Sunday, July 28, 2013

Season over for Bobcats

The Railroaders will continue to the final third and championship round of the playoffs after beating back the Bobcats on Saturday. The defeat sends the Bobcats home for the year after finishing last in the regular season but rebounding and advancing one round in post season play. As in 2012, the Railroaders and Hoppers will once again face off for the Post Season Champion title. Fulton will host game one of the best of three series on Monday.

The Railroaders took a 1-0 lead over the Bobcats in the bottom of the second inning. With the bases loaded, Taylor Douglas scored from third off a RBI single by Cody Burton.
Top of the fourth inning, the Bobcats used a Railroaders error and a homerun from Jarrett Rice for two RBI to take a 2-1 lead.
Fulton tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth when Matt Skrzpiec walked, advanced to third and scored as Kyle Simmons reached on a fielder's choice with a force out at second. The Railroaders put up two more in the seventh with a RBI double by Ramon Valdez and a Hunter Owen RBI single. Cody Burton added his second RBI in the eighth to complete the final 5-2 score..
Fulton starter John Lollar pitched for six innings leaving the game tied at two. Lollar allowed only one earned run, one walk and struck out seven. Jake Shadix gets the win pitching two innings giving up two hits, no runs or walks, and issued three strikeouts. Caleb Shelly takes a save for finishing the ninth, and struck out two of the three batters faced.
Marion starter Trevor Guthrie threw for 4 innings leaving the Bobcats with a one run lead.  Luke MacDonald completed the last four innings and is tagged for the loss allowing four earned runs from the mound.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Fulton blanks Bobcats in Game 1 of 2nd round

After advancing to the second round of the playoffs for the second year in a row, the Bobcats dropped Game 1 of the best-of-three Ohio Valley League semi-finals. Fulton blanked Marion 9-0 at Guess Field on Friday, forcing the Bobcats to win Saturday and Sunday at the Railroaders to advance to the league championship series for the first time in the team's six-year history.

Bobcats advance in playoffs with 4-1 win over Pirates

Marion advanced to the second round of the Ohio Valley League playoffs with a 4-1 win Thursday night at Madisonville. The Bobcats will host Fulton tonight at 7:05 p.m. for Game 1 of a best-of-three series. Games 2 and 3 (if necessary) will be at Fulton Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

OVL playoffs set to begin

In their second season with the Ohio Valley League, the Hopkinsville Hoppers have again taken the regular season pennant. The Fulton Railroaders and Madisonville Pirates followed suit with a repeat finish of second and third, respectively, in the standings. The newcomers, Dubois County Bombers, were the only team to complete a full 45-game schedule and finished fourth in the standings. The Owensboro Oilers take the fifth spot falling short of the Bombers, and the Marion Bobcats ended up in sixth place struggling with numerous injuries throughout the season. 

The playoff championship rounds begin on today with a single game--Round 1 between the four lower seeded teams. The higher seeds are home teams for the Round 1 single games. Rounds 2 and 3 are best-of-three series; the first game the lower seeds are home teams, for the second and third (if necessary) games the higher seeds are home teams.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ohio Valley League 2013 season leaders

The final games of the 2013 regular season are concluded. The individuals below are players who qualified in the 45-game schedule and led the league in the regular season in 10 selected Ohio Valley League titles.

Click here for regular season pitching stats.

Click here for regular season batting stats.

Bobcats double header cancelled

Today's Bobcats double header against Hoptown at Guess Field has been cancelled due to poor field conditions after last night's heavy rains. Marion will start the postseason on the road Thursday with a one-game playoff at Madisonville. The winner will advance to Round 2 to host Fulton Friday in Game 1 of a best-of-three series.

Marion finished the regular season with a winless July.

Marion drops both ends of double header

The Railroaders' doubleheader sweep over the Bobcats on Tuesday clinches Fulton's second place standing for the 2013 regular season. The Railroaders take 2nd seed for the Post Season Playoffs with a bye form the single game Round 1 on Thursday. Fulton will begin Round 2 (best-of-three series) on Friday at the winner of Round One, Madisonville or Marion, who are the now No. 3 and No. 6 seeds, respectively, for postseason play.
In Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader, both teams where held scoreless through two and half innings. In the bottom of the third, Fulton took a 1-0 lead when Taylor Stoulp led off with single, reached third base on a hit-and-run sacrifice by Cody Burton, and score on a RBI single by Michael Diaz. 
The shutout continued for the Bobcats and the Railroaders topped off their total score in the sixth inning. Taylor Douglas singled, advanced to third and scored from a Hunter Owen RBI single. Owen later scored on a Bobcat error. A third run for the inning came from a second RBI single by Michael Diaz driving in Garret O'Neill who was hit by a pitch, advanced on the error and stole third base.
Winning pitcher and starter John Lollar threw for the full seven innings.  Lollar gave up only one hit and walk, and struck out six at the plate. Taking the loss for Marion was Jackson Miles who completed a full six innings. Miles also had six strikeouts, he walked two, allowed eight hits and was pinned for four runs, only one earned.  Box Scores Click Here.

In the nightcap, both teams were better at the plate.The Bobcats led off the scoring in the first inning getting one run across.  Cody Brown walked to start the game, was advanced to third off single and a ground out, then scored from a Tyler Bonaventure RBI single.
The Railroaders answered in the bottom of the first with seven big runs. Both Ramon Valdez and Taylor Stoulp each had 3 RBI homers to highlight the inning. The Railroaders hit six of their total eight game hits in the first inning alone.
Marion put up another run in the second inning with Joe Tourville reaching on a double, going to third on a wild pitch, and scoring on a ground out RBI.
Fulton added their final run in third.  Colton Simbeck was hit by pitch, stole second, then made home on a Bobcat error.
The Bobcats clawed back in the sixth and seventh with one run in each inning. Tyler Bonaventrue hit a solo home run, and Brandon Waltman singled for a RBI driving in Joe Tourville who had reached on a singled.
Tyler Saltsman earned the win going seven full innings, allowing six hits, four earned runs, two walks and had nine strikeouts. Bobcat starter Blake Thomas takes the loss for 2 2/3 innings of work giving up seven hits, eight runs (six earned), three walks and struck out two batters. Scooter Hightower for three innings and Tyler Bonaventure for 1/3 finished the game for Marion.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Game at Fulton postponed

The game for tonight in Fulton was  postponed due to poor field condition after Sunday night's 2 inches of rain. The game will be played Tuesday in Fulton as part of a doubleheader with the first game starting at 5 p.m.  Each game will be seven innings.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Hopkinsville wraps up regular-season crown

In their second year in the Ohio Valley League, the Hoptown Hoppers will once again take the circuit's regular season crown. With only four games remaining, the Hopkinsville squad (31-10) maintains a six game lead over second-place Fulton.

Marion can finish no better than last place, but the postseason seeding for the remaining four teams—Fulton, Madisonville, Dubois County and Owensboro—is still in question. The Bobcats will begin the playoffs Thursday at the No. 3 seed.

The first- and second-place squads will get a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Tonight's game rained out

Tonight's game has been rained out.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bobcats lose rain-shortened game

The Bobcats fell to the Bombers Saturday 3-8 in a rain-shortened contest. The loss dropped Marion to 6-34 with only five games remaining before the postseason begins Thursday. It was the 16th consecutive loss for Marion. In fact, the Bobcats are winless this month.

Scooter Hightower provided all of the offense for Marion, going 2-for-2 with 3 RBI. He also pitched three scoreless innings in the six-inning affair.

Marion drops to 6-33

The Owensboro Oilers won their Friday night game at home hosting the visiting Marion Bobcats by a 7-2 final score.
The Oilers got out to a an early lead with one run in the bottom of the 1st inning. The Bobcats showed they had come to play with a tying run in the top of the 3rd inning. The game went back and forth for a time, as Owensboro pushed across a run in the bottom of the 5th inning. Marion matched up with a run in the top of the 6th inning, and as late as six complete innings, the game was tied 2-2. The Oilers claimed the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the 7th inning and two runs in the bottom of the 8th.
Scoring for the Oilers were: Tyler Tichenor (2), Cameron Wallace, Cody Rogers, Logan Leverett (2), and Matthew Johnson. The four Owensboro RBIs belonged to: Tichenor, Dalton West, and Stone Osborne (2).
Scoring for the Bobcats were: Brooks Balisterri and Tyler Simmons. Marion RBIs belonged to: Paul Angel, and Scooter Hightower.
Owensboro starter Shane Weedman pitched 8 of 9 innings for the win. Jason Jones worked a perfect 9th to close. Bobcat starter Drew Shoulders lost, but provided a quality start before the home team finally got to him.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Hoppers defeat Bobcats 6-2

Marion managed two runs off of only four hits Thursday at Guess Field en route to a 2-6 loss to the league-leading Hoppers.

Brooks Balisterri contributed two singles for the Bobcats (6-32). Tyler Boxwell and Paul Angel, Marion's top hitter, each drove in a run.

On the hill, Tyler Simmons took the loss for Marion, but only two of the six runs he allowed in 6 1/3 innings were earned. Scooter Hightower closed the game with 2 2/3 innings of one-hit ball.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Hoptown hands Marion 31st loss

Hoptown beat Marion Wednesday night to send the Bobcats to their record 31st loss, and 13th straight loss on the season. The Bobcats rest 21.5 games out of first place and 11.5 games behind fifth-place Dubois County, guaranteeing the team a last-place finish in the Ohio Valley League.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Fulton doubles up on Marion

The Railroaders sent Marion to its 30th loss of the season Tuesday, tying the franchise's all-time season loss total. The 6-30 Bobcats fell to Fulton 5-10 at Guess Field.

Trevor Guthrie pitched four strong innings to start the game, giving up only one run one four hits. He was relieved for two innings by David Herrera, who took the loss after giving up four runs, though only one was earned. Drew Shoulders gave up five runs in the final three innings for Marion.

On offense, Paul Angel was 3-for-5 with a double and run batted in. Tyler Odom was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Brooks Balisterri scored two and had two RBI on a single. Tyler Bonaventure added a double and Jarrett Rice a triple for the Bobcats. Bonaventure and Joe Tourville each pushed a run across the plate.

Owensboro outlasts Bobcats

The Bobcats fell 9-12 in 12 innings Monday to Owensboro at Guess Field.

Marion entered the final frame of regulation with an 8-6 lead, but gave up three runs in the top of the ninth to give Owensboro its first lead since a 1-0 score in the second inning. The Bobcats clawed back in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game after Clint Ambrosch pulled off a rare theft of home plate after leading off the inning with a triple.

The bullpens kept each offense quiet until the 12th when Luke MacDonald gave up the three winning runs to the Oilers in his third inning of work. Marion was unable to generate anything at the plate, ending the game on three fly outs.

Owensboro tallied 17 hits. Marion managed 10 with Brooks Balisterri, Aaron King and Tyler Odom contributing two hits each, with one of Odom's hits coming on a double. Odom and Balisterri also had 2 RBI each. Paul Angel hit a solo home run for Marion.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Bobcats fall to 6-28 after Saturday forfeit

Marion's 10th consecutive loss came in a 0-9 forfeit loss at Madisonville Saturday.

Madisonville (18-16) moved into third place in the standings with the win.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Marion drops 9th in a row

Friday saw the Bobcats fall for the ninth straight game—a 4-19 loss to Madisonville at Guess Field. Marion (6-27) has allowed 59 runs in the last five games during the losing streak.

The Bobcats' offense put together nine hits.  Paul Angel was 3-for-5 with an RBI, Tyler Bonaventure was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Brooks Ballisterri was 2-for-4, including a double with a run scored.  Scooter Hightower and Tyler Odom each added a single.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Bobcats allow 10 again, take loss

For the fourth straight game, Marion gave up 10 runs Thursday en route to a loss. For the second consecutive night, it was Dubois County that took advantage of Bobcat pitching, earning a 10-2 win at Guess Field.

The Bobcats fell to 6-26. The Bombers climbed to fourth in the standings with the victory.

At the plate for Marion, Tyler Bonaventure was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Cody Brown, Paul Angel, Joe Tourville and Tyler Boxwell each contributed singles.

On the hill, Tyler Mitchell of Dubois County pitched five innings for the win, while Tyler Simmons gave up nine runs in the same five innings, taking the loss for Marion. In relief, Blake Thomas threw for three innings, allowing only one Bombers run to cross the plate. Scooter Hightower closed the game with a scoreless inning.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bobcats give up 10 runs for 3rd straight night

The Dubois County Bombers extend their winning streak to two games Wednesday and also return to .500 (16-16) on the season after beating Marion, 10-6. The Bombers entered the game in fifth place, three games behind second-place Fulton.

The Bobcats dropped their seventh consecutive game, giving up 10 runs for the third straight night. at 6-25, Marion is just six losses short of tallying the most losses in team history. There are 13 games remaining for the team.

Luke MacDonald took the loss for Marion, giving up six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. Drew Shoulders pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing four unearned runs.

At the plate, Brooks Balisterri was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI. Cody Brown, Tyler Bonaventure and Scooter Hightower added two hits each, with Brown registering a triple and Bonaventure recording at double.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Owensboro prevails 10-7 Tuesday

The Owensboro Oilers prevailed in a drawn out game Tuesday evening with the visiting Marion Bobcats. The home team won it 10-7.

Marion scored first with two runs in the top of the first inning. Cody Brown led off with an inside the park home run, driving himself in. One out later Clint Ambrosch singled, then eventually scored when Tyler Odom reached on an error.

Owensboro answered with a run in the bottom of the first. Tyler Tichenor led off with a single, then stole both second and third bases. He scored one out later on a RBI sacrifice fly by Logan Leverett.
The Bobcats made it 3-1 by adding one run in the top of the second inning. Aaron King singled to begin the frame. He scored with one out on a RBI fielder's choice by Ambrosch.
The Oilers tied things up at 3 with single runs in the bottom of the third and fourth innings. In the third, Cameron Wallace reached on an error and scored on a RBI single by Logan Leverett. In the fourth, Dalton West walked and eventually scored on a RBI sacrifice fly by Christian McHatton. After the fourth inning the game was tied 3-3.
The game turned on the fifth inning. Marion pushed across a go-ahead run in the top half. Paul Angel reached on a fielder's choice. He stationed the bases on a wild pitch, a single, and a RBI sacrifice fly by Odom.
Owensboro responded with six runs in the bottom half. Cody Rogers and Hunter Newman walked back to back to start off. Austin Edge followed with a RBI single. scoring Rogers. Stone Osborne walked to load the bases with nobody out. A strikeout and an infield pop risked letting a big inning escape. Then Cameron Wallace RBI walked to plate Newman, keeping the bases loaded. McHatton returned to bat and slugged a grand slam four-RBI home run out over the left field wall. At the end of the 5th inning the Oilers led 9 -4.
The Bobcats put together one run each in their portions of the sixth, seventh and eight innings. In the 6th, Brown was hit by a pitch. He stole second base and moved to third base on an error that put Brooks Ballisterri aboard. The two runners launched a double steal and Brown came across before the trail runner was tagged out. The seventh inning saw a one-out single from Angel, scoring with two outs on a RBI double from Odom. Finally, in the top of the eighth. Joe Tourville singled with one away, and he stole second base. Tourville scored on a RBI single by Balisterri.
The Oilers closed out the offense with one insurance run in the bottom of the eight inning. Wallace led off with a double, and went to third base on a wild pitch. He scored on a RBI sacrifice fly by Leverett.
After eight innings complete the score was 10-7 for the Oilers, and so it remained.
Christian McHatton added to his outstanding night at the plate as the Oilers starting pitcher. He worked seven innings, and struck out as many hitters in qualifying for his first Oilers win. Matt Theiss and Edwin Reyes followed in relief--Reyes getting a save. Bobcat reliever David Herrera took the loss.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bobcats fall to Pirates Monday

Marion generated only two hits and committed three errors in a 1-10 loss Monday to Madisonville at Guess Field. The Pirates, meantime, put together 15 hits, including two doubles, two triples and a home run.

The loss was the fifth in a row for the last-place Bobcats (6-23), dropping them 14 games behind first-place Hoptown and 7.5 games behind fifth-place Dubois County. Marion has only 14 scheduled regular season games remaining in the 2013 season.

At the plate Monday, Paul Angel and Jarrett Rice were the only two Bobcats to touch Madisonville pitching for a hit. Rice scored the lone run of the game for Marion.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bobcats drop fourth straight

Marion fell to 13 games out of first place Sunday on the heels of a 4-6 loss to Owensboro with just 14 more days until the regular season ends for all Ohio Valley League teams. The loss was the Bobcats' fourth consecutive.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Marion falls to 12 games out of first

With a 4-5 loss to first-place Hoptown Friday night, the Bobcats fell to 12 games off the pace set by the league-leading Hoppers. That is twice as many games as Marion (6-21) has won all year. The Hoppers (18-9) extended their lead to two games over second-place Fulton.

No matter where the Bobcats finish at the end of the season, they will make the playoffs. All six teams will earn a postseason spot. Currently setting 7.5 games out of fifth place with 17 games left in the regular season, the last-place Bobcats would face the No. 3 seed team should they not claw their way out of sixth place. The top two teams in the league get a bye in the first round of the postseason.

Fulton wins in 10th inning

The Railroaders (17-11) narrowing escape with a win in 10 innings over the Bobcats (6-20) on Thursday. Fulton gains a half game on idle Hoptown and is now one game back of the first-place Hoppers.
The only offensive highlight for the Railroaders was a three-run homer by Michael Sillyman hit in the third inning giving Fulton a 3-0 lead. The Bobcats scored one unearned run in the fourth inning. Marion tied the game in the eighth inning with two more unearned runs with no hits and two Railroader errors.
In the bottom of the 10th reliever Luke MAcDonald walked the bases loaded, one intentional, with two outs. On a 3-1 count to Kyle Simmons at the plate, the next pitch was low and the winning walked in from third.
The Railroaders put up 11 hits total but stranded 19 runners on base. The Bobcats only managed two hits and left seven on base.
Fulton's starter Garret Ring went eight innings for the two hits allowed, tagged for the unearned runs, walked four and struck out eight batters, no decision. Caleb Shelly and Ryan Skoubo each threw for the final two innings with Skoubo earning the win.
Marion's starter Tyler Simmons managed 5 1/3 innings getting hit eight times, giving up three earned runs, five walks and five strikeouts.   MacDonald went 4 1/3 and takes the loss.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Bobcats drop close game to surging Fulton

Riding a hot streak, Fulton continued to keep pace with league-leading Hopkinsville Wednesday with a 3-2 victory over the Bobcats at Guess Field.

The Railroaders took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth only to be answered by the Bobcats in the bottom of the frame. In the sixth, Fulton tacked on two more runs. Marion's offense pushed one across the plate in the bottom of the inning, but that would be all of the scoring on the night, sending the Bobcats to a 6-19 last-place record.

Fulton, after sitting in fifth place for several days, over the last couple of weeks has pushed ahead of all but Hopkisville, who leads the Railroaders by only 1.5 games.

Bobcats starter Jackson Miles gave up only an unearned run coming off the only error on the night. Reliever David Herrera took the loss after giving up Fulton's two earned runs in the top of the sixth.

At the plate, Cody Brown was 2-for-2, scoring both of Marion's runs. Tyler Bonaventure and Brandon Lawing, each 1-for-4, drove in a run apiece to account for all of the Bobcats' scoring. Bonaventure's hit was a double, the only extra-base hit of the Bobcats' seven-hit tally.