Oilers Rally Late to Take Down Miners
(From Owensboro) The Owensboro Oilers won their Tuesday night home game with the visiting Madisonville Miners. The final score was Oilers 9, Miners 5, in a game more hard-fought than the score indicates.
The Miners scored first with a run in the top of the 1st inning. With one out, JD Minor walked, advanced to second base on a passed ball, moved to third base on a ground out, then scored on a wild pitch that defense assumed had hit the batter. Without virtue of a hit Madisonville led 1 to 0.
The Oilers scored three runs to take the lead in the bottom of the same inning. With one away, Tanner Kehrer doubled. Kehrer scored as Joe Silva followed with a RBI single. Seth Woodard was hit by a pitch. Mitch Wilson RBI doubled to score Silva. Bailey Montgomery reached on an RBI fielder’s choice used to put Wilson out at third base as Woodard scored. After one complete inning the score was Oilers 3 to Miners 1.
Madisonville narrowed the lead with a run in the top of the 3rd inning. EJ Watson walked, stole second base, then scored taking two bases on an error that allowed Minor on. The score became 3 to 2 for the home team. That score remained unchanged until the Miners scored three runs in the top of the 7th inning to take the lead. With one out, pinch-hitter Collin Dupree walked, Genesis Hillard followed with a single. With two outs, pinch-hitter Austin Sistrunk walked to load the bases. Wesley Birchmeier drove a 2-RBI single up the middle to score Dupree and Hillard, sending Sistrunk to third base. Sistrunk scored on a balk call against the current Owensboro pitcher. For the second time in as many nights, the Oilers had given up a close lead to trail by two runs 5 to 3 with nine outs left to them.
Baseball games can turn on different innings, and they can turn on different nights. On this night, the Oilers responded. They scored twice in the bottom of the 7th inning to tie the game up. With one down, Silva walked, and scored as Woodard immediately followed with an RBI double. A ground out placed Woodard on third base. A walk after that pinch-hitter Nick Lugo RBI singled to bring Woodard across. The game was still knotted at five runs each when Owensboro scored four runs in the bottom of the 8th inning. Ben Haefner was hit by a pitch, and Bryce Windham followed with a double. A pop out later, Silva shot a 2-RBI single through the drawn-in infield to plate Haefner and Windham. With two away, Mitch Wilson and Hector Marmal RBI singled back to back, scoring Silva. Both runners advanced on the throw to the plate. Lugo reached on an RBI’s fielder’s choice to eventually run down Marmal, but played out long enough to score Wilson as a separate action. The Oilers entered the top of the 9th inning leading 9 to 5 over Madisonville.
The Miners made it interesting in the top of the 9th, putting two men on base, but a strikeout looking with two outs finished off the home win.
Oilers reliever Tyler Solomon won the game as the pitcher of record in a scoreless top of the 8th inning with the game tied. Ryan Hundley worked the scoreless top of the 9th inning, though not in a save situation.
The loss went to Madisonville reliever Chase Hensley. The official OVL box score and game summary is available HERE.
Miners Road Show Continues In Greenville Wednesday Night
The Miners (8-7) play game five of six straight road games tonight in Greenville against the Muhlenberg County Stallions (3-12). Game time is 7pm CT from the Muhlenberg County High School West Campus.