out four.

Madisonville will try to get into the win column on Monday night in Owensboro against the Oilers (2-0).  The game starts at 7pm at Apollo High School.

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Miners Drop Season Opener to Railroaders in Fulton

The Madisonville Miners opened up the 2015 OVL season on the road in Fulton on Friday night and fell to the Railroaders, 16-6.  Click HERE for a link to the box score.

(Summary courtesy of Fulton Railroaders) The Fulton Railroaders (1-0) opened their season at home with a victory over the Madisonville Miners (0-1). The Railroaders put up their 16 runs off of 12 hits, 10 walks, 4 hit batters and 4 Miner errors. Fulton scored 9 runs in the first inning sending 13 men to the plate causing Madisonville to use two pitchers to get out of the inning.

Madisonville led early scoring 2 runs in the top of first inning before the Railroaders answered to out pace the Miners. The Railroaders added a single score in the third before the Miners gained some momentum in the forth inning putting up 3 runs to cut Fulton’s lead in half. The Railroaders added another 2 runs in the sixth and topped off with 4 more in the eighth. The Miners managed their final run in the seventh inning.

Brooks Benson was 3-for-5 with 2 RBI and a double; Wesley Birchmeier went 2-for-4 with a double and a run batted in; and Nolan Ramsey was 2-for-4 and 2 scores.

The win for Fulton goes to Kyle Ward (1-0) pitching for 3 2/3 innings in relief of starter Charlie Hecht who went only 3 1/3 innings. Ward gave up 2 hits and one earned run, striking out 2 and giving a walk. Kyle Estand finished the final 2 innings for the Railroaders. The three pitchers combined to allow 11 hits, 6 runs (one earned), 7 strikeouts and 2 walks.

Taking the loss for Madisonville was J.A. Harville (0-1) who struggled in the first inning 4 walking batters and hitting another.  Harville allowed only one hit but was tagged for 6 runs scored (3 earned) and was unable to get an out.  Colin Hudson pitched in relief for 2 3/3 innings, followed by Jesse Ellefson and Yancey Pritchet for 2 1/3 innings each, with Austin Lukaschewski finishing the final 2/3 innings.

Both teams combined for 10 errors, with Fulton having 6 and Madisonville 4. Each team turned one double play. The most notable defensive plays came from Miners’ right fielder Nolan Ramsey who made a driving catch of a line drive, a wall jumping catch, and a throw to third base to gun down a runner.

The Miners (0-1) host the Dubois County Bombers (0-1) in the home opener at Elmer Kelley Stadium on Sunday night.  The game gets underway at 7:00 pm Central.


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Miners Rout Hoppers 11-3 at Elmer Kelley

(Courtesy of the Kentucky New Era)

MADISONVILLE, Ky. — Three innings into the game Friday, it seemed like the curtains were already closing for the Hoptown Hoppers.

The Madisonville Miners were able to put up all 11 of its runs in the first five innings against the Hoppers. A five-run third and a three-run fourth helped put the game out of reach, as the Miners toppled the Hoppers 11-3 at Elmer Kelly Park.

Head coach Grayson Crawford felt the wind come out of his team’s sails early in the game.

“From the get go, after the first inning. We just didn’t play really well. It was a lot of things we did. You just put this one behind you and go from there,” Crawford said. “We’re just going to move on. There are too many things tonight we didn’t do right to learn from. You just have to move on and get ready for tomorrow.”

Madisonville (2-14) relied on the bat of Cory Finkler to take an early lead.

In the first inning, Finkler just barely cleared the center field fence for a solo home run.

In the third inning, with the bases loaded, Finkler again cleared the fences. The second time around was much more convincing, easily clearing the left field wall for a grand slam, which at the time giving the Miners a comfortable 6-0 lead.

Finkler has three home runs against the Hoptown (13-3) pitching staff this season.

“It’s just being aggressive at the plate, that’s the key. I got some good pitches at the plate and I was aggressive,” Finkler said. “I got a fastball up in the zone which is what I like to hit so I put a swing on it.”

After tacking on another run in the third, the Miners continued to stay hot in the fourth.

Madisonville used four hits and a Hoppers’ error to put three more runs across.

A final run in the fifth made possible by a Hoppers’ error concluded the scoring for Madisonville, giving them an 11-0 lead at the time.

A combination of Bubba Olivera, Heath Petty, former Hopkinsville high school star Josh Drake, centerfielder Michael Haun and first baseman Jeffrey Kammer worked together to shut the Miners’ bats down after the fourth inning.

Haun and Kammer were the biggest surprises, both working perfect 1-2-3 innings on the mound. The everyday position players even surprised their own head coach.

“Maybe a little surprise. We knew Haun was a pitcher when he came here. Maybe a little surprised with Jeff but he threw strikes,” Crawford said.

The Hoppers were able to plate a single run in each of their final innings at the plate. John Davis, who had been slumping this season, lead the team at the plate with a lead-off double in the seventh and a single in the eighth.

“I was trying to forget the other at bats. I went up there and got down in the count, so I tried to battle up there. I finally got some pitches I could hit,” Davis said. “That’s baseball for you. You just have to stick with your approach and good things will happen.”

The loss for the Hoppers is their second in a row. In Both games, Hoptown fell behind by margins of five and 11 runs early and never recovered. Crawford knows his team needs to return to its old form to end this current slide.

“We just have to get back to the way we were the first 12 games. Winning will take care of itself when you do the right things and we have just been doing some silly things,” Crawford said. “We will try to get back to that tomorrow.”

The Hoppers travel to Fulton today to take on the Railroaders at 7 pm. Following that game, the Hoppers will play their next five games at home at Christian County High School’s Colonel Field.

Madisonville 11, Hoptown 3

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LP – Reese Johnson (2 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 1 SO)

Leading hitters: Hoptown – Davis (2B, 1B), Sean Brophy (2 1B), Scotty Adkins (2B) Parker Cash (1B), Ben Fisher (1B), Ben Rodriguez (1B), Meade Kendrick (1B).

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