Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bobcats' season over

One hit away.
Those were the words Steve Fowler has muttered too many time this season.
"One hit away. We were just one hit away," the Marion Bobcats manager grumbled Wednesday after a rain-shorted 4-3 playoff loss to Tradewater. "All season, we've been one hit away."
The victory sends Bobcat players home for the season and Tradewater to the KIT League championship series to face Owensboro, which on Wednesday also won its second game of a best-of-three series against Fulton. Marion dropped the first game of its semi-final series Tuesday 11-1 at Tradewater.
"It's disappointing," General Manager Gordon Guess said of the season-ending loss called after six innings. "A fitting end."
Guess nor Fowler protested the decision by umpire Brian Thomas to call the game amid a downpour, but a rally mounted by the Bobcats in the bottom of the sixth made the outcome a bit harder to take.
As the last of the fans hurried to their cars in the drenching rain, Thomas made the official decision inside the press box overlooking the diamond. Seated next to Guess in the booth with the GM's full blessing, Thomas made the call that recorded Lucas Cramsey as the final out of the Bobcat's inaugural season.
"You did all you could do," Guess said of Thomas' patience in letting the game continue as lighting bolts drew nearer.
At the end of the sixth, Marion left the tying run just 90 feet away, the go-ahead run on first, and ultimately, the team's hope for extending the season in the hands of Thomas.
With only one out and the score 4-2 in the Pirates' favor, it look as if the Bobcats might strike to tie the game or take the lead in the last half of the sixth as the weather front approached. A fielding error on a ball hit by Jacob Martin allowed Adam Blair to score to cut the lead to one run. That left Matt Little on third and Martin on second after a stolen base, but Adam Enloe hit into a fielder's choice that allowed Little to be cut down before he could cross the plate. 
Cramsey, carrying a .296 average, the highest on the Marion team, came to bat with Martin on third and his college teammate, Enloe, on first. But Kevin Belk was able to get Cramsey to fly out to right field, sending the teams to their respective dugouts to wait out the approaching storms. 
The storms, however, would not pass until enough rain was dumped on Guess Field to seal the Bobcats fate with a 4-3 loss. The one-run contest was the 19th of the year for Marion, the 10th of which the Bobcats came out on the losing end. One of the one-run victories came two days earlier at Union City in the opening round of the playoffs.
Dylan McCurry, Marion's starter, threw three innings, giving up all four of the Pirate runs on five consecutive hits in the third inning. Bo Daves took over in the fourth, tossing three innings of hitless ball through the sixth, but the damage was already done by the Tradewater. 
For the Pirates, Sean Mahley earned the win with 5.1 innings pitched. Belk earned the save despite giving up the final run of the Bobcats' season.
Marion took a 1-0 lead in the first when Danny Tejeda earned a  bases-loaded walk that scored Martin. Little would pick up the team's second RBI on a single that scored Scott Cashman after the shortstop lead off the inning with a double. 
Cashman, who has struggled at the plate all year with a .131 average and a league-high 56 strikeouts, went 2 for 3 on the night. Little had two hits of his own, as did Tejeda. Enloe and Mitch McClay also added singles to the Bobcats' hit total of eight, but Marion left more than enough runners on base to easily win the contest. Ten runners, in fact, were stranded on the base paths in only six innings.
"Clutch hitting," Guess said after the game. "It's what's been missing all year."
Cramsey, who ended the regular season with a 25-game on-base streak, actually earned a trip to first base in his last 29 ball games including the postseason and the July 21 All-Star Game.
On the year, Marion added a 1-2 postseason record to its 20-28 regular season campaign. 
Bobcat fans now await a decision by the team's 20 investors as to whether the Bobcats will return in 2009 for their second season. Though General Manager Gordon Guess gave no indication the team would not return, he said nothing will be official until the investors vote on the matter later this year.
Notes of interest:
  • Bobcat outfielder Dustin Kennon will be transferred to a Memphis hospital for orthopedic surgery on his chipped pelvis, an injury sustained in the first inning of Marion's 11-1 playoff loss Tuesday at Tradewater. Metal pins will be inserted to aid the proper healing as the Memphis-area native recovers from the result of a collision with a wooden outfield post as he attempted to make a play on a fly ball to right field.
  • After 35 wins against 15 losses for the Pirates during the regular season, the Dawson Springs club is hoping to earn a championship this weekend by adding two more wins to its 2-0 playoff record. Tradewater's foe, Owensboro, is now 3-0 in the playoffs after dispatching Fulton Wednesday and Farmington on Monday. The Oilers were 27-20 on the regular season.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bobcats drop Game 1 to Pirates

Marion lost the first game of a best-of-three playoff series to Tradewater Tuesday, making Wednesday's game at Gordon B. Guess Field a must-win for the Bobcats.
Tradewater won Tuesday 11-1, but Marion lost more than the game. Outfielder Dustin Kennon will not only miss the rest of the postseason for the Bobcats, but he will probably be out of baseball for some time with an injury sustained Monday in a collision with the right field fence.
Kennon, batting .282 with 11 RBI for the Bobcats during the regular season, suffered a serious hip injury when he slammed into one the 4x4 outfield posts at Riverside Park. The 22-year-old Memphis-area native hit the post attempting to make a play on a deep fly ball in the bottom of the first inning. There is no padding on the posts that hold up the fence at the park and no warning track to let players closing on a ball know of the nearing fence.
Manager Steve Fowler said Kennon shattered his right hip on the play. He lay in the outfield for several minutes before being carried off into the dugout. Fowler said he was upset that the game continued while Kennon suffered in a great deal of pain in the visiting dugout.
"Our guys were pretty unnerved with him in there wailing," Fowler said of his team's focus after the injury.
By the third inning members of Dawson Springs Rescue Squad had stabalized Kennon while waiting for an ambulance outside the field of play. Groggy from the pain in the hot, humid air, Kennon grimmaced while emergency medical personnel attemped to keep him cool with ice and an electric fan as he lay on the ground.
"Memphis," as his teammates call him, was transported by ambulance from Riverside Park in Dawson Springs to Regional Medical Center in Madisonville. What Fowler feared was perhaps a dislocated hip, bruise or "pointer" was, in fact, the worst case scenario - a broken hip.
Meantime, on the diamond, Kennon's teammates were listless and finished the game with a makeshift lineup.
"There's never been a game we placed as bad as tonight," Fowler said after the game, en route to visit his outfielder in the hospital. "Everybody likes (Kennon) and was worried about him."
Kennon's mother was also headed to the hospital Tuesday night from Collierville, Tenn.
"Our hearts and prayers are with him," Fowler said. "We should know more tomorrow."
Dylan McCurry will start Wednesday's game at Guess Field. The game begins at 7:05 p.m. If the Bobcats win, the final game of the series will be played Thursday at Riverside Park.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Bobcats advance in playoffs

The Marion Bobcats (20-28) won their first-ever postseason game Monday, eliminating Union City (26-24) from the KIT League playoffs with a 4-3 win at Union City.
Starter Joey Haston pitched six strong innings, but faltered in the seventh, allowing Union City to close a 3-0 deficit to tie the game. 
"He had such a quick six, I thought I'd leave him in for the seventh and save my staff," Manager Steve Fowler said of his initial plan to pitch Haston, 1-2 with a 1.61 ERA in the regular season, for only six innings.
But Marion, as they have tended to do during the regular season, won the game with some late-inning drama.
"We had flawless execution in the ninth," Fowler said.
Jacob Martin led off the last frame with a walk and was moved to second on a sacrifice by Adam Enloe. Lucas Cramsey, who ended the season with a 25-game on-base streak, moved Martin to third, allowing Mitch McClay to score Martin on bloop hit. Closer Kyle Medley, with eight saves on the regular season, finished the game with a postseason save by throwing a perfect inning.
Chad Adcock, who pitched the eighth inning against the Greyhouds, earned the win.
"It's pretty big," the manager said of the first-year team's first playoff win.
Marion now advances to the second round of the playoffs, traveling to Tradewater (35-15) Tuesday for the first game of a best-of-three series against the league's best team. The second game of the series will be played at Gordon B. Guess Field in Marion. Game 3, if necessary, will return to Riverside Park in Dawson Springs.
"It's going to be an all-out war," Fowler said of the series. "They want us!"
The winner of the Marion-Tradewater series will advance to the championship to face the winner of the Owensboro-Fulton series, which also gets under way Tuesday. Owensboro (27-20) beat Farmington (8-38) Monday 6-2 to advance to the second round.
Marion beat Union City Monday for the seventh time this season. The Greyhounds are the only team against whom the Bobcats had a winning record in the regular season, 6-4. 
Fowler's club faired almost as well against his old team, the Pirates. The Bobcats were 5-5 against Tradewater this season, including three consecutive wins against Tradewater to end the season series. Tuesday's playoff game should be a continuation of the hottest rivalry in the KIT League.
"We're either going to wreck their season, or ours is going to come to an end," Fowler said after Monday's playoff win.
Fowler has not yet decided on his starter for Game 1 of the Tradewater series, but the Pirates have the league's top two winning pitcher in George Hebert (8-0) and Don Pugliese (7-0). The game at Dawson Springs will start at 7:05 p.m.
Game 2 of the Marion-Tradewater series will be at Gordon B. Guess Field in Marion, with a 7:05 p.m., start time.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Results from July 22

Marion 4, Tradewater 3
The Marion Bobcats ended their season at home like they began, with a win over the top team in the KIT League.
For the second time in the last seven games, Scott Cashman pushed across the winning run Tuesday in the Bobcats’ last at-bat. The 4-3 victory over Tradewater (32-14) kept the Pirates from clinching first place on the Bobcats’ home turf and evened the season series at five games each. The contest was Marion’s last regular season game at Gordon B. Guess Field this year. On June 4, the Bobcats won their first game at home against then first-place Fulton with a 4-1 record. On the season, Guess Field has been friendly to Marion. The team, 18-26 after Tuesday’s win, finishes 12-13 at home.
The Bobcats have four road games left and can finish no better or worse than fifth place. Games remaining include a two-game set at Union City beginning Wednesday and the final series of the regular season at Fulton on Friday and Saturday.
When postseason begins Monday, Marion will travel to the home of the fourth-place team for a one-game playoff. Joey Haston, 1-2 with a 1.61 ERA, will start for Marion.
If the Bobcats win Monday, they will return to Guess Field two days later for Game 2 of a three-game Round 2 playoff. The winner of that series will also play another home game either July 31 or Aug. 1, depending on seeding, during the three-game championship series. If necessary, the final game of the championship series will be on Aug. 3.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Results from July 19

Michael LeMon earned his first win of the year Saturday with a complete game shutout for the Bobcats, while the offense gave him more than enough run support behind a 3-run double by Adam Enloe and solo home run by Mitch McClay.
LeMon's 7-0 win over Farmington Saturday was before one of the largest crowds of the year at Gordon B. Guess Field. More than 250 fans packed the stands for Merchants Night and Fan Appreciation Night and saw the Bobcats split the season series with the Firebirds 4-4.
As entertainment, the fans saw Marion's fifth man in the pitching rotation pitch like an ace Saturday. LeMon faced only 29 batters – two over the minimum – and never allowed a man past second base. While he allowed only six runners from on three hits and three walks, four of the Firebirds were erased on the basepaths. In fact, through the first seven innings, the Albuquerque, N.M., native faced the minimum number of hitters by working quickly and staying ahead of batters.
McClay continued his hot hitting with his first home run of the season, and Adam Enloe added three more RBI to his team-leading total before Monday's trip to the All-Star game.
Lucas Cramsey also reached base for the 20th consecutive game with a hit.
Tradewater 4, Owensboro 0
Tradewater now need win only 1 more game or Owensboro lose another to claim KIT League regular season title. The Pirates beat Owensboro Saturday to push their lead to 6 games over Owensboro and reduce their magic number to 1. The win also guaranteed Tradewater of a first-round playoff bye and made it impossible for Fulton to repeat its 2007 league title. Fulton lost 8-2 to Union City with only 5 games remaining on the Railroader's schedule.
Because of the All-Star break, Tradewater will have to wait to clinch the league title. Tradewater's next game isn't until Tuesday at Marion and Owensboro doesn't play until a doubleheader at Farmington Wednesday.
The best Fulton can finish is now second place after being topled from league title contention with a loss Saturday against Union City. Though Owensboro is not yet mathematically eliminated from the finishing first, the best the Oilers can now do is tie Tradewater. Another Oiler loss or Pirate win will cinch the title for Tradewater, leaving Owensboro, Fulton and Union City to battle for second place and a first round playoff bye. A half-game now separates the three teams.

Results from July 18

Playoff picture
Tradewater's magic number is down to three with a win Friday and losses by both second-place teams, Fulton and Owensboro, now each five games behind the Pirates. Union City, with only 5 contests left and 6.5 games out of first, has been officially eliminated from the KIT League regular season championship. However, Union City, now in fourth place, can still finish second or third. Both the first- and second-place teams avoid a one-game, first round playoff. Meantime, Marion and Farmington, having secured fifth and sixth place, respectively, will go on the road for their one-game playoff. Marion will play at the fourth-place team's park, while Farmington will hit the road to face the third-place team.
Game summary pending.
Jon "Sweet Tea" Lee came on in relief of middle man Payne Spence and closed out the Owensboro Oilers Friday night, as the Pirates held on for a hard-fought, come-from behind victory. Don Pugliese, the Pirate starter, had an uncharacteristic rough first two innings, and the Oilers took advantage of Donny Baseball's inconsistency, racing out to a 3-0 lead, but not for long. The Pirates chipped away at Oiler starter Ryan Harper, closing to 3-2, and then in the sixth, the Bucs chased Harper, taking a 6-3 lead. Sean Mahley had a base-clearing triple to add to Harper's misery. Mahley was thrown out at third earlier, after a right-field blast sent him digging for third, only to be taken out by some good relay action by the Oilers. Pugliese, leaving early, gave way to Payne Spence, who did a masterful middle job, giving him the win. Lee received the save, and the respect of the adoring Riverside Park crowd, who gave the big man quite a hand for his night's work. The Bucs race out to a 5 game lead in the KIT, ahead of Saturday night's contest with the Oilers. Tradewater is now 31-13 on the season.
The Railroader pitching served up 15 hits and 7 earned runs in their loss on Friday to the Greyhounds. While Fulton's defense kept Union City's run production low, the Railroader offensive could not repeat last night performance of power hitting and could only muster 6 hits on the evening. Union City's mound effort took 4 pitchers to stop several Railroader rallies and resulted in Fulton stranding 12 men on base. Starter Brad Lawrence got the win only throwing 3 + innings before leaving in the 4th with an apparent injury. Spencer Clifft was the last Union City pitcher and went 1 2/3 innings with a 2 run lead to pick up his 12th league leading save on the season. Taking the loss for Fulton was Kevin Kirksey going for 5 1/3 innings allowing 11 hits and 6 runs. The win gives the Greyhounds a 5-4 lead on their season series with the Railroaders, the final regular season contest between the two teams is on Saturday in Fulton. Fulton moves to 5 games back of the 1st place Pirates, and they remain tied in 2nd with the Oilers who also lost on Friday to the Pirates. The Greyhound move up only a game and a half behind the Railroaders in 3rd place.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

CHS Night arrives Friday

Crittenden Health Systems has more than baseball on its mind when it hosts Crittenden Health Systems Night at the ballpark Friday.
Besides give-aways for t-shirts, water bottles and CHS 65th anniversary items, the hospital will open a health booth one hour before the 7:05 p.m., first pitch in order to provide free blood pressure checks and distribute health information. 
Dr. Amy Ratley will be singing the national anthem, three $50 gas cards will be handed out by CHS CEO Jim Christensen and staff at the end of the second, fifth and eighth innings.

Day at Marion Baptist cancelled

Bobcats Sunday at Marion Baptist Church has been cancelled.
General Manager Gordon Guess said Thursday that the services and afternoon barbecue dedicated to the baseball team has been cancelled due to a mutual agreement between the club and the church. 
The KIT League All-Star break begins Sunday, and Marion will be sending five players Monday to Huntington, Ind., for the game and tryouts in front of a number of baseball scouts. Joining All-Stars Adam Enloe, Lucas Cramsey, Matt Little and Kyle Medley will be catcher Adam Blair, who hopes to show off his arm and bat to scouts.

July 17 results

Farmington 5, Marion 2
Matt Little showed hometown fans why he was an All-Star selection this year for the Bobcats, but it wasn't enough to overcome a pesky last-place club whose own All-Star made his presence felt.
Little, center fielder for the Bobcats, went 4 for 5 Thursday, collecting a double, three singles and a run scored. With the performance, Little raised his batting average 18 points to .265 and added a stolen base for 13 on the season. 
Lucas Cramsey, also an All-Star for Marion, extended his on-base streak to 18 games.
The offense, though, failed again to put enough runs on the board for a victory, falling to Farmington 5-2. The win was only the sixth of the year for the Firebirds against 35 losses, but the Missouri club appears to have Marion's number. Four of their six wins have come against the Bobcats, who are now 2-4 against the last-place Firebirds.
Dallas Williams batted in three runs off Marion starter Ryan Stauffer (0-4), who gave up eight hits and four runs for the loss. Williams' biggest hit was a double down the third base line that scored two for the Firebirds to take a 4-2 lead.
Ethan Utley spelled Stauffer in the ninth and was touched for a 340-foot solo shot off the bat of pinch hitter Casey Jones, one of only two All-Stars selected from the Firebirds.
Mitch Guemmer (1-2) with an ERA over 8.00 got the win with Grant Miller (2-7) recording his first save of the year. 
Guemmer came in to pitch the seventh and eighth innings after Kirt Drimyer, the starter, and Dan Kuntz each pitched three innings, giving up one run each. In the third, Little scored off Drimyer on an error, and three innings later, Cramsey was batted in from second on a double by Mitch McClay.
Farmington's multiple pitching changes became a scorekeeper's nightmare.
Kuntz was brought in from second base to pitch the fourth with an unconventional five-man switch that sent Drimyer to first and moved Mike Reed from first to right field, Zane Walker from right to left field and Nick Johnson from left to second base. When Guemmer took the mound in the seventh, Kuntz took his spot in short.
Other notes:
  • With Thursday's loss, Marion's record dropped to 15-26, securing a fifth place finish in the six-team league. The Bobcats have only seven games remaining and are 7.5 games behind fourth-place Union City, while Farmington, 22.5 games behind first-place Tradewater and trail the Bobcats by 8.5 games.
  • Reed, who started the year as a catcher for Marion, played first base and right field for Farmington. He collected a hit and made a shin-high grab in right on a seventh-inning ball scalded by Jacob Martin with two runners in scoring position. At the time, the the Firebirds were leading 4-2. Reed batted only .077 with one hit in five games for the Bobcats before receiving his release. Since joining Farmington, he is batting .134 with nine hits.
  • Stauffer walked only one batter in eight innings. On the year, the sole lefty on the Bobcats' pitching staff has give up only three bases on balls in 34 innings pitched.
  • Marion committed only one error to Farmington's five, and stranded six to Farmington's seven men left on base.
  • Marion would have to win both Friday and Saturday to secure a 4-4 season split with Farmington, the league's worst team. But, the Bobcats could also earn a 5-5 season split with Tradewater, the league's best team, with a win Tuesday at Gordon B. Guess Field. In the only completed season series for Marion, the Bobcats were 2-8 against second-place Owensboro. 
Tradewater 4, Owensboro 0
The Pirates pushed their first-place lead to four games with a 4-0 win over Owensboro Thursday. Owensboro (25-16) and Fulton (26-17), which also lost Thursday, have only nine and six games, respectively, to catch Tradewater (30-13)
Tradewater's magic number for the KIT League championship is now 5.
Fulton 18, Union City 12
Fulton's is keeping its repeat league title hopes alive with its third consecutive win, but Tradewater won its sixth in a row to step one day closer to taking the regular season crown from the Railroaders. With only nine games left, Fulton trails the Pirates by 4 games in the standings, tied with Owensboro. However, the Railroaders have two head-to-head match-ups with the Pirates.

Results from July 16

Fulton 8, Marion 4
The Railroader complete this road with a another big win over the Marion Bobcats on Wednesday. Justin Rogers got the win going 6 innings, walking 1, and striking out 7, he allowed 3 earned runs. Allen Bolden, Elliot Frey, and Stuart Meinhart all got doubles for Fulton. Bryce Law takes the loss for Marion. The Bobcats will now host the Firebirds for 3 games and the Railroaders return home for 3 games with Greyhounds.

Tradewater 8, Farmington 4 Game 1
The Pirates dug out of a 2-1 hole in the first with a huge sixth inning, to take two from Farmington. The Bucs ended up winning 8-4 in the first contest, as they drove Firebird starter Wes Dagestad from the game in the sixth. The Pirates played small ball to turn the tide, and the Birds watched their hopes dashed for victory.

Tradewater 3, Farmington 1 Game 2
Sean Mahley pitched a brilliant complete game victory for Tradewater in the second game of a doubleheader at Riverside Park. In the nightcap, the Pirates led 2-1, and added an insurance run late, to aid Mahley. Kevin Belk won the first game, going the distance, in a well-deserved effort. The Pirates now prepare for Owensboro, for three nights at Riverside, in a battle for the brass ring.

Union City 8, Owensboro 5
The Owensboro Oilers lost Wednesday night's game against the visiting Union City Greyhounds, 5-8. The Oilers got out to a lead with two runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. With one out, Kevin O'Hair walked, Maykel "Makorum" Mokorem beat out an infield single, and moved to second on an errant that also allowed O'Hair to score. Tom Freeman followed with a RBI single to score Makorem. The Greyhounds tied the game in the top of the 2nd inning. Tyler Acker led off with a single, and scored two outs later on a RBI single by Jon Ivie. Luke Putnam followed with a RBI double to plate Ivie. The Oilers reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the 4th inning. Haskel Fink led off with a single, and stole second. Two outs later, Harry Turney RBI singled to plate Fink. Union City tied the game again in the top of the 5th inning. Putnam began with a walk. With one out, Drew Hayes singled, moving Putnam to third. With two out Justin Miller reached on an error that allowed Putnam across home. Owensboro scored again in the bottom of the 5th, as Makorem hit a solo RBI home run with two out. The Oilers added another run in the bottom of the 6th inning. With two out, another RBI single by Turney plated Justin Ritchhart (singled). The Greyhounds rallied for four runs in the top of the 7th inning to take the lead. Ace Williams walked, Hayes singled. Trey Horn RBI doubled to score Williams. Acker reached on an error that allowed Hayes to score. Anthony Tomassetti RBI singled to score both Horn and Acker. The Greyhounds added a final run in the top of the 8th inning. With one out, Putnam doubled, and scored on a two-out RBI single by Hayes. Greyhounds starter Jud Stoltz was the winner, Spencer Clifft notched a save. Owensboro starter Nathan "Humphries" Humphrey gets the loss.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Results for July 15

Fulton 9, Marion 0
The strikeout helped Chad Adcock keep Fulton in check through six innings after he gave up an early 2-0 lead Tuesday, but the well went dry in the seventh when the Railroaders sent seven batters to the plate to tack on three more runs en route to a 9-0 victory at Marion.
Fulton's win just one night after falling victim to Scott Cashman's game-winning single in the Marion's last at-bat snapped the Bobcats' first three-game winning streak of the year and handed Adcock (0-2) his first loss as a starter. 
On Stuart Meinhart's six RBI and a complete game two-hitter from Jacob Donze (6-2, 2.63 ERA), Fulton kept pace with Tradewater and Owensboro in the hunt for the KIT League title. Fulton is only 3.5 games behind first-place Tradewater and two behind Owensboro for second place.
Tuesday's victory at Gordon B. Guess Field was decided early for the Railroaders as Adcock stumbled out of the gate, allowing the first two batters of the night to reach on a single and a walk. Both would eventually score in the inning, the only runs either team would allow through the first six innings. Adcock would get out of the first by leaving the last two batters standing at the plate mystified on called third strikes.
Using his unconventional side-arm delivery, the "K" would remain the right-hander's best friend on the night, accounting for 9 of the 20 outs he recorded in six and two-third innings. But strikeout abandoned Adcock in the seventh when Fulton loaded the bases with a single, hit batter and walk, setting up a three-run double by Meinhart. That would be the last batter Adcock would face. 
Ethan Utley was brought in to get the final out of the seventh inning and would continue into the eighth. After getting the first two batters on routine infield grounders, 19-year-old Utley finished his night much like Adcock – allowing the next four batters to reach before Bobby Woods was brought in to get the final out of the eighth. Before that happened, however, Meinhart would add two more to his RBI total with a double to center field.
Meantime, Donze kept the Bobcats off the scoreboard for the fifth time this season. The only hits the 6-1 lefty would give up were two singles to Jacob Martin – an infield bouncer in the seventh and a line drive to center in the ninth. In fact, Donze allowed only four runners on the entire night.
Meinhart was the hitting star for the Railroaders, recording six of the team's eight RBI. Elliot Frey accounted for the other two RBI, while the Railroaders' other run scored on a first-inning passed ball allowed Adam Enloe.
For the Bobcats, Lucas Cramsey reached for the 16th consecutive game when he was hit by a pitch in the second inning. His 11-game hitting streak was ended against Fulton Monday, but the first baseman has reached base in every game since the second game of a doubleheader June 21 at Farmington.
Bryce Law (2-2, 1.78) will start for Marion Wednesday in the rubber match of the three-game series.
Other notes:
  • Only nine games remain for Marion, making first or second place in the KIT League regular season unattainable for the Bobcats. The best the team could finish in its inaugural season is third place. With any combination of two Bobcat losses or Fulton wins, Marion's best hope will be fourth place, which Union City currently holds. Any combination of three wins by Union City or losses for Marion will mean the Bobcats will finish in fifth place. With the number of contests remaining for Farmington, they cannot overtake Marion for fifth place no matter the teams' respective records from here on out.
Game summary pending.
Game summary pending.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Four Bobcats named All-Stars

Marion will send four players to next week's All-Star game in Huntingburg, Ind.
Adam Enloe, Lucas Cramsey, Matt Little and Kyle Medley were named to the 24-man KIT League All-Star roster on Monday. Only league-leading Tradewater and third-place Fulton will send more players to next Monday's contest.
Manager Steve Fowler said he was able to petition for a fourth player on the team when league managers and coaches met Monday afternoon to hammer out selections. The four Marion players are more than will represent second-place Owensboro on the squad. Tradewater placed the most on the team with six.
The 2008 All-Star Game will pit the Central Illinois Collegiate League All-Stars against the All-Stars of the KIT League. The Dubois County Bombers will be hosting the game next Monday at League Stadium in Huntingburg.  The game will begin at 6:30 p.m., following the annual Home Run Derby which will start at 5:30 p.m., and last 45 minutes.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by contacting the Bombers at (812)683-3700 or dcbombers@psci.net. Tickets prices are $9 for red chair back, $8 for orange chair back and $6 for general admission. The game will also be televised on Teamline on a pay-per-listen basis. More can be found by visiting www.dcbombers.com
The 2008 KIT League All-Stars are as follows:

Marion Bobcats
  • Adam Enloe - .307, 42 hits, 6 doubles, 24 RBI, 16 runs
  • Matt Little - 262, 34 hits, 1 home run, 16 runs, 17 RBI
  • Lucas Cramsey - .291, 37 hits, 15 runs, 14 RBI, 11-game hitting streak
  • Kyle Medley - 2-2 record, 6 saves, 29 strike outs in 18 innings, 0.50 ERA
Owensboro Oilers
  • Jon Herendeen
  • Joe Devine
  • Kevin O'Hair
Farmington Firebirds
  • Andy Moss
  • Casey Jones
Union City Greyhounds
  • Drew Hayes
  • Ace Williams
  • Justin Miller
  • Trey Horn
Tradewater Pirates
  • Justin Long
  • George Hebert
  • Don Pugliese
  • Eric Faint
  • Nathan Wright
  • Kevin Schlegel
Fulton Railroaders
  • J. D. Ashbrook
  • Hunter Dawson
  • Justin Rodgers
  • Elliott Frey
  • Louis Haseltine

Results from July 14

Marion 3, Fulton 2
Marion wins its third game in row with a walk-off single by Scott Cashman in the bottom of the ninth, the second win for the Bobcats in their final at-bat in as many games.
Other notes:

  • With only 10 games left for Marion, the Bobcats were mathematically eliminated from winning the KIT League regular season title. Farmington has already been eliminated from contention.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

2008 All-Stars named Monday

Players for the July 21 All-Star Game will be named Monday. At least three Bobcats are expected to make the team.
The 2008 All-Star game will pit the Central Illinois Collegiate League All-Stars against the All-Stars of the KIT League. The game starts at 7 p.m., July 21 at League Stadium in Huntingburg, Ind., home of the CICL's Dubois County Bombers. This year's game will feature the annual Home Run Derby which will start at 5:30 p.m., and last 45 minutes.

Results from July 13

Tradewater 15, Owensboro 7
Tradewater retook first place over Owensboro with a 15-7 win Sunday. The Pirates had fallen out of first place with two consecutive losses to Marion at Gordon B. Guess Field. 
All other KIT League teams are idle Sunday.
On Monday, Marion will host third-place Fulton at 7:05 p.m. Monday is Peoples Bank Night at Gordon B. Guess Field. The bank will honor the ballpark's namesake and reward fans with give-aways. 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.
Joey Haston will be starting for Marion. Haston is 1-2 in three starts with a 2.21 ERA. He has allowed only 5 runs in 20.1 innings pitched with 7 strikeouts and 15 hits allowed. The McMinnville, Tenn., native last pitched against Owensboro on Sunday, receiving a loss in 1-0 complete game. Haston joined the team June 16 and plays his college ball with Matt Little at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss.

Results from July 12

Union City 6, Farmington 4
No game summary available.
Fulton at Owensboro
Postponed due to rain. Reschedule date to be be announced.
Tradewater at Marion
Postponed due to rain. Reschedule for 7:05 p.m., July 22 in Marion. Game will remain Par 4 Plastics Night.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Bobcats-Pirates game rained out

A sweep will have to wait.
The Tradewater game at Marion was rained Saturday and will be played later this month after the All-Star Game. The final game of a three-game series, the Bobcats were looking for the sweep Saturday against the Pirates after taking the first two games at Gordon B. Guess Field. Because of a heavy rain that fell just before game time, the field was too muddy for action.
The final Bobcats-Pirates game of the year will now be July 22, one day after the All-Star Game. The 7:05 p.m. contest will be the final home game of the year for Marion, with Par 4 Plastics Night rescheduled as the sponsorship for the game.
The Bobcats then hit the road the following day for the final four games of the season.
Marion continues its homestand Monday against Fulton. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
The postseason begins July 28, with a one-game Round 1 playoff. In the first round, fifth place will play fourth, and sixth will play the third-place team. Marion is currently in fifth place.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Results from July 11

Marion 5, Tradewater 4 (12 innings)
The hits keep coming and the wins are getting sweeter for the Bobcats.
On Friday, Marion beat the Tradewater Pirates 5-4 on a 12th-inning walk-off single from Lucas Cramsey that fell just shy of right fielder Nathan Wright's glove. The looping liner was Cramsey's third hit of night and scored Scott Cashman from third after leading off the inning by taking a pitch on the elbow.
The loss dropped Tradewater (24-13) out of first place with Owensboro's 6-5 win over Fulton at home. For Marion (14-23), it was the first back-to-back victory since June 9 an sets the stage Saturday for a possible series sweep of the Pirates, Bobcat's first of the season. 
"This beats it," Manager Steve Fowler said of Friday's thrilling Bobcat victory, just one night after dubbing a 5-0 win over Tradewater the sweetest of the season. "This was the best one yet."
Marion collected nine hits, and has tallied nine or more in four of the last five games after scoring only 24 runs in its previous 13 games. Cramsey was 3 for 6 and has hit safely in his last 11 games, including Friday's game winner. 
For Fowler, who managed at Tradewater for seven seasons, any victory against his old team is special. Despite harboring no animosity toward the Dawson Springs-based club, Fowler feels he has something to prove to the Pirate faithful who used to cheer him on, many of whom were in the stands at Marion Friday. 
After almost four hours of baseball Friday, the old Pirate skipper showed the last two nights that his fifth-place club can beat the best in the league. His nearly bald head covered in sweat on the muggy summer night, Fowler explained away some aggressive base-running that lead to outs at the plate, but still kept a grin as big as the moment Cramsey's ball fell just out of Wright's reach. In his head, he kept replaying the moment his team erupted from the dugout to rush Cashman who had just crossed the plate for the winning score.
But the final inning started to look like it might play out in the way so many others had during the Bobcats' recent slump. After reaching third on a stolen base and wild pitch with nobody out in the 12th, four batters later he remained at third with two out.
"I knew if I got Cashman to third with no outs and he didn't score, we'd lose the game," Fowler said.
After saving the go-ahead run in the previous inning by keeping his cool on a grounder that took a bad hop at short, Cashman stood just 90 feet from pushing the Bobcats over the top and sending the fans the friendly confines – including his parents all the way from Gig Harbor, Wash. – into a frenzy.
"It hit him right in the cup," Fowler said of the bad hop of the bat of Kevin Schlegel in the 11th.
But Cashman had enough presence of mind with the bases loaded to make the only play that had a chance a chance of keeping the scored knotted at 4. He knocked down ball, picked it back up and made a perfect throw to Cramsey at first to end the Pirate threat. 
Cramsey would repay his fellow infielder in the next inning with his own two-out, bases-loaded theatrics. 
Pirate reliever Mike Ritson looked to be working his way out of his first jam since taking over from Pirate starter Justin Long in the 10th. After hitting Cashman and walking Troy Ellis, Ritson got Matt Little to bounce out to third and set up an inning-ending double play possibility by intentionally walking Jacob Martin. The next batter, Adam Enloe went down swinging, however, leaving it to Cramsey to save the Bobcats from wasting a lead-off runner at third.
Cramsely obliged, taking a two-strike pitch and poking it to the opposite field in right for Marion's first walk-off win of the year.
"And I thought last night was sweet," Fowler said.
What might be even more savory would be the Bobcats' first series sweep. A win Saturday would not only be the first time Marion left a series undefeated, it would also mark the first three-game winning streak for the young club.
And, it would end the season series with Tradewater with five wins apiece.
"Wouldn't they just hate that," Fowler heard after the game from Bobcat General Manager Gordon Guess, who has his own history with the Pirate club. 
Guess, for several years, has called Tradewater games on the radio, and has even continued to do so this year. In fact, that is how Guess came to know Fowler, which made him the perfect choice for Guess to lead the Bobcats upon their entry into the KIT League.
In search of evening the season series, Fowler will send Joey Haston (1-2, 2.21 ERA) to the hill Saturday. With a depleted bullpen, Fowler is looking to Chad Adcock, who threw an inning of relief Friday and is scheduled to start Monday, as Haston's only backup in the Bobcats final game against Tradewater.
"That's it," Fowler said of his relief choices.
Kyle Medley (1-2) was spent Friday, throwing three and two-thirds innings. The closer, who came in a 4-4 game with one out in the ninth, normally works only an inning, but after Fowler replaced Adcock with Bobby Woods to start the eighth, the bullpen was out of arms.
"He was done," Fowler said of Medley after pitching the top of the 12th inning.
But Fowler didn't have to make a pitching choice for the 13th inning, and Medley came away with the win, his first of the year.
Ritson got the loss in his first pitching appearance of the year. Justin Long, who earned complete-game win in his last start against Marion, worked the first nine inning for Tradewater and was left with a no-decision.
Dylan McCurry (1-2), the Bobcat starter, pitched six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. One of the runs was unearned, keeping his ERA at a low 2.68. Medley struck out six Pirates in his three and two-thirds innings. Woods struggled a bit in one and third innings, walking three and allowing a run to tie the game at 4-4 in the ninth.
Besides the game winning RBI, Cramsey had Marion's first RBI of the night, scoring Little on a single. Cashman, Cramsey's late-inning heroics partner, also had an RBI. Marion's two other runs scored on errors.
Game summary pending.

Food Giant paying for admission

The first 100 visitors to Gordon B. Guess Field on Friday will gain free entry to the Marion Bobcat-Tradewater Pirates game courtesy of Food Giant Supermarkets. The promotion, one of nine slated by various business during the Bobcats’ final homestand, will also see those first fans take home a goody bag from the food store chain.
Friday is also Ladies Night, with a reduced ticket price of $3 for all women not among the first 100 in the ballpark. The contest, like all Bobcat games, begins at 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Results from July 10

Marion 5, Tradewater 0
Some wins are sweeter than others.
For Steve Fowler, Thursday's 5-0 over Tradewater was one of the sweetest ever for his Marion club.
"It was the biggest win of the year," Fowler said after the game, his third win this season against the club he managed for seven years.
After dropping a pair of one-run losses at Union City to fall six games out of fourth place, the Bobcats returned home Thursday to begin their final homestand of the year. The nine-game stretch got off to a good start before a large crowd, with Marion earning a victory against the league's first-place team. 
Marion (13-23) scored its first run on a wild pitch from Payne Spense (0-2) in the second inning. That's all Sturgis, Ky., native Chris Buckman would need, pitching seven innings of shutout baseball before Ethan Utley threw the final two scoreless innings for his first save of the season.
"He now knows there's life after four," Fowler said of the seven-inning performance by Buckman, who made his first start on the mound this year.
The right-hander earned the win, his fourth against zero losses on the year. Spense took the loss.
The game was Marion's second shutout of the year, equalling a complete game performance by Bo Daves against Farmington on June 22. Tradewater is now 24-12, just a half-game ahead of Owensboro.
Fowler said the Pirates came in to the friendly confines of Gordon B. Guess Field with a bit of swagger after taking two of three at Fulton to reach the top spot in the league.
"I'd bet we see a different Tradewater team tomorrow," the Bobcat skipper said.
Despite earning only two victories in the last 13 games, Fowler said he's proud of his club.
"They scratch and claw their way back," he said. "These guys don't realize they're a fifth-place team."
Marion has now lost eight games by only one run – 10 by two runs or less. For Fowler, that shows moxie for a young club.
"We've accomplished our first-year goal of being competitive," he said.
When the Bobcats take the field against the Pirates Friday, there will be only 12 regular season games left for the Marion team. Though fourth place and a home playoff game will be an uphill climb for the Bobcats, the club is beginning to gel near the season's end. 
But it took a bit of coaxing on the recent road trip.
"I lost it," Fowler said of clubhouse grumbling during the 2-11 skid. "I had a fit and they seemed to respond as a team."
All six KIT League teams will reach the playoffs, and if Marion can continue hitting like Thursday and the previous three games at Union City, Fowler likes the team's chances in the postseason.
In fact, on Thursday, Mitch McClay stroked three hits and Lucas Cramsey continued his hot hitting with a double and a single. On the night, Marion amassed nine hits, leaving only six on base. The defense performed flawlessly as well.
"I'm proud of them," Fowler said of his team after Thursday's win.
One of the club's starters, though, is out for the year. Logan "Tex" Thomas will not return to the mound in 2008 after suffering ligament damage in his right arm, his throwing arm. Fowler said Thomas will remain with club through the season, but won't be playing.
"That hurts us," the coach said.
Thomas was 3-2 with a 5.46 earned run average. Fowler said the pitcher will not be replaced on the roster at this stage of the season.
Another pitcher on injured reserve returned to action this week, however. Bryce Law tossed three and a third innings in relief at Union City Wednesday. Law, 2-2, will return to the starting rotation during the homestand.
Dylan McCurry (1-3, 2.62) will start Friday against the Pirates. Joey Haston, who pitched a complete game 1-0 lost against Owensboro Sunday, will start Saturday. Both games times are 7:05 p.m.
In other notes:
  • Thursday's game went the dogs, err, dog in the middle innings. A black lab made his way onto the field during the fifth inning, cordially retrieving a foul ball and dropping it into the hands of home plate umpire Brian Thomas. Two innings later, the same dog would streak across the field, holding up action briefly until he made his way back outside the fencing. Could the black dog be a foretelling of things to come for the Pirates? Consider this... In 1969, a black cat darted in front of the Chicago Cubs dugout at Shea Stadium in New York. At the time, the Cubs maintained a 10-game lead in the National League East, only to fall into a late-season slump after the cat's curse, eventually relinquishing first place to the Mets. The 1962 expansion team who would go on to win their first World Series that same year.
  • All the way from Gig Harbor, Wash., Scott Cashman's parents made their way to Guess Field Thursday to see for the first time their son play in a Bobcat uniform. The Cashman's, as well as the shortstop's girlfriend from Utah, where he attends college, will remain in town for the weekend series against the Pirates.
  • Friday night is Food Giant Supermarkets Night, where the first 100 fans gain free entry into the game and a goodie back from the grocery chain.
Game summary pending.
The Owensboro Oilers won Thursday night's game against the visiting Fulton Railroaders by a 2-0 score. The Oilers scored first in the bottom of the 1st inning. With one out, Kevin O'Hair executed a bunt single. He advanced to second on a throwing error, then scored when Anthony Gliffee smacked a RBI ground-rule double under the centerfield fence. The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the 6th inning. With two out, Joe Grinstead parked a solo RBI home run over the rightfield wall. The pitching of Oilers starter John Carbonell, Patrick Crider in relief, and closer Jon Herendeen made the two runs stand up. The mound staff notched 13 Ks and allowed just three hits in the game. Carbonell went seven innings, fanned 9 and walked 1 for the win. The Railroaders threatened in the top of the 7th, loading the bases against Crider with no outs. Then Crider got a 1-2-3 double play, and followed that up with a strike out to end the inning -- without a run crossing the plate. Jon Herendeen worked a perfect top of the 9th for another save. The Oilers player of the game was Kevin O'Hair for going 4 for 4 with a run scored

Results from July 9

Union City 4, Marion 3
Drew Hayes had another great outing to lead UC to victory over the Bobcats. Hayes gave 1 run in 7 innings and struck out 7 for the win. Spencer Clifft came on for the last 5 outs to get the save. Trey Horn led the Hounds with 2 RBI's and a huge defensive play in the 8th to preserve the lead. Michael Lemon got the loss for Marion giving up 5 runs in 3 2/3. Danny Tejada was 2 for 4 and Lucas Cramsey knocked in the only run to lead the Bobcats.
Tradewater 10, Fulton 7
For the second time in the 3 game series, the Pirates took advantage of 2 Railroader errors in the first inning to gain an early 2-0 lead. The Pirates added 4 more runs in the 3rd including a 3 RBI homer from Richard Atwood. In the 4th, Pirate Tanner Hall tacked one run with a solo homerun off Railroader pitcher Tyler Hall, his brother. Top of the 6th, Tradewater added another run from a single, 2 walks and a Hit-by-pitch to give Tradewater an 8-0 lead. Tradewater ace pitcher George Hebert (7-0 with 7 starts) kept the Railroaders in check through 5 innings, sometimes throwing 88 mph fast balls. In the bottom of the 6th, JD Ashbrook lead off and jump on the first pitch to hit a solo homerun, the first homerun allowed by Hebert this season. Hebert burned the next 2 batters on strikeouts, and then the Railroaders took off with a 3 hits and 3 Pirate errors to score another run and load the bases. Fulton's Elliot Frey step to the plate and hit a grand slam homer to bring the Railroaders to within 2 runs. In the top of the 7th, again the Pirates came up with 1 run on another Fulton error. Fulton answered in the bottom of the inning with 1 run when Allen Bolden hit his first pitch and produced a third Railroader home run that the Pirate defense didn't bother to move on. With the score 9-7, Pirates starter Hebert was finished, throwing 128 pitches. Tradewater put up 1 more run in the 9th off 1 hit and Fulton again threaten in the bottom of inning getting men on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out, but Pirate reliever Eric Faint closed out the game forcing 2 fly outs. George Hebert picked up his 7th win, best in the league and Faint a save. Tyler Hall takes the loss pitching 4 innings allowing only 3 earned runs from the 7 scored on him.
Owensboro at Farmington
Both games of doubleheader postponed due to rain. Reschedule to be announced.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Results from July 8

Union City 10, Marion 9
Newly acquired Jonathon Keck was the story for the Hounds, going 5 for 5 with a 2 run homer and the game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth.  Tyler Acker also added 3 RBI's to lead UC at the plate.  Not to be overlooked was the strong relief pitching of Miles Scribner. Scribner held the Bobcats in check for 5 1/3 innings giving up 2 runs on 2 hits and allowing the Hounds to crawl back into the game after being down 6-0 early.  Jud Stoltz pitched an inning for the win.  Adam Enloe led the Bobcats going 2 for 4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI's.  Kyle Medley got the loss.
Fulton 7, Tradewater 2
In the 2nd game Fulton evened the 3 series with Tradewater winning 7-2.  The Pirates started the scoring in the 1st inning with their only 2 runs for the night. The Railroaders Scored 1 in the bottom of the 1st, adding another 3 in the 3rd with 3 hits and an error. Fulton put up another run in the 5th and 2 more in the 7th to bring the final score total.  Steven Bayko for Fulton with 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and Alan Bolden went 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs. Better defensive play by the Railroaders contributed to the win with only 1 error and holding 9 Pirates on base. Heads up and aggressive base running kept the runs coming in.  Winning the game was starter Jacob Donze going 7 innings allowing 6 hits and striking out 6 with only 3 walk. Jimmy Ryan in relief pitched the final 2 innings. Starter Sean Mahley picks up his first loss of the season for Tradewater.
Owensboro Oilers @ Farmington Firebirds
Postponed due to rain. Doubleheader scheduled for July 9.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Results from July 7

Marion 7, Union City 4
Marion pounded out 13 hits en route to a critical victory at Union City that ended an eight-game skid and moved the Bobcats one game closer to hosting a first-round playoff game later this month.
With a 7-4 victory Monday, the Bobcats (12-21) picked up a game on the Greyhounds (17-18) who are now just four games ahead of Marion in fourth place. It's Marion's first win since a 9-2 victory over Tradewater on June 24 and the first time the team has scored more than four runs since that same contest.
Catcher Adam Enloe led the charge with three hits and two RBI. Matt Little added two more hits and RBI, while Troy Ellis recorded a three-for-three night. Dustin Kennon joined the hit parade with two singles, while Jacob Martin, Lucas Cramsey and Danny Tejeda each added their own base hits. 
Chris Buckman (3-0) notched the win for Marion in one and one-third inning of relief of starter Ryan Stauffer, who gave up all four of Union City's runs. Buckman finished the fifth for Stauffer (0-3) after the lefty gave up a two-out, three-run home run to Greyhound Trey Horn. 
Buckman threw the sixth inning before Manager Steve Fowler brought in Chad Adcock, Bobby Woods and Kyle Medley for one inning of relief each. Each of the pitchers gave up one hit, but walked no one en route to Medley's sixth save. In fact, only one walk was given up on the night by Bobcat pitchers.
Union City's Spencer Clifft, the only pitcher to have earned more saves than Medley (7), took the loss in his first start of the year. Clifft (2-2) gave up six runs in four innings. Matt Phillips finished up the game for the Greyhounds, allowing a run on four hits and a walk.
Marion struck first when Jacob Martin's single led to a run on a passed ball. In the third, Ellis and Martin were both batted in after reaching scoring position on stolen bases. In fact, the Bobcats managed four swiped bases in the inning off Greyhound catcher Logan Hostetler. Enloe and Cramsey, who each tallied an RBI in the third inning, added a steal to their stats.
In the fourth, the Bobcats came back with three more runs with four singles and a hit batter. Union City would answer in the bottom of the frame with their first run, a solo home run off the bat of Justin Miller (4).
The Bobcats added their final run of night in the next half-inning when Tejeda scored on a wild pitch. Stauffer was victimized by the long ball again in the bottom of the fifth when Horn hit his first home run of the season.
Relief pitchers for both teams kept the rest of the game scoreless.
The Tradewater Pirates took the first of 3 games from the Fulton Railroaders with a score of 8-7. Both teams got 7 hits and 1 homerun each, but errors plagued the Railroaders who committed 5 total costing them 3 runs early in the game. The Pirates struggled also giving up 2 runs from 1 of 2 errors total, but the 1 run difference was enough to win the game. Tradewater lead off the scoring in the 1st with 2 runs, with the Railroaders answering on the bottom of the inning with 2 of their own. Tradewater increased their lead with another run in the 4th and 3 more in the 5th, all unanswered by Fulton. Finally in the 8th, the Railroaders manufactured 3 runs on 2 walks, a single and an error to close the score to 5-6. The Pirates came back in the 9th with a 2 run homerun from Payne Spence. The Railroaders battle back in the bottom of the 9th with a Stuart Meinhart 2RBI homerun to bring Fulton again to within 1 of Tradewater. With 2 outs and 2 men on, Pirate’s reliever Logan Bawcom and Railroaders DH Allen Bolden battle a full count for 7 pitches before a called 3rd strike ended the game with the fans hotly contesting the call. Good pitching performances from both teams with the win going to Don Pugliese for Tradewater and Zach Buxman taking the loss for Fulton.

Cancelled games won't be played

Two games at Farmington cancelled last week due to rain and poor field conditions will not be made up, according to Marion's general manager.
"The games will NOT be made up, as they are not expected to affect the standings," said Gordon Guess on Monday.
Guess said both teams' general managers and league president Randy Morgan agreed to cancel the games due, in large part, to the unnecessary expenses. Earlier, Guess had suggested the games might be tacked on to the end of the Bobcats homestand that starts this week.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Results from July 6

Owensboro 1, Marion 0
Joey Hatson and Owensboro pitchers squared off for a pitchers' duel in Owensboro Sunday, with Haston going the distance, but coming out on the losing end of a 1-0 game.
Clean-up hitter Tony Gliffe's home run in the sixth inning was the only score of the game for Owensboro (21-12), but it was all they would need with Duncan earning his fifth win of the season. 
"One pitch," said Manager Steve Fowler of the difference in the game.
The Bobcats and Owensboro each had five hits, but Duncan and relievers Russell Logsdon and Jon Herendeen scattered the hits across his nine innings on the hill.
Marion threatened in the sixth when leadoff hitter Matt Little reached base on a dying quail hit just over the infielder's reach and advanced to second on a sacrifice off the stick of Jacob Martin. Duncan, though, would strand Little on the bases, getting out the next two Marion batters. He also shut down a rally in the last of the ninth when the Bobcats had runners on first and second.
For Haston, it was his first loss of the season and perhaps his best pitching performance thus far.
"Joey threw well," Fowler said. "He just kept pumping the ball across the plate."
For the Bobcats (11-21), their woes and bad luck continued. Sunday's loss was the eighth consecutive for the team and the fourth scoreless game over that same period. Both games in Owensboro were lost by only one run.
"Two games, two runs," Fowler said of the difference in the series.
But the on-field manager for the club has not given up on the first-year team.
"I still believe in these guys," he said. "We have good talent, and when it comes together, these guys can beat anyone."
Sunday's game was the 11th decision of the year dropped by Bobcats by three runs or fewer.
"Always the bridesmaid, never the bride," Fowler said of the statistic.
There are still three weeks before the playoffs begin. Though Marion lies in fifth place, with only Farmington behind them, the Bobcats are only five games behind fourth-place Union City and a shot at hosting the first round playoff game. Marion, also, has five games remaining with those same Greyhounds.
Sunday's contest was Marion's last visit to Owensboro during the regular season. Marion hits the road Monday for its first trip to Union City before returning home Thursday for an 11-game homestand.
At Union City, Fowler will go with Ryan Stauffer, Bo Daves and Michael LeMon on the mound.
Meantime, starters Logan "Tex" Thomas and Bryce Law are on the disabled list, inactive for the next few games. Fowler will hold both spots open for the two right-handers until they work through their problems. Chad Adcock will be moved from the bullpen to a starting role until their return.
The Fulton Railroaders scored in every inning played on Sunday amassing 23 runs with 21 hits. As in Saturday's game, the Railroaders used big hits to overpower the Firebirds. Four homeruns hit by Kevin Kirksey, Steven Bayko, Hunter Dawson, and Stuart Meinhar added up to 7 RBIs. There were also 3 doubles on the evening from Lee Kimbell, J.D. Ashbrook and Kevin Kirksey. Everyone in Fulton's starting lineup got hits with J.D. Ashbrook going 4 of 6, and both Hunter Dawson and Steven Bayko were 3 for 5.  The Firebirds added to their woes committing 4 errors to the Railroaders 2 and giving up 13 walks in 8 innings. The Firebirds continued to play and there were several great defensive plays that kept the scoring from being even worse. But with 23 total RBIs, the Railroaders could not be stop. Winning the game pitching was Justin Rogers going 7 innings, striking out 7 and walking 0., Rogers gave up 6 hits and 2 earned runs before Hunter Dawson more to the mound from 2nd base in relief. Dawson struck out 2, allowed 2 hits and 2 runs, walking one. Farmington's losing pitcher was starter Kirk Boeller who only went only 3 innings. The Firebirds scrambled 3 other pitchers in an attempt the end the Railroaders hitting, but could only manage a total 3 strikeouts in 8 innings.
The Pirates rode the fine starting pitching of Jon Moore, and superb relief from Kevin Belk, with a closing performance from Jon "Sweet Tea" Lee, to defeat the Union City Greyhounds, by the count of 8-3. The Bucs knocked 13 hits in route to the win, as they took an early 2-1 lead, and extended to the final, for their 22nd win of the season. The Pirates now continue their road excursion to Fulton for three nights.