Monday, July 30, 2012

1st-year Hoppers take regular, postseason crowns

Hoppers 7, Fulton 6
The Hopkinsville Hoppers, a first-year addition to the two-year-old Ohio Valley League, took both the regular season and postseason crowns Monday with a 7-6 victory at home over the Fulton Railroaders for the second night in a row by the same score. The Hoppers took the championship series 2-1 after moving past Marion 2-1 in the league semifinals.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hoppers push title series to final game

Hoppers 7, Railroaders 6
The Hoppers nipped Fulton Sunday to prevent a championship series sweep by the visiting Railroaders, besting the Fulton squad 7-6. The victory ties the series at one game each, with Monday's game at Hopkinsville deciding the league's postseason title.

The Hoppers, in their first year, won the regular season crown, but No. 2 seed Fulton will be looking to hold on to the Ohio River Valley League postseason crown after winning the title in the league's first year in 2011.

Fulton takes 1-0 lead in championship series

Railroaders 12, Hoppers 4
The Fulton Railroaders pounded out 14 hits en route to taking the first game of the Ohio Valley League Championship series 12-4, forcing the Hoptown Hoppers to take the next two games, both at home, to earn the regular season and postseason championship in their first year.

For Fulton, the long ball was the star of the night. The Railroaders scored enough runs on a single pitch to take the game when Angelo Burrage hit a grand slam in the bottom of the second to register the game-winning RBI and push the score to 5-1 after the Hoppers scored a run in the first. Burrage would add a three-run homer in the sixth and Rob Hogenkamp tallied his own two-run shot the fifth.

Burrage was 2-for-5 with seven RBI and two runs scored. Brock Downey was the winning pitcher for Fulton, while Tyler Veillon took the loss for Hoptown.

Game 2 of the series heads to Hopkinsville Sunday. Game time starts at 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hoppers move past Bobcats to title series

Bobcats 6, Hoppers 5 (Game 1)
Hoppers 2, Bobcats 0 (Game 2)
Despite taking the front end of Friday's playoff double header, the Bobcats' season came to an end just a couple of hours later when Hoptown rebounded to take the nightcap and playoff series 2-1.

First game (conclusion of Thursday's contest)
Marion scored all six of its runs in the first three innings and held on as Hoptown made a push at the end of the game that was interrupted Thursday night by a thunderstorm. The game was completed as part of a double-header on Friday in Hopkinsville.

The Bobcats scored three runs in the top of the first inning when Jordan Lorenzo led off with a single and stole second. Tyler Bonaventure was hit by a pitch, and Greg Liming drew a one-out walk to load the bases. Lorenzo scored on a fielder's choice, and Holden Watts doubled in Bonaventure and Clint Ambrosch to take a 3-0 lead.

Hoptown answered in the bottom half of the inning when Brett Pirtle led off with a triple and scored on a two-out single by Philip Menou to get within 3-1.

The Bobcats tacked on three more runs in the third inning when Clint Ambrosch hit a one-out double and took third on a wild pitch. Davey Murphy drew a two-out walk and stole second before Spencer Wilson stepped up a slapped a two-run ground-rule double, scoring Ambrosch and Murphy. Wilson scored on a single by Lorenzo to push out to a 6-1 lead.

The game was halted Thursday night in the middle of the fourth inning when lightning from an approaching thunderstorm halted play and the decision was made to conclude the game from that point on Friday.

When play resumed Hoptown began an offensive push in the fifth inning when Jake Sandlin hit a one-out single and scored on a home run by Brad Sevenish to narrow the Marion lead to 6-3.''

The Hoppers plated another run in the seventh inning when Menou hit a one-out single, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Sevenish's single to pull Hoptown to within 6-4.

Hoptown scored in the eighth inning when Fernando Tanaka led off with a walk and took second on a wild pitch. He took third base on a flyout, then scored on a groundout to cut the Bobcat lead to 6-5, but that was as close as the Hoppers would get, forcing a third game in the series.

Second game
Hoptown Advances to Championship Round. In the rubber game in the semifinal series between the regular-season champion Hoptown Hoppers and fourth-seeded Marion Bobcats came down to a brilliant pitchers' duel on Friday, with the Hoppers pushing across runs in the sixth and eighth innings to forge the 2-0 win.

Philip Menou got the complete-game win, allowing no runs on six hits, striking out seven and walking one. The last 12 batters were retired, with the game ending on a double-play.

All but equal to the task was Marion's Caleb Luttrell, who retired the first nine batters he faced. He ceded two runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking four, also pitching a complete game.

Hoptown broke the scoreless deadlock in the sixth inning when Rob Friedlein led off with a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, went to third on a groundout and scored on a single by Jake Sandlin.

In the eighth inning, the Hoppers scored again when Matt McGowan led off with a single, went to second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third and scored on a single by Seth Bancroft.

Bancroft went 2-for-3 to lead the Hoppers. Brett Pirtle picked up a double in the fourth inning for Hoptown, the only extra-base hit of the game. Greg Liming went 2-for-4 to lead the Bobcats.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Game 2 rained out, rescheduled as part of playoff double header tonight

Game 2 of the Marion-Hopkinsville playoff series was called Thursday due to weather in the fourth inning. It has been rescheduled as part of double header tonight at Hoptown, with each game going seven innings. The second game will only be played if needed. The Hoppers lead the best-of-three series 1-0.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hoppers strike 1st in best-of-three series

Hoppers 4, Bobcats 2
The Bobcats will look to keep their 2012 season alive Thursday after dropping Game 1 of the Ohio Valley League postseason semifinals to Hoptown by a score of 4-2. Marion will be forced to win the next two games on the road in Hopkinsville to advance to the championship series beginning Saturday.

Hoptown punched out their first runs in the fourth inning after Matt McGowan walked followed by a Jake Sandlin single. Both were moved forward one base by a Philip Menou sacrifice bunt, then Brad Sevenish stepped to the plate and banged a three-run homer. The Bobcats scored their first run an inning later with Spencer Wilson reaching on a fielder's choice and advancing to third base on two Hoptown errors. Derek Hannahs drove in Wilson with a two-out RBI single.

The Hoppers added a final insurance run in the eighth inning after Matt McGowan led off with a single, reached third on an error and scored during a double play by the Bobcats. In the bottom of the ninth, Marion's rally fell short. Dave Murphy led off with double and scored from a RBI single by Hannahs.

Joshua Tanski earned the win, pitching eight full innings, giving up seven hits, one unearned run, no walks and punching six strikeouts. Tyler Vails earned a save, pitching the final inning. Darren Travers, 5-4 on the regular season, took the loss, pitching a complete game while allowing five hits, four earned runs, three walks and striking out six batters.

Game 2 of the best-of-three series is at 7 p.m. tonight.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Bobcats advance in playoffs, host Hoppers

Bobcats 6, Oilers 5
The Bobcats advance to Round 2 of the Ohio Valley League playoffs, hanging on Tuesday to beat the Oilers in the Round 1 single-game elimination in Marion.

The Oilers took an early 1-0 lead in the first innings as Tyler Tichenor reached base on an error and advanced to second base on a throw. Christian McHatton singled with two outs to drive Tichenor across home plate.

The Bobcats got going in the third, however, scoring four runs. Cole Prejean was put aboard after being hit by a pitch, Derek Hannahs singled and Tyler Bonaventure walked to load the bases. Tyler Bernard stepped to the plate with one out and hit a base clearing double for three RBI. Bernard advanced to third base on error and scored off a Clint Ambrosch sacrifice fly.

The Bobcats extended their lead in the fourth inning. Prejean singled and moved to third base following a Hannahs walk and a wild pitch. Bonaventure drove Prejean in with sacrifice fly and Hannahs, who had made it the third base, scored a second run off a Bernard single. Marion then had a 6-1 lead on the Oilers.

But Owensboro was not finished. They mounted a comeback in the fifth inning. Matt Cissell led off with a double and finally scored off a sacrifice by Matt Johnson. The Oilers added another run in the sicth after Zack Willoughby reached after being hit by pitch and scored running in front of a Matt Cissel double.

Trailing 6-3, the Oilers drew to within one run in the eight inning. Malduino Gonzalez walked and made it all the way home on three wild pitches. Willoughby also walked and got to third on wild pitches, then scored from a Taylor Mathew RBI single to complete the final 6-5 score.

Marion starter David Roper gets the win pitching 7 2/3 innings, striking out and walking six batters each. Roper allowed seven hits and was marked for five runs (four earned). Caleb Luttrell picked up a playoff save going 1 1/3 innings with no hits or runs, two strikeouts and one walk. Shane Weedman takes the loss throwing four innings giving up five hits, six runs (five earned), four walks and a couple of strikeouts. Jay Hachmiester finished the final four innings for the Oilers throwing hitless ball with two walks and strikeouts each.

The Bobcats advance in the postseason to Round 2 in a best-of-three series against No. 1 seed Hoptown. The first game of the series is tonight in Marion. The final two games of the series, if necessary, will be played in Hopkinsville. If the Bobcats win the series, they will have one more home game left, hosting the first match of the best-of-three finals on Saturday.

The No. 3 Tradewater Pirates take on the No. 2 Fulton Railroaders in Madisonville tonight to begin their best-of-three series Round 2 series.

Monday, July 23, 2012

2012 Ohio Valley League season leaders

The final games of the 2012 Ohio Valley League regular season are concluded. Below are individual players who led the league in the regular season for 10 statistical categories. Marion pitcher Darren Travers, who at 5-4 accounted for a third of the team's wins, was the only Bobcat to make the list, having registered 69 strikeouts in 70 innings pitched.

Team leaders for the Bobcats' 2012 season:

  • Wins: Darren Travers (5)**
  • Games started: Darren Travers (9)*
  • Innings pitched: Darren Travers (70)*
  • ERA: Darren Travers (1.93)
  • Win/Loss percentage: Darren Travers (.556)
  • Strikeouts: Darren Travers (69)
  • Saves: Caleb Luttrell, Eli Nickell, Kyle Williams (1)

  • Average: Tyler Bernard (.338)
  • Hits: Tyler Bonaventure (46)
  • Home runs: Tyler Bonaventure (4)
  • Triples: Tyler Bernard (2)**
  • Doubles: Greg Liming (10)
  • RBI: Tyler Bonaventure (22)
  • Runs scored: Derek Hannahs (24)
  • Stolen bases: Tyler Bernard (8)
*Single-season record  **Tied single-season and career record
Qualifications for team leaders in pitching categories is 32-plus innings pitched. 
For offensive categories, only average had a qualification of 112-plus plate appearances.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Bobcats drop both ends of double header; conclude worst season in team's 5-year history

Hoppers 8, Bobcats 3 (Game 1)
Hoppers 8, Bobcats 3 (Game 2)
The Bobcat dropped both ends of a twin bill Saturday against Hoptown by the twin scores of 8-3. The losses sent Marion to its fewest wins (15) and worst winning percentage (.375) in the team's five-year history. Despite the woes, the Bobcats will host Tuesday's postseason play-in game against Owensboro with the winner heading to the Ohio Valley League semifinals.

In the first game Saturday, the Hoppers scored all their runs in the 8-3 victory before Marion posted its first score in the bottom of the fifth. All the runs in the game were scored off the two starters, Marion's Kyle Williams and Hoptown's Philip Menou. Menou, batting in the No. 5 spot of the line-up for the Hoppers, earned the victory along with batting in two runs on two hits. Williams took his first loss of the season.

Derek Hannah's had the Bobcats' sole RBI, going 1-for-3. Three other Marion batters added singles for the teams' four-hit total. The Hoppers had 10 hits and left 11 runners stranded.

In the final regular game of the season for the Bobcats, the team rallied from three runs down to tie the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth, but the Hoppers surged back in their final at-bat to score five runs off Marion reliever Spencer Wilson, pushing the score to 8-3. Hoppers reliever Cameron Wilson shut the door on the Bobcats in the the team's final offensive inning of the regular season, setting down Marion 1-2-3 with two strike outs.

Wilson took the loss for Marion in his first appearance of the year for the Bobcats.

At the plate, catcher Nolan Ray went 2-for-3 for Marion with two RBI. Eli Nickell, went 1-for-2 with the Bobcat's only other RBI.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Hoptown takes regular season crown

Although the Hoptown Hoppers were idle Friday, the first-year Ohio Valley League team earned the regular season pennant with the Fulton Railroaders losing their game against the Tradewater Pirates. The Hoppers still have four games remaining—two doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday—but with a 4.5 game lead, neither the Railroaders nor the Pirates will be able to catch Hoptown with only three games remaining for each team.

Win secures rights to host play-in game

Bobcats 6, Oilers 5
Marion ended a five-game losing streak Friday and secured the rights to a home game to start the 2012 Ohio Valley League postseason with a 6-5 win over Owensboro at Guess Field.

Derek Hannah's posted the game-winning RBI Friday with a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning, breaking a 4-4 tie with Owensboro. The Oilers threatened a comeback in the final frame of the game, putting up a run off reliever Eli Nickell until he shut the door on the visiting team for his first save of the evening.

After Bobcats starter James Dyer gave up a run to Owensboro in the top of the first, Marion jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the third behind a two-run home run by Jake Pewitt. A Tyler Bernard triple and Greg Liming single also drove in a run in the inning. Dyer (2-4) went six innings for Marion, earning the win thanks to Hannah's sixth inning double.

Pewitt had a perfect night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a home run, a double and two singles; two RBI; and two runs scored. Hannah's was 2-for-4, and six other Bobcats added a hit each for the team's 12-hit total on the night.

With the win, Marion (15-23) secured a fourth-place finish with the right to host Tuesday's postseason play-in game against last-place Owensboro. The game will start at 7:05 p.m.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Marion forced to postseason play-in game

Railroaders 9, Bobcats 3 (Game 1)
Railroaders 3, Bobcats 2 (Game 2)
By dropping both ends of a double header Thursday at Fulton, the Bobcats will be forced to compete in Tuesday's postseason play-in contest, pitting the Nos. 4 and 5 teams in the Ohio Valley League against each another for the right to move on to the league semi-finals. Marion (14-23) is 11.5 games out of first place and can finish no better than fourth place. Only Owensboro has a worse record at 12-15, setting two games behind Marion in last place. With each team having three regular season games remaining, including Friday's contest at Guess Field, the Oilers could still catch the Bobcats for a right to host the play-in game.

Thursday's double header sweep by the Railroaders (21-15) keeps their hopes alive for catching first place Hoptown (25-11), who sets on a four-game lead over the second-place Fulton squad. Both teams have four games remaining. One win by the Hoppers or one loss for the Railroaders will hand the regular season crown to Hoptown in its inaugural season in the league.

At Lohaus Field Thursday, in the front end of the double header, the Railroaders jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings en route to a 9-3 win over the Bobcats. Fulton tallied 13 hits while holding Marion to only four.

Cole Prejean, Tyler Bonaventure, Spencer Wilson and Holden Watts each went 1-for-3 at the plate for the Bobcats. Watts' hit was a double. Wilson had the lone RBI on the night for the visiting team.

Meantime, the Railroaders wasted no time in roughing up Marion starter Sean Fitzgerald, tagging him for six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of work for the loss. They also added an unearned run off the Bobcat starter. Fulton had five players hit a double in the game.

In the nightcap, a pitching duel kept the score low, with only three of the five scores in the game crossing the plate as earned runs. Though Marion starter Caleb Luttrell was saddled with the 3-2 loss, he pitched the entire game for the Bobcats, giving up only one earned run to Fulton.

Marion had a short lead in the game, going up 2-1 in the top of the fifth. That score would hold until Fulton added two runs in the last half of the sixth and held the lead to finish the game with a 3-2 victory. The winning run for the Railroaders reached on an error.

The Bobcats outhit the home team 9-5 in the game, but left five runners on base and committed three costly errors that handed Fulton the win. Prejean went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Greg Liming went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bobcats drop to 10 games out of 1st

Pirates 5, Bobcats 4
Marion dropped its third straight and its chance at finishing with a .500 record or better for the first time in the team's five-year history. With Wednesday's 5-4 loss at Tradewater (19-17), the fourth-place Bobcats (14-21) slipped to 10 games behind first-place Hoptown (24-11), who was idle Wednesday.

The contest at Madisonville was the second 5-4 loss by the Bobcats in as many nights. It is the third straight time Marion has scored four runs to end a game.

One more loss or a Fulton (19-15) win will prevent the Bobcats from finishing any better than second place. The Railroaders will host Marion for a double header beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Bobcats can now finish no better than .500

Railroaders 5, Bobcats 4
With a 5-4 loss to visiting Fulton Tuesday, the 14-20 Bobcats will have to win outright during the regular season to hope for a .500 record, which would be the first in the team's five-year history. With only five days left in the season, Marion will travel to Madisonville Wednesday, Fulton for a double header on Thursday and finish out the regular season at home with a match against Owensboro on Friday and twin bill against the league-leading Hoppers on Saturday.

Up 4.5 games on second-place Fulton (19-15), Hopkinsville's magic number to take the regular season title is 2, with any combinations of Hopper (24-11) wins or Railroader losses totaling that number handing the crown to first-year Hoptown. If the two teams end the season with identical 25-16 records, however, Fulton would take first place by virtue of beating Hoptown six of 10 times during the regular season.

In third place, Tradewater can only hope second, but could finish as low as fourth. With five games remaining and only 1.5 games behind second-place Fulton, the 18-17 Pirates control their own destiny with two head-to-head matches remaining with the Railroaders. Marion, 3.5 games in back of the Pirates, have only one match remaining with their rival.

At 9.5 games off the pace, the Bobcats are officially eliminated from first place, but can still finished in sole possession of second place if they win their remaining six games and Fulton (19-15) loses its half-dozen remaining game. The two teams go head-to-head twice on Thurday at Lohaus Field. The two teams ended the season with 20-20 record, Marion would take second place by virtue of a winning record against the Railroaders in regular season play.

But Marion could still finish in last place, with only three games separating the Bobcats from last-place Owensboro (12-24) at 12.5 games out. The two teams meet one more time in the regular season.

Regardless of their regular season finish, the Bobcats will have a crack at the post-season crown. The playoffs begin next Tuesday with the fifth-place team traveling to No. 4 for a one-game set to determine the next round of playoffs, which begin the following day.

Meantime, on Tuesday, a late rally by the Bobcats fell just short at home against the Railroaders. Trailing 5-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth, Marion tacked on two runs courtesy of a two-RBI single off the bat of Cole Prejean to close the gap to 5-4. However, the Railroader bullpen shut down the rally in the ninth, setting the Bobcats down 1-2-3 to end the game.

Taking the loss, Darren Travers missed his bid for tying the team's single-season victory total of six. The 5-4 starter pitched eight strong innings, however, giving up only two earned runs of the five scored against him. Tuesday was his ninth start of the year.

At the plate, three Bobcats earned two hits—Prejean, leadoff hitter Tyler Bernard and Tyler Bonaventure. Marion piled on 10 hits, but left seven runners on base for the night. Clint Ambrosch and Greg Liming each hand an RBI. Liming's only hit of the night was his ninth double, only one behind the league leader.

Bernard and Ambrocsh were among the league's top hitters coming into the night, batting .350 and .347 respectively. Bernard also had the second-highest number of hits in the league at 42, only four behind the league leader, and is tied with Liming with nine doubles.

With four home runs and 21 RBI, Bonaventure is among the league leaders in each category and heads the Bobcats in both stats.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Bobcats split twin bill; gain no ground on 3rd

Bobcats 4, Pirates 2 (Game 1)
Pirates 3, Bobcats 0 (Game 2)
Tyler Bonaventure went 2-for-4 for Marion with two RBI in a 4-2 win in the front end of a double header Friday that was the continuation of a game with Pirates interrupted by Mother Nature several days ago. Tyler Bernard also went 3-for-4 with a run scored for the Bobcats in Game 1, but that would be as many hits as the entire team could muster in a shutout thrown by the Pirates in the seven-inning night cap.

In the first game, Sean Fitzgerald picked up his first win of the season against no loses in his first start of 2012. Fitzgerald pitched six scoreless innings before Tyler Browning came in to throw the final frame against the Pirates. But Browning gave the home fans hope, allowing two runs to score before finally shutting the door on Tradewater.

Buddy Elgin and Dillion Endecott were the heroes for the Pirates in the second game, with Elgin putting the game out of reach for the scoreless Bobcats by adding a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth for the 3-0 final tally and Endecott keeping Marion from crossing the plate the entire seven-inning game.

By splitting the double header, Marion remained three games behind the Pirates for third place in the league and fell to 8.5 games out of first place, held by the first-year Hoppers nearly the entire season.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Bobcats shut out by 1st-place Hoppers

Hoppers 5, Bobcats 0
The Hoptown Hoppers strolled to a 5-0 shutout over the Marion Bobcats Thursday. Philip Menou led Hoptown, going 2-for-4 at the plate and batting in four runs, including a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. Jake Sandlin had the other Hoppers’ RBI and was 2-for-3 on the night. Starting pitcher Clayton Dugan came through with 7 1/3 strong innings, giving up just five hits while striking out six and walking three. Kyle Spencer also struck out three Bobcats in relief.

Hopkinsville took a 2-0 lead in the fourth when Sandlin walked, was moved to second on a Brad Sevenish bunt and brought in on Menou’s home run.  The Hoppers went up 4-0 when Fernando Tanaka singled in the fifth, then advanced to third on Sandlin’s single, with Sandlin advancing to second when the outfield throw went to third base. Sevenish was then hit by a pitch to load the bases followed by a smash single by Menou that tipped off Greg Liming’s glove at first base, scoring both Tanaka and Sandlin.

The Hoppers wrapped up the scoring in the bottom of the eight when Seth Bancroft walked and scored on a huge Bobby Clark double.

Dugan was consistent and sharp in his 107-pitch performance that raised the Hoppers to a 21-10 season record.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Marion bests Fulton, closes 2nd-place gap

Bobcats 6, Railroaders 1
Marion pulled a game closer to Fulton for second place in the Ohio Valley League with a 6-1 win Wednesday. The victory moved the fourth-place Bobcats to 13-17, just four games behind second-place Fulton whose record is a mirror image of Marion's at 17-13.

There are 10 games left on the Bobcats' schedule. The season ends with a scheduled double header with the Hoptown July 21 at Guess Field.

Fulton is three games off the pace set by Hoptown. Idle Tradewater remains in third place, 4.5 games behind the Hoppers, who topped last place Owensboro 3-2 on Wednesday. The Oilers are 10.5 games out at the end of the night.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Leadoff homer wasted in 6-5 loss

Oilers 6, Bobcats 5
The Owensboro Oilers won the Tuesday night game against the traveling Marion Bobcats in comeback, walk-off fashion by the final score of 6-5. The game played out with the first through fifth innings belonging to the Bobcats. The 6th through 9th innings belonged to the Oilers.

Marion scored one run in the top of the 1st inning. Derek Hannahs led off the game with a solo home run, batting himself in. The Bobcats increased their lead to 3-0 by scoring two runs in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Brandon Ollet singled and Alex Reiman followed with a double. Ollet moved to third base. An out later, Sean Fitzgerald plated both Ollet and Reiman with a two-RBI double. The Marion advantage grew to 5-0 with two more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Jake Pewitt led off with a single Tyler Bernard also singled. The third consecutive hit was Greg Liming's RBI single to score Pewitt. Two fly outs later Bernard came in on a RBI single by Clint Ambrosch.

After five innings the visiting team led 5-0. Then the Oilers offense went from flat 0-6 over the course of the last four innings while defensively holding ground.

The Oilers got on the scoreboard with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Brendon Hardin and Tyler Tichenor singled back-to back. Taylor Mathews loaded the bases by reaching safely on a bunt. Hardin scored on a RBI sacrifice fly by Tyler Grogg. Matt Johnson followed with a RBI single to drive in Tichenor, making the game 5-2 for the Bobcats. Owensboro drew closer with one run in the bottom of the 8th inning. Hardin was hit by a pitch leading off. Tichenor and Mathews walked back-to-back to load the bases. Grogg RBI walked to secure Hardin's run from third base. Marion bore down for a pop out and a double play to prevent anything else that inning.

Owensboro needed two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to stay in the game. They got three runs to win the game instead. Brandon Morris was hit by a pitch leading off the inning. Pinch-hitter Malduino Gonzalez singled and gave way to pinch-runner Matt Cissell. Both runners were advanced one base by a sacrifice bunt. A wild pitch pitch allowed Morris to score the fourth run, and moved Cissell up to third base. Hardin plated Cissell as the fifth and tying run with a RBI single. Hardin got himself 90 feet from home by stealing both second and third bases. Tichenor walked and moved to second base uncontested by the defense. Mathews was intentionally walked to load the bases. A strikeout later, Johnson reached first base on the only Marion defensive error of the evening, but Oilers were safe all around. That included Hardin scoring the sixth and winning run.

The win belonged to Oilers' newcomer Christian McHatton who worked five scoreless innings in relief of fellow Oilers newcomer Jeremy Kiper. Bobcats reliever Chris Hunt took the loss.

Postponed Railroader games reset

The game on July 8 that was also rained out has been rescheduled to resume on July 19 as part of a doubleheader in Fulton. The postponed game will resume at 5 p.m. tied 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs and two men on for the Railroaders and continue through nine innings. Lineups will remain as their were when the game was halted.

The second game will be a seven-inning game.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Bobcats outlast Oilers 10-9

Bobcats 10, Oilers 9 (10 innings)
A back-and-forth battle in Marion finally ended with the Bobcats coming out on top over the Oilers. The win breaks a five-game Bobcat losing streak.

Marion scored two runs in the first inning and Owensboro came back in the second to tie with two of their own. The Oilers put up two more runs in the fifth for a short-lived lead before the Bobcats chalked up three runs in the sixth inning. Owensboro regained a two-run lead in the top of the eighth, scoring three only to see Marion tie it up in the bottom half of the inning with two runs. The teams remained tied through the ninth with both getting two more runs each. In the bottom of the 10th the Bobcats put the winning run across with two singles, a sacrifice bunt and a fielder's choice.

Clint Ambrosch led the Bobcats going 5-for-6, scoring twice, three RBI and the game winning hit in the extra inning of play. Tyler Grogg was best for the Oilers at 3-for-4, three runs scored and an RBI.

David Roper earned the win in relief pitching for the final two innings and Colton Slank takes the loss on the mound in the 10th.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Bobcats shut out, drop 5th straight

Hoppers 6, Bobcats 0
Hoptown Hoppers’ pitcher Philip Menou turned in a gem in shutting down the Marion Bobcats Thursday, giving up just one hit while striking out 10 and walking four for a 6-0 complete game. The Hoppers picked up nine hits and had seven batters hit-by-pitch, while the Bobcats committed three errors.

Hoptown took a 1-0 lead in the first after Fernando Tanaka singled the score on a double to left by Jake Sandlin.  In the bottom of the second, Hoptown went up 3-0 when Matt McGowan reached on an error, Kaleb Brown walked and Rob Friedlein’s sacrifice bunt moved them up. Tanaka was hit by a pitch and then McGowan and Brown both scored on Sandlin’s two-RBI single.

In the fourth, Friedlein and Brett Pirtle were both hit by pitches, Collin Massanelli—batting for Tanaka, who was injured after being hit by a pitch in second inning—then bunt sacrificed runners to second and third. Sandlin sacrifice-drove in the runs for a 5-0 Hoppers lead. In the bottom of the sixth, Hoptown scored its final run when Sandlin singled, Cameron Olsen was hit by a pitch and then Sandlin scored on Bobby Clark’s RBI-single.

Marion’s Darren Travers hit seven Hoppers while throwing 119 pitches and giving up all nine hits and six runs through seven full innings.  Jordan Lorenzo finished pitching out the last two innings for Marion..

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Independence Day home game cancelled

Tonight's Bobcats game at Guess Field against the Hoptown Hoppers has been cancelled. The Bobcats next play at home Friday, beginning at 7:05 p.m. against Owensboro.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Bobcats looking for holiday relief

Oilers 8, Bobcats 3
Since June 21, Marion has won only one of its last 10 Ohio Valley League games. That lone win was a 5-4 victory June 29 at Owensboro. On Tuesday, the Bobcats' returned to Chautauqua Park for the first time since that last win, but the outcome was not as fortunate. The Oilers sent Marion home with an 8-3 loss heading into the team's first time hosting an Independence Day game at Guess Field. The Bobcats will look to sharpen their claws against the league-leading Hoppers beginning at 7:05 p.m.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Marion's downward spiral continues

Pirates 8, Bobcats 7
The Pirates hold on to win in Marion against the Bobcats. A walked batter and a triple by Cole Fergus gave the Pirates one run in the 1st inning. Bottom of the 1st, the Bobcats answered scoring two runs with two men aboard and a Greg Liming two-RBI double. The Pirates tied game at 2-2 in the top of the second with a sac fly and a runner on third who reached on an error and advanced two bases on as many wild pitches.

The Pirates heaped on six more runs in the third to give Madisonville their total of eight runs. The inning contained five hits and two Bobcat errors, and included a Logan Crook three-RBI triple and a RBI double by Blake Massey.

The Bobcats made it a close game in the sixth inning using five hits to score five more runs  The inning included two singles and three doubles by Clint Ambrosch, Jake Pewitt and Brandon Ollet,

Michael Edwards gets the win pitching 5 2/3 innings, and Wayne Sparks earned a save throwing the final inning. Chris Hunt takes the loss for Marion going only three innings and giving all eight Pirate scores with only four earned.

The Bobcats have won only one of their last nine games to fall into fourth place.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Bonaventure's 3-run shot not enough for 'Cats

Hoppers 10, Bobcats 6
July started no better for the Bobcats than June ended. On Sunday, Marion traveled to Hopkinsville to face the top team in the league and left having lost seven of their last eight and falling two games below .500 and 5.5 games out of first place.

Hoptown jumped on Marion pitching in the bottom of the first for a 2-0 lead, but fell behind 3-2 after three innings. However, in the bottom of the fourth, the Hoppers would tack on four more runs off Marion starter David Roper (2-3) for a 6-3 lead and would never look back. They added three more runs in the fifth off Roper before Marion's bats struck put up a three-spot in the top of the sixth on a three-run blast off the bat of Tyler Bonaventure that moved the scored to 9-6 in favor of the home team. However, that would be all the offense the Bobcats could muster in the game and the Hoppers added a final run off Marion's bullpen in the next half inning.

Tyler Bernard was a perfect 3-for-3 for Marion with his league-leading seventh double. He also scored two runs. Bonaventure added a single to his home run in five trips to the plate and score two runs as well. Leadoff hitter Derek Hannahs, who went 0-for-3, scored two of his own runs regardless of a hitless night at the plate. Clint Ambrosch was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Greg Liming and Brandon Ollet also added an RBI each.