Congratulations to the Owensboro Oilers as 2014 Season and Playoff Champions

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July 31, 2014

 

OVL Comments on 2014 Season.  2014 saw the beginning of our 4th season as the Ohio Valley League. Growing pains continued, but at a slower pace than 2013. Marion unfortunately found it necessary to drop out of the league due to unavailability of housing for players which caused the remaining 5 teams to play a 40 game schedule that began May 30. 
     Weather played havoc with the first 3 weeks of the season causing lots of rescheduling which did not end until the 2 open dates at the end of the season were used as make-up days as were several late double-headers. 
     The season began with Hoptown threatening to runaway and hide as they won their first 11 games, similar to 2013. As the other teams' pitching staffs got loosened up the league became immediately more competitive. Madisonville struggled the entire season but still managed to win the play-in game to win a playoff spot. Fulton, Hoptown and Dubois County all were extremely competitive fighting it out for preferred playoff spots while Owensboro coasted to the title.  There were no surprises in the playoffs with Owensboro winning the trophy to go along with their Season Championship Trophy.
     Again the league's reputation as a pitchers league held up. Hoptown moved to the Christian County HS field on their rotating schedule with Hopkinsville HS. Hoptown and Dubois again led the league in attendance.  2014 saw more 1 run games and an increased level of defensive play.
     The Batting title was super close with the top to hitters only .0003 apart. Pitching was much better with the league ERA down almost 2.00 and aggregate batting average down 23 points.
     Steve Fowler was very active as the newly named league development director. He installed a league schedule in an advertising two fold which was placed in over 30 businesses, primarily restaurants and motels in the area to better form the public and tourists about our league. The additional exposure helped to install a sense of pride in players and management groups alike. 
     Also for the first time season playoff trophies were presented along with winning team medals. Individual season batting and pitching leaders were awarded personal trophies as well. 
     Expansion efforts continue with Martin Tenn and Nashville as new possibilities to join the league. 
On balance, with only 5 teams I feel it was a good season maturing throughout the baseball community.

Gordon Guess
OVL President.


Round 1

Single game playoff

July 23

MAD 6 @ DC 1

Round 2

Best of 3 series

July 24-26

OWN 4 @ MAD 2

FUL 2 @ HOP 3

MAD 0 @ OWN 1

HOP 6 @ FUL 3

Round 3

Best of 3 series

July 28-30

OWN 6 @ HOP 2

HOP 1 @ OWN 4

Playoff Stats

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July 29, 2014

 

Ohio Valley League announces 2014 Season Players' Awards.  The final games of the 2014 regular season completed last night with the game in Fulton. Each year the OVL recognizes the top players in ten areas of performance.  This year the OVL continues the tradition, and this year the league has decided to select only one player in each area therefore eliminating ties as in years past.  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 must have had 112+ plate appearances (PA) and pitcher a minimum for 32 innings pitched (IP).  Stolen Bases and Saves are exempt from these qualifying factors. Where two or more qualified players tied in a specific category, OVL officials have chosen one player over the others based upon comparing all individual performance stats for each player.  Trophies will be awarded to the players selected for a title.  Competition was tough this year as several players set high standards of performance.  Congratulations to those players chosen and all who were the best in 2014.  Every player and team helped bring another great season of baseball. Good luck in the Playoffs.

 

        Offensive

Best Batting Average

Greg Fettes .343 Railroaders
Most Home Runs Ben Rodriguez 4 Hoppers
Most Runs Batted In Tyler Rachel 26 Oilers
Most Hits Alfredo Bohorques 39 Oilers
Most Stolen Bases Glenn Jones 18 Bombers

        Pitching

Most Games Won Lucas Barnett 4 Bombers
Best W/L Percentage Fernando Gonzalez

75%

Railroaders
Best ERA Fernando Gonzalez 1.15 Railroaders
Most Strike Outs Fernando Gonzalez 46 Railroaders
Most Saves Mark Chemello 8 Oilers

Qualifying factors: batters 112+ PA and pitchers 32+ innings pitched. 

Stolen Bases and Saves  exempt from qualifying factors. (no post-season games).


More season news here - 2014 Archives



 

 

FINAL 2014 SEASON STANDINGS

Team W L % GB STK

Owensboro

27 13 .675 - 1W

Fulton

22 18 .550 5 1W

Hopkinsville

21 18 .538 5.5 1L

Dubois Co.

19 20 .488 7.5 1T

Madisonville

10 30 .250 17 1W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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