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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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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
Bombers            
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.

Miners fall to Railroaders 7-0

The Miners lost 7-0 to the visiting Fulton Railroaders tonight at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville.

Madisonville gave up two runs in the top of the 1st inning, one more in the 2nd, and four runs in the 8th inning.  At the plate, Madisonville never got anything going, carving out just three hits on the night.

Railroader starter CJ Lee got the Win, with Miner starter Reid Clements getting the Loss.  Tonight’s complete Box Score is available HERE.

The Miners drop to 0-2 on the season, and the Railroaders improve to 1-1.   Madisonville gets back in action Tuesday night at home against the Owensboro Oilers.

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Miners Host Railroaders Sunday Night

The Madisonville Miners will host the Fulton Railroaders on Sunday, June 1, 2014, beginning at 7:00 pm Central.  Come out to Elmer Kelley Stadium at the Madisonville City Park and enjoy an evening at the ballpark!  If you can’t make the game in person, you can listen LIVE via our internet streaming on TEAMLINE!

The Miner’s schedule for the month of June 2014 is as follows:

June 1 – Fulton

June 3 – Owensboro

June 4 – @ Hopkinsville

June 6 – Fulton

June 7 – Dubois County

June 8 – @ Owensboro

June 9 – Hopkinsville

June 11 – Fulton

June 12 – @ Dubois County, Indiana (NOTE: 6:00 pm Central Start)

June 13 – @ Owensboro

June 14 – @ Hopkinsville

June 15 – @ Dubois County, Indiana (NOTE: 6:00 pm Central Start)

June 17 – @ Fulton

June 18 – Dubois County

June 19 – Owensboro

June 20 – Hoptown

June 22 – Fulton

June 23 – @ Dubois County, Indiana (NOTE: 6:00 pm Central Start)

June 24 – Owensboro

June 25 – @ Hopkinsville

June 27 – @ Fulton

June 28 – Dubois County

June 29 – @ Owensboro

June 30 – Hopkinsville

Unless otherwise noted, all games start at 7:00 pm Central.

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