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Second Half of Season

 

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Final 2008 Kitty League Standings

Team W L % GB
Tradewater 34 15 .694 -
Fulton 29 20 .591 5
Owensboro 26 20 .565 6.5
Union City 26 23 .531 8
Marion 20 28 .417 13.5
Farmington 8 37 .178 24

Oilers sweep through playoffs winning 5 straight games. See the KIT League website for a complete 2008 Playoff information.

 


Playoff Round 2, Game 2, July 30

Final Playoff game for Railroaders.

 

Oilers 6, 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. Game box scores Click Here.

 

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Playoff Round 2, Game 1, July 29

 

Oilers take first game 5-3 over Railroaders. 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. Joe Grinstead reached on a bunt single, and Maykel "Makorum" Makorem followed with a single that brought in O'Hair and chased Fulton starter Jacob Donze with nobody out. Facing Railroader reliever Nathan Marlowe, 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-stike 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 game-tying double. Game box scores Click Here.

 

The Railroaders return home on Wednesday to face off with the Oilers in game 2 of Playoff round 2. See the KIT League website for a complete 2008 Playoff picture and information.


Game 49, July 26

Final regular season game.

 

Railroaders secure 2nd seed with win over Bobcats 6-3.  

Kevin Kirksey takes the win to secure 2nd seed for the Railroader in the standings and Playoff series.

The Railroaders clinched 2nd place in season standings with their win over the Marion Bobcats on Saturday. The Bobcats jumped out in the 1st inning with a 2 hit and 2 run lead. The Railroaders were held in check until the bottom of the 3rd when Allen Bolden hit a 2 run homer to even the score, then J.D. Ashbrook singled in another run to give Fulton a 3-2 lead. The Railroader tacked on 3 more runs in the 4th. The Bobcats picked up one more run the 7th but remained hitless in the final 2 innings of play. Starter Kevin Kirksey takes the win going 5 2/3 innings allowing 6 hits. Ryan Stauffer takes the loss pitching for 3 2/3 innings giving up all of Fulton's 10 hits. Game box scores Click Here.

 

As 2nd seed in the Playoffs, the Railroaders get a bye for the first round and see no action until Tuesday,  They will travel to either Union City or Marion depending which of these teams wins the 1st round.  The 2nd round is a best of 3 series with the 2nd and 3rd (if needed) games played in Fulton at Lohaus Field. Please see the KIT League website for a complete  2008 Post Season Playoff picture and information.


Game 48, July 25

 

Railroaders 2, Bobcats 1. In the only Kitty League action on Friday, and in a short 5 1/2 inning complete game called for rain, the Railroaders edged past the Bobcats with a score of 2-1.  Both scheduled games in Farmington and Union City were postponed due the rain and lightning that managed to stay away long enough for Zach Buxman to get his 3rd win on the season. The win moves the Railroaders up another half game ahead on the Oilers and the Greyhounds. As light rain fell in Fulton, the Bobcats and Railroaders were able to start and continue play with several rain free periods throughout the 5 1/2 innings. In the top of 5th, Marion managed to score their only run before Buxman, who was rushing his team against the approaching storm, got a called 3rd strike with 2 outs to secure a complete game. The sky's opened up and the lightning show began and  the officials called the game after a 30 minute delay. The Railroaders got 5 hits in 4 innings with Louie Haseltine going 2 for 2 including a double.  The Bobcats came up with 3 hits. Starter Chris Buckman takes the loss for Marion, pitching 3 innings. Game box scores Click Here.

 

The Railroaders and Bobcats complete their 2 game series on Saturday in the final regular season game and "Fan Appreciation Night" at Lohaus Field, the "Yard".  The race for 2nd seed in the post season playoffs is extremely tight between 3 teams bidding for the spot. Rained out Union City and Owensboro will now have to complete a doubleheader on Saturday before positions in the standings become more clear. 


Game 47, July 24

 

Railroaders overtake Pirates in last inning with Dramatic Style.

Hunter Dawson went 2 for 4 with a game winning 2 RBI home run in the bottom of the 9th inning.

The Railroaders evened the 2 game series on Thursday by overtaking the Pirates in the final inning of the game. The Tradewater pitching and defense kept the Railroaders' bats in check throughout much of the game. Trailing 2-3 in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs and 1 man on, Railroader Hunter Dawson propelled Fulton past the Pirates by jumping on the first pitch from Tradewater reliever Justin Long and hit a 2 RBI walk off homerun. The Railroaders only got 4 hits off 4 Pirate pitchers, but finally got their key hit from Dawson who went 2 or 4 on the evening. The Pirates' 3 runs came off 7 hits as they stranded 10 on base. Good defensive play by Fulton prevented more runs from scoring. Jimmy Ryan picked up the win in relief for Fulton and Justin Long takes the loss. Game box scores Click Here.

 

The Pennant winning Pirates' loss moves the 2nd place Railroaders a full game ahead of the Oilers who did not play their doubleheader with the Firebirds due to rain in Farmington. The tight race for 2nd seed is yet to be decided with several games left along with 3 Owensboro make-up games in question, one of them with the Railroaders. Fulton now host the Marion Bobcats for the 2 final regular season games starting Friday. The Bobcats have won 5 straight now after sweeping the Greyhounds 2 game in Union City.   

 

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Game 46, July 23

 

Pirates take 1st of 2 games from Railroaders 5-1.  The Tradewater Pirates clinched the regular season pennant on Wednesday by beating the Fulton Railroaders 5-1. The Railroaders oddly enough end up leading in 2nd place by a half game in league standings by virtue of the Oilers losing both their doubleheader games to the Firebirds, and the Bobcats beating the Greyhounds. Tradewater produced their 5 runs on 10 hits and stranded 9 more on base. Several outstanding defensive plays by the Railroaders kept the Pirates low run production low, including 2 men shot down at home from the outfield in the 5th inning. On the other hand, lack of timely hits by Fulton prevented them from coming back. Twice the Railroaders had the bases loaded and failed to get a run across home. The Railroaders picked up only 1 unearned run and had 5 hits leaving 10 men on base. Four Tradewater pitchers combined to collect 13 strikeouts with starter Jon Moore going 5 innings to get the win. Jacob Donze took the loss throwing for 6 innings giving up 8 hits, 4 runs and 4 walks. The two team meet and go at it again on Thursday in Fulton to complete their regular season series. Game box scores Click Here 


Game 45, July 19

 

Greyhounds 8, Railroaders 2 .  A good pitching performance by Union City's Drew Hays kept the Greyhounds on the winning track towards another victory over the Fulton Railroaders. Hays threw scoreless ball for 6 innings, giving up 3 hits, walking 4 and striking out 7. The Greyhound offense attacked early and often throughout the game, racking up an 8-0 lead until the bottom of the 9th. Union City's hitters knock out Railroader starter Zach Buxman after only 2 /2/3 inning with 6 hits, 5 walks and 5 earned runs. A Tyler Acker solo homerun in the 5th and a Justin Acker 2 RBI homer in the 6th came at the expense of Railroader reliever Tyler Hall and finalized Union City's 8 run score. The Railroaders finally got things going in the bottom of the 9th to spoil the shutout by picking up 2 runs off the 3rd Greyhound pitcher, but too little, too late.  The win pulls Union City to within a half game behind Fulton who remains tied with Owensboro in 2nd place.  The 1st place Tradewater Pirates extend their lead by 6 with their win over the Oilers on Saturday. Game box scores Click Here

 


Game 44, July 18

 

Greyhounds out run Railroaders 7-5 .  The Railroader pitching served up 15 hits and 7 earned runs in their loss on Friday to the Greyhounds.  While Fulton's defense kept Union City's run production low, the Railroader offensive could not repeat last night performance of power hitting and could only muster 6 hits on the evening.  Union City's mound effort took 4 pitchers to stop several Railroader rallies and resulted in Fulton stranding 12 men on base.  Starter Brad Lawrence got the win only throwing 3+ innings before leaving in the 4th with an apparent injury.  Spencer Clifft was the last Union City pitcher and went 1 2/3 innings with a 2 run lead to pick up his 12th league leading save on the season. Taking the loss for Fulton was Kevin Kirksey going for 5 1/3 innings allowing 11 hits and 6 runs. The win gives the Greyhounds a 5-4 lead on their season series with the Railroaders, the final regular season contest between the two teams is on Saturday in Fulton. Fulton moves to 5 games back of the 1st place Pirates, and they remain tied in 2nd with the Oilers who also lost on Friday to the Pirates. The Greyhounds move up only a game and a half behind the Railroaders in 3rd place. Game box scores Click Here


Game 43, July 17

 

Railroaders outgun Greyhounds 18-12.  In the first of a three game series, the Railroaders and Greyhounds combined for a total 34 hits; to include 2 homeruns by Fulton's Cory McCullick for 5 RBI's and Union City's Logan Hostetler a 2 run shot along with a solo homerun from Drew Hayes. The Greyhounds started off the scoring with 3 runs in the 1st inning with the Railroaders answering with 2. The Hounds added another run in the 2nd and Fulton responded with 2 in the bottom half to tie the score 4-4. In the bottom of the 3rd, the Railroaders unloaded 9 hits to score 9, sending 14 batters to the plate. The Greyhounds came back in the 4th with 2 runs. In the 6th both sides scored 1 each to make the score 14-7. Not quitting, Union City added another 2 in the 7th and closed within 5 and held Fulton in check until the bottom of the 8th when the Railroaders tacked on 4 more runs to their final 18 total. The Greyhounds fought back in the 9th with 3 runs before a fielder's choice ground out ended the game. Pitching for both teams lacked the ability to stop the bats. Railroader starter and winner Kyle Barnett went 7 innings giving up 12 hits, 8 earned runs, striking out 1 and hitting 5 batters. Losing pitcher Miles Scribner did not fair any better going only 2 2/3 innings giving up 11 runs on 9 hits and 3 men walked. The two teams face off again on Friday for the 2 of 3 series in Fulton. Game box scores Click Here


Game 42, July 16

 

Railroaders win again 8-4 over Bobcats.  The Railroader complete this road with a another big win over the Marion Bobcats on Wednesday. Justin Rogers got the win going 6 innings, walking 1, and striking out 7, he allowed 3 earned runs. Allen Bolden, Elliot Frey, and Stuart Meinhart all got doubles for Fulton. Bryce Law takes the loss for Marion. With Tradewater Pirates winning a doubleheader with the Farmington Firebirds, Fulton ends the evening at 4 games out of first place. The Union City Greyhounds beat Owensboro and move the Oilers back to 3 games out of first and just a game ahead of Fulton. Game box scores Click Here


Game 41, July 15

 

Railroaders keep pace with win.  On Tuesday night, the Railroaders got back on the winning track with a 9-0 win over the Bobcats. After losing the first of 3 in Marion, Fulton took the second game to remain 3 1/2 behind leading Tradewater who also won over Farmington  Owensboro beat Union City and remains in 2nd place just ahead of Fulton by 1 1/2 games. 

 

The Railroaders got a complete 9 innings shutout from Jacob Donze who was impressive on the the evening by never allowing more than 4 batters per half inning of play. He allowed only 3 hits, 1 walk and struck out 8 while the defense turned up 2 double plays in support. Stuart Meinhart lead the offensive going 3 of 5, all doubles, and produced 6 RBI's. See KIT League website homepage for further game summary.  Game box scores Click Here

 

KIT League website summary: The strikeout helped Chad Adcock keep Fulton in check through six innings after he gave up an early 2-0 lead Tuesday, but the well went dry in the seventh when the Railroaders sent seven batters to the plate to tack on three more runs en route to a 9-0 victory at Marion. Fulton's win just one night after falling victim to Scott Cashman's game-winning single in the Marion's last at-bat snapped the Bobcats' first three-game winning streak of the year and handed Adcock (0-2) his first loss as a starter. On Stuart Meinhart's six RBI and a complete game two-hitter from Jacob Donze (6-2, 2.63 ERA), Fulton kept pace with Tradewater and Owensboro in the hunt for the KIT League title. Fulton is only 3.5 games behind first-place Tradewater and two behind Owensboro for second place. 

 

Tuesday's victory at Gordon B. Guess Field was decided early for the Railroaders as Adcock stumbled out of the gate, allowing the first two batters of the night to reach on a single and a walk. Both would eventually score in the inning, the only runs either team would allow through the first six innings. Adcock would get out of the first by leaving the last two batters standing at the plate mystified on called third strikes. Using his unconventional side-arm delivery, the "K" would remain the right-hander's best friend on the night, accounting for 9 of the 20 outs he recorded in six and two-third innings. But strikeout abandoned Adcock in the seventh when Fulton loaded the bases with a single, hit batter and walk, setting up a three-run double by Meinhart. That would be the last batter Adcock would face. Ethan Utley was brought in to get the final out of the seventh inning and would continue into the eighth. After getting the first two batters on routine infield grounders, 19-year-old Utley finished his night much like Adcock – allowing the next four batters to reach before Bobby Woods was brought in to get the final out of the eighth. Before that happened, however, Meinhart would add two more to his RBI total with a double to center field.  Meantime, Donze kept the Bobcats off the scoreboard for the fifth time this season. The only hits the 6-1 lefty would give up were two singles to Jacob Martin – an infield bouncer in the seventh and a line drive to center in the ninth. In fact, Donze allowed only four runners on the entire night.Meinhart was the hitting star for the Railroaders, recording six of the team's eight RBI. Elliot Frey accounted for the other two RBI, while the Railroaders' other run scored on a first-inning passed ball allowed Adam Enloe.


For the Bobcats, Lucas Cramsey reached for the 16th consecutive game when he was hit by a pitch in the second inning. His 11-game hitting streak was ended against Fulton Monday, but the first baseman has reached base in every game since the second game of a doubleheader June 21 at Farmington. Bryce Law (2-2, 1.78) will start for Marion Wednesday in the rubber match of the three-game series

 


Game 40, July 14

 

Railroaders lose 4th straight game.  On Monday, the Bobcats beat the Railroaders 3-2 in the first of three games in Marion. In a scoreless game until the 8th inning, the Railroaders were first to put up 2 runs on 1 hit and 2 Bobcats errors. Marion came back in the bottom of the 9th to win its third game in row with a walk-off single by Scott Cashman, the second win for the Bobcats in their final at-bat in as many games. Fulton was held to only 2 hits and committed 3 errors to help Marion win. Picking up the win for the Bobcats was Kyle Medley and Nathan Marlowe takes the loss in relief for the Railroaders. Fulton remains in third place now 3 1/2 games back of the league leading Tradewater Pirates who won their game over the Firebirds. Second place Owensboro loss to the Union City who is now just a half game behind the Railroaders in fourth place. Game box scores Click Here


Game 39, July 11

 

Oilers 6, Railroaders 5 (Friday, July 11) The Owensboro Oilers won Friday night's game with the visiting Fulton Railroaders by the score of 6 to 5. The story early was great pitching. Oilers starter Ryan Harper threw 5 innings of one-hit baseball, but Railroader's starter Cory White's first 5.33 innings were no-hit ball. The goose eggs came to an abrupt end in the top of the 6th inning when the Railroaders offense came to life against Oilers reliever Russell Logsdon. Cory McCullick led off with a triple, and scored when Hunter Dawson followed with a RBI single. The next batter, Elliot Frey hit a 2-RBI home run ver the wall in leftcenterfield. One out later J.D. Ashbrook doubled, and with two out Allen Bolden hit Fulton's second 2-RBI home run of the inning. The third out came after another Oilers pitching change. The Railroaders led 5-0 at that point. The Oilers recorded their first hit in the bottom of the 6th inning. Oilers reliever Derek "Devers" Dever held Fulton scoreless in the top of the 7th inning. The Oilers got back into the game in their half of the 7th. Maykel "Makorum" Makorem led off with a walk. Tom Freeman followed with another walk. One out later Haskel Fink reached on a two-base error that allowd Mokorem to score, put Freeman at third, and moved Fink to second. John Feltner RBI-singled to score Freeman, and Royle "Royal" Beach RBI-singled, plating Fink. Railroaders reliever Nathan Marlowe came in to record two strike outs, ending the inning. The score remained 5-3 as the Oilers moved into the bottom of the 8th inning. Pete Tountas led off with a double, and Makorem followed with a walk. The next batter Freeman executed a bunt down the third base line. The pitcher fielded the ball and chose to throw to first. Freeman reached base ahead of the throw, which passed wide left of first base and rolled deep into right field. Tountas and Makorem scored easily, as Freeman headed for third. The ball was relayed to the second baseman, who attempted to throw Freeman out at third. That throw was also errant, and Freeman ran for home. The throw to the plate was not in time. The Oilers went in order following that sequence of events, but emerged with a 6-5 lead. Oilers closer John Herendeen came on to work the top of the 9th. Pinch-hitter Kevin Kirksey started off by reaching on an error. One out later, McCullick walked. Then Herendeen speared a liner off the bat of Dawson, and double-played McCullick trying to get back to first base. Dever picks up the win, Herendeen secures a save. Marlowe gets the loss for the Railroaders. Game box scores Click Here


Game 38, July 10

 

Oilers shutout Railroaders 2-0.  The Owensboro Oilers won Thursday night's game against the visiting Fulton Railroaders by a 2-0 score. The Oilers scored first in the bottom of the 1st inning. With one out, Kevin O'Hair executed a bunt single. He advanced to second on a throwing error, then scored when Anthony Gliffee smacked a RBI ground-rule double under the centerfield fence. The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the 6th inning. With two out, Joe Grinstead parked a solo RBI home run over the rightfield wall. The pitching of Oilers starter John Carbonell, Patrick Crider in relief, and closer Jon Herendeen made the two runs stand up. The mound staff notched 13 Ks and allowed just three hits in the game. Carbonell went seven innings, fanned 9 and walked 1 for the win. The Railroaders threatened in the top of the 7th, loading the bases against Crider with no outs. Then Crider got a 1-2-3 double play, and followed that up with a strike out to end the inning -- without a run crossing the plate. Jon Herendeen worked a perfect top of the 9th for another save. Game box scores Click Here


Game 37, July 9

 

Errors again plaque the Railroaders.  For the second time in the 3 game series, the Pirates took advantage of 2 Railroader errors in the first inning to gain an early 2-0 lead. The Pirates added 4 more runs in the 3rd including a 3 RBI homer from Richard Atwood. In the 4th, Pirate Tanner Hall tacked one run with a solo homerun off Railroader pitcher Tyler Hall, his brother. Top of the 6th, Tradewater added another run from a single, 2 walks and a Hit-by-pitch to give Tradewater an 8-0 lead. Tradewater ace pitcher George Hebert (7-0 with 7 starts) kept the Railroaders in check through 5 innings, sometimes throwing 88 mph fast balls. In the bottom of the 6th, JD Ashbrook lead off and jump on the first pitch to hit a solo homerun, the first homerun allowed by Hebert this season. Hebert burned the next 2 batters on strikeouts, and then the Railroaders took off with a 3 hits and 3 Pirate errors to score another run and load the bases. Fulton's Elliot Frey step to the plate and hit a grand slam homer to bring the Railroaders to within 2 runs. In the top of the 7th, again the Pirates came up with 1 run on another Fulton error. Fulton answered in the bottom of the inning with 1 run when Allen Bolden hit his first pitch and produced a third Railroader home run that the Pirate defense didn't bother to move on. With the score 9-7, Pirates starter Hebert was finished, throwing 128 pitches. Tradewater put up 1 more run in the 9th off 1 hit and Fulton again threaten in the bottom of inning getting men on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out, but Pirate reliever Eric Faint closed out the game forcing 2 fly outs. George Hebert picked up his 7th win, best in the league and Faint a save. Tyler Hall takes the loss pitching 4 innings allowing only 3 earned runs from the 7 scored on him. Game box scores Click Here


Game 36, July 8

 

Railroaders take 2nd game with Pirates 7-2.  In the 2nd game Fulton evened the 3 series with Tradewater winning 7-2.  The Pirates started the scoring in the 1st inning with their only 2 runs for the night. The Railroaders Scored 1 in the bottom of the 1st, adding another 3 in the 3rd with 3 hits and an error. Fulton put up another run in the 5th and 2 more in the 7th to bring the final total score.  Steven Bayko for Fulton with 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and Alan Bolden went 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs. Better defensive play by the Railroaders contributed to the win with only 1 error and holding 9 Pirates on base. Heads up and aggressive base running kept the runs coming in.  Winning the game was starter Jacob Donze going 7 innings allowing 6 hits and striking out 6 with only 3 walk. Jimmy Ryan in relief pitched the final 2 innings. Starter Sean Mahley picks up his first loss of the season for Tradewater. Game box scores Click Here


Game 35, July 7

 

Pirates come out ahead on Railroader defensive errors.  In a somewhat ugly but exciting game on Monday, the Pirates took the first of 3 games from the Railroaders with a score of 8-7. Both teams got 7 hits and 1 homerun each, but errors plagued the Railroaders who committed 5 total costing them 3 runs early in the game. The Pirates struggled also giving up 2 runs from 1 of 2 errors total, but the 1 run difference was enough to give Fulton the short end of the stick.  Tradewater lead off the scoring in the 1st with 2 runs, with the Railroaders answering on the bottom of the inning with 2 of their own. Tradewater increased their lead with another run in the 4th and 3 more in the 5th, all unanswered by Fulton. Finally in the 8th, the Railroaders manufactured 3 runs on 2 walks, a single and an error to close the score to 5-6. The Pirates came back in the 9th with a 2 run homerun from Payne Spence.  The Railroaders battle back in the bottom of the 9th with a Stuart Meinhart 2RBI homerun to bring Fulton again to within 1 of Tradewater. With 2 outs and 2 men on, Pirate’s reliever Logan Bawcom and Railroaders DH Allen Bolden battle a full count for 7 pitches before a called 3rd strike ended the game with the fans hotly contesting the call.  Good pitching performances from both teams with the win going to Don Pugliese for Tradewater and Zach Buxman taking the loss for Fulton. Game box scores Click Here


Game 34, July 6

 

Railroaders smash Firebirds 23-4.  The Fulton Railroaders scored in every inning played on Sunday amassing 23 runs with 21 hits. As in Saturday's game, the Railroaders used big hits to overpower the Firebirds. Four homeruns hit by Kevin Kirksey, Steven Bayko, Hunter Dawson, and Stuart Meinhar added up to 7 RBIs. There were also 3 doubles on the evening from Lee Kimbell, J.D. Ashbrook and Kevin Kirksey. Everyone in Fulton's starting lineup got hits with J.D. Ashbrook going 4 of 6, and both Hunter Dawson and Steven Bayko were 3 for 5.  The Firebirds added to their woes committing 4 errors to the Railroaders 2 and giving up 13 walks in 8 innings. The Firebirds continued to play and there were several great defensive plays that kept the scoring from being even worse. But with 23 total RBIs, the Railroaders could not be stop. Winning the game pitching was Justin Rogers going 7 innings, striking out 7 and walking 0., Rogers gave up 6 hits and 2 earned runs before Hunter Dawson more to the mound from 2nd base in relief. Dawson struck out 2, allowed 2 hits and 2 runs, walking one. Farmington's losing pitcher was starter Kirk Boeller who only went only 3 innings. The Firebirds scrambled 3 other pitchers in an attempt the end the Railroaders hitting, but could only manage a total 3 strikeouts in 8 innings. Game box scores Click Here


Game 33, July 5

 

Railroaders 12, Firebirds 3.  The Railroaders used the long ball to win big over the Firebirds on Saturday. A total of 17 hits; 6 doubles by Cory McCullick(2), Louie Haseltine, Eric Parker, J.D. Ashbrook, and Hunter Dawson. Another 3 were homeruns by Hunter Dawson (2 RBI), Elliot Frey, and Steven Bayko (2 RBI). The Firebirds kept it close, within 2 runs, until the bottom of the 4th when Fulton let loose with 6 hits that produced 7 runs. Farmington managed only 2 more runs in the 7th. Kyle Barnett picked up his 2nd win on the season, pitching 7 innings and backed again by strong defensive play from the Railroaders. Jimmy Ryan completed the game in relief striking out 3 of 7 batters faced.  Taking the loss for Farmington was Grant Miller. Game box scores Click Here

 

Allen Bolden returns to the Railroaders. Two year Railroader veteran Allen Bolden has returned to play in his 3rd season with Fulton. Although Allen was not in the starting lineup, he pinched hit and lead off the bottom of the 8th with a walk. Then the final run scored on Saturday came when Cory McCullick doubled, giving Bolden a chance to show his speed, and he did scoring all the way from first. Allen is a welcome addition to the 2008 Railroaders. His past experience and level of play will greatly enhance the team as the pennant race tightens. Manage David Estes said Bolden is here to replace Kurt Dudley who is injured. Welcome back Allen!

 

 


Game 32, July 4

 

Greyhounds 2, Railroaders 1.  For the second night in a row, the Railroaders lose to the Greyhounds by 1 run. Drew Hayes got the fireworks started early for the Hounds as he struck out 12 Railroaders in 8 innings while allowing 4 hits and 1 run.  Luke Putnam and Ryan O'Gara had 2 hits apiece and Jon Ivie added an RBI for the Hounds. Spencer Clifft picked up the save.  For Fulton, after a Elliot Frey double, Stuart Meinhart knocked in the Fulton's only run. Cory White threw a strong game but picks up his first loss of the season. Game box scores Click Here


Game 31, July 3

 

Greyhounds edge past Railroaders 2-1.  Union City got the win on a wild pitch by Clay Tingley with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th.  Trey Horn came home with the winning run.  Patrick Schatz pitched 8 strong innings giving up 5 scattered hits and 0 runs.  Justin Miller was 1 for 4 with an RBI. Spencer Clifft picked up the victory in one inning of work.  Elliott Frey and Lee Kimbell were 2 for 3 to lead Fulton.  Tingley got the loss. Game box scores Click Here


Game 30, July 1

 

Oilers end Railroaders 9 game win streak. The Owensboro Oilers defeated the Fulton Railroaders in Tuesday night's game with a 4-0 shutout, limiting the Railroaders to just two hits. The Oilers scored two runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. Royle "Royal" Beach led off the Oilers game by reaching on an error, and Kevin O'Hair followed with a bunt single. Anthony Gliffee singled, setting up a bases loaded RBI walk to Pete Tountas that plated Beach. Tom Freeman added an RBI sacrifice fly, scoring O'Hair. The Oilers added a run in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Haskel Fink doubled and scored on a two-out RBI single by Beach. The Railroaders threatened to score in the top of the 3rd inning. Steven Bayko walked to lead off the inning, and moved as far as third when Kevin Kirksey followed with a single, but a strike out, an infield pop, and a routine fly ball squelched the Railroaders' chances. The Oilers final run came in the bottom of the 5th inning. Tountas drew a one-out walk, moved ahead on a single by Tom Freeman, then Tountas scored on a RBI single by Justin Ritchhart. The Oilers starter, Ryan Harper (1-0) was impressive, winning in his debut with the team. (0 runs, 1 BB, and 4 Ks). Jon Herendeen gets a save (3). Railroaders starter Zach Buxman takes the loss.  The Oiler player of the game is Haskel Fink (3 for 4, 1 run scored). The Railroaders trade places with Tradewater for the KIT League lead, which shrinks the Oilers gap down to 1.5 games back of the Pirates.

 


Game 29, June 30

 

Railroaders 7, Oilers 4. The visiting Fulton Railroaders defeated the Owensboro Oilers in Monday night's game by a score of 7-4. The Railroaders enjoyed a night of timely and well-placed situational hitting, out-hitting the Oilers 16-4 to take and maintain the three-run advantage. Fulton scored first in the top of the 1st inning when Stuart Meinhart walked with two outs, stole second, and eventually scored on a RBI single by J.D. Ashbrook. The Railroaders added two runs in the top of the 2nd inning as Kevin Kirksey (singled) and Cory McCullick (singled) came in on an RBI ground out by Hunter Dawson and a RBI single by Meinhart. The Owensboro Oilers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Tom Freeman (doubled) scored on a RBI single by Justin Ritchhart, and Haskel Fink (walked) came in on an RBI ground out by Harry Turney. The score remained 3-2 until the Top of the 5th inning. Railroader Cody Hoskins singled with two outs, then scored on a RBI double by Kirksey. The Oilers answered that run in the bottom of the 5th inning. Justin Ritchhart led off with a single, stole second, advanced to third on the errant throw to second, then scored on another RBI ground out by Turney. The Railroaders responded for a run in the top of the 6th inning. Elliot Frey doubled with one out, and scored on a RBI single by Eric Parker. Fulton completed their scoring in the top of the 7th inning as Lee Kimbell (reached on error) and Hoskins (doubled) both scored when McCullick laced a RBI double past the drawn-in Oilers infield. The Oilers added a final, but memorable, run in the bottom of the 8th inning on a solo home run off the bat of Pete Tountas (2). Railroaders starter Justin Rodgers earned the win, while Oilers starter Chris Burton took the loss. The setback was only the third this season for the Oilers at home, who are now two games off Fulton's pace for the KIT League lead. Game box scores Click Here


Game 27 & 28, June 28

 

Railroaders route Firebirds 15-2. In the first game of a doubleheader in Farmington, the Fulton Railroaders win big and for the moment regain the League lead by 1/2 game over the Tradewater Pirates. Game box scores Click Here

 

Railroaders take 2nd game with Firebirds 8-6. In 9 innings, the Railroaders win the 2nd game of the doubleheader with the Firebirds. Fulton sweeps Farmington at home in 3 game series and maintains a half game lead in the standings over Tradewater. The Railroaders take the day off on Sunday, then head to Owensboro on Monday and Tuesday to face the 3rd place Oilers who are only 1 game behind Fulton. Game box scores Click Here


Game 26, June 27

 

Railroader win 8-4 over Firebirds. The Railroaders beat the Firebirds in Farming in the first complete game of a 3 game series. Thursday's game was called in the 3rd inning due to weather and will be made up on Saturday with a doubleheader in Farmington. The win keeps Fulton in 1st and tied with Tradewater who beat Union City 8-7. The Owensboro Oilers maintain their 2nd place position, a half game back, by defeating the Marion Bobcats 5-2 in a continuation game from Thursday's suspended game and again 2-0 in the regular scheduled game for Friday. Game box scores Click Here


 

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