July 23, 2014
Playoff Round One – single game elimination
Madisonville Miners 6, Dubois County Bombers 1. (From Dubois County) The Madisonville Miners eliminated the Dubois County Bombers from the Ohio Valley League playoffs last night with a dramatic 6-1 comeback victory at Huntingburg’s League Stadium.
Most of the night belonged to the starting pitchers. Tanner Koch for Madisonville held the Bombers scoreless through six innings. He retired eight Bombers on strikeouts, only giving up three hits through those first six frames.
Dubois County third baseman Chase Scott led off the seventh with a home run just to the left of the old-time scoreboard. It was the first home run hit in OVL action this season in League Stadium. When Joe Sturino followed with a single, Miners’ skipper Jared Franklin called on reliever Miles Wagner to replace Koch. Wagner escaped without further damage.
Meanwhile, Dubois County starting pitcher Ryan Dills was even more dominant. Dills limited the Miners to one hit and a walk through the first eight innings. Both were erased on the bases attempting to steal. Josh Wetzel was cut down at second base by Bomber catcher Rick Linton in the third inning.
In the 8th, Jackson Martin reached first base on the first walk Dills had allowed. Martin was sacrificed to second, and moved to third on a ground out. With two down, Martin broke for home in a delayed steal as Linton returned the ball to Dills after a pitch. The throw back to the plate from Dills was just in time, and Linton eliminated another baserunner by making the tag.
For the eighth consecutive frame, the Miners were retired with no runners left on base. Through eight, Dills had faced the minimum 24 hitters in a thoroughly impressive performance.
Dills returned to the mound in the ninth in an attempt to complete the shutout. The first Miner batter flied out to center. Then Adam Schuster walked. Pinch-hitter Colton Nussel rapped a single back through the box that glanced off of Dills’ leg.
Nick Calandra followed with another single to tie the game at 1-1. Dubois County head coach Wes Fink pulled Dills to a standing ovation from the home crowd.
In compiling their 10-30 season record, Madisonville had fallen just a bit short on numerous occasions. The whole league knew they were a better team than their record indicated. On this night, it was as if a season of frustration had been waiting on playoff action.
Eleven Miners came to the plate in the ninth inning, producing a six-run, six-hit bombardment off of four Bomber pitchers.
Miles Wagner gets the win in relief for the Miners. Ryan Dills gets tagged with as well-pitched of a loss as you are likely to find.
Dubois County’s season ends with a record of 19-21.
Madisonville will host the regular season league champion Owensboro Oilers tonight in the first game of a best-of-three playoff semifinal. Box Scores Click Here.
July 22, 2014
Madisonville Miners 6, Fulton Railroaders 5. In Madisonville the Miners finally got a win over the Railroaders in front of a home crowd and completed their regular season in style.
With a big 4th inning trailing the Railroaders 2-1, the Miners scored four runs and took at 5-2 lead. The Railroaders crawled by to tie the game scoring one run in the 6th and two more in the 7th.
In the bottom of the 8th inning, Jackson Martin walked, stole 2nd and made it to 3rd on a batted bat. Martin proceeded to take home on a wild pitch to give the Miners the winning lead.
Madisonville reliever Paul Goldman finished off the Railroaders in the 9th to complete the game and takes the win from the mound. Fulton’s reliever CJ Lee was tagged for the loss.
The Miners now travel to Dubois County on Wednesday to take on the Bombers in the first round, single elimination game in the Post Season Playoffs. The Railroaders must complete their regular season on Wednesday in Fulton with the Hoppers, the game will decide 2nd and 3rd place for seeding in the Playoffs. Box Scores Click Here.
July 21, 2014
Fulton Railroaders 10, Madisonville Miners 4. (From Fulton) The Railroaders chalked up 14 hits on Monday to help take a 10-4 win over the Miners in Fulton. With the OVL ruling (below) received just before game time, Fulton has yet to seal a second seed in the standings. The previously forfeited games by Hopkinsville on Saturday and Sunday being withdrawn, leaves the Railroaders with the same 21-17 record they started with at game time.
Tonight’s game was mostly dominated by Fulton as the Railroaders pounded Miners’ starter Austin Bickerton for 7 hits in the first 2 2/3 innings. Two Miner errors help the Railroaders add 4 unearned runs to 4 earned to give Fulton an 8-0 lead.
The Miners finally got something going in the 6th inning as Fulton’s starter Cory Main began to tire on the mound. After giving up only one hit through five innings, Main was hit for a double and single along with his first and only walk. The Miners took these and advantage of a costly Railroaders error to put up 3 runs. Main was relieved on the mound by Fernando Gonzalez who quickly shut down Madisonville. Fulton quickly responded in the bottom half of the inning adding 2 runs on 3 hits and another Miners error.
Madisonville managed their final run in the 8th. A leadoff Jackson Martin double setup Jake Perry who followed with a RBI single.
Conner Hill was best for Fulton at the plate. Hill was 4 for 5, two RBI and one run scored. Dayton Rausch was next going 2 for 2, one RBI and scoring twice. Tyler Marshall and Daniel Goff both were 2 for 5 and combined for 3 RBI and 3 scored runs.
Isaac Perry was 1 for 4 and knocked in two RBI for the Miners. Jake Perry had one hit for a RBI to total out the score for Madisonville. Cory Finkler went 2 for 5 and scored once.
Main takes the win for a good 5 2/3 innings pitched. Along with Gonzalez, Will Hazen and Cole Schaenzer helped to finish the game. The loss goes to Bickerton. The Miners used three more in relief, Kevin Melton, Brendan Janes and Miles Wagner.
The Railroaders now travel to Madisonville on Tuesday to take on the Miners in their final season match-up together. Box Scores Click Here.
The two make up games for the Miners and the Railroaders will take place on Monday and Tuesday nights. Tonight the Miners will travel to Fulton and Tuesday the Railroaders will travel to Madisonville. The playoff standings are still not locked in for the 2nd & 3rd place teams. Owensboro has locked in 1st place, the Bombers have secured 4th place and the Miners will be in 5th. The Bombers and the Miners will play a one game playoff on Wednesday at League Stadium in Huntingburg at 6 Central Time to see who will play the Owensboro Oilers starting on Thursday. The Railroaders and Hoppers will have to wait until tonight or tomorrow night to see who will get home field advantage starting on Thursday.
July 20, 2014
The Miners were trailing 9 to 3 going into the 8th inning on Sunday night to the Owensboro Oilers. The bats came alive and the Miners scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th to make it an interesting game at 9-8 going into the 9th inning. The Oilers added an insurance run in the top of the 9th and the rally came up short for the Miners in the bottom of the 9th. The final score was 10-8.
Owensboro Oilers 10, Madisonville Miners 8. (At Madisonville). Game summary pending. Box Scores Click Here.