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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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