Miners Split Doubleheader In Dubois County
Game One – Miners 9, Bombers 3
(From Huntingburg, Indiana): Madisonville took an early lead in the second inning, scoring without benefit of a base hit as Nolan Ramsey walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced on a ground out, and came home on another wild pitch.
The Bombers tied it up in their half of the frame. Macy Holdsworth led off with a walk. Singles by Conner Echols and Mark Giesler advanced him to third. Zach Barnhart drove him in with a sacrifice fly to knot the score at 1-all.
Tom Prospero crossed the plate on a Colin Dupree sacrifice fly to put the visitors back in front, 2-1 in the fourth inning.
The Miners then sealed the game and the playoff seeding by taking advantage of a series of Bomber errors to score seven unearned runs in the final two innings. Catcher Joe McGuinness had an RBI single in each rally.
Dubois County chipped two runs off of the 9-1 lead in the seventh and final inning when Trey Fulton singled Ben Balgaard and Barnhart home. But that was as much as the Bombers could muster, before succumbing 9-3.
Starter Jose Fernandez earned the win to improve his season record to 2-1. Matt Munden is charged with the Bomber loss to square his ledger at 3-3.
The official box score and game summary is available here: Miners@Bombers Game One July 23
Game Two – Bombers 2, Miners 0
(From Huntingburg, Indiana): The Bombers scored both runs in the third inning. Barnhart led off with a single and moved to second when Mark Geisler was hit by a pitch. Conner Moroder singled in Barnhart and Logan Brown followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Geisler.
Ian Dimitrie pitched the first five innings for Dubois County, holding the hard-hitting Miners to four hits and a walk. He only allowed one Miner to advance as far as third base.
Brian Wichman and Mathies came out of the Bomber bullpen to maintain the shutout, each tossing a scoreless inning.
With the win, Dimitrie closes the regular season with a 5-1 record, matching Renton Poole for the best record on the Bombers staff.
Dylan Givens takes the loss to fall to 2-2.
The official box score and game summary is available here: Miners@Bombers Game Two July 23
Miners Clinch #2 Seed
With the split last night in Dubois County, the Miners finished locked up the #2 seed in the upcoming playoffs with a final regular season with a 26-14 record. Two regular season games were unable to be rescheduled due to the calendar.
The Miners will host the #7 seed Muhlenberg County Stallions in Round One of the OVL Playoffs on Monday night, July 25, at Elmer Kelley Stadium. The winner will advance to Round Two on Tuesday night, while the loser will be eliminated.
The playoff bracket is here:
Final Regular Season Stats
The Miners final regular season stats are: