Bombers & Miners Split Doubleheader On 23rd

Bombers & Miners Split Doubleheader On 23rd

The Dubois County Bombers and the Madisonville Miners split a double-header to close out the 2016 regular season. The Miners clinched second place in the final regular season standings, and nailing down the #2 seed for the playoffs.

GAME 1

The Miners secured their playoff position with a late-inning onslaught in game 1, riding a 10-hit attack and a collection of Bomber miscues.

Madisonville took an early lead in the second inning, scoring without benefit of a base hit as Nolan Ramsey walked, moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced on a groundout, and came home on another wild pitch.

The Bombers tied it up in their half of the frame. Macy Holdsworth led off with a walk. Singles by Conner Echols and Mark Giesler advanced him to third. Zach Barnhart drove him in with a sacrifice fly to knot the score at 1-all.

Tom Prospero crossed the plate on a Colin Dupree sacrifice fly to put the visitors back in front, 2-1 in the fourth inning.

The Miners then sealed the game and the playoff seeding by taking advantage of a series of Bomber errors to score seven unearned runs in the final two innings. Catcher Joe McGuinness had an RBI single in each rally.

Dubois County chipped two runs off of the 9-1 lead in the seventh and final inning when Trey Fulton singled Ben Balgaard and Barnhart home. But that was as much as the Bombers could muster, before succumbing 9-3.

Starter Jose Fernandez earned the win to improve his season record to 2-1. Matt Munden is charged with the Bomber loss to square his ledger at 3-3.

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GAME 2

The Dubois County Bombers salvaged a split of the day’s action and notched their 26th win of the season by downing the Miners 2-0 in the nightcap.

The Bombers scored both runs in the third inning. Barnhart led off with a single and moved to second when Mark Giesler was hit by a pitch. Conner Moroder singled in Barnhart and Logan Brown followed with an sacrifice fly to plate Giesler.

Ian Dimitrie pitched the first five innings for Dubois County, holding the hard-hitting Miners to four hits and a walk. He only allowed one Miner to advance as far as third base.

Brian Wichman and Mathies came out of the Bomber bullpen to maintain the shutout, each tossing a scoreless inning.

With the win, Dimitrie closes the regular season with a 5-1 record, matching Renton Poole for the best record on the Bombers staff.

Dylan Givens takes the loss to fall to 2-2.

The Miners close out the season at 26-14, a half-game ahead of the 26-15 Bombers.

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