Marion Bobcats 7, Fulton Railroaders 1. The home opener in Fulton went far better for the Bobcats than it did for the Railroaders. Marion amassed 14 hits to Fulton's 5 with both teams committing only one error each. The starter and winner for the Bobcats was Josh Anders going 6 innings giving up 4 hits, walking 1 and striking out 5 of 23 batters faced. Marion used 3 more pitchers, one in each of the remaining 3 innings of play. The only unearned run for Fulton occurred in the 7th from a throwing error. Fulton starter Dylan Lynn went only 4 innings allowing 7 hits, 2 walks, and had 5 strikeouts with 4 runs (1 unearned) scored against him, he takes the loss. Two Railroader relievers could not stop the Bobcats bats as they double their hit total in the remaining 5 innings. Offensively, catcher Taylor Banks went 4 of 5 and scored twice to lead the Bobcats. Also for Marion, Cody Schmitt hit 3 of 5 with 2 RBIs and AJ Dokey got the only extra base hit on the evening with a double. For the Railroaders, center fielder Nick Duff got 2 of the 5 total hits for Fulton. Both teams meet again on Saturday evening in Fulton for game 2 with the Railroaders hoping to reverse the loss. Box Scores Click Here.
Tradewater Pirates 8, Owensboro Oilers 3. The Tradewater Pirates opened the 2011 season in winning fashion, breaking open a tie game in the 7th with three runs, then added two more in the 8th, winning going away, by the count of 8-3. The Bucs rode the solid pitching of starter Russ Gilliam, who got late help from Dylan Delaune, as the Pirates kept pressure on Owensboro all night with aggressive baserunning and classic small- ball tactics. The five run explosion beginning in the seventh featured several Oiler miscues, as the Pirates applied basepath pressure. JB Sapienza and Tony Becerra came up big at the right time for Tradewater, then saw a host of mates produce at the right times. Owensboro tried a combination of pitchers, but Tradewater came through big in the late innings. The Buccos and Oilers do battle at Riverside Park again Saturday, beginning at 7pm, on Carhartt Night. Box Scores Click Here.
Tradewater Pirates 9, Owensboro Oilers 8. The Tradewater Pirates won in 10 innings, as Owensboro walked in the winning run with the bases loaded, giving the Bucs a 9-8 victory, in a game that saw a little bit of everything. Pirate hurler George Kalousek provided a gritty performance in relief of middle man Nick McCowin, and starter Logan Thomas saw his mates battle throughout the contest, from down in the count, and down on the mat, numerous times. Both squads had their chances to win, but some sparkling defense ended several rallies, and poor defense extended several innings. All in all, the Pirates and Oilers would probably rate their performances about an overall C+, but the Pirates found themselves on the winning end of things when the last shot was fired. Box Scores Click Here.
Now 2-0, the Pirates and Marion sit atop the OVL, with Marion shocking Fulton in enemy territory, two evenings in a row. The Pirates have several well deserved days off, and return to home action Tuesday, versus a very angry bunch of Railroaders. Note: The Meet the Pirates event Sunday has been postponed, due to excessive afternoon temperatures, and will be rescheduled.
Owensboro Oilers 3, Marion Bobcats 2. The Owensboro Oilers defeated the visiting Marion Bobcats in Tuesday night's season home opener for the Oilers. The final score was 3 to 2. Owensboro scored first with one run in the bottom of the 1st inning. Ryan Stephens led off the game by reaching on an error. He stole second base, and scored with one out on a RBI single by Gabriel Pena. The Bobcats tied the game with one run in the top of the 2nd inning. Cameron Chestnut walked leading off the inning. Chestnut moved all the way to third when Tyler Bailey followed with a single. Landon Weitekamp delivered a RBI sacrifice fly to bring Chestnut across before the Oilers got the two final outs of the frame.
The game rolled along tied at 1 to 1 until Owensboro scored another solo run in the bottom of the 5th inning. With one out, Bryce Shoulders singled and gave way to pinch-runner Jesse Moralez. Both Ryan Messex and Jordan Cessna followed with back-to-back singles -- Cessna's batting in Moralez. The inning closed with the Oilers up 2 to 1. Marion tied the score again in the top of the 6th inning. Caleb Eickhoff was hit by a pitch and stole second base. Chestnut walked. They both moved up a base on an error trying to hold the runners. Taylor Banks reached first when his infield grounder was used to throw Eickhoff out at home plate. Weitekamp executed a RBI bunt single to score Chestnut. Once again Owensboro pitching got outs two and three with no further damage -- but once again the game was tied, now at 2 to 2.
The Oilers claimed their season home opener with a walk-off run in the bottom of the 9th inning. With one out, Davey Murphy singled, and gave way to pinch-runner Austin Hargrove. Moralez sacrifice bunted Hargrove over to second base. Ryan Messex connected with a powerful drive toward the left field corner that a great effort could not keep from becoming the game-winning walk-off RBI single. The winning pitcher was Oilers' reliever Zach Krebs, who pitched a scoreless 9th inning to keep the Bobcats in check. The loss goes to Marion reliever Kyle Tokunaga. Box Scores Click Here.
Fulton Railroaders 8, Tradewater Pirates 6. In 13th inning. Traderwater summary: Fulton threatened to give the game away early, as the Pirates raced out to an early lead, only to see the Railroaders claw back. The Pirates fell behind by the count of 5-4, but managed to tie the game at 5-5, and that's where it stayed until the top of the 13th, when a Herculean effort by reliever George Kalousek finally fell apart, when the Roaders scored three big runs. So, heading to the bottom of the 13th, the Pirates managed several runners, and one run, to close to 8-6. But a groundout/forceout at second ended the Pirate rally, and Fulton picks up win number one in 2011. Kyle Thomas pitched well, but gave way to Keita Murakami, and then normally short reliever George Kalousek, who held the Roaders at bay several times, with superb pitching and a little help from his friends. All for naught, though, as the Bucs suffer loss number one in the young season. After several road contests, the Buccos return home Sunday for a 5pm double dip with the Marion Bobcats.
Fulton summary: Railroaders get their first season win on the road against a tough Pirates team. Fulton trailed in the game until the 8th inning when Nick Duff's RBI single finally gave the Railroaders their first lead of the season at 5-4. The Pirates quickly rebounded in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game 5 all. Both teams had men in scoring position in the 9th but failed to cash them in. In the top of the 12th, Brock Downey lead off with a single and made it all the way to 3rd on a misplayed ball in the outfield, but could not get home. Top of the 13th the Railroaders finally explore scoring 3 runs to take a 8-5 lead. Bottom of the inning, Pirates scored one but not enough wind left to score as BJ Sieverding closed out the game for Fulton with a save. Brice Smallwood takes the win and George Kalousek the loss for the Pirates. The two team meet again on Wednesday in Fulton.Box Scores Click Here.