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Miners Lose Game 1 in Henderson 15-3

GAME 1 COVERAGE COURTESY OF THE MADISONVILLE MESSENGER, Jesse Mayfield-Sheehan, Reporter

HENDERSON — Not much went right for the Madisonville Miners in Game One of the First Round of the Ohio Valley League Playoffs, losing to the Henderson Flash on Friday, 15-3.

Miners pitcher Austin Henrich got off to an uncharacteristically bad start on the mound, as the Flash rallied for three runs in the first inning, and then a grand slam by Zack Smith in the second gave them a 7-0 lead.

Henrich managed to rebound and throw three shutout innings before being taken off the mound after five innings, but still finished with seven runs (six earned) and the loss.

Nicholas Hutchison came on in relief in the sixth, but things didn’t get any better after that.

David Robins made a pair of acrobatic plays in right field to keep two potential home run balls in the field of play, and even threw out a runner at home on the first hit, but the second one turned into a two-run double as Hutchison gave up three runs in just two-thirds of an inning and was knocked off the mound.

Spencer Woods came in and allowed both of the runners he inherited from Hutchison to score before the inning ended, then gave up one more on a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Christopher Mutter came on in the eighth and gave up two runs.

After being shutout through the first four innings by Henderson starter Marty Coursey, Madisonville got its only runs of the game in the fifth, scoring on an RBI single by David Robins that scored Logan Jarvis and an infield single by Ryan Brooks that scored Bradley Hull. The team got one more in the eighth when Ryan Carver drove in Brooks on a single to left-center.

With the Flash now holding a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series, the next game will be played at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

Game 1 iScore Scorecard (Unofficial Statistics)

The unofficial scorecard and pitch-by-pitch recap from last night’s game in Henderson is available here:

Miners at Flash Game 1 scorecard

Miners at Flash Game 1 pitchbypitch

 Other OVL Playoff Scores

The Owensboro Oilers defeated the Paducah Chiefs 10-3 in Paducah and lead that series 1-0.  Game 2 will be Saturday night in Owensboro.

The Fulton Railroaders defeated the Dubois County Bombers 11-3 in Dubois County and lead that series 1-0. Game 2 will be in Fulton on Saturday night.

The Hoptown Hoppers defeated the Muhlenberg County Stallions 12-3 in Hoptown on Friday night. Hoptown leads the series 1-0 and will travel to Muhlenberg County for Game 2 on Saturday night.

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Final Regular Season Standings; 2017 Playoff Bracket; Final Regular Season Team and Player Stats

Final Regular Season Standings

All regular season games are played and the final regular standings are set. Congratulations to the Dubois County Bombers and Hoptown Hoppers on winning their respective division titles!

EAST DIVISION

Team W L % GB STRK
DUB 29 11 .725 - 2W
HEN 18 22 .450 11 2L
OWB 18 22 .450 11 2L
MUH 16 24 .400 13 1L

WEST DIVISION

Team W L % GB STRK
HOP 24 16 .600 - 1L
PAD 19 21 .475 5 2W
MAD 18 22 .450 6 1L
FUL 18 22 .450 6 1W

2017 Playoff Bracket

The Miners finished in third place in the OVL West with an 18-22 record. Although tied with Fulton (18-22) in the standings, Madisonville earns the #3 seed in the West Division due to winning the tie-breaker with most runs scored in head-to-head games against Fulton (63 runs to 61 runs).

The Miners will face the Henderson Flash, the #2 seed from the East Division, in Round One of the playoffs. The series will be best-of-three, with Game 1 scheduled for Friday night, July 21, at BT Wayne Field on the campus of Henderson County High School. Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday night, July 22, at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville. If Game 3 is necessary, the series will move back to Henderson on Sunday, July 23.

The complete Playoff Bracket is attached here: 2017 OVL Playoffs Bracket (PDF)

Final Regular Season Team and Player Stats

Final Regular Season Batting (sorted by batting average)

Final Regular Season Base Running (sorted by stolen bases)

Final Regular Season Pitching (sorted by wins)

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Miners End Regular Season With 9-6 Loss to Hoptown at Elmer Kelley

The Miners ended the 2017 regular season on Tuesday night with a 9-6 loss to the Hoptown Hoppers at Elmer Kelley Stadium. Alex Walker collected the Win for the Hoppers, Carson Imes took the Loss for the Miners, and Hoptown relieverJonathan Jacks earned a three-inning Save.

The official box score and game summary is available here: July 18 – Hoppers 9, Miners 6

The loss dropped the Miners to 18-22 for the season.

Playoff Picture

While Madisonville has concluded its regular season, several teams still have one more game to play. As of the time of this post, the Miners are in third place in the OVL West standings, 1/2-game behind second place Paducah and 1/2-game ahead of fourth place Fulton.

Fulton is scheduled to play at Muhlenberg County on Wednesday night to make up a rain out from July 6. Paducah is scheduled to play Henderson to make up a rain out from the same date. The outcome of both games finalize the playoff bracket.

Stay tuned!

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Tuesday Night start time pushed back to 8pm central time due to weather

Tonight’s game against the Hoptown Hoppers at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville has been pushed back to an 8PM Central start time due to rain currently moving through the Madisonville area.

We will provide additional updates on the Miners’ Facebook page and Twitter (@MadvilleMiners) if conditions change.

See you at the ballpark at 8pm!

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