Saturday, June 30, 2012

Marion drops 6th of last 7 games

Railroaders 6, Bobcats 4 (10 innings)
A leadoff walk to start the 10th inning ended up as the game-winning run for Fulton Saturday as the Railroaders tacked on two runs in extra innings to overcome the Bobcats 6-4 at Guess Field.

The Bobcats, who have dropped six of their last seven games, held a 4-3 lead heading into the ninth, but a walk issued to the Fulton leadoff hitter came around to score and tie the game. In the bottom of the ninth, tied 4-4, Marion's winning run was left stranded in scoring position after Tyler Bonaventure singled and stole second to lead off the inning. The Railroader bullpen kept Bonaventure on second base, striking out the side to send the game to extra frames.

After the Railroaders two-run 10th, their bullpen stayed sharp, setting down Marion's offense 1-2-3 to end the game and keep pace with league leading Hoptown (15-7), who maintains a three-game lead over second-place Fulton (13-11). Marion dropped to fourth place at 11-12.

Bonaventure's potential winning run was one of 13 runners left stranded on base for Marion. Fulton left only two on base. Fulton was outhit by Marion nine hits, including a double by Derek Hannahs, to only six. Alex Reiman was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Tyler Bernard went 3-for-5 with 1 RBI. Brandon Ollet had 2 RBI and Hannahs added one. Bonaventure had two hits to move to .320 on the season and lead the team with 24 hits.

On the mound, Caleb Luttrell threw eight strong innings, giving up only two earned runs of the three that scored against him. But a home run from Fulton's Erik Manning in the eighth helped chase Luttrell from the game. Jordan Lorenzo started the ninth and gave up the tying run to Fulton. He started the 10th and gave up the game-winning run before Eli Nickell took the hill. Nickell would give up the final run of the game to ultimately allow Fulton the 6-4 win.

Lorenzo was saddled with his first loss of the season.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Bobcats break 5-game skid; Travers picks up league-leading 4th victory

Bobcats 5, Oilers 4
Marion broke a five-game losing skid, moved back into a tie for third place in the league and pulled back to .500 with a 5-4 win at Owensboro Friday. After tonight's action, Marion and Tradewater are  both 11-11 on the season, 3.5 games behind Hoptown.

For the Bobcats, it took a ninth inning rally and a final scoreless frame thrown by starter Darren Travers for his league-leading fourth victory against two losses. Heading into the final inning, Marion trailed 4-3, but a two-out two-run homer off the bat of Brandon Ollet lifted the Bobcats to a one-run lead at Madisonville. Travers stepped onto the mound and sat the Pirates down 1-2-3 to close out the game end the Bobcats' losing ways.

Travers, Lindsey Wilson College pitcher, finished the game with 11 strikeouts, adding to his league-leading total of 53 on the season, 13 more than any other pitcher in the league. With 44 innings pitched, he also has faced more batters (183) and thrown five more innings than the next most-used hurler in the league. He finished the night with a 1.84 earned run average, third best among any pitcher to have faced at least 100 batters midway through the season. With the full July portion of the schedule remaining, Travers (4-2) needs only two more wins to tie the team's single-season record for wins.

At the plate, Ollet and Dave Murphy each drove in two runs with only one hit—Ollet's two-run shot and a double from Murphy. Derek Hannahs and Tyler Bernard each added three hits, including a league-leading sixth double of the season from Lindsey Wilson's Bernard. With 13 combined hits for the Bobcats, only center fielder Jake Pewitt failed to register a hit Friday.

Elsewhere in the league, a surging Fulton squad notched its seventh consecutive win with their own 5-4 victory Friday over the Pirates to move into second place, just three games behind the idle Hoppers.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Bobcats drop fifth consecutive

Pirates 10, Bobcats 6
The Bobcats squandered an early 3-1 lead, a 2-run Greg Liming home run and 4-for-5 night for Clint Ambrosch en route to a 10-6 loss at the hands of Tradewater Wednesday at Guess Field. The loss was Marion's fifth consecutive, dropping their record to 10-11 in a third-place tie with Fulton.

Marion put together 13 hits and held a 6-5 lead heading into the seventh. The lead was short-lived, however, when reliever James Dyer spelled starter James Naile by giving up the tying run in the seventh after hitting the first batter he faced. The Pirates would tack on three more runs off Dyer (1-2), who failed to register an out in the eighth, leading to his second loss of the year. Manager Drew Barrett called on Ethan Utley in the bullpen to get all three outs of the inning.

Utley would give up another run in the final frame, leaving the Bobcats in a 10-6 hole heading into their final at-bat of the game. However, Pirate reliever Corey Ames shut down the Bobcats in the ninth to preserve the win for the surging Tradewater team.

Despite scoring 10 runs and registering 12 hits against Bobcat pitching, the Marion staff stranded 16 Pirates on base.

The loss spoiled a productive night at the plate for several Bobcat hitters. Leading the way was Liming, who went 2-for-4 and drove in his two runs of the night on a home run in the fifth. Ambrosch, who came into the night batting .333, contributed a double as one of his four hits. Termaine Wooldridge and Derek Hannahs added two hits each. Hannahs, Dave Murphy and Alex Reiman each drove in a run.

The Bobcats will have Thursday off to regroup for a Friday game at Owensboro.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bobcats no-hit, drop to .500 on 4th straight loss

Oilers 3, Bobcats 0
Marion was the victim Tuesday of the first complete game no-hitter thrown against the team it's five-year history, dropping its fourth consecutive game and falling to third in the Ohio Valley League standings with a .500 record.

Owensboro beat the Bobcats 3-0 on the arm of Shane Weedman (2-1, 3.15 ERA) at Guess Field. Weedman did not allow a hit, but put seven Bobcats on base with walks and another when he drilled Dave Murphy with a pitch in the bottom of the fifth. An Oiler error allowed another runner, but all nine Bobcats allowed to reach base were left stranded. In fact, only one runner reached third base.

Marion's David Roper (2-2, 3.69) threw eight strong innings, allowing only one earned run. The first score of the game didn't come until the top of the sixth when a wild pitch from Roper gave Owensboro a 1-0 lead. Another run came off Roper, who struck out nine, in the eighth on a fielding error. Though he struck out the side, the final run of the game came off reliever Eli Nickell in the ninth.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Faltering Bobcats lose first to Fulton

Railroaders 7, Bobcats 6
The Railroaders came from behind to beat the Bobcats for the first time in 2012, and extend their winning streak to four games.

Marion jumped to a 3-0 lead in the third innings using two singles, a walk and a double with two outs. The Bobcats added two more in the fourth with another RBI double and one scored off the only Railroader error for a 5-0 lead. Fulton cut the lead to two by scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth with a 2-RBI double and RB-single. The Railroaders took advantage of a Bobcat error in the fifth to score one run and tied the game at 5-5, all in the sixth off a solo home run by Brandon Shaw, his second in as many nights. In the top of the seventh, the Bobcats re-took the lead at 6-5 with a Tyler Bonaventure solo homer. The Railroaders came back in the bottom of the eight to score two with a 2-RBI, game-winning single by Austin Bryant.

The Railroader offense was lead by Brandon Shaw with his hom erun, a double and two singles, going 4-for-4 with 3 RBI and scoring twice. For the Bobcats, Bonaventrue was 3-for-4 with his home run, adding 3 RBI'and scoring twice. Both teams had 11 hits and both stranded nine runners on base. The difference in the game came down to three errors for Marion and one for Fulton.

Roman Kelly started for Fulton but only made it through 3 1/3 innings, giving up six hits, five runs, striking out and walking three each. Jonathon Williams (1-0, 3.32 ERA) takes the win throwing for 4 2/3 innings allowing only one earned run, four hits and striking out six with no walks. Daniel Szathmary, a former Bobcat, earned a save, finishing off the final inning for Fulton. Marion starter Caleb Luttrell pitched for seven innings with eight hits allowed and five runs. He walked and struck out two each and left the game with a one-run Bobcat lead. James Dyer (1-1, 6.43) takes the loss, throwing the final Railroader eight inning and was tagged for three hits and two earned runs.

The two teams had met four times prior to tonight's game with the Bobcats winning all four. The Railroaders take Tuesday off while the Bobcats return home after losing four straight to face off with the Oilers who have dropped three straight games.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Hoppers add to first-place lead

Hoppers 9, Bobcats 2
Hopkinsville pulled ahead of Marion 3-2 in the season series and three games in front of the second-place Bobcats in the league standings with a dominating 9-2 win at Guess Field Sunday afternoon.

The Hoppers amassed 16 hits—including a double and two triples—off four Marion pitchers, handing starter Chris Hunt (2-1) his first loss of the season. The visiting team jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after one inning and added another three runs off Hunt in the fourth to forge ahead 6-0, chasing Hunt after only 3 1/3 innings. The Hoppers' bats would add another run before the Bobcats tallied their only two runs of the afternoon in the bottom of the seventh.

Marion was able to put only three hits on the board off five Hoptown pitchers, with the first coming in the fourth of Clayton Dugan. He threw four scoreless innings after spelling starter Kyle Spencer after only one inning pitched. The outing earned Dugan (1-0) his first win of the season.

Brandon Ollet, Dave Murphy and Greg Liming were the only Marion batters to not be shut out at the plate, each singling. Caleb Luttrell accounted for the lone RBI for the Bobcats, driving in Murphy in the seventh. Ollet added the only other score for Marion, reaching home on an error in the same inning.

The loss was Marion's third in as many games.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Pirates, Fowler move ahead in season series

Pirates 5, Bobcats 2
Steve Fowler took over the season series lead from his old ball club with a 5-2 win Friday at Madisonville. The loss dropped the Bobcats to 2-3 in 2012 against their old skipper and the Tradewater Pirates and was the second consecutive loss for Marion.

Tradewater broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the seventh with three runs off Marion starter Darren Travers (3-2). The winning run was moved into scoring position on a defensive error by the Bobcats, was scooted over to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a 2-RBI single off the bat of Ty Broady. The Pirates would add another run off Travers to end the seventh and the scoring for either team on the night.

Only three of the runs given up by Travers were earned. Jordan Lorenzo would spell the starter after the seventh and shut down the Pirates the final two innings of the game, but Manager Brew Barrett and his offense could mount no comeback against Fowler's bullpen. Corey Ames shut the door on the Bobcats hopes in the ninth, earning a save.

Jake Pewitt went 2-for-3 for Marion, designated hitter Greg Liming doubled for his only hit and Dave Murphy and Brandon Ollet each batted in a run.

Barrett was a player under Fowler for two years at Marion and coached under his old manager at Owensboro last season.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Big offense turns tables on Bobcats

Hoppers 13, Bobcats 2
The Bobcats fell victim Thursday to the same double-digit run-producing offense that brought wins in their two previous Ohio Valley League matches.

Marion dropped to 10-6 on the season with a 13-2 loss at league-leading Hopkinsville.  The defeat ended a two-game winning streak in which the Bobcats put 13 and 11 runs on the board against Owensboro and Fulton, respectively. The Hoppers used 14 hits—four for extra-bases, including a triple and two-run homer—and four Marion errors to punish the Bobcats.

The Bobcats, however, managed nine hits of their own, three of which were doubles off the bats of Tyler Bonaventure, Alex Reiman and Greg Liming. But Marion left eight runners on base on the night, ending any chance of returning from a 7-0 deficit off losing pitcher James Naile (1-2) after five innings.

A ground-rule double from Liming and fielder's choice from Tremaine Wooldridge in the sixth off winning pitcher Taylor Veillon accounted for all of Marion's run production. Liming, Brandon Ollet and leadoff hitter Derek Hannahs each had two hits for the Bobcats.

James Dyer pitched the final two innings for Marion, giving up six runs, only half of which were earned.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Bobcats dominate Railroaders

Bobcats 11, Railroader 1
Alex Reiman went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI to lead the Bobcats past Fulton 11-1 Wednesday at home. The win was the 10th of the year for Marion against only five losses and was the second time in as many nights that the Bobcats put double digits on the scoreboard in a winning cause.

Marion struck first with five runs in the bottom of the first, including two of  Reiman's three RBI to shut out the inning. The run production that inning would be more than enough for starter David Roper, who threw seven innings, allowing only one run on four hits and striking out 10 for the win. Eli Nickel would throw the final two innings for Marion, giving up only one hit to Fulton batters.

Tyler Bonaventure added a sole home run for Marion in the bottom of the second for one of his two RBI on the night. He ended the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Tyler Bernard—who also had two RBI—Mike Huddleston and Termaine Woolridge would each contribute two hits of their own on a 13-hit evening for the Bobcats.

Bernard and Huddleston would each add a stolen base for the Bobcats.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Bobcats put 13 runs on the board in win

Bobcats 13, Oilers 2
After two days off, a rested Bobcats offense exploded Tuesday for 13 runs on 13 hits at Owensboro for their ninth win of the season. The 13-2 victory put Marion at 9-5 just a half-game behind league-leading Hoptown (9-4).

The Bobcats broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the fifth with five runs and never looked back, adding six more runs and holding the Oilers scoreless the remainder of the game. Darren Travers (3-1) earned the win for Marion and is now tied with only one other pitcher for the league lead in wins with a third of the season in the books.

At the plate, Tyler Bonaventure had a solo home run, batted in two and scored three runs for the Bobcats. Brandon Ollet with 3-for-6 with a double and two runs scored. Tyler Bernard also added a double, scored two and batted in two runs. Eight of the team's nine batters tallied at least one hit in the game.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bobcats split Saturday double header

Bobcats 1, Pirates 0 (Game 1)
In the first seven-inning game of a doubleheader in Marion, Bobcats' starter Chris Hunt held the Pirates scoreless through five innings, allowing Tradewater only two hits and striking out five with no walks. Reliever James Dyer (1-0) finished off the final two hitless innings and took the win. Kopper Kessler pitched the complete seven innings game for the Pirates allowing five hits, striking out nine, walking one and giving up the only run of the game in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out, RBI single off the bat of Alex Reiman for a walk-off win for Marion.

Pirates 6, Bobcats 4 (Game 2)
In the second game of the twin bill, the Pirates came back to split the evening with a 6-4 victory. The Bobcats took an early 3-0 lead in the forst inning. The Pirates took over the lead in the third putting up four runs. Each team scored one run in both frames of the fifth inning and Tradewater capped off the game in the final seventh inning with another run to finish off the Bobcats. Cody Hyden led the Pirates going 3-for- 4 with two RBI, and Greg Liming for the Bobcats was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Corey Ames picked up the win in relief pitching the final two innings. Pirate starter Michael Purcell went only 4 2/3 innings striking out eight and walking four but did not complete a full five innings to qualify for the victory. Bobcats' starter Caleb Luttrell takes the loss pitching five innings giving up six of the seven Tradewater hits.

Railroaders 4, Hoppers 2
The Hoppers scored in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead, follow by the Railroaders tying it up in the top of the second inning with one run. Again in the fith, Hoptown put up a run for a 2-1 lead only to have Fulton score and tie it in the sixth inning at two each. The Railroaders manufactured two more runs in the seventh, and continued to hold the Hoppers from scoring to the game's end. The Railroaders put up six hits with Austin Bryant leading going 2-for-4, one RBI and scoring one. Bobby Clark lead the offense for Hoptown and was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Starter Keaton Baker takes the win for seven innings pitched and Cody Alvey picked up a save going 1 1/3 innings. Philip Menou takes the loss starting and pitching for 6 1/2 innings.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Oilers spoil Bobcats winning streak

Oilers 9, Bobcats 8
A three-run eighth inning for Owensboro Friday spoiled Marion's bid for a third straight win in Ohio Valley League play. The Bobcats outhit the Oilers 13-11, but fell to the visiting team 9-8 to drop their record to 7-4 on the season.

Tyler Browning, who gave up all three eighth-inning runs to Owensboro, took the loss. He was the third pitcher of the night used by Manager Drew Barrett.

At the plate, four Bobcats had multiple hits, including Tyler Bonaventure, Derek Hannahs and Clint Ambrosch. Ambrosch and Greg Liming each had two RBI and Sean Fitzgerald added an RBI double.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bobcats move to 7-3

Bobcats 3, Railroaders 1
Marion's pitching staff held Fulton to only one run on five hits Thursday at Guess Field for their seventh win in 10 games. Darren Travers went the full nine innings for his second win of the season striking out 14. The only run he gave up was unearned.

Michael Huddleston and Tyler Bonaventure each had an RBI for the Bobcats. Termaine Woolridge went 2-for-3, with Bonaventure and shortstop Derek Hannahs adding the only other hits for Marion.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Bobcats avenge Sunday's loss

Bobcats 10, Hoppers 3
Marion moved to 6-3 on the season with a 10-3 victory at home Wednesday against Hoptown at Guess Field. The win avenged a 4-2 loss to the Hoppers on Sunday.

Marion scored its runs on 11 hits with eight of the team's nine batters tallying at least one hit, including a double off the bat of Clint Ambrosch. Brandon Ollet, who reached base on two singles and after being hit by a pitch, stole three bases. Michael Huddleston, Tyler Bonaventure and Tyler Bernard also swiped a base.

James Naile pitched seven innings, giving up only two runs on five hits for the win.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Hoppers play poor host

Hoppers 4, Bobcats 2
Hoptown doubled up on the Bobcats Sunday at Hopkinsville, downing Marion 4-2 despite being outhit by the Bobcats 7-6.

Starter David Roper took the loss for Marion. Termaine Woolridge went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Bobcats. Michael Huddleston and Tyler Bonaventure each scored a run and stole a base.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Marion moves to 5-2 with victory

Bobcats 10, Railroaders 8
Marion outpaced Fulton 10-8 Saturday at Lohaus Field for their fifth win against two losses. Chris Hunt gave up two runs in six innings to earn the win.

Two batters contributed more than half of Marion's 11 hits, with Tyler Bonaventure and Clinton Ambrosch each contributing three hits, including a home run off the bat of Ambrosch. Ambrosch also added 3 RBI. Greg Liming batted in two runs.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Marion takes over first place

Bobcats 4, Oilers 3
After a 4-3 win Friday night at Owensboro, the Bobcats (4-2) are in sole possession of first place in the Ohio Valley League, a half-game in front of Hoptown (3-2).

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bobcats tied for 1st with 3 others

Four teams, including Marion, are tied for first place in the Ohio Valley League with a 3-2 record after Thursday's action. Only Fulton (1-5) is behind in the standings.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Marion outscores Tradewater 11-1

The Tradewater Pirates, for the second night in a row, lost big to Ohio Valley League competition, this time at the hands of the Marion Bobcats, who avenged an opening-season loss to Tradewater just a few short nights ago.  Darren Travers, this time around, spun some magic and came up big for the Bobbies.  The Pirates, who have lost by a combined 18-2 over the course now, of two games (7-1, 11-1), simply can't find the plate. The shipwrecked crew were, yes, held captive by a marauding band of Bobbies, as the Buccos stranded runner after runner, for the second evening in a row. The ship leaked early, and often, as timely hitting did not materialize.
Marion unbuckled the swashbuckling Mates inning after inning, scoring big, time and time again, to move the Pirate record to 2-2.  The sabres were sharpened, and the cannons set....but alas, for the Pirates, their powder was wet.  Michael Purcell took the loss, as the Pirates looked anemic at the plate, with no medicine in sight just yet.

Former Bobcat picked 44th in MLB draft

 Travis Jankowski, a member of the 2010 Marion Bobcats, was picked 44th overall in the Major League Baseball draft earlier this week by the San Diego Padres. The speedy outfielder from Lancaster, Pa., holds several hitting and base-stealing records for the Bobcats, and batted almost .500 for the team before accepting an invitation to the Cape Cod League in late July of the 2010 season. Jankowski, a junior at Stony Brook University in New York, earned the New England leagues MVP last year.

For more on Jankowski's selection and prospects for hitting the diamond in a Padres uniform, visit Stony Brook University's athletics page, the Bleacher Report or the online sports community SB Nation.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Marion falls to .500

Starter James Naile fell victim to some porous defense Tuesday at Guess Field, taking the loss in a 5-1 game against Owensboro. The Bobcats committed four errors, allowing three runs to score with Naile on the mound. The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth when the Oilers pushed two unearned runs across. They added a third run to chase Naile after seven innings. Marion's only run came in the bottom of the eighth on a solo home run off the bat of Brandon Ollet.

Tradewater lost to the upstart Hoppers at home Tuesday night, as it seemed the Pirates could do no right and the Hoppers no wrong, as it applied to scoring opportunities.  The Pirates left nearly a dozen and a half mates on the bases, and the pitching staff struggled to stay above water all night.  The Hoppers played well, and gave the Pirates fits all night, as each Pirate rally seemed to fizzle.  Robert Spath took the loss and Tradewater saw their perfect record drop to 2-1, as they now prepare for Marion at home Wednesday. Cole Fergus was the hits leader for Tradewater.

Bobcats amass 17 hits in victory

The Bobcats improved to 2-1 after dishing out a fourth straight loss to the Railroaders in Fulton in an abbreviate six-inning game call for lightning and weather. Marion improved their team batting average in two games of .193 to .311 against a struggling Railroader pitching staff. The Bobcats pounded out 17 hits lead by Tyler Bernard who went 5-for-5 and included two doubles and a three-run home run for a total of five RBI. Fulton did manage 10 hits to get their seven runs along with using two Bobcat errors.  Austin Bryant was best for the Railroaders at the plate going 3-for-4 including a three-run home run. David Roper earns the win for Marion pitching the full six innings, Christopher Flores takes the loss going only 2.67 innings and giving up nine earned runs. The woes for the Railroaders continue through four games as they have produced a total of 32 runs but have allowed 44 to score against them. Bobcat pitching suffered little by going into the game with a team 2.12 ERA average and emerging with a 3.52 ERA average.

The Pirates struck for three runs in the fifth, and held off the many assaults by the Oilers with good pitching by starter Kooper Kessler, followed by outstanding middle relief from Chris Goins,and a closing performance by Cory Ames, to defeat Owensboro 3-1.  Both teams fended off early disaster with timely defense and classy pitching.  The Buccos finally struck paydirt in the fifth, and won an emotional contest for "Number 7" Reid Rizzo, who passed away Saturday.  A brief tribute preceded the game for Rizzo, who will remain the inspirational leader for all of 2012. 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Bobcats even record with first win

Marion 5, Hoptown 3
Two Bobcats who returned to the team for another stint made a big impact in the team's first win of the new season.

Under new skipper Drew Barrett—also a former Bobcat—Marion moved its record to 1-1 Sunday afternoon with a 5-3 victory in their 2012 debut at Guess Field over the Hoptown Hoppers. The Hoppers, in their freshman year of the Ohio Valley League, are also 1-1 on the new season.

Returning Bobcats Sean Fitzgerald had two hits and an RBI at the plate while Caleb Luttrell pitched two scoreless innings to end the game for his first save of the year. Fitzgerald also added a stolen base and Luttrell struck out two batters.

But it was a newcomer to Marion that earned the win in the first-ever match-up with the Hoppers. Chris Hunt (1-0) gave up only three hits in five scoreless innings to notch the victory.

The Bobcats' offense got all it would need to win the game off Hoptown starter Tyler Veillon (0-1), chipping away with nothing but singles and walks to earn four runs. For insurance, Marion added another run in the eighth off reliever Kyle Asher.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Bobcats drop opener at Pirates

Tradewater's Dillon Endecott provided a gritty performance as starter, and relievers Michael Purcell and Michael Edwards gave the Pirates superb performances in middle and closing roles, to edge out the Marion Bobcats by the count of 3-2 in the 2012 opener for both teams, at Elmer Kelley Stadium in Madisonville. 

The victory marked the triumphant return of for Bobcats skipper Steve Fowler as Pirate head coach, and gave the home fans a night to remember, in a slugfest of two intense rivals. Fowler beat the team headed by his assistant coach from last year in Owensboro, Drew Barrett, who played infield defense under Fowler as a former Bobcats.

Ty Broady struck a big blow for Tradewater with a hit to put the Pirates ahead for good, and Trevor Haggard became the holder of several 2012 records, for first hit of the season, and first run scored. Haggard also displayed his impressive speed on several occasions. The defense was spectacular for Tradewater, with the highlight of the evening coming from Buddy Elgin at second base, who made a thrilling play to end a Bobcat rally.  Edwards ended the Bobcat ninth by striking out the final batter. Dillon Endecott received excellent middle inning support from lefty Michael Purcell.  Pirate defense was stellar throughout the game.  

The Bobcats tied the game twice, but could not get over the final hump, as Edwards blocked the Marion invasininton force in the ninth.

Pirate outfielders Leverett, Haggard and Busekrus covered turf like a blanket covers a baby, and the infield made quick work of all potential disasters. Justin Riddle provided field general suppport all night from his backstop position.

Other league action

Friday, June 1, 2012

Season under way tonight

Tonight's games
Hoptown Hoppers at Fulton Railroaders
Marion Bobcats at Madisonville Pirates

The Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League was born in October 2010 with four charter teams—Marion Bobcats, Owensboro Oilers, Fulton Railroaders and Tradewater Pirates. All four teams left the KIT League, a throwback to the original Kitty League, after the end of the 2010 season in order to form their own summer collegiate baseball league. The first season of play ended with Fulton winning the 2011 championship and Owensboro taking the regular season crown.

In 2012, the Ohio Valley League has expanded to five teams, adding the Hoptown Hoppers from Hopkinsville, Ky. Like the Railroaders and Oilers, the Hoppers’ name pays homage to its city’s team in the long-defunct Kitty League, the name given the Class D Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League. Also this year, the Pirates, founded in 1999 as an independent semi-pro team, have moved from Dawson Springs, Ky. to Madisonville, Ky. That club’s name reflects the historic days when the Pittsburgh Pirates spent spring training in Dawson Springs, well before the days of Major League Baseball preseason tuning in Florida and Arizona.

Though there has also been a rich baseball history in Marion, no professional organization has called the city home.

Of the charter members of the Ohio Valley League, Marion, Fulton and Owensboro were initially formed under the KIT League pennant. Tradewater joined the KIT circuit in 2007 after ending its semi-pro status. The Ohio Valley League expects to add new teams in the future. Talks are ongoing with several other communities in Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri.

The league plays with essentially the same NCAA rules on the field as the teams had played under in the KIT League. Wooden bats will still be used and the bulk of the season will be played in June and July.

First pitch of season tonight

After four seasons of baseball, the Marion Bobcats begin play tonight in their fifth season. The team is  on firm financial footing and appear to be on their way to another successful year off the field and between the lines after putting up the team’s best regular season record yet in 2011.

New for 2012 is the acquisition of a used, 48-passenger Greyhound bus for team travel. The bus, formerly belonging to the Tradewater Pirates organization, has been repainted to reflect its new team’s colors and will be a more comfortable and economical ride for players and staff than the two passenger vans used in seasons prior.

Additionally, the Ohio Valley League has changed for the better in the circuit’s second season. Added are the Hoptown Hoppers, a team whose name pays homage to the old Kitty League team from Hopkinsville, Ky. Also, the Tradewater Pirates have moved from their home at Riverside Park in Dawson Springs to Madisonville. Though operating out of Madisonville under the field management of Steve Fowler, the manager of the Bobcats in their first three seasons, the team will still be called Tradewater for now. Bringing the Hoppers on board takes the league to fives teams, with Marion, Fulton and Owensboro rounding out the circuit.

Organizational efforts are also under way for a Paducah team in 2013. Murray and Mayfield are the next franchise targets.

Kory Wheeler has stepped up to the position of general manager with the club, the second woman in the league to serve in that capacity. With her energy, ability and familiarity with the club from virtually Day 1 back in 2008, she has already exhibited improvements in the organization, advertising sales and housing for players.

The Bobcats are a valuable addition to this community and have progressed far in retrospect. Various mayors, county officials and economic development professionals in the region have been very complimentary of our town’s efforts to establish this franchise in a small market like Marion. All parties who had a part are to be commended either as owner, advertiser, employee, volunteer or, especially, a fan in the stands.

All the aforementioned parties’ efforts and contributions are certainly appreciated by your management. Here’s to an even better 2012.

Bobcats Management & Staff