County Stallions are seventh OVL team.
The Muhlenberg County Stallions have been accepted into the Ohio Valley League summer college
The Stallions will become the seventh team to play in the league next summer. The league,
which plays by NCAA rules, had five teams this past summer. They included the Fulton Railroaders,
Hoptown Hoppers, Madisonville Miners, Owensboro Oilers, and Dubois County Bombers in
Huntingburg, Indiana. The Paducah Chiefs joined the league on Oct. 29 and will also start play next
The wooden bat league will play a 42-game regular season schedule that will begin in early June.
The regular season will finish in mid-July. A tournament will then be played to complete the season
by July 31st. “We are looking forward to providing college-level baseball in Muhlenberg County
next year,” said Stallions President Mark Stone of Central City. “We expect to have several local
products to play for the Stallions.”
Stone said that Steve Fowler of Hanson, who is no stranger to the Ohio Valley League, will serve
as manager and director of baseball operations. Fowler has held the position as head coach of
several teams in the league.
"On behalf of the OVL, we are thrilled to have the Stallions as a new entry into our outstanding
summer collegiate league,” said Cubb Stokes of Fulton, who is president of the league. “The Stallions
will provide a great quality of baseball for the citizens of Muhlenberg County, as well as an
opportunity for homegrown college players to return home and play in front of their friends and
family. Your citizens will also be exposed to players from all over the country who will spend the
summer in your county and make lasting friendships. I congratulate all involved in bringing summer
collegiate baseball to your area and I guarantee each and everyone of you that you won't be
Muhlenberg County will be taking over the Marion Bobcats franchise that last played in 2013.
Home games will be played at the Muhlenberg County High School West Campus baseball field in
Brooks Stadium Commission joins Ohio Valley
The Brooks Stadium Commission has signed a contract to join the Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League (OVL) as the Paducah Chiefs.
“On behalf of the OVL, we are thrilled to have the Paducah Chiefs become part of our outstanding summer collegiate league,” said Cubb Stokes, OVL President. “Paducah has a great heritage of having great baseball teams at all levels, and we look forward to playing at historic Brooks Stadium.”
Greg McKeel has been
appointed General Manager of the baseball team by
Dr. Frank Hideg, President of the Brooks Stadium
Commission with unanimous approval of Commission
“The Brooks Stadium Commission has been researching and observing the OVL for the past three years and found it to be a viable, stable and respected league for summer baseball at Brooks Stadium,” said Hideg. “The Commission felt it would meet the needs of the community in providing summer college baseball that includes players from our area.”
“The Chiefs will provide great quality baseball for the city of Paducah, as well as an opportunity for hometown college players to come home and play in front of their friends and family during the summer and for ball players from all over the country to spend the summer in Paducah and make new friends for a lifetime,” said Stokes.
The Chiefs will be the fifth team in the six-team collegiate baseball league that once belonged to the Class D Professional Kitty League during the early to mid 1900's (all but Huntingburg, IN). Paducah joins the Owensboro Oilers, Fulton Railroaders, Dubois County Bombers, Hoptown Hoppers and Madisonville Miners currently in the OVL.
“The Hoptown Hoppers and the Ohio Valley Summer Collegiate Baseball League have provided the citizens of Hopkinsville with a new love for baseball,” said Cheryl Cook, Executive Director of the Hopkinsville-Christian County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Our crowds have been fabulous and we’ve made new friends from around the U.S. and beyond, and it has brought family and friends to town to visit to watch their favorite player.”
Laura Schaumburg Oswald, Marketing Director
Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau
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
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.”
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
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
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
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.
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factors: batters is 112+ plate appearances
and pitchers with 32+ innings pitched.
Bases and Saves are exempt from qualifying
factors. (post-season games not included).