Bombers Manage Another Comeback In 7-5 Playoff Win

Bombers Manage Another Comeback In 7-5 Playoff Win

In a season where comebacks were the rule, the Bombers opened the playoffs by returning to a familiar script last night, rallying for a hard-fought 7-5 victory over the Henderson Flash. The game was the first of a best-of-three series in the first round of the Ohio Valley League playoffs.

It was not a promising start, but then that is the way with comebacks. Henderson scored three unearned runs in the first inning. Bomber starting pitcher Jack Anderson deserved a better fate. He ended up striking out the side, but a pair of errors and three base hits by Henderson led to the early advantage.

After escaping a first inning that could have been worse, Anderson turned in a solid performance, striking out nine batters in 6+ innings of work. He only allowed a Flash baserunner past second one more time after that first inning.

But the Bomber offense was slow to capitalize on this night. Three walks and a hit batter produced a first tally for Dubois County in the third inning. However, the Bombers were still being no-hit into the fifth inning.

Evan Aders led off the Bomber fifth with the Bombers first hit of the game with a blast clearing the outfield fence between the foul pole and the old-tyme scoreboard, cutting the Henderson advantage to 3-2.

The Flash added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to regain a 3-run lead at 5-2.

The top of the order was up in the Bomber eighth. Henderson starting pitcher Bowles was still in the game. He still had not surrendered a hit aside from Aders’ homer, having retired nine consecutive Bombers since that blast.

Cooper Trinkle was hit by a pitch to start the Bomber eighth. When Evan Kahre reached on an error, Bowles was lifted. Nick Gonzales was also hit by a pitch to load the bases. The stage was set.

John McDonald and Nolan Ramsey smacked back-to-back doubles, driving in a pair of runs each to give the Bombers a 6-5 lead. Chase Andrews drove in another later in the inning to make it 7-5 as lightning started popping up in the distance.

Reece Kleinhelter came out of the Bomber bullpen to relieve Anderson in the seventh. KIeinhelter pitched the final three innings, allowing 3 hits without walking anyone. The one run he yielded was unearned.

Working with a 2-run cushion, Kleinhelter retired Henderson in order in the ninth inning, to the cheers of a boisterous crowd of several hundred.

Kleinhelter got the decision. His Jasper Wildcat teammate, Evan Aders, was the only Bomber with more than one base hit, adding a single in the big 8th-inning rally to his earlier home run.

The series continues tomorrow in Henderson. If necessary, the third and deciding game would be Sunday back here at League Stadium. In that case, gametime would be 6 PM. The winner of this series will advance to the Eastern Division finals against either the Owensboro RiverDawgs or the Muhlenberg County Stallions. That series is scheduled for Monday through Wednesday.

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