June 28, 2014

Dubois County Bombers 4, Madisonville Miners 2.  The visiting Bombers moved into 3rd place with a victory over the home team Miners in Madisonville.  Dubois County improves to 10-12 on the season with 3 straight wins and are now 5 games behind the leading Hoppers. 

     The Bombers scored first with single runs in both the 2nd and 4th innings.  The Miners got one run across in the 5th.  Both teams doubled their scores in the 9th inning for the final 4-2 score.

     Winning the game on the mound was Ryan Dills going for 7 innings with 1 earned run allowed, giving up 4 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 7 batters.  Jacob Murray take a save throwing the final inning.  Madisonville starter Tanner Koch takes the loss for 6 innings of work, allowing 5 hits, 2 earned runs, 2 walks and had 3 strikeouts.  Box Scores Click Here.

Miners beat league leading Hoppers

June 25, 2014

Madisonville Miners 4, Hopkinsville Hoppers 2.  (From Hopkinsville)  The homestanding Hoptown Hoppers gave up three unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning against Madisonville, with two runs scoring on one play that had two errors, and the Miners were able to make it hold up, winning 4-2.
The Miners (4-17) picked up their fourth win in the last six games after opening the season with 13 straight losses. The loss was the fourth for Hoptown in the last six games after the Hoppers opened the season with 11 straight wins.
In Madisonville’s half of the fourth inning, Matthew Barger reached on a fielder’s choice and went to second on an error. Jake Perry then reached on a fielder’s choice, sending Barger to third, and Rutger Luebke singled to center. The fielder overran the ball, enabling Barger to score. The throw to third was errant, allowing Perry to score and sending Luebke to third. Luebke scored on a sac fly by Michael Colorado to give Madisonville a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Hoptown (15-5) responded when Anthony Gonzalez hit a two-out single, then scored on a two-run home run hit by Mitchell Gallagher to narrow the deficit to 3-2.
Madisonville added an insurance run in the seventh inning when Adam Schuster hit a one-out single, then scored on a double by Nick Calandra to the final 4-2 score.
Madisonville was led by Calandra, who went 3-for-5 with a double and a run batted in. Schuster went 2-for-5 with a run scored.
Hoptown was paced by Gallagher, who went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and a run scored.
Abraham Almonte (2-1) got the win for the Miners, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out two and walking one in seven innings. Luke Floer got his first save of the season, allowing no runs on two hits, striking out two and walking one in two innings of work.
Starter Geordie Carlson (3-1) took the loss for the Hoppers, allowing three unearned runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking none in six innings. Ryan Mossman came on in the seventh inning, allowing one run on three hits in two innings. Trevor Blocker closed out the game, allowing no hits. 
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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 ljohns@kentuckynewera.com.


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