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.
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