Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Eagles well represented in summer leagues

From Morehead State Athletics Web site, www.msueagles.com

MOREHEAD, Ky. - The Morehead State baseball program is well represented in collegiate summer league baseball. Eighteen Eagle baseball student-athletes are currently on rosters throughout the country. Summer collegiate leagues are run similar to professional minor league baseball organizations and provide collegiate athletes a chance to continue playing in highly competitive ball in the offseason. Follow the links to keep up with how these Morehead State student-athletes are progressing throughout the summer.

Drew Lee and Michael Bottoms are playing for the Bethesda Big Train club in Bethesda, Md. Taylor Davis, Matt Robertson, and Michael Fear are with the Southern Ohio Copperheads in Athens, Ohio. The Copperheads are in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League as are the Lima Locos with J.D. Ashbrook.

Cameron Flynn and Travis Redmond are members of the Fulton Railroaders in Fulton, Ky. The Railroaders are in the KIT (Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee) League. Also in the KIT league are (Drew Williams), Trey Smith and Daniel Pugh, both with the Marion Bobcats.

Pitcer Jeff Arnold is on the mound with the Macon Giants in the Great South League. Jake Helvey and Michael Fahs are both with the Northcoast Knights in Lorain, Ohio. The Knights are members of the Prospect League.
The Bainer brothers (Eric and Luke), as well as Kris Sipes and Matt Nichols are playing with teams in the Derby City League. Andrew Deeds is playing with the Nashville Navigators of the Sandlot League in Nashville, Tenn.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Dyer hits two-run blast in 6-2 loss

From Union City Greyhouds
Pitcher Michael Wills picks up the win for the Greyhounds against the Marion Bobcats going the distance with eight strikeouts and allowing only two earned runs off nine hits.
Bobcats third baseman Rob Dyer took advantage of one of Will's few mistakes hitting a two-run blast in the seventh after coming in for starting third baseman Andrew Harris who left after colliding with Greyhounds catcher Josh Jones at a play at the plate. The homer was Dyer's second the season.
The Greyhounds had a big third inning that started with Justin Guidry scoring off of a balk by Bobcat pitcher Trey Smith, who took the loss. Andrew Edge followed with a solo home run which was the start of a four batter hit streak involving singles by Josh Jones and Jon Ivie and a two-bagger by Keith DePew.
For Marion, outfielder Daniel Pugh went 3-for-4 and shortstop Drew Barrett added two more hits.
Reliever Justin O'Brien also struck out eight in 3 2/3 innings.
In other KIT League play:

Thornberry released to make way for Doerr

Sunday's starter, Clay Thornberry, was released after the 6-1 loss to Owensboro, making way for another lefty on Manager Steve Fowler's pitching staff.
Tory Doerr, a 6-2, 185-pound freshman at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Ill., is now the newest Bobcat. He joins fellow Wabash Valley players Ryan Rogers, Drew Barrett and Josh Reynolds.
Doerr, who makes his home in Bethalto, Ill, was 1-2 in 19 games with Wabash Valley this spring, recording a 6.14 ERA in 29 1/3 innings of work. He gave up 41 hits and issued 12 bases on balls while striking out 21.
Fowler's staff, which last year featured only one southpaw, is now stacked with five lefties. Mike Rizzuto, an outfielder and another pitcher from the left side, has also been called on to pitch twice this season.
Doerr is the 15th pitcher used by the Bobcats this season.

Owensboro avoids sweep

Owensboro avoided being swept by Marion Sunday, taking the third contest of a three-game set 6-1, handing Webster County native Clay Thornberry a loss in his first appearance of the season.

The Oilers scored four off Thornberry in the fourth with the long ball. League leader Cory Pack started the scoring with a his eighth home run of the season, a two-run shot. The next two batters, Jay Hedges and Tyler Choate, each added solo home runs. 
Kyle Bugg came on in relief of Thornberry in the fourth to shut down the Oilers for three innings before Haskell Fink added another home run in the eighth, this time off reliever Mike Rizzuto. The Oilers added another run in the ninth off Josh Reynolds.
Marion's lone score came in the ninth when Drew Williams hit a sacrifice fly to score Drew Barrett, who led off the inning by reaching on an error.
The Bobcats had only four hits on the night, one each from Andrew Harris, Pat Murphy, Mike DeSanto and Austin Messersmith. Rob Dyer went 0-for3, falling to second in the league batting with a .363 average.
For the Oilers, Nathan Humphery pitched seven innings for his first win of the season against three losses. With a Tradewater loss, Owensboro retook first place in the KIT League standings.
Marion finishes its home record against the Oilers at 2-3.
In other KIT League action:

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Bobcats win third in a row

The hottest team in the KIT League is now the Marion Bobcats.

Marion won its third straight game Saturday, downing Owensboro 6-4 and knocking the Oilers out of first place with wins in the first two games of the three-game set. 
The Bobcats dropped an early 3-0 lead against Owensboro, falling behind 3-4 after the Oilers posted a three-run sixth off Marion starter Jason Long (0-0, 3.15 ERA). In the last of the eighth, though, Marion countered with its own three-run inning with catcher Fred Rossi contributing a two-run double and Pat Murphy accounting for the other RBI.
Long pitched well through the first five innings, giving up only one run, but in the sixth, the Oilers took advantage of the curve-ballers mistakes, capping the inning with a two-run shot of the bat of Jon Hedges. It was the second home run of the night off Long. Cody Pack hit his league-leading seventh in the fourth inning.
Marion Manager Steve Fowler went to Ryan Rogers (2-2, 2.08) in the bullpen to start the seventh inning. Rogers allowed only one baserunner, a walk, and held the Oilers scoreless in the final three innings, earning his second win of the year while striking out six.
Rossi, Murphy and designated hitter Austin Messersmith each contributed two RBI for a Bobcats offense that appears to be hitting on all cylinders in the last week or so. Messersmith, batting .216 for Marion, went 2-for-4 on the night, while Rob Dyer added two singles and a double to lift his average to a league-leading .377. Dyer, Rossi and Daniel Pugh each score two of Marion's six runs.
The Bobcats remain in last place, but have moved to only 5.5 games off the pace set by Tradewater.
In other KIT League action:

Thomas out, Doerr to join pitching staff

Logan "Tex" Thomas, a member of last year's Marion team that was expected to return to the club in the coming days, will not be added to the staff after all.
In Thomas' stead, the Bobcats will be adding another lefty to the squad. Tory Doerr, a 6-2, 185-pound freshman at Wabash Valley College in Mt. Carmel, Ill. Doerr makes his home in Bethalto Ill.
Marion teammates Ryan Rogers, Drew Barrett and Josh Reynolds also play college ball at Wabash Valley.
Doerr was 1-2 in 19 games with Wabash Valley this spring, recording a 6.14 ERA in 29 1/3 innings of work. He gave up 41 hits and issued 12 bases on balls while striking out 21.
General Manager Gordon Guess said Thomas, because of arm troubles, told the team he would be able to throw no more than 30 pitches per outing. The limitations led the club to go elsewhere for pitching help.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Marion powers past Oilers 13-1

A 13-1 win over Owensboro Friday gave Marion its first back-to-back wins of the season and set the team record for runs scored in a game in the club's brief two-year history.
Backed by a pair of four-run innings and two home runs, the Marion's offense bested a team record 11 runs scored July 24, 2008, at Union City and picked up a game on the league-leading Oilers. Bo Daves, who pitched seven strong innings for Marion, picked up his first win of the year while Jacob Martin and Rob Dyer notched their first home runs of the season.
Owensboro's starter, Jordan Grinestaff (4-2), took the loss after giving up nine runs in 2 1/3 innings. The Oilers used five pitchers on the night, issuing 10 walks and allowing 10 hits. Poor defense also added to the Oilers' woes, contributing five errors that lead to five of Marion's 13 runs.
For the Bobcats, Andrew Harris, Martin, Dyer and Pat Murphy each contributed two hits, with Fred Rossi and Daniel Pugh adding a double and single, respectively. And while the bottom third of Marion's order went only 2-for-10, Murphy, Mike DeSanto and Mike Rizzuto reached base enough to account for six runs, each scoring twice. Harris, Martin and Dyer also reached home twice. Designated hitter Fred Rossi scored after batting in Rizzuto with his double in the second.
But the big night on offense went second baseman Martin. Aside from his two hits and two runs, Martin had four RBI, including a three-run homer in the third just over the fence down the right field line to cap a four-run inning.
Marion also put four on the board in the second inning. In fact, the Bobcats scored at least one run in each of the first five innings off Owensboro pitchers. Dyer's long home run to left-center was the final score in a 12-run flurry over that period.
Friday was the first time in 2009 the Bobcats pushed their scoring to double digits and only the fourth time in team history.
On the basepaths, Harris and DeSanto each had a stolen base, putting runners in scoring position for the rest of the order.
The output was a welcome sight to fans who packed Guess Field for one of the largest crowds this season on Crittenden Health Systems Night. The offense for Marion has struggled at times this season, scoring three or fewer runs in 13 of the club's 15 losses. Of that total, the Bobcats were shut out three times and held to only one run five other times. 
But on Friday, Daves needed little offense to have captured the win. The righty kept the Oilers' bats quiet after giving up an unearned run in the first. He allowed only four hits and one walk while striking out four. Nathan Ball pitched the final two innings for Marion, walking and striking out a pair.
In other KIT League games:

Thomas to rejoin Bobcats

Logan Thomas, a right-handed pitcher out of Texas who spent the entire 2008 season with the Bobcats, is set to return to the club.

General Manager Gordon Guess said on Friday the 20-year-old has been out of the country and will join the club in the coming days. The move likely will force Manager Steve Fowler to move a current member of the team to the reserve list in order to make room for Thomas on the 24-man roster.
Thomas, known at "Tex" to teammates, was 3-2 with a 5.46 ERA for the Bobcats last year. In 31 1/3 innings of work, he gave up 28 hits, walked 28 and struck out 19. He also lead the team with hit batters at seven.
Though Thomas struggled with his control at times last season, he started the season 3-0 before arm troubles affected his pitching, causing him to end the season on the disabled listed.

Upcoming Tradewater series offers special nights

While the Bobcats will  host only two days of KIT League action through the first 10 days of July, both days will be packed with excitement on and off the field. 
On July 5, the first home date after Independence Day, the Bobcats will honor the nation’s defenders of freedom during a special ceremony between games of a double header. The following evening, local diamond legends will be recognized on a night that will see the original Kitty League’s first black player throw out the first pitch.
Tradewater comes to town July 5 for the first two games of a three-game set against rival Marion. Game 1 of two seven-inning contests begins at 5 p.m., and at the conclusion, before the second game of the twi-night double header, a special flag-raising and veterans recognition will take place.
Marion Mayor Mickey Alexander will present to Crittenden County Park Board and the Bobcats a a U.S. flag flown over the American embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. The banner is one of six – one for each KIT League franchise – donated by Sikeston Bulls owner John Crocker, who recently returned from the war in Iraq. The U.S. Army major is currently stationed in California.
The new, larger flag than is currently flown behind center field at Gordon B. Guess Field will be raised above the park during the ceremony, which will include participation from Marion’s VFW and American Legion posts. Also, all veterans present will be recognized, and World War II veteran and loyal Bobcat fan Ronald “Tink” Hicklin will throw out the first pitch of the second game.
All veterans will be allowed free entry to either or both games on July 5.
Then, on July 6, the final game of the three-game series with the Pirates will double as Old-Timers Night,  inviting diamond legends of the county’s past back for recognition. Bobcats General Manager Gordon Guess, one of those to have played ball beyond the high school level, said a comprehensive list of “old-timers” has been compiled and those individuals are being invited to attend the ceremonies.
A special guest who never played baseball in Marion, but broke the color barrier in the forerunner of the KIT League will be on hand. In 1952, Wilker Harrison Thelbert "Mickey" Stubblefield took the mound for the Mayfield Clothiers, becoming the first African-American to play in the original Kitty League. He also played for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues.
His appearance in the Kitty League came five years after Jackie Robinson became the first black to play Major League Baseball.
Stubblefield will throw out the first pitch on Old-Timers Night.
July home schedule
  • July 5, TRADEWATER, 5pm (DH): Veterans Night (All veterans enter either game of the double header for free. A ceremony between games will honor veterans in attendance.)
  • July 6, TRADEWATER, 7:05pm: Old-Timers Night (Sponsored by the Crittenden County Bar Association)
  • July 11, TRADEWATER, 7:05pm: Rogers Group Night
  • July 16, UNION CITY, 7:05pm: Farmers Bank & Trust Co. Night
  • July 17, UNION CITY, 7:05pm: Safetran Systems Night
  • July 18, UNION CITY, 7:05pm: Salem Night (businesses from the community have joined to purchase tickets for fans from Salem)
  • July 20, FULTON, 7:05pm: The Peoples Bank Night
  • July 21, FULTON, 7:05pm: Food Giant and Chamber Night (Food Giant and Piggly Wiggly stores have combined with the Crittenden County Chamber of Commerce to offer tickets to employees and area businesses)
  • July 22, FULTON, 7:05pm: Marion Baptist Church Night (The church’s choir will be singing the national anthem)

Old-timers invited by Bobcats

The Marion Bobcats have invited more than four dozen Crittenden Countians known to have participated in organized baseball beyond their high school playing days to take part in next month's Old-Timers Night. The night of special recognition will be July 6 at Gordon B. Guess Field against the Tradewater Pirates. Festivities begin at 6:45 p.m. Game time is 7:05 p.m. 
Old-timers are listed below:
  • Keith Davis
  • Donnie Fritts
  • Terry Riley
  • Tony O'Neal
  • Bryan O'Neal
  • Jacob McMican
  • Clifton Etheridge
  • Justin Hodge
  • Brian Shemwell
  • Matt Mattingly
  • Chris Davidson
  • Chad Chandler
  • Leon Marsh
  • Ray Agent
  • Wayne Agent
  • Charles Gass
  • Joey Rich
  • Charles "Runt" Johnson
  • Billy Heady
  • Chad Perryman
  • Terry Woodall
  • Pippi Hardin
  • Rip Wheeler
  • Johnny Carlisle
  • Bob Swisher
  • Denis Hodge
  • Gordon Guess
  • W. A. Franklin
  • Jim Guess
  • Foster Guess
  • Jessee Bennet
  • Tom Frazer
  • Lynn Bridwell
  • Jerry Wheeler
  • Bill Tabor
  • Mickey Myers
  • Eric Henderson
  • Joe Henderson
  • Gerald Tabor
  • Charlie Hunt
  • Eddie Perryman
  • Ricky Lanham
  • Ronnie Thomas
  • Dennis Thomas
  • Dave Hunt
  • David Beverly
  • Jim Alderdice
  • David Perryman
  • Larry Whitt
  • Snout Tabor
  • Don Easley
  • Buddy McDaniel
  • Scott Brown
  • Hugh Highfil
  • David Cozart

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Marion beats Sikeston 4-2

Ethan Utley picked up his first win of the season for Marion in a 4-2 victory over Sikeston in the Bulls' final visit to Gordon B. Guess Field this season.

The Bobcats took advantage of Sikeston (10-12) mistakes in the field and a balk to take the lead, and reliever Evan Vinyard held the Bulls at bay for his first save of the year for Marion. With the win, Marion moves to 6-15, earning the team's second win in the last three games.
Sikeston's Ryan Adams took the loss.
Marion finishes the season 2-3 against Sikeston at Guess Field.
In other KIT League play:

Bobcats sign Paducah lefty

Kyle Bugg will become the latest addition to the Marion Bobcats' pitching staff when the southpaw reports to the club Sunday.

General Manager Gordon Guess said Bugg, a graduate of St. Mary High School in Paducah, will play baseball for Mid-Continent University in Mayfield this fall. Bugg will replace Paul Chiampa, a right-handed pitcher who was granted his release from the Bobcats earlier today.

Chiampa granted release

Marion pitcher Paul Chiampa has been granted his release from the team.

Chiampa, a right-handed thrower out of Bryantville, Mass., was 1-3 with a 9.45 ERA in 6 2/3 innings. A college teammate of outfielder Pat Murphy at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, Chiampa faced 33 batters and allowed seven runs – all of them earned – 11 hits and gave up three walks while striking out four.
No replacement for his roster spot has been signed.

Sikeston puts up 6 in seventh to earn win

Sikeston gored the Bobcats Wednesday in the seventh inning, posting six runs to erase a 2-1 deficit and hand Marion its 15 loss of the season against five wins.

Four hits, two errors and a passed ball led to the scoring in the Bulls' seventh off starter Justin O'Brien and reliever Trey Smith. Sikeston (10-11) added another run in the eighth, cementing an 8-2 victory. Only three of Sikeston's eight runs were earned.
O'Brien took the loss and Logan Lawson earned the win for Sikeston.
On offense, Marion managed six hits – two from catcher Fred Rossi and Jacob Martin and one each from Andrew Harris and Drew Barrett. Barrett also registered and RBI for the Bobcats.
In other KIT League action:

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bobcats evaluate cubs in clinic

A couple dozen area boys turned out Tuesday morning for a baseball clinic instructed by Marion Bobcats Manager Steve Fowler and pitching coach Chad Adcock, as well as several players on the team. The boys were put through the drills of hitting, throwing and fielding, focusing on fundamentals. Proceeds from the clinic will go to benefit the Jake Hodge Memorial Scholarship Fund. Watched the video above for a slideshow from Tuesday.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Bobcats beat Greyhounds in bottom of 9th

Catcher Drew Williams ended a six-game skid by the Bobcats with walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 win over visiting Union City.

Paul Chiampa earned his first win of the year in relief for Marion, moving the Bobcats to 5-19 with an off-day on Tuesday. Pitching the ninth inning for the Greyhounds with the score knotted at 5, Matt Corcoran took the loss by giving up Williams' game-winning hit.
The Bobcats led most of the night, but allowed Union City to tie the game in the eighth when four runs scored off Mike Rizzuto, an outfielder who made his first appearance on the mound Monday. Marion had built a 5-1 lead off Rob Dyer's RBI double in the first and a four-run fourth led by a two-RBI single from Andrew Harris. 
Dyer and Harris have been the biggest run-producers for the Bobcats thus far. Dyer leads the team with 11 RBI, followed by Harris with eight. Dyer, batting .333, also ranks third in the league in average among hitters with 25 at-bats or more.
But in the ninth, Dyer popped to first with Harris on second, leaving the heroics Monday for someone else. Harris had reached with a walk to lead off the inning and was moved to second on a Jake Martin sacrifice bunt. Williams, batting only .106 on the season, lined a Corcoran pitch to left with two out to easily score Harris for the victory.
After a few hitting pointers from General Manager Gordon Guess last week, Williams' bat has shown signs of coming alive in the last week, hitting the team's first home run of the season last Wednesday and adding tonight's game-winning hit. Before being injured after only four games last season with the Bobcats, the western Kentucky nativet was batting .400.
Because of a double header rained out at Owensboro, last-place Marion picked up a game on everyone except Sikeston, who beat Tradewater 8-7.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bobcats drop sixth consecutive game

A five-run seventh off Marion's Josh Reynolds gave Union City a come-from-behind win against the Bobcats Sunday in the Greyhounds first visit to Marion this season. 

The loss was the Bobcats sixth consecutive.
Marion managed its only run in the fifth giving starter Jason Long a 1-0 lead. But Long was relieved in the sixth by Reynolds, who gave up five runs in the top of the seventh, though only two were earned. 
Reynolds was given the loss. Jon Ivie earned the win for Union City, going seven innings and giving up the unearned run in the fifth when Daniel Pugh reached and advanced to home on three Greyhound errors.
Rob Dyer remained Marion's hottest hitter, going 2-for-4 on the night. Fred Rossi added Marion's only other hit.
In other KIT League action:

Bobcats fall in extra innings

From Fulton's Web site, FultonRailroaders.com.
The Fulton Railroaders overcame five errors and came from behind in 11 innings to sweep their three-game series with the Marion Bobcats in Fulton.
Fulton initially took a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but Marion took over the lead in the third off a Rob Dyer two RBI single. The Railroaders came back in the fivfth to tie the game at 2-2 all with a leadoff solo home run from Alan Stoupa.
The Bobcats regained the lead in the eight, adding two runs off two Railroader errors and three hits which included a solo shot by Mitch McClay (his first of the year).  Fulton closed to within one run in the bottom of the eight to bring the score to 4-3 in favor of Marion.
The Railroaders tied the game again in the bottom of ninth with a two out, clutch RBI single by Jacob Daniel. The Railroaders got their chance in the bottom of the 10th to put the game away with bases loaded and one out, but Bobcat reliever Justin O'Brien secured the last two outs.
In the top of the 11th, Dyer (4-for-6) again singled for two more RBI, giving him four for the game. The runs gave the Bobcats a 6-4 lead. 
But, in the bottom of the 11th, Bobcat closer Paul Chiampa gave up two hits and a bunt single to load the bases for Fulton with no one out. Zack Getsee came to the plate, 0-for-5 on the night with only a RBI ground out. Getsee, however, smacked a hard line drive to left-center to clear the bases with a double and give Fulton the 7-6 win.
Railroaders managed eight hits total stranding 12. The Bobcats totaled 11 hits and stranded 13, and committed only one error.
No decisions for the starting pitchers, Travis Tingle for Fulton and Nathan Ball for Marion, who both threw for seven innings.  Billy Grant takes the win with 1/3 inning pitched in relief. Chiampa takes another tough loss for Marion.
In other KIT League games:

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Bobcats shut out for second night

From Fulton's Web site, FultonRailroaders.com.
The Railroaders shutout the Bobcats Friday for the second straight night in Fulton.
In a game that only saw scoring in the bottom of the second, both teams provided enough offensive and defense to make it an exciting night for the 179 paying fans at Lohaus field. 
Starter Evan Vinyard (0-2, 3.86) on the mound for Marion, got into trouble in the bottom of the second, hitting the leadoff batter, giving up two hits, walking in a run and with a Bobcat error, the result was three total runs for the Railroaders. With the bases loaded and one out, Fulton threaten more, but the Bobcat defense turned a double play to end the inning. 
Vinyard settled down and completed five innings with three total hits against him, three walks, four strikeouts and three unearned runs.  
Fulton's Tyler Farley picked up his third win, pitching a full eight innings, striking out six, allowing eight hits and walking only one. Backed by solid defensive play, Farley managed his way out of several tough spots, forcing the Bobcats to strand 10 runners on base.
Matthew Harris closed the game out in the ninth, retiring the side and picks up his fourth save on the season.
Leading the Railroaders offense were Kory Burkhart who went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Jacob Daniel, 1-for-2 and one RBI. For the Bobcats, Rob Dyer was 2-for-3 and Mitch McClay 2-for-4.
In other KIT League action:

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fulton shuts out Bobcats 6-0

From Fulton's Web site, FultonRailroaders.com.
(Fulton) pitcher Tim Dunn shut out the Bobcats through eight innings, allowing only one hit to give the Railroaders a victory on a warm summer evening in Fulton. 
Dunn, who goes (to) 3-1 on the season, walked only one batter, struck out seven and added several outstanding defensive plays to help his defense. Losing pitcher Trey Smith threw a good game through five innings, striking out nine, giving up one hit and two walks. He goes to 2-1. 
The Railroaders' first run came in the second inning off a timely hit by Morgan Gregory thatdrove in Tyler Monkman, who had reached from being hit by a pitch. Without a hit, Fulton added two more in the fifth off a costly Marion error, two walks, a hit batter and a fielder's choice. The Railroaders tacked on three more in the sixth using three hits and another Bobcat error. 
Marion stranded five runners on base, while Fulton left seven. Leading Fulton's offense was Gregory, going 2-for-3 with one RBI and two stolen bases, and Brian Beavin, 2-for-4 and one RBI. 
Pat Murphy got the only Bobcat hit on the evening. The two teams meet again on Friday for the second of three games in Fulton. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Grand slam sinks Bobcats

The home run giveth, and it taketh away Wednesday night for the Bobcats in a 7-9 loss to visiting Sikeston.

Marion's first home run of the 2009 season came early off the bat of designated hitter Drew Williams to give the Bobcats an early lead, but a grand slam off Bobcat reliever Jason Long by Bulls slugger Kody Campbell sent Marion to its league-high 10th loss of the season. 
Starter Ryan Rogers pitched well enough to win for Marion in five innings of work, leaving with a 5-3 lead, but the bullpen fell apart in the seventh, allowing five runs off relievers Paul Chiampa and Long. Chiampa (0-1), who loaded the bases to start the inning before Long came in, took the loss. 
In the field, the Bobcats also added five errors on the night.
On offense, Marion scored seven runs on only five hits – Williams' two-run shot down the left field line and an RBI double by Rob Dyer. Wednesday, a make-up game from a rainout the day before, is the third consecutive game Dyer has contributed a run-scoring double.
In other KIT League play:

Tuesday's rainout played tonight

Yesterday's rainout of the Marion-Sikeston game at Gordon B. Guess Field will be made up tonight, weather and field conditions permitting. The first pitch is schedule for 7:05 p.m., as usual, but isolated thunderstorms have been forecast for the Marion area this afternoon and could delay or again postpone the contest.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Old-Timers Night to feature Kitty League legend

A number of baseball players from Crittenden County's past will be recognized along with one pioneer of the old Kitty League during a special event at a Bobcats game next month.
The July 6 game against Tradewater in Marion will double as Old-Timers Night,  inviting diamond legends of the county’s past back for recognition. Bobcats General Manager Gordon Guess, one of those to play ball beyond the high school level, said a comprehensive list of “old-timers” has been compiled and those individuals are being invited to attend the ceremonies.
A special guest who never played baseball in Marion, but broke the color barrier in the forerunner of the KIT League in which the Bobcats compete will be on hand. In 1952, Wilker Harrison Thelbert "Mickey" Stubblefield took the mound for the Mayfield Clothiers, becoming the first African-American to play in the original Kitty League. He also played for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues.
His appearance came five years after Jackie Robinson became the first black to play Major League Baseball.
Stubblefield will throw out the first pitch on Old-Timers Night.
More on Stubblefield
Visual journalist Todd Spoth is currently working on a video project about Stubblefield called "The Good Loser." Spoth has two preview videos of his larger work which can be view by following the links below. Spoth also maintains a blog on Blogspot.com, the same site that allows for Marion Bobcat updates found on this page. His blog can be found at toddspoth.blogspot.com.
  • Clip No. 1: This is simply a raw clip from a piece Im currently editing called "The Good Loser" about the life of Mickey Stubblefield, the first African-American baseball player in the Kitty Leagues. More information on Spoth's work related to this clip can be found by clicking here.
  • Clip No. 2: Wilker Harrison "Mickey" Stubblefield, 82, signed a 1947 contract making him the first African-American ever to play Kitty League Baseball. But his greatest accomplishment has been raising two young girls on his own while their mother serves time in a nearby prison.

Tonight's game now rained out

The iffy chance for play of tonight's game against Sikeston became a washout with a downpour that hit Marion shortly after noon. No date has been set for a make-up game, but Sikeston is scheduled to return to Mairon next week for a two-game series June 24 and 25.

Tonight's game not rained out... yet

Tonight's game against Sikeston at Gordon B. Guess Field has yet to be cancelled despite some soggy conditions at the park.

Bobcat General Manager Gordon Guess said, with some work and Diamond Dry, the field should be ready for play by the 7:05 p.m., first pitch. However, the weather forecast is calling for possible heavy rains and thunderstorms, jeopardizing any field prep that might otherwise allow for the game.
A decision will be made by 1:30 p.m., Guess said, as to whether the field can be ready for tonight.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Hosts turn homes to Bobcat dens

In this week's issue of The Crittenden Press, local residents hosting members of this year's Bobcats club tell how the players have made their summers a little better. The following excerpt from the story tells it all:

When the last out has been made and lights go off at the ballpark, Marion's Bobcats head to their makeshift dens among hosts families throughout the county.
The summer collegiate league baseball team competing in its second season in Marion has won the hearts and minds of many sports fans, but the players have truly endeared themselves with their host families. Thirteen local individuals or couples have opened their residences to these athletes, some of which are hundreds of miles from their own homes. And the bonds are growing more solid by the day.
"I never went to the ball games, but now I go," said Paula Miniard, who hosts Mike DeSanto, a shortstop from Philadelphia.
Tommy and Mary Tabor (pictured) are also enjoying their time with catcher Zach Sutton, waiting up for him on many nights after the games just to visit for a moment or two. Sutton rooms upstairs at the Tabor's Marion home, and even introduced his family and girlfriend to the couple when they came to visit the 19-year-old earlier this season.
The Crittenden Press is available on newsstands at 4 p.m., Wednesday and can also be viewed online at www.the-press.com beginning Wednesday afternoon.

Bobcat den mothers (and fathers) 
Most of the 24 men on the Marion Bobcats roster are spending their summer with host families around the community. Those hosts include Ronnie and Deana Nix, Bill and Sherry Frazer, Paul and Harumi Nielsen, Paula Miniard, Gordon and Carol Guess, Gary Baulos, Jim and Merl Myers, Tommy and Mary Tabor, Rev. Wayne Garvey, Sharon Murray, Rich and Mandi Gardner and George and Diane Sutton.