Saturday, July 22, 2017

Tonight: Playoffs Game Two of Round One

As one of the Dubois broadcasters put it, the Bombers were “Railroaded” by our guys last night. The road victory for the Railroaders was only their 6th win on the road this season out of 21 total away games to date. And of the 5 total games between the two teams thus far, the Railroaders have won 3 against the Bombers, the best team in the OVL, I call that impressive.

Tonight, at the Yard in Fulton, the Railroaders and Bombers will go again with a chance for Fulton to eliminate the Bombers from the playoffs and advance to the Semi-Final Round. Should the Railroaders lose, they will have to return to Dubois on Sunday for a third and deciding game in Round One.

The Railroaders appear to be fired up to make a solid run in the Playoffs. I still believe they are the team that can do it too. I recommend we end Round One today!

We need all available Fans to come out tonight to support our Railroaders. The Bombers attendance last night was 289 (relatively low for Dubois). I believe we can do better tonight!  For those who can’t make it, we’ll be online with TeamLine.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hope springs eternal

Dad and Mom always said, "Hope springs eternal!"
The loss last night to the Chiefs unfortunately placed Railroaders at the bottom of the West for good I think. The only chance Fulton has to take 3rd place requires the Chiefs to beat the Flash tonight, and the Railroaders win over the Stallions with scoring 31 runs. That would leave invoke the second tiebreaker of most runs scored (Head-to-head Miners & Railroaders 4-4, Runs scored Miners 269 & Railroaders currently 239). I’m sorry to say, I don’t believe that is going to happen.

With all that behind, we must look forward to the post season playoffs. It will be a difficult road for the Railroaders. Round One will begin Friday with the Railroaders traveling to Dubois County to take on the Bombers for the first game of the best of three series. Saturday Fulton will host the second game at the Yard. If a third game is necessary it will be in Dubois.

It’s the last chance for the Railroaders to shine. It will be tough, but it can be done though. The Railroaders held their own against the mighty Bombers beating them 2 of 4 games this season; they just need to beat them on the road. Fulton’s road record is a dismal 4-15 so far. Hopefully they can get a road win tonight and finish the regular season on a positive note. Time to move on to the playoffs with fire in our eyes.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Situation Room

The loss by Fulton and the win by Madisonville over Paducah last night sent the Railroaders to the bottom of the West Division standings. Paducah dropped to 3rd in the standings losing to Madisonville who moved up to 2nd place.

In order for the Railroaders to retake the 2nd seed and home field advantage in Round One of the Playoffs:
  1. The Railroaders must win tonight against the Chiefs in Paducah AND beat the Stallions in Mulhenberg on Wednesday.
  2.  The Hoppers will have to defeat the Miners tonight, which will complete Madisonville’s regular season.
  3.  The Chiefs’ final game on Wednesday against the Flash won’t matter.
When the smoke clears, any tie in the standings between the Railroaders and either the Miners and/or Chiefs will move Fulton down as both teams have won the tie breaker.

Road games have not been kind to the Railroaders this year. Hopefully the final two games will be a turn around for Fulton. Time will tell. The question remains, will we play on Friday or Saturday at the Yard?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Time to make some quick repairs and keep going

Too many leaks last night kept us from getting a full head of steam. Let’s plugged the situation up and get back to winning. Only 3 games to go before the Playoffs. If we want a better seed position, wins are a must now.

On to Hoptown tonight. Tomorrow in Paducah again, and Wednesday at the Stallions. What’s it going to be?

There is on sure way to win the 2nd seed in the West. If the Railroaders can win their final 3 games, they will have the West's second standing sown up. If not, there are several combinations that would need to occur. Bottom line, it's up the team to get victories on the Road.

The unknown that stands for now is whether we host a home playoff game on Thursday or Friday.