Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Kennon recovering at home

Dustin Kennon, the right fielder for the Marion Bobcats injured in a playoff game last week at Tradewater, continues to recover at home.
Kennon was hurt July 29 making a play on a fly ball in the first inning of an 11-1 loss to the Pirates. In a collision with a post holding the outfield fence, the Collierville, Tenn., native chipped his pelvis bone. He was taken to Regional Medical Center by ambulance but later transferred to Memphis for orthopedic treatment.
"He's on crutches," Marion Manager Steve Fowler said. "They're waiting for the swelling to go down to see if they need to put in pins."
Gordon Guess, general manager of the team, said Kennon was in a great deal of pain when he spoke with the 22-year-old over the phone.
"There are two cracks in is hip bone," Guess said, adding that Kennon has been working out as much as he can with the ailment. "They'll check back in three or four weeks to see how well he's healing."
Guess said doctors believe there is a chance proper healing can take place without inserting pins to stabilize the bone.
Kennon played his college baseball at Mid-Continent University in Mayfield.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Owensboro takes 2008 title

With five straight postseason wins, Owensboro took the 2008 KIT League crown, rolling over the league's top two teams en route to their first title.
The Oilers lost eight of their last 10 regular season games, but swept through the postseason, claiming the championship Saturday with an 11-1 win at Tradewater after taking the first game in the best-of-three series 9-4 in Owensboro. 
The Oilers' late-season collapse allowed Fulton to finish in second place behind league-leading Tradewater, forcing the Owensboro club to play a one-game first round playoff against Farmington while the top two teams earned byes. Owensboro moved past Farmington in the first round with a 6-2 win, then snuck past Fulton 5-3 and 6-5 in the best-of-three semi-finals. Meantime, Tradewater defeated Marion 11-1 and 4-3 to move to the championship series against the Oilers.
Taking a 3-7 regular season record against the Pirates into the league championship, Owensboro on Friday hosted Tradewater and the league's top pitcher for Game 1. The Pirates saved George Hebert, who was perfect in eight starts for the Pirates during the regular season, for the first game of the title match, while the Oilers sent three-game winner Pat Crider to the hill. But thanks to back-to-back three-run innings in the third and fourth, Owensboro handed Hebert his first taste of defeat in 2008, giving Crider (3-3, 2.55 ERA) the win against the Pirate ace. 
Hebert had given up only 10 earned runs in 53.2 innings pitched for the Pirates, but the Oilers touched him for six earned runs in only four innings for the 9-4 win in Game 1. Right fielder Maykel Makorem knocked in five of the eight runs for the Owensboro club.
In Saturday's Game 2, the Oilers put four runs on the board in the top of the first and never looked back en route to the 11-1 title-winning game. Owensboro sent two balls out of the park in the first frame against the other half of Tradewater's undefeated tandem, Don Pugliese. Maykorem, the hero of Friday night's win, accounted for three of the first-inning runs with a home run off the Tradewater starter.
On the season, Pugliese (7-0, 1.94) and Hebert (8-0, 1.68) combined for 15 wins in 17 starts for the Pirates. Pugliese's seven wins were second in the league only to Hebert's total in the regular season, but in the postseason, saving the two starters for the championship series backfired for Tradewater. After taking Game 1, Owensboro sent its own undefeated pitcher, Neil Holland (4-0, 0.75) to toe the rubber. Holland outshone Pugliese by pitching six innings, allowing only one run on three hits to earn the championship pennant for the Oilers.
(The entire Marion Bobcat organization wishes to congratulate the Oilers on their postseason run and 2008 championship. The club also hopes for the best as the regular-season champion Pirates represent the KIT League in the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kans.)

KIT League, established 2004
Marion Bobcats
Joined league in 2008
Owensboro Oilers
Joined league in 2006
2008 Champions, 2006 regular season champions
Tradewater Pirates
Joined league in 2007
2008 regular season champions
Farmington Firebirds
Charter member of league
2005 regular season champions
Fulton Railroaders
Charter member of league
2007 regular season champions
Union City Greyhounds
Charter member of league
2007 Champions