Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Caldwell out with pulled hamstring

Wes Caldwell, one of three catchers on the Marion Bobcats' roster, is out for the inaugural season of the collegiate summer league baseball team.
General Manager Gordon Guess said Caldwell, a catcher/outfielder for Middle Tennessee State University, pulled his hamstring and will miss the entire Bobcat season. The 6-2 freshman also plays football for the Blue Raiders.
Guess said the team is searching for a replacement before opening day.

Bobcats to play exhibition game

The Marion Bobcats will get an on-field tune-up before league play begins May 30. 
On May 27, the Bobcats will play host to the Evansville Outlaws, a semi-pro team that has sent several players to the big leagues.
"Those guys are real competitive," said Bobcats General Manager Gordon Guess.
The game is an exhibition and will not count in the KIT League standings.
Guess said the game, just one night after Marion's 22 players receive their uniforms at the Meet the Bobcats event, will help the team of college-age players get rid of some butterflies prior to beginning a 50-game Kitty League schedule. It, too, will provide some warm-up for the concessions crew and others working at the ballpark in the Bobcats inaugural season.
The game will begin at 7:05 p.m., at Gordon B. Guess Field. Ticket prices will be the same as regular season games, $5 for adults and $3 for children. All proceeds from the gate will go to the Marion-Crittenden County Park Board.
The Bobcats will host their first regular season game June 4.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

New grandstand keeps fans dry

The first game under the canopy for fans was held at Gordon B. Guess Field Tuesday.
Parents and fans headed to the city-county park to watch the Crittenden County High School Rockets take on and defeat visiting Dawson Springs 19-0.
While renovations continue at the field, the covered grandstand kept fans from a light rain that fell throughout the contest.
A new concession stand and dirt work to extend the outfield fences has been held up by the soggy weather. Other minor work is still needed before the Bobcats host their first game June 4.

Reserves still sought

The Marion Bobcats art still seeking reserves for the 2008 season.
Though the 22-man roster is finalized, if injuries or other occurances force any of the team’s players to miss games, reserves will be used. Prospective players must be college-eligible. 
Further details will be made available here or in The Crittenden Press prior to May 24.
The Bobcats are reporting to training May 14-17. The season begins May 30 on the road.
General Manager Gordon Guess has secured housing for all of the players. They will be sent a packet of information on their new digs and home for the summer in the mail this week.

Elementary students to visit players

About 200 students from Crittenden County Elementary School will spend one of their last mornings of the school year getting a little more familiar with America's pastime.
Elementary teacher Sarah Riley is planning a late-May outing for the youngsters to Marion-Crittenden County Park to watch the Manager Steve Fowler put his Marion Bobcats players through pre-season practice. The season for the team begins on the road May 30 at the Owensboro Oilers, which also happens to be the last day of classes in Crittenden County.
General Manager Gordon Guess said Riley plans on bringing the youngsters to practice the last week of school,  watch the 22 players polish their skills on the diamond.
Afterward, the students will get the players' autographs.

Bank Night promotion schedule

Another promotional night at the ballpark has been scheduled for the Bobcats.
June 10 will be Farmers Bank Night at Gordon B. Guess Field, home of the collegiate summer league Marion Bobcats baseball club. Bank employees in attendance will be recognized as a group.
The Bobcats will be hosting the Farmington Firebirds. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Bobcats replace pitcher on roster

The Marion Bobcats have added another Kentucky hurler to their roster, replacing a pitcher who had to withdraw from his earlier commitment to the team.
Kyle Medley of Springfield will fill the roster spot initially held by right-hander Adnonios Constantatos of New York. Medley, a 6-foot, 195-pound pitcher for the Belhaven College Blazers in Jackson, Miss., will add only the second pitcher with roots in Kentucky. The other Bluegrass native is Chris Buckman, a fellow righty.
Constantatos, dubbed "A.C" by Bobcats Manager Steve Fowler, had to withdraw from the summer league due to a family illness.
"His mother has cancer and he's staying home for the summer to help take care of her," General Manager Gordon Guess said.
Medley will wear No. 22 for the Bobcats when KIT League action begins May 30. The 19-year-old is 10-18 with a 2.29 career ERA for the Blazers.
The team's roster is again complete and can be downloaded in PDF format from the Bobcats' home page.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Bobcats schedule Church Night promotions

Church bulletins will be worth a bounty this summer at the ballpark.
The Marion Bobcats will be offering $2 off the price of an adult admission in exchange for a Sunday bulletin during each of its Church Night promotions this June and July. All four of the Bobcats' home Monday games have been set aside for the campaign.
General Manager Gordon Guess came up with marketing scheme as a way to give church families a break on ticket prices and fill the seats on Monday nights. He had considered offering special ticket packages to area churches, but opted for the discounted fee as an easier means to attract churchgoers to the park.
The only requirement will be for fans to bring in a current church bulletin and present it at the gate at Gordon B. Guess Field. With a bulletin, adult tickets will be only $3, the same price of a child's admission.
"It'll take the previous day's bulletin to get the discount," Guess said.
No discount will be offered on children's tickets.
Guess chose Monday night games for the promotion, in part, so as not to interfere with Sunday or Wednesday night services at churches.
The four dates for Church Night will be June 9, 16 and 30 and July 14. All games start at 7:05 p.m.
Other promotional dates will be announced as they are finalized.