Bombers Come From Behind to Win at Home

Bombers Come From Behind to Win at Home

The Dubois County Bombers came from behind in thrilling fashion last night in front of a near-capacity crowd at League Stadium to down the visiting Hopkinsville Hoppers 2-1.

A classic pitching duel developed in what was one of the best-played all-around games of the season by both teams.

Bombers coach Andy Lasher tabbed Jacob Frankel of IUS for the mound starting assignment against the leaders of the OVL East. A first-inning leadoff single and a stolen base put a Hoptown runner on 2nd right off the bat. Frankel struck out two Hoppers in the inning to end the inning. The Hoppers would not mount another serious threat until the eighth. Frankel and the Bomber defense would not even permit another Hopper past first base through the first seven innings. 10 strikeouts by Frankel figured significantly in the shutdown effort.

However, the Bombers were also struggling to put together any offense of their own off of Hoppers starting pitcher Sage Holderfield who retired the first 11 Bombers in the game.

A Nolan Ramsey (U. of Alabama-Huntsville) single and a walk put a pair of Bombers aboard in the fourth, but a popup ended the inning. Cooper Trinkle (U. of Evansville) reached on an error in the home fifth, but was stranded. Those three runners were the only Bombers to make it to the basepaths over the first seven innings.

Hoptown finally broke through in the eighth inning. An infield error and a double put two Hoppers in scoring position with no outs. A pinch-hitter popped up, but a long sacrifice fly off the bat of the #9 hitter gave the visitors a 1-0 advantage. It was nearly worse. The leadoff batter followed with a line shot to short that Ben Wilcoxson (Kentucky Wesleyan) snared to end the rally.

Brad Fuhrhop (Kaskaskia College) wasted no time in starting the Bombers response by stroking a single. Nick Gonzales (New Mexico St.) was hit by a pitch as a pinch-hitter. Wilcoxson followed with a textbook single down the third-base line to put Bombers on 2nd and 3rdwith just one out.

The Hoppers elected to bring the infield in to try and preserve the one-run lead. Cody Bridges smacked a hard-hit grounder through the drawn-in defenders to score both runners, putting the Bombers on top 2-

After a seven-inning staredown, the gauntlet had been thrown down and picked up in the eighth.

But the ninth inning would be no gimme. Hoptown’s 2-3-4 hitters were up, and Frankel’s tank was empty.

Lasher went to the bullpen and brought in big Tobe Whitten (Oakland City University). Whitten struck out the side to net the save and seal the victory in front of a season-high crowd of 1,798.

Frankel struck out ten Hoppers. He only allowed three hits, and didn’t walk a batter in collecting the victory to improve his record to 2-1. The save was Whitten’s first of the season.

The victory evens the Dubois County record at 9-9. They will travel to Fulton tonight to take on the Railroaders. After an off-day on Monday, the Bombers will be home on Tuesday against the Madisonville Miners.

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