Thursday, May 28, 2015

Friday Night Opening at Home – Railroaders vs Miners


     Not since 2010 have the Railroaders had a season opening win at home or away.  Fulton has consistently been slow getting out of the gate to start the season.  Falling behind early in the standing, the Railroaders begin their run at mid season (give or take).  And in 2010 to present, Fulton finishes the season in second place, several games behind the leader.  The brightest spots during this time have been 2 Post Season Playoff titles in 2011 and 2013.  Both these 3 game series were come from behind Railroader victories over the Oilers and Hoppers.  The last 1st place regular season standing for Fulton occurred in 2007.  Will this trend change in 2015 and begin this Friday when the Railroaders host the Madisonville Miners?

     The Miners are lead by Head Coach Jared Franklin, his 2nd year with Madisonville.  He has 15 years coaching experience, and is also Head Coach for Webster County High School.  He is an associate Scout for the Texas Rangers, and coached a team to a 2013 title in the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League.  As skipper of the newly renamed Miners in 2014, Franklin’s first year was tough one with Madisonville finishing last with a 10-30 record, however the Miners did succeed to in Post Season to advance with a win in the 1st round of the playoffs before being knock out by the Railroaders in the 2nd round.  I’m sure Coach Franklin has different ideas for this year!

     The Railroaders, on the other hand, have newly appointed Head Coach Mikee Moore who has his own history with Fulton.  Mikee served as assistant coach for the Railroaders in 2014, and played as a Railroader in 2012 and 2013.  He is known for aggressive play, hitting and base stealing (see Mikee steal home).  His collegiate playing career was at both Georgia College and Maryville College.  He played three seasons at NCAA Division III where he earned several titles. My observations have him as a player’s coach and expect the team to follow his lead.  Teaming up with Moore is Tyler Saltsman serving as assistance coach.  Saltsman also returns this year after serving the Railroaders as an assistance coach for Fulton in 2014.  He is a former Railroader pitcher too, playing in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

     The Railroaders have a completely fresh crew for 2015, all under the guidance of two former Railroaders players and coaches.  I’m expecting some great things to happen this year.  We’ll see what happens beginning this Friday at the Yard against the Miners.  See you there or online TeamLine.  Let Fire it Up!

20 comments:

  1. At the Yard and ready to go. Railroaders and Miners on the field warming up. Weather is great and looks like the rain may stay away. Food is cooking, let's play ball. Teamline will be up 15 minutes before game time.

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  2. Listening in from Miamisburg OH. Rooting for the Miners and our son Wes Bichmeier.

    Steve and Lori Birchmeier

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  3. Excited for the season to begin. Go Railroaders!!! we are listening from Pewee Valley KY

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  4. Watching and Rooting for the Miners from Huntsville AL

    Love my Nolan Ramsey #10

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  5. Watching from Rochester MN and rooting for the Miners and my son Jesse Ellefson!

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  6. Go Railroaders! Listening from Washington, DC.

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  7. Watching the video from Miamisburg. Was hoping it was free...oh well. :)

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  8. Just popping in from Oregon to listen to a few innings. It sounds like the burgers are sizzling and so are the Roaders!!

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  9. How are the hot dogs tonight? Nothing like a dog at the ball park.

    Steve

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  10. Was lost video feed

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  11. You got it right the last time you said it! LOL! :)

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  12. Haha thanks for the shoutout! Proud of Nolan and that throw!!

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  13. Way to go Wes!!! Let keep going Miners.

    Dad

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  14. You are pronouncing that name correctly.

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  15. Please move camera over

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  16. The way this game is going I would not assume a win until the last out is made :)

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  17. Is there a link for live stats?

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  18. Steve BirchmeierMay 29, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    What do you estimate the attendance is tonight.

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  19. Good call tonight gentleman.

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  20. Looks like Roaders and Oilers class of league. Madtown is the pits again. No pitching at all.

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