Congratulations to the Dubois County Bombers . . 2015 Regular Season and Playoff Champions








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August 26, 2015


Former Marion Bobcat now active with San Diego Padres. In some small fashion, Marion, Kentucky went to the big leagues last Friday night. The ultimate beneficiary of the “call up” was Travis Jankowski, who started in center field for the San Diego Padres. Jankowski played for the Marion Bobcats in 2010 during the final year of the KIT league before the Bobcats joined the newly formed OVL in 2011.
     This MLB Story begins with Gordon Guess and his beloved – yet now defunct – Marion Bobcats. Guess, who owned and operated The Peoples Bank for many years, is a true blue baseball man. His passion for the game helped spawn a summer collegiate team in Marion for six years from 2008 to 2013. Jankowski was one of its finest stars, although for a very brief period. 
     Jankowski had just finished his freshman season at Stony Brook (NY) University when the Marion Bobcats got a tip about a young kid who was fast as lightning and played a pretty good center field. “But they said he couldn’t hit very well,” Guess recalled with a chuckle early this week, recounting a conversation that Bobcats coach Steve Fowler had with one of Jankowski’s college skippers. Of course, Jankowski proved that summation to be terribly wrong.
     After hitting .262 as a college freshman, Jankowski came of age at the plate while playing in Marion. He led the KIT League with a stellar .484 average and stole 45 bases. This wooden bat league allows big league scouts to see what batters can do without high performance sticks. Additionally, no one in this league could throw him out, recalled observers of those days when the Bobcats played at Marion-Crittenden County Park’s field aptly named for Mr. Guess.
     Guess recalls talking hitting with Jankowski during the drive to Marion after picking up the young ball player at the Nashville International Airport. Jankowski had flown in from his home in Pennsylvania to be part of the Bobcats’ third season. No one knew the impact he might have or the future that lie ahead for this tall, lanky outfielder. “He’s certainly figured it out,” Guess said, pointing to Jankowski’s first few days in the big leagues, hitting over .500 and earning all sorts of praise from baseball writers and broadcasters. During a televised game on Sunday against St. Louis, Cardinals’ broadcaster and former big league pitcher Rick Horton called Jankowski “lightning in a bottle.”

Final 2015 comments from OVL President. I would like to congratulate the Dubois County Bombers and their organization on winning the 2015 OVL Playoff Championship. All teams are to be commended on their dedicated play throughout the playoffs. Each round went the full allotted distance. Any of the teams could have won the Playoff Championship, but it ended with the regular season champion Dubois County Bombers battling it out with the regular season runner up Madisonville Miners for the title. The final two games were decided by a single run each night. If you recall, last year these two teams finished the season in 4th and 5th place respectfully. 
     It is now time to winterize the stadiums, put up the uniforms and equipment and begin looking forward to the 2016 season. My goal as president is to work with all the teams to grow our league both within and outside of it. Our future looks bright based on having received several inquiries during the season from communities that would like to explore the possibilities of becoming part of our league in 2016.
     Again, congratulations to everyone associated with our 2015 season and your assistance in making this year the most successful, competitive and entertaining in our history. Good luck to all of our players and coaches as they pursue their dreams and goals. I hope to see several of them return in 2016.

Cubb R. Stokes, President
Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Wooden Bat League

2015 Ohio Valley League Player Award Titles.  The final games of the 2015 regular season completed last night. Each year the OVL recognizes the top players in ten areas of performance.  This year the OVL continues that tradition. The players listed below are those who qualified in the regular season and are recognized as the best in the OVL for 2015. Based upon a 40 game schedule the players had to quality with a minimum of playing time in order to quality for a title. Batters required at least 112 plate appearances (PA) and pitchers a minimum for 32 innings pitched (IP).  Stolen Bases and Saves are exempt from these qualifying factors. Again the competition this year was tough with several players setting high standards of performance. Congratulations to those players chosen. Thank you to every player and team for their contribution to a great season of summer baseball. Good luck in the Playoffs and all your future endeavors.



Best Batting Average

Drake McNamara .389 Bombers
Most Home Runs Kyle Uhrich 7 Railroaders
Most Runs Batted In Drake McNamara 38 Bombers
Most Hits Ernie de la Trinidad 60 Hoppers
Most Stolen Bases Ernie de la Trinidad 16 Hoppers


Most Games Won Charlie Hecht 5 Railroaders
  Ryan Dills 5 Bombers
Best W/L Percentage Ryan Dills (5-0)


  Kyle Vedrode (2-0)


Best ERA Charlie Hecht 1.54 Railroaders
Most Strike Outs Eddie Mathis 48 Railroaders
Most Saves Eddie Mathis 4 Railroaders

Qualifying factors: batters is 112+ plate appearances and pitchers with 32+ innings pitched. 

Stolen Bases and Saves are exempt from qualifying factors. (post-season games not included).




Team W L % GB STK

Dubois Co.

26 14 .650 - 1L


25 15 .625 1 6W


25 15 .625 1 1W


14 26 .350 12 6L


10 30 .250 16 1W










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