29, 2014 - Playoff Championship Round 3, Game 2 - best of three series
Oilers 4, Hopkinsville Hoppers 1. (From
Owensboro Oilers are the 2014 Regular Season and
Postseason Champions of the Ohio Valley Summer
Collegiate Baseball League. The Oilers followed up
their League-best regular season record of 27 wins
and 13 losses with a four win playoff run.
Owensboro took the best-of-three third round
Championship series in sweeping fashion, two games
to none, finished on Tuesday night with a 4 to 1
score over the visiting Hopkinsville Hoppers.
Tuesday night's game was
scoreless through the top of the 4th inning. The
Oilers took the lead with three runs in the bottom
of the 4th inning. Morgan Grisham led off the home
inning with a single. Alfredo Bohorques reached on
an error. Jake Wilson reached safely on a bunt to
load the bases. Tyler Rachel delivered a deep RBI
sacrifice fly, scoring Grisham and moving
Bohorques and Wilson respectively to third base
and second base. Christian McHatton followed with
a 2-RBI single that brought in both men ahead of
Hopkinsville narrowed the
lead with a lone run in the top of the 6th inning.
Mitchell Gallagher reached on a fielder's choice
that put a walked batter out at second base.
Parker Cash followed with a single as Gallagher
went to second base. A fly out later, Taylor Ellis
RBI singled to plate Gallagher and push Cash onto
third base. A foul fly out ended the Hoppers
Owensboro answered with
an equalizing run in the bottom of the 6th inning.
With one out, McHatton singled. Braxton Brinkley
followed with a double, putting runners on second
base and third base. Harold Diaz reached on a
fielder's choice that put Brinkley out. Dalton
West delivered the two-out RBI single to bring
McHatton across. At the end of six complete
innings the score was 4 to 1 in the home team's
favor. The same score held to become the final.
Starter Jordan Kesson
collected the Chamionship win, throwing six strong
innings for the Oilers. Cable Wright and Kevin
Meyer combined to attest to Owensboro's deep
bullpen, holding down the 7th and 8th innings.
League-leading closer Mark Chemello notched the
save in the top of the 9th inning , working around
a lead-off hit to face just four batters in
retiring the last side. Hopkinsville starter Jake
McAdams took the season-ending loss. Well-wishes
to all the Hopkinsville Hoppers, heading home
after this series. The best to all the other OVL
franchises as well.
Owensboro will look back
with fondest memories to the talented young men
who have been the Owensboro Oilers of 2014. These
are the players who claimed the 200th franchise
win. They never lost more than two consecutive
games all season, and now hold the highest season
winning percentage in Oilers franchise history.
They have the combined OVL championships an
achievement other teams will only be able to
match, but never top. They should rightly be proud
of themselves, and all Owensboro proud of
Their on-field success
comes because of -- not in spite of -- the hard
work of the Owensboro Oilers organization.
Congratulations to anyone and everyone who
participates with the Oilers. In the league's
largest, often most distracted city, dedicated
people continue to contribute to keeping the
Owensboro Oilers on the field.
Winning is appreciated.
Championships are memorable. The true
motivation, season after season, for the people
behind the Owensboro Oilers is in providing young
men the opportunity to characterize themselves
through the game of baseball. The 2014 Owensboro
Oilers season stands as a lasting testament to a
roster of players who did that, and the Oilers
baseball fans, who encouraged it happening game by
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28, 2014 - Playoff Championship Round 3, Game 1 - best of three series
Oilers 6, Hopkinsville Hoppers 2. (From
Owensboro Oilers took the first game in the
best-of-three Ohio Vally League championship
series, beating the homestanding Hoptown Hoppers
got a great outing from starting pitcher Caleb
Johnson, who allowed two runs on five hits,
striking out three and walking four in seven
innings of work.
got on the scoreboard first in the top of the
first inning when Morgan Grisham led off with a
single, went to second on a sacrifice bunt, took
third on a flyout and scored on a single by Tyler
Rachel to give the Oilers an early 1-0 lead.
tied the game in the bottom half of the inning
when Parker Cash was hit by a pitch and scored on
a double by Chris Carrier to knot the game at 1-1.
Oilers retook the lead in the top of the second
when Braxton Brinkley led off with a single, went
to second when Harold Diaz walked, went to third
on a sac bunt and scored on a groundout to put
Owensboro ahead 2-1.
Owensboro added to that lead in the third inning
when Alfredo Bohorquez led off with a double and
went to third on a fielding error on the play. He
scored on a single by Jake Wilson to put the
Oilers ahead 3-1.
the bottom of the fourth, the Hoppers closed the
deficit when Michael Haun reached on a two-out
walk, stole second and scored on a double by John
Davis to trim the Oiler lead to 3-2.
enhanced its lead in the top of the sixth when
Harold Diaz led off with a single and scored on
Dalton West’s double. West took third on Austin
Birtle’s single and scored during a double play
to push the Oilers’ lead to 5-2.
Oilers tacked on another run in the seventh inning
when Jake Wilson led off with a single and was
lifted for pinch-runner Justin Cessna. Cessna went
to second on a sac bunt and scored on a
ground-rule double by Braxton Brinkley to cap the
scoring at 6-2.
up big at the plate for Owensboro were Brinkley,
who went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a
run batted in, and Wilson, who went 2-for-4. The
Oilers also got doubles from Bohorquez, West and
Hoppers each got a hit, with Carrier and John
Davis each getting doubles.
relief pitchers did not give up a hit in the last
two innings, with Kevin Meyer pitching the eighth
inning and striking out two and Mark Chemello
closing out the game by pitching the ninth.
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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
Runs Batted In
factors: batters 112+ PA and pitchers 32+ innings pitched.
Bases and Saves exempt from qualifying factors. (no
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