Saturday, January 12, 2013

2013 league schedule released

The 2013 Ohio Valley League schedule has been released, with each of the six teams in the league playing 45 games. The regular season begins June 1 and concludes July 24. No regular season games are scheduled on Mondays, which will be used as make-up dates for postponed games. Sunday games will generally begin at 2 p.m., with all other games generally beginning at 7 p.m. The postseason begins July 25. For the complete league schedule, visit the Ohio Valley League's website.

The Bobcats will open on the road June 1 but will host the next two games, beginning with Owensboro on June 2. Marion will play a total of 23 games at home, including the final game of the regular season. There will be no scheduled home stand of more than two games, nor will the Bobcats be on the road for more than two consecutive games. Nine contests will be played against each of the five other teams in the league--Dubois County (Ind.) Bombers, Fulton Railroaders, Hopkinsville Hoppers, Madisonville Pirates and Owensboro Oilers.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ex-Bobcat Jankowski's future bright

The future is looking bright for Travis Jankowski, a 2010 alumnus of the Marion Bobcats who was drafted by the San Diego Padres 44th overall in the 2012 Major League Baseball June Amateur draft. Last season, Jankowski, who once aspired to play college football but instead chose the baseball diamond at Stony Brook University in New York, made his way from the Arizona Padres Rookie League team to San Diego's Class A affiliate in Fort Wayne, Ind., the Tin Caps. According to the North County Times in southern California, Jankowski is an intriguing prospect for the 2013 Lake Elsinore Storm of the premiere Class A California League.

The 21-year-old Lancaster, Pa., native holds numerous Bobcats and KIT League records. Jankowski left the Bobcats before the end of the season in 2010 to play in the Cape Cod League. He spent the entire summer of 2011 in the prestigious New England league, where he earned the circuit's MVP honors.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Bobcats name 2013 skipper

The Bobcats have appointed a new manager for the 2013 season.

Jake Long, 26, will become the fourth manager of the club in as many years. Long is from Fulton, Miss., and this year will enter his second term as a full-time assistant coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gulfport. In 2011, he was the college baseball team's outfield and hitting coach. In the four years prior, he was a student manager at the University of Alabama. Long also spent four years as a coach for the Wareham Gatemen in the prestigious Cape Cod League.

He is bringing his father, who has 25-plus years of baseball experience at the high school and college levels, to the Bobcats' dugout as an assistant. He will name a third assistant later, and has already placed several players on the roster for 2013.

Steve Fowler headed the club for its first three seasons beginning in 2008. Long will replace Drew Barrett at the helm. Kyle Medley, who serves with long as an assistant at the Mississippi college, led the Bobcats in 2011, replacing his former manager, Fowler.

League adds sixth, Indiana-based club

A sixth team will join the Ohio Valley League in 2013, according to league president and Bobcats founder Gordon Guess. The Dubois County Bombers of Huntingburg, Ind., will join Marion, Hopkinsville, Owensboro, Fulton and Madisonville next year, for what is being planned as a 45-game schedule for each team. Play will begin in late May and run through July.

The Bombers will play their home games in historic League Stadium, where portions of the 1992 motion picture "A League of Their Own" was filmed. The Bombers' manager will be Wes Fink, a University of Southern Indiana graduate who played on their 2000 NCAA Division II National Championship team. The general manager is Skip Kruger, a Huntingburg native.

”League Stadium field was the envy of all the teams in the Prospect league last year, and soon to be enjoyed by the new teams in the Ohio Valley League,” according to Mike Uebelhor, the Bombers managing partner.

The Bombers last year competed in the Prospect League, a circuit designed much like the Ohio Valley League. They amassed a 36-24 record finishing second the West Division of the 12-team Prospect League, but made it to the league championship series where they were beaten by the West Virginia Miners for the title.

Huntingburg lies about 60 miles northwest of Evansville, Ind., The close proximity of the Ohio Valley League teams will not only reduce transportation and lodging expenses, but will also create natural rivalries with the likes of Owensboro and Madisonville.

Guess said it is the objective to grow the Ohio Valley League to eight teams in the short-term, with a long-term vision of adding more teams to form two divisions within the league.

Visit the Bombers website at for more team information or visit them on Facebook.