Monday, June 30, 2008

Results from June 30

Tradewater 6, Marion 0
Bobcats' outfield Danny Tejeda pretty much summed things up after Monday's 6-0 to the Pirates (19-9).
"We're just in a slump," Tejeda said of Marion's offense.
A slump that extends back to about 9:30 Thursday, to be exact. That was the last time Marion scored a run - to tie the game in the ninth inning and send the contest against Owensboro into extra frames. The Bobcats have failed to push a run across the plate in the last 30 innings, a spell that includes the last three games and the final three innings of that extra-inning 5-2 loss to Owensboro.
"Like I said yesterday, I've never seen anything like it," Manager Steve Fowler said. "We're not even getting to the point where we can manufacture a run."
On Monday, Marion (11-18) managed only four hits. Pirate starter Don Pugliese (4-0, 1.95 ERA) pitched seven innings, giving up only two hits. He was relieved by Payne Spence (0-1) and Jonathan Lee (0-1), who each gave up a hit in one inning of respective relief.
The Bobcats almost broke the scoring drought in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases with two out. However, 6-foot-7 Lee (0-1) was able to get Mitch McClay to hit a weak grounder to second for the final out. 
"I've tried everything," Fowler said. "I've shuffled the line-up. I've shuffled the defense. I've sat guys..."
Reaching safely in the game for the Bobcats were Dustin Kennon with a double and McClay, Tejeda and Lucas Cramsey with singles. Adam Enloe, who was once flirting with .400, was o for 4 and is now batting .340. Jacob Martin, who was not in the line-up Monday, has also dropped his average from near .400 to .285.
The lack of hitting is putting extra pressure on Bobcat pitchers, Fowler said after the game. With no run support, the manager said his throwers are pressing, believing that any runner they put on could mean the ball game.
On Monday, starter Bo Daves (2-1, 3.81) was the most recent victim. Daves was careful to not walk a single batter, but his careful pitching gave Pirate batters an easy mark. Tradewater pounded out 10 hits against Daves, scoring three earned runs in six innings. 
"That's as many hits as I've given up all year," Daves said after the game.
In fact, Daves had given up only 14 hits in 24 and two-thirds innings all season.
The first of the Pirate scores against Daves came from a two-run home run off the bat Nathan Wright in the first inning. Richard Atwood would single in another run in the sixth off Daves, and score on an error later in the inning.
Tradewater's last two runs came off reliever Chris Buckman (2-0) in the seventh inning. Buckman walked two and allowed an RBI double to Logan Bawcom. Atwood would tally another RBI in the inning on a fielder's choice.
Chad Adcock (0-1) and Bobby Woods (0-0) closed the game for the Bobcats, each pitching an inning of scoreless relief.
The Pirates committed three errors on the night; the Bobcats only one.
While Fowler was visibly frustrated after the game, he still feels hosting a playoff game is within reach. After play Monday, the Bobcats were only 2.5 games out of fourth place behind Union City. In the KIT League playoff format, third- and fourth-place teams host the sixth- and fifth-place teams, respectively, in a single-game playoff for Round 1 of the postseason. 
The Bobcats still have five games remaining against Union City.
The Bobcats are 8.5 behind the Pirates for second place and nine behind Fulton for first place.
In other notes:
  • Martin was absent from the line-up Monday. Martin, according to sources, lost a close friend in a car wreck over the weekend. He is expected back in the line-up Tuesday.
  • The Bobcats will be bagging and carrying out groceries Wednesday at Conrad's Food Store in Marion. The team will be signing autographs and talking to fans throughout the day at the grocery store.
Union City 12, Farmington 10
The Greyhounds pick up their second straight win over the Firebirds in Farmington and maintain their 4th position in the standings at 6 and half games back. Farmington now has lost 6 straight and have 2 days off before welcoming the Marion Bobcats on Thursday for a 2 game, night series
Fulton 7, Owensboro 4
Game summary pending.

The Peoples Bank Night

The Peoples Bank will honor Bobcats General Manager Gordon Guess and reward fans with give-aways during the fourth game of the team's final homestand of the year.
On July 14, Marion will host The Peoples Bank Night when the Bobcats take on league-leading Fulton. During the Monday night contest, bank President and CEO Terry L. Bunnell will recognize Guess, former president and CEO of the institution, for his hard work and dedication in organizing the baseball club.
The Peoples Bank has purchased 100 tickets to share with its employees, friends and family on the special occasion. 
Special give-aways at the end of the third, sixth and eighth innings, as well as several Bobcat t-shirts, The Peoples Bank pens, cups and paper cubes given throughout the evening will also be open to fans in the park. The first give-away of the night will be an ice chest full of goodies. During the sixth inning, a $50 gas card will be awarded to a lucky fan, and in the eighth, someone will take home a fresh, crisp $100 bill.
The game begins at 7:05 p.m.

Results from June 29

Union City 4, Farmington 3
In the only action on Sunday, the Greyhounds defeated the Firebirds 4-3. Farmington mounded a comeback late in the game but fell short. The two team meet again on Monday to complete a 2 game series in Farmington.
Tradewater at Marion Monday
Tradewater makes its first visit to Marion on Monday. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. at Gordon B. Guess Field. Game 2 of the two-game set will be Tuesday, beginning at the same time.
Both games will be broadcast on 102.7 FM WMJL.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Results from June 28

Owensboro 7, Marion 0
Marion's bats continued to remain silent Saturday against Owensboro in a 7-0 loss.
Going back to the first game of the series, the Bobcats have remained scoreless in the last 21 innings of play. The last runner to score came in the ninth inning of Thursday's game against the Oilers (18-10) to send the contest into extra innings.
"It's the strangest thing I've ever seen," said Manager Steve Fowler. "I haven't seen anything like it in all my days."
With Saturday's loss, the Bobcats (11-17) suffered their first sweep of the season and their first losing series at Gordon B. Guess Field. Owensboro won the final game of the three-game set by taking advantage of some poor defense and a lack of hitting at critical times. 
"I told them, if they don't start hitting Monday, we're going to start bringing in some new guys," Fowler said. "I'll be looking this weekend."
Bobcat starter Joey Haston pitched six strong innings before running into trouble in the seventh. Through six, Haston's only blemish was a solo home run to Tony Gliffe in the first inning that traveled about 350 feet over the left-center fence across Old Morganfield Road.
Haston (1-0), making his second start of the year, began to struggle in the seventh when the lead-off batter reached first on an error by third baseman Troy Ellis. After an out on a fielder's choice, Owensboro loaded the bases with a single and a walk. The next batter, Justin Ritchhart, singled in a run. Haston pitched to his last batter when he forced in the runner on third by walking catcher John Feltner.
Then, the Bobcats defense collapsed in the top half of the seventh, committing four errors and allowing four walks, handing the Oilers six runs in the inning.
The struggles began when Ethan Utley came in with only one out in the seventh with the bases loaded. He allowed four runs without recording an out behind a single, two walks and three fielding errors on the defense before Chris Buckman came in to finish the inning, striking out the first two batters he faced. 
Ellis committed two of his three errors on the night in the inning. Martin also muffed a ball in shallow right to allow one run to score on a single by Gliffe, and Cramsey dropped an easy pop fly along the first base line to account for the other two errors on the inning.
This is the seventh game of the season the Bobcats have committed three or more errors.
Marion survived the eighth and ninth innings without allowing any more runs. Buckman pitched the eighth and Kyle Medley struck out two of three batters in the ninth.
For Owensboro, starter Neil Holland (3-0) went six innings, giving up only four hits. Russell Logsdon and Jon Herendeen finished the game, combining for only one base runner.
For Marion, Matt Little, Cramsey and Mitch McClay had singles and Ellis recorded a double in the fourth. Designated hitter Adam Enloe went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts on his 21st birthday.
Bobcat batters also struck out nine times.
"We've had some guys hitting .300, .400 that were knocking the cover off the ball and it just like they're not seeing the ball," Fowler said.
Bo Daves (1-0) will pitch Monday when the Bobcats host the Tradewater Pirates for the first time. Logan "Tex" Thomas (3-1) will climb the hill for Tuesday's game against the Pirates. 
Marion takes to the road Thursday to face Farmington. Bryce Law (2-2)  will pitch the first game of that two-game series.
In Game 1 of a doublehearder, the Fulton Railroaders overpowered the Farmington Firebirds by scoring 15 runs and allowing only 2 in 7 innings. The game was the first of a doubleheader which occurred due to a rained game on Thursday. This first game temporarily moves Fulton into a half game lead in the League standings. (Click on title for Box Scores)
Fulton sweeps Farmington at home in 3 game series and maintains a half game lead in the standings over Tradewater. The Firebirds play Sunday in Farmington against the Greyhounds of Union City, while the Railroaders take the day off. Monday and Tuesday see Fulton at Owensboro to face the 3rd place Oilers who are only 1 game behind the Railroaders.
The Tradewater Pirates, behind the stellar pitching of Justin Long, defeated Union City Saturday night, 8-0, to go 18-9 on the season. Nathan Wright belted at 360 foot homer to left center to deliver the big blow for the Pirates. Eric Faint relieved in the ninth, and shut down the Greyhounds. The Pirates are on the road Monday and Tuesday at Marion.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Results from June 27

Owensboro 5, Marion 2
The 21-hour delay between pitches didn't seem to faze Owensboro.
The Oilers picked up Friday where they left off Thursday night, when play in a weather-suspended game from the night before resumed. It took only one pitch for Owensboro to add two runs to the 3-2 lead grabbed when play was suspended in the 12th inning at 10:30 Thursday night.
On Friday, with the same players on the field and on the base paths from the time of suspension, Owensboro's Justin Ritchhart stroked Kyle Medley's full-count pitch with two out for a double to score two of the three runners on base. The two runners that crossed the plate pushed the Oilers' lead to 5-2 and were the first runs of the year charged to Medley.
Owenboro's Royce Duncan, who came in Thursday in the 10th inning, continued to baffle Bobcat hitters, striking out the first two batters in the bottom of the 12th before walking Jake Martin. The next batter, Matt Little, then struck out to end the game.
Duncan (4-1) had six strikeouts in three innings of work to get the win. Chad Adcock (0-1) picked up his first loss of the year.
In the regularly scheduled Friday night game, Owensboro handed Marion its sixth loss in the last eight games.
The problem for Marion has been at the plate. The Bobcats stranded 12 runners Friday and have scored two runs or less in five of its last six games.
On the mound, Lefty Ryan Stauffer (0-1, 4.15 ERA) and relievers Bryce Law (2-2, 1.96) and Bobby Woods (0-0, 6.59) combined for a solid perfromance, allowing only seven Oilers on base the entire game and stranding seven of them. Owensboro's only runs came on a fourth-inning, 315-foot home run to left field by cleanup hitter Pete Tountas and an RBI single by Tony Gliffe in the sixth. 
The dinger was Tountas' first of the year.
Defensively, the Bobcats were flawless in the field, despite moving Lucas Cramsey from first base to third and playing Dylan McCurry at first. For the second night, a struggling Scott Cashman was absent from the line-up at the shortstop position.
Pat Crider (3-1, 1.87)) earned the win for Owensboro. He pitched seven innings, allowing all of Marion's six hits. He also walked three and hit one batter. Reliever Jon Herendeen (1-1, 1.66) picked up his second save, shutting the door on the Bobcats in two innings.
For the Bobcats, Woods pitched the ninth, at one point throwing 10 consecutive strikes. He retired the side 1-2-3.
At the plate, Adam Enloe, Lucas Cramsey, Matt Little, Danny Tejeda, Dustin Kennon and Troy Ellis all had singles.
Mike "Detroit City" Finigan atoned for a rough defensive game, with a dramatic hit in the bottom of the 9th, propelling the Tradewater Pirates to a come from behind win, 8-7 over the Greyhounds of Union City. The Hounds held a seemingly comfortable 2 run lead going into the bottom half of the frame, but the Buccos would not fold. Reliever Spencer Clift seemed to have the Pirates under control, but the 'Mates fired one more cannon shot than Union City, and move now to 17-9 on the season. Reliever Logan Bawcom got the win for Tradewater. The Greyhounds climbed back from an early deficit, and added an insurance run in the top of the 9th, for the 2 run cushion, but the Riverside Roughnecks would have none of it on this night.
The Railroaders beat the Firebirds in Farming in the first complete game of a 3 game series. Thursday's game was called in the 3rd inning due to weather and will be made up on Saturday with a doubleheader in Farmington. The win keeps Fulton in 1st and tied with Tradewater who beat Union City 8-7. The Owensboro Oilers maintain their 2nd place position, a half game back, by defeating the Marion Bobcats 5-2 in a continuation game from Thursday's suspended game and again 2-0 in the regular scheduled game for Friday.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Results from June 26

Owensboro at Marion, suspended
There'll be no tie after all.
What initially was indicated as tie game after rain and lightning forced a sudden end to Thursday's Marion-Owensboro game will now be picked up where it left off.
General Manager Gordon Guess said on Friday that the league has decided to change its decision to close the book on the game as an 11-inning, 2-2 tie. Instead, the game will resume at the point where it was suspended Thursday night, a 3-2 lead for Owensboro in the top of the 12th inning.
Guess said the game will likely be finished Friday evening, probably before the scheduled 7:05 p.m., start for Game 2 of the series.
Mother Nature forced an abrupt end to Thursday's contest just after the Oilers took the lead on a dropped third strike that got away from Marion catcher Adam Blair. The play not only allowed Owensboro the lead, but got Bobcat Manager Steve Fowler ejected from the game when he ran out to argue the play.
The runner on third, Kevin O'Hair, charged down the line when ball skipped off Blair's glove. With pitcher Kyle Medley covering, the resulting play at the plate did not come close to getting O'Hair out. Fink also reached safely and a runner already on first advanced to second base.
After the play, Fowler briefly jawed with plate umpire Brian Thomas about midway down the first base line before Thomas ejected the Bobcat skipper. Fowler claimed the pitch from Kyle Medley was fowled off by batter Haskel Fink, not a dropped ball on swinging strike.
In the pouring rain as the teams left the field, Fowler said he came out to argue the play to keep Medley from being tossed after the pitcher began to argue with the umpire.
 The go-ahead run was charged to Chad Adcock, who allowed O'Hair on with a single to start the 12th inning. After getting the first out of the inning on a fielder's choice that send O'Hair to third on the heels of his second stolen base of the night, Medley was brought in.
The Bobcat closer struck the first batter he faced, but walked Tom Freeman before Fink stepped up the plate. Fink's dropped third strike should have ended the inning, but instead gave Owensboro the lead and extended the inning. 
The game would be suspended after Medley walked his second batter of the inning and ran the count full on Joey Ritchhart.
As it stands, Adcock is on the hook for a loss unless Marion comes back to tie or win the game in the bottom frame of the 12th. Medley's first earned run of the season is a ball away from scoring, with Freeman 90 feet from home plate and the bases loaded.
Prior to suspension, the game was a pitcher's duel, with Oilers pitcher Joe Devine going nine innings, allowing only two runs. Marion starter Michael LeMon went seven innings, giving up only one run on three hits. Owensboro's Royal Beach scored another run to tie the game in the ninth off Adcock, but Beach had to first survive two defensive blunders by Marion.
Beach, the first batter of the ninth, reached on the first dropped third strike by Blair, then survived a pick-off play by Adcock when the pitcher dropped the ball in the subsequent rundown. The error was Marion's fifth of the night.
Marion started the game with a leadoff triple by Jake Martin, but failed to score when he was thrown out by rightfielder Freeman on a shallow fly ball from Matt Little. Adam Enloe, the third batter of the inning, would also flight out to Freeman.
In the ninth, Enloe scored after his leadoff double to tie the game. Marion threatened to win the game in the ninth, but failed to score a run from a bases loaded, one out situation following Enloe's score.
Marion left eight runners stranded on the night.
On the corners, Lucas Cramsey and Troy Ellis made two sparkling diving infield catches for the Bobcats to prevent separate Owensboro rallies in the game. 
Watching the game was Baltimore Orioles scout Darren Blair. Blair was not scouting one particular player, though he has been impressed with Owensboro's Devine (3-0), who has a 1.50 ERA through 36 innings of work in four appearances. Two of Devine's three wins have been complete game victories against Marion.
Blair said he plans to see all six KIT League teams at least three times. Thursday was the second time he has seen the Bobcats play.
Friday is Ladies Night and Safetran Night at Gordon B. Guess Field. Safetran will be hosting give-aways and other contests. 

Tradewater 6, Union City 3
Bo Bell rocketed a pitch from reliever Patrick Schatz to right field for a home run in the 13th inning, and the Tradewater Pirates moved into a tie for first place with Fulton in KIT League play. The Pirates ran out to an early 3-0 behind the pitching of starter Sean Mahley, but Union City fought back, and tied the game at 3-3. Payne Spence came on to put out the fire in relief of Mahley, then Eric "Don't" Faint, usually slated for short relief pitched into the 13th, and held the Hounds at bay with his mixture of low ball magic. Bell came up in the bottom of the thirteen with two aboard, and proceeded to send a Schatz offering to HomerLand, ending the marathon affair. 

Fulton at Farmington
Postponed due to rain.. Rescheduled in doubleheader on June 28.

Results from June 25

Tradewater 8, Marion 2
Justin Long helped beat Marion with his bat only two days after beating the Bobcats with his arm.
Long scored three runs Wednesday, one on a towering home run to left field in the seventh inning. He also singled and walked. On Monday, Long (2-2, 1.50 ERA) earned a win against Marion in a 3-1 contest.
Dylan McCurry (1-3, 2.15) had another hard-luck start, being saddled with the loss despite giving up only one earned run over six innings in the 8-2 loss. Three other runs, however, scored when Dylan was on the mound thanks to four errors.
The Bobcats tallied six errors in the game, putting the offense in a hole from which they could not dig from.
Relievers Chris Buckman (2-0, 4.38) and Ethan Utley (0-0, 1.64) pitched the final two innings for the Bobcats, each giving up one earned run. Buckman, however, failed to record an out.
At the plate for Marion, Jacob Martin, Matt Little, Adam Enloe, Mitch McClay and Danny Tejeda recorded hits. Martin and Lucas Cramsey each had an RBI, knocking in Scott Cashman and Martin, respectively.
For the Pirates, in final appearance by the Bobcats at Riverside Park, Tanner Hall was the hitting star, recording two hits on in three at-bats and knocking in three runs.
Fulton 5, Owensboro 0
The Fulton Railroaders manufactured 1 run each in 5 innings to shutout the Owensboro Oilers in a game that decided Kitty League leader at mid-season. Louie Haseltine continued to produce for the Railroaders going 2 for 2 with a solo homerun and scoring twice. Stuart Meinhart also provided a solo homer as Fulton kicked out 10 hits in total. The Oilers managed 4 hits, but good defensive play form Fulton robbed Owensboro of more one hit. The Oilers biggest threat came in the top of the 3rd with bases loaded and 1 out. Kevin O'Hair grounded back to pitcher Zak Buxam for a 1-2-3 doubleplay, the first of 3 doubleplays for the Railroaders in the game. Owensboro's defense held 9 runners from scoring, but the Railroaders continued get hits off of 3 Oiler pitchers. Starter Zak Buxman picked up his 2nd win on the season, and Kyle Switalski takes the loss for Owensboro.

Union City 6, Farmington 4
Union City got another quality start from Brad Davis to take 2 out of 3 from Farmington. Davis scattered 10 hits over 7 innings. He struck out 4 and surrendered 2 earned runs. The Hounds were led at the plate by Justin Miller who went 3 for 4 with 3 runs and a solo homer, the first at Elam Stadium this season. Drew Hayes went 4 for 4 with an RBI, and Jon Ivie knocked in two for UC. Spencer Clifft came on and got the save. The Firebirds were led by John Wegener who was 4 for 5 with 2 runs and Casey Jones who was 2 for 4 with 2 RBI's. Grant Miller surrendered 5 runs and 11 hits for the loss.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Results from June 24

Marion 9, Tradewater 2
The bats came alive Tuesday for the Bobcats in a much-needed win against second place Tradewater (14-9) on the banks of the host team's namesake river.
"We exploded tonight," said Marion Manager Steve Fowler.
The 9-2 win for Marion (11-13) knocked the Pirates out of second place and set the stage for Wednesday's rubber match at Riverside Park, which will also be the last trip of the regular season to Dawson Springs for the Bobcats.
Batterymates Joey Haston and Adam Blair, both newcomers to Fowler's roster, made their presence felt in their first official appearances of the summer.
First, Haston , who has made only one relief appearance in an exhibition game since joining the Bobcats, earned the win, giving up only two runs early to the Pirates. Both Tradewater runs were aided by pair of throwing errors.
Blair, who replaced an injured Drew Williams, had two hits and a solid game behind the plate.
"We had an excellent pitching performance," Fowler said of Haston, a 6-foot right-hander out of McMinnville, Tenn.
Haston (1-0) threw six strong innings in his first start. Chad Adcock and Bobby Woods also worked on the mound for Steve, shutting down the Tradewater offense in relief.
Joining the team Monday after Williams' season ended with a broken left hand received in the weekend series at Farming, Blair will share catching duties with Adam Enloe. The two will rotate every other day behind the place, but Enloe will remain in the line-up as DH on his defensive off days. 
"He's a very good receiver," Fowler said of his new catcher after Tuesday's start. "He's young, but we've got Enloe mentoring him."
Blair, who just finished his first year of college at St. Catharine's (Ky.) College, can also play outfield and adds a third left-handed bat in Bobcats line-up, though he throws right. He is from Lebanon, Ky., and weighs in at 180 on a 6-foot frame.
"The kid's a worker," Fowler said.
Also working Tuesday were the bats of Matt Little, Enloe, Lucas Cramsey and Dustin Kennon, said Fowler. All had strong hitting performances with multiple hits, including four from Little.
Dylan McCurry will start for Fowler in Wednesday's game, which begins at 7 p.m.
Union City used a 2 RBI double in the bottom of the 6th inning to take the first game of a doubleheader with Farmington. Ace Williams added 2 RBI's and Justin Miller went 2 for 3. Spencer Clifft got the win in relief of Brad Lawrence. Clifft pitched 2 innings and recorded 4 strikeouts. LJ Watson led the Firebirds with 2 RBI's. Kirk Boeller got the loss.
The story of game 2 in the doubleheader between UC and Farmington was Andy Moss. Moss pitched a 2 hit shutout and recorded 11 strikeouts for the victory. Zane Walker was 2 for 3 and scored the only run of the game to lead the Firebirds. Jud Stoltz was the hard luck loser for the Hounds recording 8 strikeouts while giving up 4 hits and no earned runs in 5 and a third.
Hunter Dawson went 4 for 4 including a double and triple, and scored 4 times to lead the Railroader offense to their second straight victory over the Oilers. The win moves Fulton past 2nd place Tradewater who lost to Marion, and into a first place tie with Owensboro. Railroader Louie Haseltine continued his second night of hitting going 3 of 5 and 3 RBI's. Fulton scored 1 in the first inning and maintained the lead throughout the game. The Oilers hung tough and continue to score but were unable to overcome or stop the Railroaders scoring. Oiler Anthony Gliffe hit a homerun with no one on, and Owensboro was unable to cash in with timely hits with men on base. Both teams left 7 men stranded on base, There were 2 errors by Fulton and they produced 11 hits, Owensboro came up with 7 hits and committed 3 errors. Fulton's Justin Rogers picks up the win and Derek Devers the loss for Owensboro.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Bobcats host Safetran Night

The Bobcats will double up on promotions for Friday's contest against Owensboro.
Besides the usual Friday Ladies Night promotion, where women enter the ballpark for only $3, Safetran of Marion is sponsoring the evening for its employees and fans. The maker of railroad signaling equipment has purchased nearly 100 tickets for its employees, family and friends and will offer a number of give-aways for Bobcat fans.
"It's something we thought would be good for the employees and community," said Dwight Sherer, stamping coordinator at the manufacturer.
Safetran, much like Farmers Bank earlier this month, will host a picnic for its employees prior to the game. But for the fans, they will be hosting drawings for four $50 gift cards from Lowe's, as well as Bobcat hats and autographed baseballs and bats.
The game begins at 7:05 p.m., at Gordon B. Guess Field.

Results from June 23

Tradewater 3, Marion 1
Justin Long went the distance Monday for Tradewater in a 3-1 win over Marion, lowering his already microscopic earned run average. The win, Long's second of the season, also pulled the Pirates to within a half-game of Owensboro atop the KIT League standings.
Though Marion starter Logan "Tex" Thomas (3-1) was his own worst enemy by giving seven free passes on walks and hit batters, the team's offense has been anemic with runners on, pushing only six runs across the plate in the last four games. The Bobcats stranded nine Monday in Dawson Springs, dropping a two-run decision after two weekend losses against Farmington by only one run.
Despite allowing nine hits, the lone run scored off Long (2-2, 1.50 ERA) came in the third inning, when Marion's Troy Ellis scored from third base on a wild pitch. 
Thomas gave up three in the fifth to the Pirates and was relieved by Ethan Utley, who pitch two and two-third innings of scoreless ball. Chad Adcock got the final out in the eighth for the Bobcats. Marion's defense also committed two errors in the game.
In the ninth, Marion batters didn't even get a bat on the ball. Long sat down all three hitters with three of his game total six strikeouts.
The three-game series continues Tuesday at Riverside Park, with a 7 p.m. start time.
Farmington at Union City
Monday's game was postponed when the bus transporting Farmington's team became involved in a crash. Though details were unavailable, the incident appeared minor as Monday's game was rescheduled as part of a doubleheader set for Tuesday.

Firebirds' bus wrecks

According to WMJL's radio broadcast during Monday's Marion-Tradewater game, Farmington's bus wrecked en route to Union City Monday. There is no word on the severity of the accident, but the opening game of the series will likely be cancelled.
Updates will be made as available.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Results from June 21

Farmington 4, Marion 3, 10 innings
In Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader, closer Kyle Medley (0-1) was charged with his first loss of the season, though his ERA remains unblemished. With five saves on the year to lead the league, Fowler said he likes to limit Medley's work to one inning when the Bobcats are leading. However, heading into extra innings, the manager was faced with using his closer for four innings to preserve the 3-3 tie. Medley loaded the bases in the 9th, but worked out of the jam. The game was lost in the 10th inning when a clever managing tactic by Fowler to preserve the tie failed on booted infield play. After a Farmington runner reached first on an error, Fowler loaded the bases with one out on two intentional walk. The situation created the double play possibility or a force out at any base. Medley, who works a lot of ground balls from batters, got what Fowler wanted, but the ball the was bobbled by the infielder. "He tried to throw it before he had it," Guess said of the fielder. Though Medley was saddled with the loss, the winning run both reached and scored on an error, so his ERA is still 0.00.

In Game 2, Marion rebounded on the arm of Bo Daves (2-0), who earned his second win in the last week by throwing a seven-inning, complete game shutout, the first of the season for the Bobcats. Both games of KIT League doubleheaders are only seven innings, unless extra innings are needed to resolve a tie.

Weekend summary
It was another gloomy road trip for the Bobcats, one plagued by severe storms and a flood of bad luck.
Marion left town Saturday for Farmington looking to get back on the winning side of .500 in a three-game series against the KIT League's last place team. Instead, the Bobcats left Missouri Sunday having slipped two games below a balanced a record and facing the rest of the season without catcher Drew Williams. And, after dropping two of three one-run games against the Firebirds, Marion returns to Kentucky for perhaps the toughest week of baseball on the schedule.
"It was another bad road trip," Manager Steve Fowler said Sunday evening in the midst of a six hour road trip home from Farmington.
It was after midnight before the team pulled into Marion.
In the series, Bobcat pitchers allowed only six runs in the three games, but it was enough for the Firebirds to steal away two wins. All three games were decided by only one run – 2-1 and 4-3 wins by Farmington in the first and second games of the series and a 1-0 win by Marion in the final game.
Fowler said good pitching and defense are keeping his team in tight games this season, but the big hits just haven't been coming.
"The timely hitting just isn't there," he said.
A full half of the Bobcats' 22 games this season have been decided by two runs or less.
"That's being competitive," he said of the young team's spirit, but "We've just had some tough luck."
And the bad luck seems to get magnified on the road. 
In the Bobcat's last road trip to Fulton, the bus broke down en route to the Lohaus Field, and lightning and rains forced a doubleheader after a rainout. Fowler, too, got nipped by lightning. On this most recent trip, Farmington came away with two wins by a one-run margin, Marion's only back-up catcher was probably lost for the season after being hit on the left hand by a pitch.
"We took him to the hospital, and it was a break," Fowler said of William's injury, which occurred in Saturday's game. "He's out three to five weeks."
The KIT League regular season ends on July 26. General Manager Gordon Guess said Monday it was doubtful Williams would return for the season.
The recent addition of Williams to the team had allowed Fowler to give catcher Adam Enloe a break behind the plate in order to preserve his hot bat and put another potent offensive threat in the line-up. As of Friday, Williams was batting .385 with six RBI in his first week of play, and Enloe was batting .357 with nine RBI.
"The loss of Williams was very costly," Fowler said. "He works hard and has been helping us in that position."
"Awe, yeah, he was a big addition to the team," Guess added. "He's got a good bat."
Prior to Williams' arrival, offensive production from the catcher's position was almost non-existant from anyone but Enloe. Catchers Mike Reed and Trent Bierman, both on the opening day roster, are no longer with the team – Reed was cut and Bierman is on injured reserve, creating the need for Williams. 
Enloe should receive some help soon. Guess said Monday that catcher Adam Blair of St. Catharine's (Ky.) College in was to report to the team that day. It was uncertain if he would be in the line-up for Monday's game against Tradewater.  Dylan McCurry, a utility fielder who has shined as a starting pitcher, spelled Enloe in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader at Farmington.
"He did a good job behind the plate," the manager said of McCurry, who is slated to resume his starting pitching duties against Tradewater (14-8) on Wednesday. 
Guess was also impressed with McCurry's job behind the plate.
"He threw out a runner early on in the game," he said of the make-shift catcher.
Marion begins the series with Tradewater on Monday, beginning a string of six games against the two best teams in the league – Tradewater and Owensboro. Logan "Tex" Thomas (3-0) will go the hill in the first game of the Tradewater series, followed by Joey Haston (0-0) Tuesday in his first start and McCurry (1-2) on Wednesday.
The Bobcats return home Thursday for a three-game series against Owensboro (15-7). Michael LeMon (0-2) will start the first game of that series.
Monday's game at Tradewater will be broadcast on 102.7 FM WMJL.

Results from June 20

Fulton 6, Union City 1
The Railroaders took 2 out of 3 from the Hounds at Elam Stadium. Fulton was led by Louie Haseltine and Lee Kimbell. Haseltine had 3 RBI's and Kimbell was 2 for 3. Kyle Barnett got the win going 5 and two-thirds giving up one run on 4 hits. Jimmy Ryan pitched solid the rest of the way for the Railroaders. Justin Miller was 2 for 3 with two doubles for the Hounds, and Cam Strang had an RBI. Ace Williams, who left in the top of the 2nd as a precaution, got the loss.

Owensboro 4, Tradewater 1
Game 2: The Pirates scored in the top of the 1st on an two-out RBI triple by Logan Bawcom scoring Gerhartz (HBP). The Oilers scored two runs in the bottom of the 3rd on a no-out single by Kevin O'Hair that plated Royle "Royal" Beach (doubled) and a RBI fielder's by Maykel "Makorum" Makorem that drove in Khayyan Norfork (walked). The Oilers scored once in the bottom of the 4th inning. With two out Norfork's RBI single scored Pete Tountas (singled). The Oilers capped scoring for Game 1 in their part of the 5th inning. With no one out, Justin Ritchhart grounded into a double-play that allowed Makorem (walked) to score from third base. The Oilers player of the game was starter Neil Holland (2-0), who pitched five innings of one-run ball, giving up three hits, with 8 Ks against 2 BB. John Carbonell picked up the save (1). Tom Freeman went 2 for 2 hitting. Pirates starter Payne Spence took the loss. The Oilers win in Game 1 Saturday was the 70th win in the current franchise's history.

Tradewater 3, Owensboro 1
Game 2: The nightcap game reversed trends seen in the first contest. The Oilers scored in the bottom of the 1st inning. Newly activated Oiler Alex Theiroff RBI doubled with two outs to drive in Makorem (walked). The Pirates claimed their lead with two runs in the 4th inning. A one out 2-RBI double by Sean Mahley tallied runs by Bo Bell (walked) and Matt Kubalki (singled). The Pirates got their third run in the top of the 5th inning. with one out, Kubalki's sacrifice fly sent Justin Long (bunt single) over from second base to third, and Long was awarded home plate when the errant throw to third found its way into the Pirates dugout. Pirates starter Seth McCabe got the win, pitching 6 innings of two-hit, one-run ball with 6 Ks and 5 BB. Logan Bawcom pitched the last, scoreless inning for the save.

Farmington 2, Marion 1
Farmington won a weather-shortened game 2-1 in the first contest of a two-day, three-game series against Marion (9-11). Suffering through rain and lightning delays, the game was called after seven innings, eliminating any chance for the Bobcats to even their record and get starter Ryan Stauffer (0-1) off the hook for a loss. It was Marion's second loss in three games against the last place Firebirds (3-16).

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Results from June 19

Marion 2, Evansville Outlaws 0 (exhibition)
It didn't count in the standings, but a near-perfect game thrown by a combination of Marion pitchers will give the team a bit of swagger as they hit the road Saturday for a five-day, six-game road trip. The 2-0 exhibition win Thursday over the Indiana Outlaws also helped Manager Steve Fowler finalize his pitching rotation for the season.
Five Bobcat pitchers combined for a one-hit, errorless game against the barnstorming Outlaws, a semi-pro team out of Evansville. The Outlaws, too, threw a scoreless game until reliever B.J. Thomas came in after two outs in the eighth inning and allowed Scott Cashman and Troy Ellis to score on wild pitches. Otherwise, Indiana allowed only four hits.
But that would be all the Bobcats needed as Ethan Utley came in to close out the final frame, sitting down all three Outlaw batters in the ninth inning for the save. 
"It's a good confidence builder," General Manager Gordon Guess said after the game.
Darron Lyman was the only Outlaw to get a hit.
Utley followed starter Michael LeMon, Bobby Woods, Joey Haston and Chris Buckman. Buckman earned the win and Haston looked sharp in his first performance since joining the team earlier this week.
In fact, Haston looked strong enough to coax Fowler into going with a six-man starting rotation for the season. Haston will join Dylan McCurry (1-1), Logan "Tex" Thomas (3-0), Bryce Law (2-2), Bo Daves (1-0) and Ryan Stauffer (0-0) in the starting rotation. Stauffer is the only left-handed thrower on the team.
"We clearly identified who are our starters and who are our relievers," Fowlers said.
In the bullpen for the Bobcats will be LeMon, Woods, Utley, Chad Adcock and Kyle Medley. Outfielder Mitch McClay, a southpaw, can also pitch if needed.
Marion takes a day off Friday, but the team will again mingle with the public in the second Meet the Bobcats dinner of the season. The team will gather at 6 p.m., at Pizza Roundup in Marion to eat alongside friends and management. The public is invited, but is expected to pay for their own food. The Bobcats' meals, though, are on the house.
Marion will then travel to Farmington to face the Firebirds for the first time in their home park. A time for Saturday's game has not been set, but Guess said it will probably be around 4 p.m., depending on when the field becomes available. 
He said Farmington's American Legion team has first use of the field, and their games scheduled for the weekend forced KIT League action to be rescheduled. While the rest of the league is in action Friday, the Marion-Farmington contest was moved to Sunday as part of a 2 p.m., doubleheader. The four other KIT Leagues will all be idle Sunday.
Marion travels to Tradewater Monday for a three game set beginning at 7 p.m., each night through Wednesday. It will be the last regular season trip to Dawson Springs for the Bobcats this year. 

UC got another outstanding pitching performance from Brad Davis as he pitched 8 innings of two hit shutout baseball. The Hounds jumped out early on the Railroaders getting 4 runs in the 1st that was capped off by a 2 RBI triple from Matt Phillips. Justin Miller also had 2 RBI's and Ace Williams picked up 2 hits for the Hounds. For Fulton, Justin Rodgers gave up 7 hits and 3 earned runs in 7 innings for the loss.

Tradewater 10, Owensboro 5

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Results from June 18

Marion 6, Owensboro 3
Logan "Tex" Thomas picked up his third win Wednesday and Kyle Medley extended his league-leading save total for the Bobcats to beat Owensboro 6-3. 
A native of Plano, Texas, Thomas (3-0, 3.28 ERA) now owns a full third of Marion's wins, which stood at nine at the end of the night. Meantime, Medley's save was his fifth of the year, and the closer kept his ERA perfect at 0.00, striking out two of the four batters he faced in the ninth inning. 
The basepaths were hot Wednesday, with nine stolen bases, eight of which belonged to the Oilers. Owensboro second baseman Khayyan Norfolk tallied four stolen bases – three in the first inning alone – to add to his league-leading steals total. Norfork now has 19 stolen bases, more than twice the next highest total. 
With the win, Marion (9-10) picked up a game on league-leading Owensboro (14-5) after dropping a game the night before. Starter Kyle Switalski (0-0) picked up the loss for the Oilers. The Bobcats are now five games off the Oilers' pace and have yet to have a losing series at home.  
The win came on General Manager Gordon B. Guess' 72nd birthday. Guess said the win was a good present, and the entire team and management celebrated with him following the game, sharing stories and birthday cake.
Marion faces the Evansville Outlaws in an exhibition game Thursday. The game begins at 7:05 p.m., and will be broadcast on 102.7 FM WMJL. Results and statistics will not be reflected in KIT League standings.

Tradewater 1, Union City 0
Don Pugliese pitched a spectacular game for Tradewater, and received solid relief help from Payne Spence in the 8th, and Eric Faint in the top of the 9th, to seal a hard-fought 1-0 victory. The win was especially sweet, and Owensboro dropped their contest with Marion, 6-3, setting up a battle royale between the Pirates and Oilers for the next three nights of KIT action. The Bucs host Owensboro Thursday before hitting the road for the 'Boro Friday and Saturday. Pugliese was in command every inning, and watched his mates play some sparkling defense to preserve the win, notably a great stop at third base by Logan Bawcom, that kept a Greyhound in the second base doghouse, and away from the plate.
Fulton Railroaders 7, Farmington Firebirds 4. After 15 innings of play the Railroaders beat the Firebirds in the 2nd and finally game of the series in Farmington. Farmington will now host the Marion Bobcats for a 3 game series with a doubleheader on Saturday and an afternoon game on Sunday. The Fulton Railroaders continue their road trip to Union City to face the Greyhounds for a 3 game series. Fulton remains in 3rd place in the standings at 3 games behind Owensboro and trailing 2nd place Tradewater by one half game. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Results from June 17

Owensboro 3, Marion 2
Joe Devine earned his third win of the season for Owensboro (14-4) Tuesday with 15 strikeouts and only two hits allowed against Marion (8-10). 
Devine (3-0) pitched his third complete game of the season in as many starts. Tuesday was his second complete game against Marion. 
"He's the real deal," Bobcats Manager Steve Fowler said of Devine in his club's 3-2 loss to the Oilers. 
The only blemish on Devine's night was a two-run shot by Bobcat center fielder Matt Little and a single by Mitch McClay. Little's home run was his first of the season and the first for the Bobcats at home this year. Devine's ERA after 27 innings pitched is 1.33.
Meantime, Bobcat start Dylan McCurry (1-1) gave up only two runs in seven and one-third innings. It was his third strong start since being placed in the rotation, but a lack of run support has left him with a no-decision in his last two appearance.
"It's just part of the game," McCurry said after the contest.
The Bobcats offense, in fact, did not get on the board until Little's home run in the eighth inning.
Ehtan Utley (0-1) was saddled with his first loss of the year, allowing the winning run to score in the top of the ninth on a bobbled handle by right fielder Danny Tejeda.
Devine struck out the side in the the bottom of the frame to pad his strikeout total and keep the Bobcats below .500 on the season.
The second and final game of the series will be Wednesday with a 7:05 p.m., start at Gordon B. Guess Field. Logan "Tex" Thomas will be starting for the Bobcats on only three days rest since his last start. New pitcher Joey Haston is also available after joining the team Tuesday.

Farmington 2, Fulton 1
After a late start, the Railroaders and Firebird finally complete their game in Farmington with the Firebirds winning over the Railroaders 2-1. The teams meet again on Wednesday night to complete the 2 game series. The loss keeps Fulton in 3rd place and give Farmington their second win of the season.

Union City 1, Tradewater 0
The Tradewater Pirates missed several good opportunities with runners in scoring position late in the game, and saw Union City hurler Brad Lawrence pitch a complete game shutout, and win, 1-0. The loss drops the Pirates to 10-7 on the season, as the two squads square-off again at Riverside Park, Wednesday evening at 7pm. Union City took the lead midway through the contest, as a run scored from third on an infield out. The Pirates squandered several good chances during the game, primarily in the late innings. The Bucs stranded runners in key situations in both the 8th and 9th frames. Justin Long pitched brilliantly for the Pirates, pitching the complete contest, and displayed some dominant moments throughout the contest. One significant highlight of the game was the strong performances of both catchers, as Matt Kulbacki of Tradewater and Tyler Acker of Union City gunned out several runners attempting steals of second and third, as well as strong overall leadership behind the plate.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Pitcher to be added to roster

The Bobcats should have a full roster at the end of the day Tuesday.
Joey Haston, a right-handed pitcher from Delta State University, will arrive in Marion Tuesday to join the team, taking the last available roster position after two slots opened up last week when catcher Trent Bierman was placed on the disabled list and pitcher Travis Feltner was relased. Catcher Drew Williams was added to the team on Monday to replace Bierman.
Haston, a McMinnville, Tenn., native, was a teammate of outfielder Matt Little at Delta State in Cleveland, Miss.
"I'm bringing him in on the recommendation of Little," said Manager Steve Fowler after Monday's 10-5 win over Union City.
  • Haston, 21, is six feet tall and weighs 190. Like Little, he will be a senior for the Statesmen in the fall.
  • Haston transferred from Volunteer state and pitched one season under Mike Crossland after transferring from NAIA’s Freed-Hardeman University.
  • He pitched 73 innings with 76 strikeouts and a 4.66 ERA.
  • In high school, Haston started four seasons for J.W. Holt at Warren County High School earning All-District honors in 2002 and 2003 and All-Area honors in 2003
  • He also lettered in football
  • He was born May 21, 1986, and is the son of Bill and Sandy
  • He has three siblings and is majoring in business

Meet the Bobcats returns Friday

Bobcat fans will have the opportunity to meet team off the field this week.
A Meet the Bobcats dinner has been planned for Friday evening at Pizza Roundup in Marion. The informal dinner begins at 6 p.m., with team and management on hand to meet fans, talk baseball and answer questions.
Owner David Haire will be feeding the team on their off day at his restaurant on U.S. 60 West across from the livestock market. Though the team will be eating for free, Bobcat fans are expected to pay for their own meal.
Richard Cruce is planning another Meet the Bobcats dinner later this season at his restaurant, Just-a-Burg'r.

Results from June 16

Marion 10, Union City 5
Bo Daves pitched eight innings and catcher Drew Williams wasted little time in making an impression on home fans and teammates Monday in a 10-5 win by the Bobcats over Union City. The win pulled Marion  (8-9) to within one game of .500 and sent the Greyhounds away with a 2-3 record for the season at Gordon B. Guess Field.

The Bobcats rebounded Monday from a 13-5 loss to the Greyhounds the day before. The win was the strongest pitching performance of the year by Daves (1-0), who allowed only one run until giving up a three-run home run to Justin Miller with two out in the eighth. At one point, Daves retired eight consecutive batters. He also struck out the side in the seventh inning.
But the big night belonged to 18-year-old Drew Williams. The 2008 Heath High School graduate joined the team only Monday and went 3 for 5 in his debut, including four RBI – three from a ground-rule double in the sixth.
Williams, of Paducah, Ky., was also solid behind the plate, setting a good target for his pitchers and keeping the ball in front all night.
"He's been picking them up out of the dirt," said General Manager Gordon Guess in the eighth inning, pleased with his latest acquisition.
Manager Steve Fowler was also happy with Williams' fundamentals.
"He was a real good pick-up," Fowler said.
 Williams replaces an injured Trent Bierman as backup to Adam Enloe.
On Tuesday, the Bobcats look to even their record and pick up a game on first place when Owensboro visits Marion for the first time this season. The second and final game of the series will be Wednesday. Both games start at 7:05 p.m.
In Game 1, Fowler will start Dylan McCurry, who has been strong in the starting rotation. McCurry (1-1) pitched the only complete game thus far for the Bobcats and carries at 2.25 ERA in 16 innings of work. With a nasty breaking ball, Chase Utley (0-0), another 18-year-old on the roster, will be the first out of the pen for Fowler.
In Game 2 of the series, Logan "Tex" Thomas (2-0) will take the hill looking for his third consecutive strong start of the season. Chris Buckman (2-0) of Sturgis, Ky., will come on in relief if Thomas runs into trouble.
The Bobcats have split or won every series at home so far this year.

Results from June 15

Union City 13, Marion 5
Union City used 12 bases on balls and 13 hits to beat Marion 13-5 Sunday. Aided by two errors, the Greyhounds (8-8) bit first with a six-run third inning off Bobcat starter Bryce Law (2-2). Law would settle down enough to pitch six innings, but reliever Bobby Woods struggled with his control on the mound, walking seven and allowing five hits in an inning and two-thirds. Marion (7-9) managed only four hits off Union City. All four of the Bobcat runs came on fielding errors behind Greyhound starter Drew Hayes (1-0), who earned a win in his first decision of the season. Hayes pitched six innings, allowing no earned runs, before Miles Scribner came on in relief. Greyhounds third baseman Trey Horn was 4 for 5 with an RBI. Marion has dropped four of their last five games. The game was delayed between the fourth and fifth innings due to a light malfunction that was corrected after about 40 minutes.

Owensboro 4, Farmington 3

Fulton 4, Tradewater 2

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Results from June 14

Owensboro at Union City doubleheader
Owensboro 3, Union City 0
In Game 1 of a doubleheader Evan Teague led the Oilers to victory with a 1 hit shutout of the Hounds.  Teague struck out 9 and walked none in the make up of Friday night's rainout.  Khayyan Norfork and Anthony Gliffe led Owensboro with 2 hits apiece.  Gliffe knocked in one of the Oilers three runs.  John Feltner had the other RBI.  Patrick Schatz went 5 and one third innings giving up 6 hits and 3 earned runs for the loss.  Tyler Acker had the only hit for the Hounds.  Brad Davis and Jon Herendeen will square off in the rubber match.

Union City 3, Owensboro 0
In the nightcap of the doubleheader between Union City and Owensboro, Brad Davis led the Hounds to victory with a stellar pitching performance.  After tossing 5 and two-thirds innings of hitless baseball, Davis surrendered only 4 hits the rest of the way.  Davis gave way to Spencer Clifft after 6 and two-thirds to allow Clifft to record the save.  Anthony Tomasetti tripled in 2 runs to lead the Hounds at the plate.  The Oilers had 4 scattered singles by 4 different players.  Jon Herendeen gave up all 3 Greyhound runs in 5 innings of work to get the loss.  UC took two out of three from the 1st place Oilers to remain 4 games back in the standings.

Marion at Fulton doubleheader
Fulton 12, Marion 3
In the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, the Railroaders got a good complete 7 inning game from winning pitcher Justin Rodgers who allowed only 1 earned run and gave up 4 hits. Fulton committed 3 errors to contribute 2 additional runs, but the Railroader defense tighten up and provided strong defense to back up Rodgers. On offense, Bobcats pitching could not stop the Railroaders bats from producing 10 hits to gain 12 runs. Stuart Meinhart powered a 2 run homer in the 3rd to excel Fulton’s scoring as they sent 11 men to the plate. Both Hunter Dawson and Elliot Frey added doubles, and Kurt Dudley produced 3 RBIs going 2 for 4. Fulton took advantage of 10 walks by 3 Marion pitchers and 2 errors on defense. Michael Lemon takes the loss for Marion.

Marion 7, Fulton 2
Game 2 for the evening saw a reverse in pitching and scoring. Bobcats starting pitcher Logan Thomas threw 6 good innings holding the Railroaders to only 4 hits and 2 earned runs. Fulton used 3 pitchers who all equally gave up the 13 hits with starter Zach Buxman throwing 3 innings, Jimmy Ryan and Tyler Hall both pitching 2 each, with Ryan taking the loss. Bobcats used long ball to score with 5 doubles, 2 each by Matt Little and Adam Enloe, and a solo homerun from Jacob Martin. For Fulton Elliot Frey went 2 for 3 with a double and a 2 RBI homer.

Tradewater at Farmington doubleheader
Tradewater 3, Farmington 0
The Tradewater Pirates took a doubleheader from the Farmington Firebirds, on the road, by the scores of 3-0 and 9-3, with George Hebert winning the first, and Don Pugliese recording the nightcap. Pugliese fanned 11 Birds and gave up just two hits. The Buccos now come home to Riverside Park for a huge two game set with Fulton, Sunday and Monday. The DH win Saturday moves them to 10-4 on the season.

Tradewater 9, Farmington 3

Williams added as catcher

The Bobcats return to play Monday with a new catcher on the team.
Drew Williams, a 2008 graduate of Heath High School in Paducah, Ky., was added to the team late Sunday as a replacement for Trent Bierman, who has undergone elbow surgery. Williams can also play in the outfield, but will will be primarily used behind the plate to spell Adam Enloe.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Bobcats rained out

It was Friday the 13th for sure.
The Bobcats suffered their first rainout of the season Friday, but that was the least of the team's worries on a day thought by many to be the unluckiest on the calendar. 
Besides the rainout, the team van carrying most of the players broke down near Mayfield en route to Fulton, sending management scrambling to find a means to get the team to Lohaus field for the second game of the three-game series with the Railroaders. Manager Steve Fowler, who would later get the shock of his life, was finally able to get his starters on their way to the park by hitching a ride. Fowler and the rest of the team, however, remained behind, 37 miles from Fulton.
"We sent for cars for the rest of the team," the manager said.
Fowler and his backup players for the night finally made it to Fulton, but in the third inning, the skies opened up, postponing the game. Both teams were able to get back on the field, but the rains came once again... along with lightning. Serious lighting that struck the ballpark and made its way to Fowler. 
Apparently, he had been holding onto part of the ballpark's structure when the the lightning struck, and the jolt somehow made its way to Fowler's body. He was OK a couple of hours after the incident, but said the shock certainly threw him for a loop.
"I didn't catch the full brunt of it, but it hit me," the manager said of the lightning.
A problem in getting the tarp on the infield as the second wave of rain hit Lohaus Field made the game unplayable Friday night, Fowler said, and could jeopardize Saturday's planned doubleheader.
"Their field got saturated," Fowler said. "I don't know if we'll be able to play tomorrow or not. We'll have to wait an see."
In fact, all three KIT League games scheduled for Friday were cancelled and will be made up with seven-inning doubleheaders Saturday. Marion will play a twi-night doubleheader at Fulton, with Game 1 beginning at 5 p.m. The second game will start shortly after the first game concludes.
No rain is forecast for Saturday, but the conditions at Lohaus Field could still be sloppy because of the tarping problems, the Bobcats manager said.
All in all, it wasn't a good day for Fowler, who hadn't realized his unlucky Friday was the 13th of the month.
"I didn't think of that, but it sure was."

More promotional nights set

Two more promotional nights have been set for the Bobcats this season.
Added Friday to Marion's promotional scheduled for the rest of the season are Safetran Night for June 27 and Fredonia Night for July 10. 
Safetran Systems is a maker of railroad signaling systems and has a plant located in Marion. Bobcats General Manager Gordon Guess said the company plans to purchase 50 to 75 tickets for its employees and their families. Like the Peoples Bank Night finalized earlier today, give-aways, drawings and other promotions for fans have not been  set.
Corporate sponsorships already scheduled are as follows:
  • Safetran Night - June 27 vs. Owensboro
  • Fredonia Night - July 10 vs. Tradewater
  • Peoples Bank Night - July 14 vs. Fulton
  • Crittenden Health Systems Night - July 18 vs. Farmington

Results from June 12

Union City 8, Owensboro 5
The Hounds were the benefactor of 17 walks as they defeated the first place Owensboro Oilers by a score of 8-5. A strong outing from starting pitcher Jud Stoltz helped UC to their second straight victory. Stoltz recorded 7 strikeouts and 1 earned run on only 3 hits through 8 strong innings. Jon Ivie and Justin Miller led the Hounds with 2 hits apiece. Ivie also drove in 2 runs. Chris Walls came on to pitch the ninth for UC. Khayyan Norfork led the Oilers with 2 RBI's. Chris Burton was saddled with the loss as he gave up 4 runs on 2 hits and 7 walks in 2 innings. The Oilers and Hounds are back in action Friday night at Elam Stadium.

After a slow start, the Railroaders finally got their bats in the bottom of the 4th with 2 solo homeruns by Stuart Meinhart and Louie Haseltine to give Fulton a 2-0 lead against the Bobcats. The Railroaders added another run in the 5th when Lee Kimbell ground rule doubled, batted forward to 3rd, and advanced to home on wild pitch. Marion's only run came in the 7th when they loaded the base and Lucas Cramsey was walked home. Fulton answered in the bottom of the 7th with a run when Lee Kimbell doubled and then scored off a single from Cory McCullick. The Railroader tacked on 3 more runs in the 8th with Louie Haseltine second homerun for the evening, a 2 run shot, and 1 more run when Hunter Dawson scored on Bobcats error. Winning the game for Fulton was Jacob Donze who went 6 1/3 innings striking out 7 and walking 2. Nathan Marlowe pitched 2/3 inning in middle relief and Kevin Kirksey completing the final 2 innings picking up a save. Losing for the Bobcats was starting pitcher Dylan McCurry going 5 innings.

Tradewater at Farmington
Postponed due to field conditions.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Bierman to undergo elbow surgery

The Bobcats will hit the road to Fulton Thursday down two players and relying on Adam Enloe as the only true catcher until at least next week.
Catcher Trent Bierman is out of the line-up with an elbow injury that will require surgery to correct. He will be undergoing the procedure on his right arm – his throwing arm – in Indianapolis. The nature of the injury is unclear, said General Manager Gordon Guess, but Bierman should be able to return to action in about three weeks.
Marion will also be without the services of pitcher Travis Feltner, who was released Tuesday after a second rough start on the mound.
Meantime, Manager Steve Fowler will go with Enloe behind the plate and utility player Chase Utley as his backup. Those are the only two catchers on the roster as a three-game road trip to Fulton beginning Thursday.
Guess said the team expects to acquire the services of Brett Williams, a graduate of Heath High School in McCracken County, Ky. Williams will be attending Morehead State University this fall and for the last four years has caught Heath teammate Daniel Webb who was drafted earlier this month by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Bobcats’ fortunes still unmeasured

Gordon Guess hasn’t put a pencil to it, but the calculations in his head have him optimistic for the welfare of the Marion Bobcats.
The former bank president and baseball enthusiast could wax lyrical for hours about the game. When it comes to the finances of the team he’s managing, however, he’s a little more matter-of-fact.
“I know what I see,” he said of attendance driving the club’s revenue. “And it’s been good.”
Guess made the statement at the end of Tuesday’s game, which was the conclusion of the collegiate summer league team’s first homestand of the season. Like the June 4 home opener, the stands Tuesday were packed with fans. This time, though, they weathered an ugly 8-1 loss to Farmington.
“Everything was great except the outcome,” said Gareth Hardin, who threw out Tuesday’s ceremonial first pitch on Farmers Bank Night.
Hardin is president of the bank, which signed on to sponsor the night of baseball, offering give-aways and drawings to fans as well as information on banking services. Hardin is also one of the 20 investors who sank $1,000 into the start-up of the team.
“I never considered myself a big baseball fan, but I think this is a really neat idea.”
That’s exactly what General Manager Guess likes to hear. He also likes what he sees when he peers out of the press box during radio broadcasts of the games.
“People come out and stay. And there are people here I’m surprised to see,” he said.
On Tuesday, Farmers Bank brought their own contingency of fans to the park, making the game the center of a company-wide outing. More than 100 of the fans at the game were bank employees or their family whose tickets were courtesy of Farmers Bank.
“It was outstanding,” Hardin said. “The employees really enjoyed it.”
The bank president said what was most impressive to him after his first game in the stands was the play on the field.
“They are a great bunch of kids,” he said. “They’ve got some real talent.”
But Hardin is aware it may be difficult to coax even hard-core baseball fans to the park to see college-age men compete, especially when none of the players are from Crittenden County. That’s why he was proud his bank took the lead in an attempt to lure fans to the park with additional attractions.
“It’s important for other businesses to step up and help out,” he said. “It’ll help bring people out and get them used to the idea (of attending games).”
Guess is appreciative of those who have helped out thus far, from individuals to the business community. Crittenden Health Systems has scheduled July 18 for its own night of baseball sponsorship. Others, too, have committed to corporate backing this season.
“A bunch of people have come together on this,” Guess said. “It’s been a lot of work, but it’s been worth it.”
The Bobcats don’t keep attendance figures, but walk-up ticket sales, purchases at the concession stand and merchandising have all fared well during the seven-game homestand. The Bobcats were off Wednesday and hit the road today (Thursday) for a three game set in Fulton before returning home for four games beginning Sunday.
But Guess is not yet looking past this season. He knows the crowds are spending money with the team and at restaurants and convenience stores around town, but as on the field in baseball, he’s weighing the fiscal game one day at a time.
“I’m optimistic,” Hardin said of his investment.
If nothing else, Guess adds, “We’ve created quite a stir.”