Round 3, Game 2 - August 2, 2008:
Oilers 11, Tradewater Pirates 1.
The Owensboro Oilers roll through post season play with 5 straight
wins to claim the Kitty League Playoff Championship title.
game summary: The Owensboro Oilers won the KIT League
Playoff Championship by taking the final round best-of-three
series from the Tradewater Pirates two games to none. The
final score of game 2 was 11-1. The Oilers scored four runs
in the top of the 1st inning on the strength of a 3 RBI home-run
by Maykal "Makorum" Makorem and a solo home run by Tom
Freeman. More details on the offensive contributions are
pending the official box score and game summary from the League.
Oilers starting pitcher Neil Holland pitched six innings of
three-hit, one run baseball, with Nathan "Humphries"
Humphrey, Russell Logsdon, and Jon Herendeen each working one
scoreless inning of relief. The win completed a 5-0 run
playoff run for the Owensboro Oilers, and the team's seventh
straight win dating from their final two games of the regular
season. The Tradewater Pirates won the League's regular
season, with a great record The entire Owensboro Oilers
organization congratulates all the young men who competed in and
completed the 2008 season. They proved themselves winners in
ways that had nothing to do with baseball. This championship can
only reflect their winning characters.
game summary: The Tradewater Pirates saw their hopes of
a third and deciding Sunday game dashed at the hands of a hot
Owensboro team Saturday night, as the Oilers prevailed, 11-1. The
Oilers started the game on fire, with two home runs in the first
inning, and the Pirates could not recover from the onslaught of
runs. Don Pugliese, the Tradewater starter, took the loss, and
Neil Holland the win for Owensboro, as the Oilers become the 2008
post-season winner. The loss dropped Tradewater to 37-17 for the
year, still the best record among all KIT League teams. The
Pirates end 20 games over .500, and claim the regular season
championship, in just their second full season in KIT play.
Congratulations to all our fine players, coaches and personnel,
especially our many volunteers and community supporters, who made
2008 the best year in our 10 season history. We look forward to a
great 2009! We also wish our NBC-bound Pirates who have signed on
with several teams playing in Wichita, during the upcoming
National Baseball Congress World Series, best wishes and good
luck! (Click on title for Box scores).
Round 3, Game 1 - August 1, 2008:
Oilers 9, Tradewater Pirates 4.
The Owensboro Oilers won Friday night against the Tradewater
Pirates in the first game of the best-of-three Championship round
for the Kitty League playoffs. The final score was 9-4. The Pirates
scored first in the top of the 1st inning. Sean Mahley lead off
the game with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch, and
scored on a RBI single by Matt Kulbalki. Owensboro took the lead
with three runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning. John Feltner led
off the Oiler inning with a walk. One out later Neil Holland also
walked, and Joe Grinstead followed with a single that scored
Feltner. Holland moved to third, and Grinstead took second on the
throw to the plate. Maykel "Makorum" Makorem reached on
a fielders choice that put Holland out at home, but advanced
Grinstead to third. Pete Tountas drove in Grinstead with an RBI
single, and Tom Freeman RBI singled to plate Makorem. The
Oilers scored three more runs in the bottom of the 4th
inning. Feltner (walked), Holland (walked) and Grinstead (hit
by pitch) all came in when Makorem hit a 3-RBI double. Tradewater
edged closer with a run in the top of the 5th inning. Andy
Gerhartz walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch,
then scored on a RBI double by Mahley. The Pirates made
it 6-3 with another run in the top of the 6th inning. Jason Cramer
walked with one out, and scored later on a RBI double by Tanner
Hall. The Oilers secured their lead with three more runs in the
bottom of the 6th. Kevin O'Hair (singled), Holland (doubled) and
Grinstead (walked) to load the bases again for Makorem, who
delivered a 2-RBI single scoring O'Hair and Holland.
Grinstead came in on a wild pitch. The Pirates scored one more run
in the top of the 7th inning. Gerhartz (hit by pitch), Mahley
(singled), and Kulbalki (walked) loaded the bases with no
out. One out later a RBI fielders choice by Logan
Bawcom plated Gerhartz, but put Kulbalki out at second, then
a fly out ended the Tradewater rally. Oilers starter Patrick
Crider pitched seven innings on short rest to earn his
second playoff win. Pirates starter George Hebert takes the
loss. The Oilers player of the game is Maykel Makorem (3 for 5, 1
run, and 5 RBIs). Honarable mention goes to the Oilers infield for
turning three double plays. (Click on title for Box scores).
Round 2, Game 2 - July 30, 2008:
Pirates 4, Marion Bobcats 3.
The game was called complete after 6 innings and a rain/lightning
delay. With only one out and the score 4-2 in the Pirates' favor,
it look as if the Bobcats might strike to tie the game or take the
lead in the last half of the sixth as the weather front
approached. A fielding error on a ball hit by Jacob Martin allowed
Adam Blair to score to cut the lead to one run. That left Matt
Little on third and Martin on second after a stolen base, but Adam
Enloe hit into a fielder's choice that allowed Little to be cut
down before he could cross the plate. Cramsey, carrying a .296
average, the highest on the Marion team, came to bat with Martin
on third and his college teammate, Enloe, on first. But Kevin Belk
was able to get Cramsey to fly out to right field, sending the
teams to their respective dugouts to wait out the approaching
storms. The storms, however, would not pass until enough rain was
dumped on Guess Field to seal the Bobcats fate with a 4-3 loss.
The one-run contest was the 19th of the year for Marion, the 10th
of which the Bobcats came out on the losing end. One of the
one-run victories came two days earlier at Union City in the
opening round of the playoffs. Dylan McCurry, Marion's starter,
threw three innings, giving up all four of the Pirate runs on five
consecutive hits in the third inning. Bo Daves took over in the
fourth, tossing three innings of hitless ball through the sixth,
but the damage was already done by the Tradewater. For
the Pirates, Sean Mahley earned the win with 5.1 innings pitched.
Belk earned the save despite giving up the final run of the
Bobcats' season. Marion took a 1-0 lead in the first when Danny
Tejeda earned a bases-loaded walk that scored Martin. Little
would pick up the team's second RBI on a single that scored Scott
Cashman after the shortstop lead off the inning with a double. Cashman,
who has struggled at the plate all year with a .131 average and a
league-high 56 strikeouts, went 2 for 3 on the night. Little had
two hits of his own, as did Tejeda. Enloe and Mitch McClay also
added singles to the Bobcats' hit total of eight, but Marion left
more than enough runners on base to easily win the contest. Ten
runners, in fact, were stranded on the base paths in only six
innings (Click on title for Box scores).
Oilers 6, Fulton Railroaders 5.
The Oilers advance to the final round of the Playoffs after coming
back to defeat the Railroaders 6-5. Owensboro got an early
1-0 lead scoring in the 1st inning off 2 hits and 1 error. Fulton
came back in the bottom of the 3rd scoring 3 runs off 2 hits and 3
walks. Owensboro closed the gap in the 4th with 1 run off 2 hits
to make the score 3-2 in favor of Fulton. In the top of the 5th,
with a lead off walk, Owensboro Maykel Makorum hit a 2 RBI homerun
to give Owensboro the lead again. In the same inning, the Oilers
tacked on 2 more runs on 2 more hits to bring the score to 6-3.
The Railroaders came back in the 7th to put up 2 more runs on 2
hits and 1 Oilers error, but with the bases loaded and 1 out,
reliever Jon Herendeen struck out the next 2 Fulton batters to
preserve the lead. Fulton again threaten to tie the game in the
bottom of the 9th with a man in scoring position on 2nd, but again
failed to get a hit to bring him in. Fulton stranded 12 men on
base while Owensboro left 10. Winning the game was starter Royce
Duncan who went 6 1/3 innings striking out 6, giving up 6 hits and
6 walks. Jon Herendeen picks up the save with 6 strikeouts in 2
2/3 innings, walking 3, giving up only 1 hit and no runs allowed.
Railroader starter Zach Buxman take the loss for Fulton going only
4+ innings allowing 5 runs on 6 hits. The Railroaders post season
play end with their 2nd loss in round 2. The Oilers advance to the
final round and will face off with the Tradewater Pirates who also
won their game on Wednesday, eliminating the Marion Bobcats in 2
straight 2nd round games.
(Click on title for Box scores).
Round 2, Game 1 - July 29, 2008:
Pirates 11, Marion Bobcats 1.
The Tradewater Pirates rode the strong pitching of starter Justin
Long, and relievers Sweet Tea Lee and Eric Faint to a convincing
11-1 victory at Riverside Park Tuesday evening. The Pirates tied
the game at one in the first inning on a RBI producing triple by
Nate Wright, and used a late 2 RBI single by Logan Bawcom to seal
the win. OF Payne Spence added an RBI single as well, for the Bucs.
Long was dominant throughout, with Lee and Faint shutting down the
Cats in the final two frames. The Pirates move to 36-15 for the
year, with a one game advantage on Marion in the best of three KIT
semi-final, as the teams head to Marion for a Wednesday night
match, beginning at 7:05 pm. The Pirates expect to start lefty
Sean Mahley from Marietta College, in an effort to close out the
Bobcats. (Click on title for Box scores).
Oilers 5, Fulton Railroaders 3.
The Owensboro Oilers won Tuesday night's first game of a
best-of-three series against the Fulton Railroaders by a 5-3
score. The Railroaders took an early lead in the top of the
2nd inning when J.D. Ashbrook hit a 2-RBI home run over the left
field wall, scoring Stuart Meinhart ahead of him. Fulton added a
run in the top of the 3rd inning. Cory McCullick led off with a
double, then scored as Hunter Dawson bunted, and an errant
throw by Oilers starter Kyle Switalski put Dawson at third
with none out. Switalski bore down and retired the next three
hitters on two strike outs and a ground out. The Oilers got
back into the game with a run in the bottom of the 4th inning.
Pete Tountas singled with one out, and advanced to second on a
wild pitch. Justin Ritchhart singled Tountas over to third.
Ritchhart stole second, drawing an errant throw that escaped
into center field as Tountas came home. The Railroaders loaded the
bases with two outs in the top of the 5th, but a fly ball out
ended their inning. Owensboro took the lead by breaking out
for four runs in the bottom of the 7th inning. John Feltner
(walked) and Royle "Royal" Beach (bunt single) both
scored on a 2-RBI double by Kevin O'Hair that chased Fulton
starter Jacob Donze with nobody out. Facing Railroader reliever
Nathan Marlowe, Joe Grinstead reached on a bunt single, and Maykel
"Makorum" Makorem followed with a single that brought in
O'Hair. Tom Freeman sacrifice bunted, positioning Grinstead
at third base to score on a RBI sacrifice fly from Haskel Fink.
Swistaki gets the win, pitching 7 innings and holding
Fulton to just their three early runs on five hits, two
walks, and 13 Ks. Russell Logsdon pitched a scoreless 8th
inning to set up closer Jon Herendeen's three-strike out save in
the 9th inning. Donze takes the loss. The Oiler player
of the game is Kyle Switalski for his fine effort on the
mound. Kevin O'Hair gets honorable mention for his clutch
(Click on title for Box scores).
Round 1 - July 28, 2008:
4, Union City Greyhounds 3.
The Bobcats defeated Union City, 4-3, to advance in the KIT League
Playoffs. Mitch McClay was 4 for 5 with 2 RBI's to lead the
Marion at the dish. Joey Haston pitched 7 innings and struck
out 9, Chad Adcock pitched an inning for the win, and Kyle
Medley picked up the save. Nate Coleman and Justin Miller
led the Hounds with 2 hits each and Miles Scribner got the
loss. (Click on title for Box scores).
Oilers 6, Farmington Firebirds 2.
The Owensboro Oilers won their first round playoff game against
the Farmington Firebirds by a 6-2 score. The Firebirds scored
first in the top of the 2nd inning. Juan Favela led off with
a single and scored two batters later on a one-out RBI single by
Kyle Wanpler. Owensboro answered with a run in the bottom of
the 2nd. Justin Ritchhart singled with one out, advanced
to second on a wild pitch, and got to third as part of a
double steal with John Feltner (walked) behind him. Ritchhart
scored on a RBI sacrifice fly by Royle "Royal" Beach. Farmington
reclaimed the lead in the top of the 4th inning on a solo home
run hit by Patrick Slattery. The Oilers took the lead for good with
two runs in the bottom of the 5th inning. Beach and Kevin
O'Hair both walked, then executed a double steal, and scored on a
2-RBI single by Joe Grinstead. The Firebirds loaded the bases
with two outs in the top of the 7th, but Oilers starter Pat Crider
got a fly ball out to end the threat. Owensboro put the game
out of reach with three runs in the bottom of the 8th
inning. Tom Freeman led off with a single, and gave way to pinch-runner
Harry Turney. A balk put Turney at second base and Pete
Tountas walked with one out. A wild pitch sent Turney to third and
Tountas to second. A 2-RBI double by Ritchhart plated Turney
and Tountas, and John Feltner RBI singled to score Ritchhart. Crider
struck out 17 and walked only 2 in eight innings of work for
the win. Firebirds starter Andy Moss takes the loss. Crider
shares player of the game status with Justin Ritchhart (4 for
4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and 3 stolen bases). Grinstead gets
honorable mention for the game-winning RBI..
(Click on title for Box scores).