Bombers Doomed by Slow Start in 6-3 Loss to Hoppers

Bombers Doomed by Slow Start in 6-3 Loss to Hoppers

The Hopkinsville Hoppers kept their unbeaten record intact with a 6-3 triumph over the Dubois County Bombers, but it wasn’t without some tense moments at the end.

The Hoppers scored twice in the first, and added four runs in the second inning to take an early 6-0 lead. They did so despite only managing three hits in those two frames. Two were off the bat of cleanup hitter Ben Fisher; the other was from Sean Brophy. But mix in four walks in just over an inning’s worth of work by Dubois County starter Mark Giesler, and a pair of Bomber errors by second baseman Jacob Roberts, and the trio of base hits stretched to six runs.

Bombers relievers Tyler Nichols and Aaron Pearcy managed to hold the Hoppers in check for the rest of the night. From the third inning on, the Hoppers never got a baserunner past first base. At one point, Nichols and Pearcy combined to retire 11 consecutive Hoppers. But the Bombers bats were equally quiet at the command of a string of Hopper pitchers, including starter Evan Tidwell followed by relievers Parker Cash, Heath Petty, Josh Drake, and Trevor Blocker.

Tirey Burch doubled in Jacob Lightle for the Bombers’ first run in the 5th inning. The Bombers then threatened in the 7th, loading the bases with two down, but first baseman Ben Fisher snared a liner off the bat of Joe Redburn to kill the rally.

Then it got interesting in the bottom of the 9th. Down 6-1, Rick Linton walked, Jacob Lightle doubled, his third base hit of the game. Tirey Burch followed with his fourth hit of the night, a single that brought in a run. Joe Redburn kept it going with an RBI single of his own, and Glenn Jones reached on an error, loading the bases with the score 6-3.

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But the Hoppers escaped the threat as Blocker struck out Nick Gobert to end the game. Despite outhitting the Hoppers 10-4, the early lead proved a bit too much for the Bombers to overcome.

Tidwell pitched five strong innings, earning the win to improve his record to 2-0. Giesler took the loss, falling to 0-2. The Hoppers are now 8-0 on the season. The Bombers record falls to 2-4. A lively crowd of 1,113 showed up for the first Dubois County home weekend contest of the season.

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