Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hall signs with Austin Peay

Zach Hall, Marion's strikeout leader for the 2011 season, has committed to play for Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tenn.

All of the Bobcats' 2011 players were from two-year schools, so Hall's signing with the, ironically, Ohio Valley Conference Division I college team, is significant according to Marion Manager Kyle Medley. With the Bobcats, Hall was 2-2 with a 1.55 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 29 innings pitched

League president comments on 2011 season

The inaugural season of the Ohio Valley League turned out to be a real dandy!

The teams provided the fans with an extremely interesting and competitive race with each team leading the league at different times. Three teams were still in the running for the league title with less than four days remaining in the schedule.  It was finally settled when Owensboro won the league title, only to fall to Fulton in the post season playoff.

Rain outs played a large role in scheduling as the area rainy season played havoc with promotions and pitchers arms.  There were a auarter of all games requiring rescheduling and pushed back into July with doubleheaders somewhere almost daily.

Going forward, the league is working on expansion, exploring opportunities into eight new communities in the area. Don Gabbard is the point man in developing what ideally may become an eight team league, with two divisions of four teams each to begin play in 2012.

Gordon Guess, President Ohio Valley League

Raolroaders sweep double header, take title

The Fulton Railroaders swept a double header over Owensboro to win the 2011 postseason championship two games to one. Because of a Game 2 rainout on July 30, the teams agreed to play two seven-inning games on July 31 to decide the playoff title. For a summary of each of the three championship games, follow the links below:

Game 1 box score: Owensboro 19, Fulton 9
Game 2 box score: Fulton 2, Owensboro 1
Game 3 box score: Fulton 10, Owensboro 7