Sunday, June 30, 2013

Bobcat bats come alive in 15-5 win

The Bobcats' bats came alive Sunday, sending 15 runs across the plate on 22 hits, including five doubles and two home runs. The 15-5 win over Madisonville (12-12) in Greenville was the second victory for Marion (6-18) in the last three games.

Drew Shoulders pitched seven innings for the Bobcats, giving up only three runs for the win. Taylor Burr gave up eight earned runs in the start for Madisonville, taking the loss.

On offense for Marion, Tyler Bonaventure was the star, going 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, an RBI and four runs scored. Clint Ambrosch was 5-for-6 with two RBI. Brandon Lawing was 4-for-6 with two RBI. Tyler Odom had a home run and batted in three. Jarrett Rice added two more RBI and Brooks Balisterri, Wes Evers and Cody Brown each added their own RBI.

Bombers down Bobcats

Dubois County Bombers stayed above the .500 mark on the season with a 12-3 win Saturday over Marion Bobcats. The Bombers used a two out rally to get the scoring going in the frst. It started with Bo Ausmus hitting a double, Andre Davis driving home Ausmus on a RBI single and Chris Tavares finished the inning off with a two RBI double. In the second inning Dubois County batted through the order and tallied five more runs. Marion then held Dubois County scoreless until the sixth, that’s when the Bombers attacked for six hits in the inning.

Kyle Briner took the mound for Dubois County pitching six solid innings and striking out five Marion batters. Briner was breezing through the contest until the Bobcats hitting came alive and scored three runs in the fifth. Cody Brown and Clint Ambrosch had the RBI hits for the Bobcats in the inning. Cody Morris took over for Briner in the seventh, working three scoreless frames to earn the three inning save.

Dubois County saw plenty of contributions from throughout the lineup tonight. Andre Davis led the hitting with four hits and three runs batted in, Eric McKibban had three hits and a RBI, and Bo Ausmus, Tavares, Shain Showers and Jacob Armstrong contributed with two hits each. Dubois County moves the season record to (12-11) with the win and trail first place Hoptown by three games.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Marion splits twin bill, ends losing streak

Marion split a double header at Guess Field Friday against the Dubois County Bombers. By winning the nightcap 4-3, the Bobcats ended an eight-game skid and picked up a half-game on first place Hopkinsville, who lost 15-4 to a Fulton squad on a seven game winning streak.

In Game 1, Dubois County bested Marion 10-6 on eight earned runs, six of which were attributed to starter David Herrera who took the loss in 2 2/3 innings pitched. At the plate for the Bobcats, Clint Ambrosch went 3-for-3 with a run scored and two batted in. Brandon Lawing knocked in two runs on two hits in three at-bats. He also scored a run. Brooks Balisterri was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Wes Evers, who also pitched an inning, was 1-for-2 with a run scored.

It was a wild game off the hill for both teams. Combined, eight batters were hit and four wild pitches were thrown and a passed ball and a balk were recorded.

In Game 2, the Bobcats took a 4-2 lead after five and held off a late rally in the final frame to secure a 4-3 victory and end one of the worst losing streaks in team history at eight games. Starter Dylan Stewart got the win for Marion (5-17) giving up only two runs in 4 1/3 innings. Scooter Hightower, a new addition to the team, gave up only three hits and a run in 2 2/3 innings for the save, only the second of the year for the Bobcats.

On offense, Austin Braddock was 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored on a home run in the third. Balisterri, Evers, Ambrosch, Lawing, Cody Brown and Aaron King each added a hit. All were singles but Evers' double, also in the third inning.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Owensboro wins weather-shortened match

FROM OWENSBORO
The Owensboro Oilers won the Wednesday night matchup with the visiting Marion Bobcats. The final score in the game--which was stopped, and eventually called because of lightning with one out and one on in the top of the eighth inning--was 4-3 in Owensboro's favor.
    
The Bobcats scored first with one run in the top of the 1st inning. Leadoff hitter Brooks Balesterri bunted his way on base, then stole second base. He came around to score one out later when Tyler Odom reached on an error.
    
The Oilers also played small ball to draw even with a run in the bottom of the 1st inning. Home leadoff man Tyler Tichenor walked, and was bunted over to second base.Tichneor scored on a RBI single by Cody Rogers. After the first inning, game tied 1-1. Owensboro scored again with one run in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, Tichenor batted himself in with a solo home run--his second of the season--to account for the scoring. Through the 3rd inning the Oilers led 2-1.
    
Marion took the lead with two runs in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Clint Ambrosch was hit by a pitch. Brandon Lawing followed with an RBI triple. A strike out later, a RBI single by Blaine Alvey plated Lawing for the second run. Now the Bobcats led 3-2.

The Oilers responded with one run in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one down, Christian McHatton walked, stole second base, then went to third base on a passed ball. Logan Leverett followed with a RBI single.Owensboro reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Brenden Reid led off the inning with a walk. A ground out later, Reid scored from second base on a RBI single off the bat of Taylor Matthews. That run proved to be the difference.


Owensboro starter Cameron Wallace pitced 7 2/3 innings, striking out four on the way to the win. Edwin Reyes got the save in short relief. Marion's only pitcher of the night, starter Tyler Simmons, took the loss in spite of 7 1/3 competitive innings of his own on the mound. The weather that had glowered all night finally asserted itself in high wind and lightning that fronted heavy rainfall. The game beat the weather to a necessary completion point, when the weather beat back, the weather won.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bobcats drop game on controversial home run

The Bobcats dropped their sixth in a row in heartbreaking fashion Tuesday on a controversial home run in the top of the ninth that gave Hoptown all they would need to forge ahead to an 8-6 victory at Guess Field.

Marion (4-15) clawed it's way back from a 2-6 deficit to tie the game going into the final final frame, but with one on and two out in the top of the inning, the Hoptown batter hit a rope down the left field line that Bobcats manager Jake Long argued flew over the fence out of play just outside the foul pole. However, home plate umpire Brian Thomas called the ball fair, giving first-place Hopkinsville (13-6) a two-run lead and, ultimately, the win.

The Bobcats threatened in the bottom of the ninth, though. With two out, the tying run came to the plate in the person of Paul Angel, who had hit a two-run shot out of the park earlier in the night down the right field line. Down to his last strike after taking two rips at pitches, Angel was called out looking by Thomas on a third strike.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Bobcats in midst of 2nd 5-game skid

FROM HOPTOWN
Hoptown (12-6) maintained its hold on first place with a 5-3 home win over visiting Marion on Sunday.
    
Marion (4-14) got on the scoreboard first in the top of the second inning when Brandon Lawing led off and reached on an error, then went to second on a sacrifice bunt, scoring on a double by Brooks Balisterri. Joe Tourville drew a walk, went to second when Cody Brown walked, went to third when Paul Angel walked and scored when Tyler Odom walked, giving the Bobcats a 2-0 lead.
    
The Hoppers responded in the bottom half of the inning when Brandon Boggetto popped a one-out solo home run to trim Marion’s lead to 2-1.

Hoptown tied the game in the bottom of the third inning when Mitch Huckabay drew a one-out walk, took second on a balk, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch to knot the game at 2-2.
    
Hoptown took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Brandon Powell led off with a walk, went to second on a groundout and scored on a single by Zac Carter. Carter went to second on a single by Derek Finch and scored on a throwing error to give the Hoppers a 4-2 lead.
    
Marion got back a run when Wes Evers hit a one-out single, stole second, went to third when a Brandon Lawing walk loaded the bases and scored on a wild pitch to cut the Hoptown lead to 4-3.
    
The Hoppers tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth when Derek Ferch belted a one-out triple and scored on a sacrifice bunt to put Hoptown ahead 5-3.

Hoptown was led at the plate by Boggetto, who went 2-for-4 with a home run, a run scored and a run batted in. Derek Ferch also had two hits and a triple.

Marion was paced by Wes Evers, who went 3-for-5. Brooks Balisterri had a double for the Bobcats.
    
Trevor Blocker (1-1) got the win for the Hoppers in relief, allowing no runs on one hit, striking out two and walking two in 2 1/3 innings. Reese Johnson started for Hoptown, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits, striking out four and walking seven in 4 2/3 innings. Brantley Bray came on in the eighth inning, walking one in one-third of an inning before leaving because of an injury. Ryne Long got his third save, allowing no hits and striking out three in 1 2/3 innings.
    
Cody Brown (0-1) started and took the loss for the bobcats, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits, striking out four and walking two in 3 1/3 innings. Drew Shoulders came on in the fourth inning, allowing one run on one hit, striking out two and walking one in two innings. Wes Evers entered in the sixth, allowing no runs on two hits, striking out one in 1 2/3 innings, and Tyler Simmons pitched the ninth inning, walking one.

The five-game losing streak for Marion is its second of the year to go along with a four-game-slide.

The Bobcats are off tonight.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Railroaders run over Bobcats

Marion pitching once again got pounded, giving up 15 earned runs to Fulton tonight in seven innings before Mother Nature called mercy, forcing an end to the contest due to rain and lightning. Meantime, the Bobcats offense managed no runs and only two hits—a double by Tyler Odom and a single off the bat of Brooks Ballisterri. It was the worst loss of the year for the Marion, now 4-13 and seven games off the league lead. The win by Fulton (7-10) put three games of daylight between their fifth-place standing and the last-place Bobcats.

Aaron King, starter for the Bobcats, gave up 11 runs in 3 1/3 innings, taking the loss. Reliever Blane Alvey gave up four more runs in 3 2/3 innings. All 15 runs were earned despite Marion's 16th game with at least one error.

Marion's team ERA went from 5.03 to 5.70 after Saturday's the game.

Fulton managed 12 hits off Marion pitching and coaxed 10 walks. They had only four extra base hits, all doubles. Matt Skrzypiec for the Railroaders was 4-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored.

Marion travels to first-place Hopkinsville Sunday to try and stop a three-game skid.

Marion drops to 6.5 back, loses 3rd straight

The Railroaders (6-10) broke a four game losing streak beating the Bobcats (4-12), sending them to their third straight loss.

Both teams scored a single run in the first inning. In the bottom of the second, the Railroaders busted out, scoring six runs off three homers and a Bobcat error. Marion came back in the third with two runs, and added three in the fourth with a three-run home run. With the score 7-6 in Fulton's favor, the Railroaders answered in the bottom half of the fourth, extending their lead with three more runs. The Bobcats clawed their way back, putting up single runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Ahead 10-8, the Railroaders chalked up two more insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth for the final 12-8 score.

Marion's Cody Brown (.224, 9 RBI) went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, three runs scored and a stolen base. Marion's top hitter with a .367 average, Paul Angel, went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI, and Brandon Lawing (.275, 2 RBI) was also 2-for-5. Austin Braddock accounted for the Bobcats' only other RBI. Crittenden County High School graduate Wes Evers (.245, 4 RBI) was 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Brown committed two errors in the field and Lawing accounted for another.

Bobcats starter Blake Thomas was tagged for the loss giving up seven runs (five earned) in 1.2 innings pitched. He gave up all three Fulton home runs.

The two teams meet again on today in Marion at 7:05 p.m. Both teams remain at the bottom in the standings with Fulton staying 4.5 games out of first, and Marion dropping a game to 6.5 back.

Marion's carries a team ERA of 5.03. Meantime, a porous defense has committed 47 errors in only 16 games. The only errorless game of the year was the season-opening 2-4 loss to Owensboro.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Jankowski batting .288 in California League

After 68 games in the California League with the high Class A minor league affiliate of the San Diego Padres, former Bobcat Travis Jankowski is batting .288 with 52 runs scored and 28 RBI. Jankowski has a .363 on-base percentage for the Lake Elsinore storm.

Bobcats drop both ends of double header

Marion fell to 5.5 games off the league lead after dropping both ends of a double header against Madisonville Thursday.

In the first game, the Pirates lit up the scoreboard with eight runs on nine hits in seven innings, downing the Bobcats 8-2. Marion managed eight hits but pushed across only two runs off starter Heath Kelley, who earned the complete-game victory. Bobcats starter Luke MacDonald gave up seven earned runs in five innings, taking the loss. At the plate for Marion, Brandon Lawing went 2-for-3 and Tyler Odom went 2-for-4. Cody Brown had the team's only RBI. Paul Angel added a double, the team's sole extra-base hit of the night.

In the nightcap, it took extra innings for the Pirates (10-6) to become the first team in the league with double-digit wins. Madisonville and former Bobcats manager Steve Fowler earned the 5-4 victory in the eighth when leadoff hitter Samuel Gilbert reached after being hit by a pitch. After stealing second base, he was batted home on a sacrifice bunt from Gooch Greer after a Marc Noyalis single to break the 3-3 tie. Noyalis would also come around to score after an Austin Shives double. The Bobcats (4-11) fought back in the bottom of the eighth with the first two batters reaching base on singles. Blaine Alvey and Brooks Balisterri were both moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt from Cody Brown, but the Bobcats could move only Alvey across the plate on a Tyler Odom ground out RBI. Tyler Boxwell went 3-for-3 with an RBI for the Bobcats.

Double header games are only seven innings unless extra frames are needed to break a tie.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bobcats tighten standings

Marion posted a 7-6 win at Madisonville Wednesday to tighten Ohio Valley League standings. The Bobcats, on a two-game winning streak, picked up a full game on the Pirates and Bombers and a half-game on the idle Railroaders and Oilers.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Ptiching staff shuts down Bombers, earns 2-1 win

For the second time in as many nights, the Bobcats had to go to 11 innings to settle the contest. On Saturday night, however, it was Marion (3-9) coming out on top, earning the team's first extra-inning win of the year and snapping a five-game skid.

Saturday's 2-1 win at Dubois County (7-6), more importantly, was a victory for a pitching staff that been pushed around all season by opposing offenses. With a quarter of the season in the books, the game was the first time in 2013 the Bobcats held the opposition to fewer than three runs.

Though Madisonville won to keep grasp of first place in the Ohio Valley League and remain five games in front of last-place Marion, the Bobcats picked up a full game on Fulton, Dubois County and Owensboro, tightening the standings in the second division.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Oilers nip Bobcats in extra innings

Marion (2-9) took Owensboro (6-4) to extra innings Friday night but the Oilers scored a walk-off run in the bottom of the 11th to take the game 9-8 and continue the Bobcats' skid to a season-high five games. Marion has lost both its extra-inning games this year.

The team's pitching woes continue. The Bobcats have given up twice as many runs (93) as they have scored (47) in 11 games.

In last place, Marion is a full five games off the pace set by Madisonville

Friday, June 14, 2013

Owensboro shells Bobcats 14-2

Marion's pitching staff got shelled again Thursday night, giving up 14 runs on 14 hits, 10 bases on balls and three errors. The Bobcats (2-8) dropped their fourth straight in the 2-14 loss to Owensboro (5-4).

On the mound for the Bobcats, Tyler Simmons gave up seven earned runs in only three innings for the loss. In relief, Aaron King gave up another seven runs--only four earned, however--in 1.2 innings of work. Blake Thomas finished the final 4.1 innings of the game, holding the Oilers scoreless.

At the plate, Marion managed only four hits. Joe Tourville had one of those and tallied the sole RBI for the Bobcats.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bobcats drop 3rd straight

FROM HOPKINSVILLE
The host Hoptown Hoppers broke open a 1-1 tie with two unearned runs in the sixth inning to claim a 3-1 win over the Marion Bobcats. The win propelled the Hoppers into a three-way tie for first place in the Ohio Valley League with Hopkinsville and Madisonville.
     
Marion (2-7) got on the scoreboard first in the top of the first inning when Paul Angel hit a one-out single, went to third on a single by Brandon Lawing and scored on a double-steal to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.
     
Hoptown countered in the bottom half of the inning when Mitch Huckabay led off with a single, went to third on a failed pickoff attempt and scored on a double by Mason Colquitt to knot the game at 1-1 after an inning.
     
That’s where the score stood until the bottom of the sixth inning. Colquitt led off the inning with a walk followed by a single by John Beary. Zac Carter then reached on a bobbled sacrifice attempt to load the bases. Derek Ferch then hit a nubber in front of the plate that was fielded by starting pitcher Luke McDonald, who underhanded it to catcher Clint Ambrosch for the force out at home. 
     
Seth Larue then slapped a two-out pinch-hit double, scoring Beary and Carter to put Hoptown ahead for good 3-1. Larue was thrown out at third on the play.
     
Hoptown was led at the plate by Colquitt, who went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored, and Huckabay, who went 2-for-4 with a run, Larue and Ferch each doubled for the Hoppers, and Larue had two runs batted in. 
     
Five Bobcat batters each had a hit, including Brooks Balisterri, who picked up a double for Marion. 
     
On the mound, Cole Isom (1-1) got the win, allowing one run on five hits, striking out six and walking two in seven innings. Trevor Blocker earned his first save of the season, retiring all six batters he faced in two innings.
     
McDonald (0-1) took the loss, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits, striking out four and walking three in six innings. Drew Shoulders closed out the game for Marion, allowing two hits, striking out two and walking one in two innings.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bobcats blanked by Hoppers

The Bobcats were kept off the board Tuesday night at Guess Field, falling to Hopkinsville (4-3), who scored 12 runs on 10 hits, 12 walks and three Bobcat errors. It was only the third shutout pitched in the league this year, the first against the Bobcats, now 2-6 and in last place in the league.

Hoptown pitchers gave up eight hits and only one walk, stranding seven Marion runners on base. Starter Riley Sanderson (2-0) got the win for the Hoppers after going seven innings. Austin Braddock (0-1) pitched only 2.1 innings in the loss for Marion, giving up four runs, though only one was earned. Marion used six pitchers on the evening.

At the plate, Wes Evers was 3-for-4 with a stolen base. Five other hitters contributed singles.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Fulton doubles up on Bobcats

FROM FULTON RAILROADERS
After an hour delay in starting the game Sunday due to weather, the Railroaders (3-4) and Bobcats (2-5) played their second game together in as many nights.

Both teams scored a run each in the first inning and the game remained tied until the fifth. Alex Huddleston lead off the bottom of the inning for Fulton and jumped on the pitch to hit a home run over the right center field wall. The Railroaders added three more runs in the seventh and eighth innings to give Fulton a command 8-1 lead.

The Bobcats rallied in the ninth to put up three runs, but effort was too little, to late.

Former Crittenden County High School Rocket Wes Evers went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Luke Pearce and Jarrett Rice were also 2-for-4, with an RBI each. Cody Brown and Tyler Boxwell drove in Marion's two other runs.

On the hill, starter David Herrera (0-2) took the loss despite giving up only two runs to the Railroaders in six innings.

The Bobcats are off Monday before returning to Guess Field on Tuesday for the first meeting of the year against Hoptown.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Marion scores 9 again, beats Fulton

The Bobcats capitalized on the momentum from Friday's win with a second nine-run victory Saturday at home against the Fulton Railroaders. Marion won the game 9-3.

Marion scored seven runs Saturday in the third inning and never looked back, beating Fulton at Guess Field 9-3 on only five hits. The win pulled the Bobcats even with the Railroaders in fifth place at 2-4.

Trevor Guthrie was on the mound and got the win for the Bobcats. He pitched six innings and allowed only one run on five hits, walked five and struck out seven.

David Cherry pitched three innings and recorded the save for the team. He allowed two runs on five hits and one walk.

The Bobcats left 15 Fulton runners on base for the night.

On offense, Austin Braddock went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI and a win scored. Tyler Odom, Cody Brown, Luke Pearce, Jarrett Rice and Joe Tourville each added an RBI. Odom had a stolen base.

Bobcats post first win; Evers tallies 3 RBI

By CHRIS MCGEE
The Bobcats broke out of their slump Friday night with a 9-8 road win against the Madisonville Pirates (3-1).

Although the Bobcats (1-4) gave up eight runs, they were able to hold on for the victory.

Pitcher Tyler Simmons earned the win for Marion. He pitched six innings and gave up three runs while walking six and striking out seven.

David Herrera pitched two thirds of an inning. He gave up one run, walked one and struck out one.

Tony Anello finished the game, pitching two and one third innings. He gave up four runs, walked two and struck out two.

At the plate, Wes Evers (.273, 4 RBI) went 1-for-3 with 3 RBI, a run scored and a sacrifice fly. Joe Tourville and Brandon Lawing added 2 RBI each and Cody Brown (.333, 8 runs scored) accounted for an RBI with a solo home run. Every position player but Paul Angel contributed a hit, with Brown, Tyler Odom, Luke Pearce and Shane Riley accounting for two hits each. Riley and Lawing each had a double.

The Bobcats return to action at 7:05 p.m. tonight for a home game against Fulton.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bobcats drop game at Bombers 4-15

By CHRIS MCGEE
Bad pitching and errors are not the formula for winning baseball games.

The Marion Bobcats (0-4) committed four errors and gave up 15 runs in a loss to the DuBois County Bombers (4-0) on the road Wednesday night.

Austin Braddock started the game and pitched for six innings. He gave up three runs on three hits, walked three and struck out seven.

Thomas Blake and Shane Riley both pitched one inning apiece but didn’t have good numbers. Blake coughed up six runs on four hits, walked three and struck out two. Riley finished the game and gave up six runs on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts.

The 4-15 loss was the worst of the season for the Bobcats.

The Bobcats return to action today at 7:05 p.m. for a home game against the undefeated Madisonville Pirates.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Bobcats fall to 0-3

By CHRIS MCGEE
The Bobcats weren’t able to finish the game against the DuBois County Bombers (3-0) Tuesday night at Gordon Guess Field.

After allowing the game to go into extra innings, Marion (0-3) gave up two runs in the 10th and lost, 6-8.

Although the Bobcats committed two fewer errors than Monday night, the pitching staff gave up too many runs.

Luke MacDonald started the game for the Bobcats. He pitched five innings, walking three and struck out three.

Tyler Simmons came on in relief and only pitched one inning but it was a costly one. He gave up one run on three hits and walked one batter.

David Cherry also played last night. Cherry pitched two innings allowing two runs on four hits with one strikeout.

Tony Anello finished the game but he didn’t have a good night either. The Bombers got him for three runs on two hits. Although Anello struck out three, it was a case of too little too late for the home team.

The Bobcats will be back in action at 7 p.m. Wednesday night on the road against DuBois County.

Owensboro beats Bobcats 9-2

By CHRIS MCGEE
The growing pains continued for the Marion Bobcats and new manager Jake Long Monday night.

The Bobcats (0-2) played a make-up game against Owensboro (2-0) and lost, 9-2.

It was not a good night for the team on any front. In addition to the six errors committed by the team, the pitching staff exacerbated the errors with an off night.

Starting pitcher David Herrera pitched five innings and was rocked for seven runs on eight hits. Three of the seven runs were earned. Herrera also walked seven and struck out three.

Blake Thomas came in as relief and pitched two innings but didn’t fare much better. Thomas had one run on two hits with four walks and three strikeouts.

David Cherry pitched one inning and didn’t help the Bobcats’ cause. He didn’t walk or strikeout anyone but allowed one run.

The Bobcats are back in action Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. at home against the Dubois County Bombers.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Pitcher added to Bobcats staff

Blake Thomas, a right-handed pitcher from East Mississippi Community College, has been added to the Bobcats' roster for tonight's game at Owensboro.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Bobcats open season with a loss

The 2013 Marion Bobcats greet one another as lineups are
announced on opening night Sunday at Gordon Blue Guess
Field in Marion. The Bobcats lost to Owensboro 2-4 to start
the new Ohio Valley League season with a loss despite jumping
out to a 2-0 lead early in the game.
By CHRIS McGEE
New Marion Bobcats manager Jake Long didn't have the first game he had hoped for.

After getting rained out on Saturday in the season opener against the Owensboro Oilers (1-0), the Bobcats (0-1) began play Sunday.

The team took a 2-0 lead into the eighth inning but was unable to hold on and lost 4-2. The Oilers scored two runs in the eighth and two in the ninth for the come-from-behind victory.

Trevor Guthrie started the game for the Bobcats and pitched five scoreless innings. Guthrie allowed three hits, struck out five and walked two. Austin Braddock came on in relief and allowed one hit and struck out two. Tyler Simmons and Tony Anello both pitched one inning each. Simmons (0-1) allowed two hits, two earned runs and two walks. Anello had three hits, two earned runs, one strikeout and one walk.

Pitcher Cameron (1-0) Wallace was credited with the win for the Oilers.

Coach Long said both he and the players are still getting to know one another, but he was pleased overall with Sunday's outing. He also said he wasn't going to dwell on this loss.

“I'm not going to worry about this game because we still have 44 more games to play,” Long said.

The Bobcats will make up Saturday's game at 7 p.m. today at Owensboro and then return home on Tuesday to take on the Dubois County Bombers.

First pitch for Tuesday's home game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

First pitch moved back 2 hours tonight

First pitch for tonight's season opener for the Bobcats will be at 7:05, giving field conditions a chance to improve. The game is at Gordon Blue Guess Field.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Tonight's game postponed

All of tonight's Ohio Valley League games have been postponed due to massive amounts of rain across the area.

Marion will make up tonight's scheduled game at Owensboro on Monday, beginning at 7 p.m. That means the Bobcats will open the season at home Sunday, with the first pitch scheduled for 5:05 p.m. Trevor Guthrie, a right-handed hurler, will take the mound against the Oilers.

Mondays have been built in as make-up days for postponed games during the 2013 season. Dubois County will also make up tonight's game set for tonight at Fulton on Monday. However, Madisonville at Hopkinsville has been reset as part of a double header on June 14.

Marion's probable starters for upcoming games include:
  • Monday: David Herrera
  • Tuesday: Luke MacDonald
  • Wednesday: Austin Braddock
  • Thursday: Tyler Simmons