Sunday, July 28, 2013

Season over for Bobcats


The Railroaders will continue to the final third and championship round of the playoffs after beating back the Bobcats on Saturday. The defeat sends the Bobcats home for the year after finishing last in the regular season but rebounding and advancing one round in post season play. As in 2012, the Railroaders and Hoppers will once again face off for the Post Season Champion title. Fulton will host game one of the best of three series on Monday.

The Railroaders took a 1-0 lead over the Bobcats in the bottom of the second inning. With the bases loaded, Taylor Douglas scored from third off a RBI single by Cody Burton.
    
Top of the fourth inning, the Bobcats used a Railroaders error and a homerun from Jarrett Rice for two RBI to take a 2-1 lead.
    
Fulton tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth when Matt Skrzpiec walked, advanced to third and scored as Kyle Simmons reached on a fielder's choice with a force out at second. The Railroaders put up two more in the seventh with a RBI double by Ramon Valdez and a Hunter Owen RBI single. Cody Burton added his second RBI in the eighth to complete the final 5-2 score..
    
Fulton starter John Lollar pitched for six innings leaving the game tied at two. Lollar allowed only one earned run, one walk and struck out seven. Jake Shadix gets the win pitching two innings giving up two hits, no runs or walks, and issued three strikeouts. Caleb Shelly takes a save for finishing the ninth, and struck out two of the three batters faced.
    
Marion starter Trevor Guthrie threw for 4 innings leaving the Bobcats with a one run lead.  Luke MacDonald completed the last four innings and is tagged for the loss allowing four earned runs from the mound.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Fulton blanks Bobcats in Game 1 of 2nd round

After advancing to the second round of the playoffs for the second year in a row, the Bobcats dropped Game 1 of the best-of-three Ohio Valley League semi-finals. Fulton blanked Marion 9-0 at Guess Field on Friday, forcing the Bobcats to win Saturday and Sunday at the Railroaders to advance to the league championship series for the first time in the team's six-year history.

Bobcats advance in playoffs with 4-1 win over Pirates

Marion advanced to the second round of the Ohio Valley League playoffs with a 4-1 win Thursday night at Madisonville. The Bobcats will host Fulton tonight at 7:05 p.m. for Game 1 of a best-of-three series. Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) will be at Fulton Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

OVL playoffs set to begin

In their second season with the Ohio Valley League, the Hopkinsville Hoppers have again taken the regular season pennant. The Fulton Railroaders and Madisonville Pirates followed suit with a repeat finish of second and third, respectively, in the standings. The newcomers, Dubois County Bombers, were the only team to complete a full 45-game schedule and finished fourth in the standings. The Owensboro Oilers take the fifth spot falling short of the Bombers, and the Marion Bobcats ended up in sixth place struggling with numerous injuries throughout the season. 

The playoff championship rounds begin on today with a single game--Round 1 between the four lower seeded teams. The higher seeds are home teams for the Round 1 single games. Rounds 2 and 3 are best-of-three series; the first game the lower seeds are home teams, for the second and third (if necessary) games the higher seeds are home teams.