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Miners win at Dubois Co!

Madisonville Miners 3, Dubois County Bombers 2. 

(From Dubois County copied from Ohio Valley League website)  In a game that started over an hour late after an afternoon storm swept through the area, the Madisonville Miners thundered to their third win in five games, defeating the Dubois County Bombers 3-2.

Bombers starter Brian Wichman pitched out of trouble in the first two innings, stranding five runners. The Miners came up with a pair of clutch hits in the third, run-scoring singles by Colton Nussel and Rutger Luebke.

Madisonville starter Reid Clements only allowed one Bomber past second base through the first six frames, scattering five hits and a pair of walks in 6 2/3 innings.
Dane Giesler doubled to lead off the Dubois County seventh. Joe Sturino pinch ran for him, later coming around to score on a grounder off the bat of Joe Redburn. The Bombers added another run later in the inning when Glenn Jones was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

DJ Eckert relieved Wichman in the fifth and held Madisonville scoreless until the ninth.

In the Miner ninth, Nick Calandra led off with a walk. Cory Finkler bunted him to second. Calandra moved to third on Isaac Perry’s single. Jacob Murray relieved Eckert and Colton Nussel brought Calandra home with a sacrifice fly.
The Bombers came to bat in the bottom of the ninth trailing 3-2. Joe Redburn led off with a single, but was picked off of first base by catcher Luebke. Then Caleb Lonkard walked and stole second base with two down. Nick Gobert also walked. A double steal advanced both into scoring position. Chase Scott worked another walk to load the bases off of Miner reliever Luke Floer. But Joe Sturino hit a grounder to third to end the ballgame.

Floer earned the win to square his record at 1-1. The loss drops Eckert to 1-2.
The Bombers are now 7-11 on the season. With the win, the Miners record improves to 3-16, 4 ½ games back of the Bombers for fourth place in the Ohio Valley League.

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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.

Madisonville 11, Hoptown 3

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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).

Reach Daniel Newton at 270-887-3260 or


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Miners Get First Victory!

The Miners finally got into the win column on Wednesday with a huge victory over the Bombers.  With a 3-1 through 7 1/2 innings, the Miners busted out in the bottom of the 7th with 10 runs scored off only one hit and 4 Bomber errors as Dubois County came apart at the seams.

     The Bombers were only able to get one unearned run with 2 game hits and 9 errors total during the game.  The Miners had 5 hits and one error in the 13-1 win. 

     Starter Abraham Almonte gets the win for Madisonville going 7 innings.  Christian Vain takes the loss for Dubois County throwing for 4 innings. 

Bombers at Miners
Score By Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Bombers 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 9
Miners 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 10 0 13 5 1

Miners 13, Bombers 1
Miners Bombers
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Matthew Barger lf 4 1 1 0 Caleb Lonkard ss 3 0 1 0
Michael Colorado 2b 3 1 0 1 Jacob Roberts dh 3 0 0 0
Cory Finkler cf 4 2 1 1 (t9) Dane Giesler dh 1 0 0 0
Jake Perry c 4 1 0 0 Glenn Jones cf 2 0 0 0
Tyler Woolbright 1b 2 2 0 1 (t9) Tanner Wood cf 1 0 0 0
Jordan Friend dh 4 2 1 0 Nick Gobert 3b 3 0 0 0
Isaac Perry ss 4 3 1 0 (t9) Ben Breymier 3b 1 0 0 0
Rutger Luebke rf 4 0 1 2 Tirey Burch 2b 3 1 0 0
Ira Hughes III 3b 4 1 0 1 Kaleb King 1b 3 0 1 0
Abraham Almonte p 0 0 0 0 Joe Sturino lf 2 0 0 1
(t8) Reid Clements p 0 0 0 0 Tyler Frank rf 2 0 0 0
(t9) Brendan Janes p 0 0 0 0 (t8) Joe Redburn rf 1 0 0 0
Sam Griggs c 3 0 0 0
Christian Vain p 0 0 0 0
(b5) Mark Giesler p 0 0 0 0
(b8) Johnathan Williams p 0 0 0 0
TEAM TOTALS 33 13 5 6 TEAM TOTALS 28 1 2 1

E: Matthew Barger, Tirey Burch(4), Caleb Lonkard(3), Christian Vain(2). LOB: Bombers
3, Miners 6. 2B: Rutger Luebke, Jordan Friend, Kaleb King. SB: Ira Hughes III, Caleb
Lonkard. CS: Kaleb King. SB: Tyler Woolbright. SF: Joe Sturino.

Miners IP H R ER BB SO
Abraham Almonte W 7.00 2 1 0 2 4
Reid Clements 1.00 0 0 0 0 2
Brendan Janes 1.00 0 0 0 0 0
Christian Vain L 4.00 4 3 1 2 1
Mark Giesler 3.00 1 3 1 2 2
Johnathan Williams 1.00 0 7 3 3 0

Police & Fire Games

The Miners will be hosting a Police & Fire Games during tonight’s game with the Dubois Co Bombers.   The Police & Fire Games will feature local public safety responders competing against each other for bragging rights.  The baseball game starts at 7pm and the competition begins at the start of the 2nd inning.  Come out and watch the wheelbarrow races, the water balloon batting, the cornhole competition, the hitting competition and the dizzy bat race to end the competition.  Cheer on your police, fire and EMT’s while they compete.

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