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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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OVL Elects New Leadership

The Ohio Valley League has chosen one of its original members to lead the wooden bat baseball circuit into the future.

Cubb Stokes, a part-owner and past general manager of the Fulton Railroaders, was elected president of the OVL at its annual meeting in Eddyville (Ky.) recently.

Stokes was involved in the rebirth of the KIT League in 2004 and when the league played its first games in 2005. He was part of a group that bought the Fulton franchise in July of 2005 and was the Railroaders’ general manager for four years (2009-12).  He has continued to help with player recruitment for the Fulton franchise, which is a charter member of the OVL, born three seasons ago.
Stokes will replace Marion’s Gordon Guess, who will remain active in league affairs as special assistant to the president. Steve Fowler will continue in his role of director of league development.

Charlie Pierce (Owensboro) was selected vice president, Tricia Noel (Madisonville) secretary and Mike Smith (Fulton) as the league’s treasurer.

Stokes said the league’s main purpose would continue to be player skills development with an emphasis on character of the group’s players and coaches as they pursue their dreams of advancing in baseball.

“With the current and future owners, we are dedicated to making the OVL one of the premier summer collegiate wooden bat leagues in the United States,” the new league president said. “We have come along way since a cold rainy February day meeting at the Fulton fire station. Several baseball enthusiasts had a dream that day and 11 years later it is still thriving.

“We have had towns come and go but, in the end, we are still providing good competitive baseball at a very low cost to the citizens of our towns and surrounding areas. Life-long friendships have been and are developed each year between the players and fans. It also shows the young local Little Leaguers, as well as the older boys who dream of being a major leaguer someday, what they need to do to reach our level.”

The OVL is currently comprised of five teams — Fulton, Madisonville, Hopkinsville, Owensboro and Dubois County (Ind.). League officials hope to add a sixth team for the 2015 season and two more for the following season before growing to a 10-team circuit by 2017.

Stokes’ passion for baseball runs deep — from growing up as a kid in Hickman with big-league dreams — to earning a full scholarship at the University of Tennessee. He played three summers in the Valley League, one of the four premier summer collegiate leagues in the early 1970s, and was drafted in the eighth round of Major League Baseball’s amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 1975.

He lauded widespread support of the OVL, which has made the product successful, especially mentioning fans, sponsors, season ticket holders and host families as those critical to the league’s popularity.

“Whether you have a franchise in Fulton (smallest population) or in Owensboro (largest population), you cannot survive without great support from the local fans and surrounding communities, counties and even states,” he said.

“And any size community can become part of the league as long as they have the dedication and passion for baseball that our current owners exhibit.”

To play in the OVL, one must be a member of a college (any division or level) baseball roster and have eligibility left with that team. The age restriction is 18-23.

Miner’s Season Ends in Owensboro

July 25, 2014

Owensboro Oilers 1, Madisonville Miners 0.  The Oilers eliminated the Miners on Friday in Owensboro winning game two in the second round.  As in the night before the two teams battled in another close game with the only run scored by the Oilers in seventh inning.  The loss sends the Miners home for the season, and the Oilers move on to face the Hoptown Hoppers in the final playoff round.

     Bottom of the 7th, Braxton Brinkley singled and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Harold Diaz.  Brinkley made home plate on a two out RBI double by Taylor Mathews. 

     Both starting pitcher threw for a complete game.  Cameron Wallace won the shutout game allowing only 3 hits and one walk while striking out 9 batters.  Mike Steele takes the loss giving up just 4 hits, one earned run, 3 walks and had 2 strikeouts.  Box Scores Click Here.

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