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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.

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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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Miners fall to Railroaders 7-0

The Miners lost 7-0 to the visiting Fulton Railroaders tonight at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville.

Madisonville gave up two runs in the top of the 1st inning, one more in the 2nd, and four runs in the 8th inning.  At the plate, Madisonville never got anything going, carving out just three hits on the night.

Railroader starter CJ Lee got the Win, with Miner starter Reid Clements getting the Loss.  Tonight’s complete Box Score is available HERE.

The Miners drop to 0-2 on the season, and the Railroaders improve to 1-1.   Madisonville gets back in action Tuesday night at home against the Owensboro Oilers.

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Miners Host Railroaders Sunday Night

The Madisonville Miners will host the Fulton Railroaders on Sunday, June 1, 2014, beginning at 7:00 pm Central.  Come out to Elmer Kelley Stadium at the Madisonville City Park and enjoy an evening at the ballpark!  If you can’t make the game in person, you can listen LIVE via our internet streaming on TEAMLINE!

The Miner’s schedule for the month of June 2014 is as follows:

June 1 – Fulton

June 3 – Owensboro

June 4 – @ Hopkinsville

June 6 – Fulton

June 7 – Dubois County

June 8 – @ Owensboro

June 9 – Hopkinsville

June 11 – Fulton

June 12 – @ Dubois County, Indiana (NOTE: 6:00 pm Central Start)

June 13 – @ Owensboro

June 14 – @ Hopkinsville

June 15 – @ Dubois County, Indiana (NOTE: 6:00 pm Central Start)

June 17 – @ Fulton

June 18 – Dubois County

June 19 – Owensboro

June 20 – Hoptown

June 22 – Fulton

June 23 – @ Dubois County, Indiana (NOTE: 6:00 pm Central Start)

June 24 – Owensboro

June 25 – @ Hopkinsville

June 27 – @ Fulton

June 28 – Dubois County

June 29 – @ Owensboro

June 30 – Hopkinsville

Unless otherwise noted, all games start at 7:00 pm Central.

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Hoppers Down Miners in Season Opener

The Madisonville Miners kicked off the 2014 OVL season with a 8-1 loss to the Hoptown Hoppers at Elmer Kelley Stadium tonight.  Tonight’s box score is available HERE.

The Miners (0-1) get back in action on Sunday, June 2, against the Fulton Railroaders (0-0).   Come see us at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville at 7 PM Central or listen online at the Miners’ TEAMLINE website.

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