Bombers Fall to RiverDawgs in Season Opener

Bombers Fall to RiverDawgs in Season Opener

The Dubois County Bombers opened their 2018 campaign a day late and a couple runs short last night, falling to the Owensboro RiverDawgs 6-4. Nevertheless, there were a string of encouraging signs in the contest indicating a great likelihood of yet highly successful season for the Dubois County squad.

For starters, there was the starter – Renton Poole. Poole is now in his 3rd season with the Dubois County club. Among other awards and accomplishments over the past two summers, Poole is a returning OVL All-Star. Head coach Andy Lasher tabbed Poole to take the mound for the season’s lid-lifter. Though Poole didn’t have one of his best outings, he fanned five RiverDawgs in four innings of work, showing flashes of the talent that has allowed him to be one of the most dominant pitchers in the league in recent years.

Then there was Nolan Ramsey. Ramsey went 3-for-4. In a game where the batters only produced three extra base hits total, Ramsey had two of them, a double and a triple. Like Poole, Ramsey is a returning OVL All-Star, having played for the Bombers’ division rival Madisonville Miners last season.

Then there were the locals – Dubois County’s own.  There has been a consistent progression of Dubois County high school products playing for the Bombers. Gobert, Giesler, Shepherd, and others have donned the Bombers red, white, and blue. This year, Evan Aders, Payton Mattingly, and Reece Kleinhelter will spend the college summer playing for the local nine.

Mattingly went 3-for-3, collecting a pair of RBIs and stroking the only extra-base hit in the game by someone not named Ramsey. Aders scored a run, and Kleinhelter pitched a solid inning of relief.

Gavin Napier, a redshirt freshman catcher from IU, showed the arm that landed him in the Big Ten. Jacob Frankel was the first Bomber reliever, fanning 5 Dawgs in 3 solid innings of hitless work.

The Bombers outhit Owensboro 11-7, and had the only extra base hits in the game as previously noted. But a couple of untimely errors and some control problems by the bullpen proved too much to overcome.

The Bombers rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the eighth, scoring three to take the lead. Mattingly got the big hit. Down 3-2 with runners on the corners, Mattingly doubled to right field and headed for third base. Owensboro caught him in a brief rundown between 2nd and 3rd, but Mattingly stayed alive long enough for the go-ahead run to cross the plate.

Up 4-3 going to the ninth, wildness on the part of the Bombers relievers proved the undoing on this night. Ryan Luckett walked a pair. Koby Silvy hit a batter and walked another, forcing in the tying run. With the bases loaded and still no outs, Kleinhelter was brought in. A bloop single scored two for Owensboro before Kleinhelter struck out the RiverDawgs cleanup hitter. A double play ended the rally.

The same two teams play again tonight in League Stadium. Gates will open at 5:15 for a special Fun and Games With Bombers and Peaches in the outfield prior to the ballgame. Kids are invited to join in. Perennial fan favorite, the Balloon Guy, will also be present throughout the game.

Check out the Box Score & Full Stats from Gamechanger HERE