Bombers Nearly Hand Hoptown First Loss

Bombers Nearly Hand Hoptown First Loss

The Dubois County Bombers had a tough assignment on this full moon Friday the 13th. Their mission was to travel to Hopkinsville and attempt to intercept the Hoppers undefeated record at nine games. The Bombers made a valiant effort, but the operation was thwarted in the end. The Hoppers prevailed by a score of 5-4.

The Bombers scored first in the second inning. Nick Gobert walked to lead off the inning and came around to score on a hit off the bat of his former high school teammate, Mark Giesler.

The Bombers added a pair in the third. Newburgh’s Joe Redburn walked and came around to score. Dane Giesler drove in Caleb Lonkard for the second run of the inning. After 2 ½, the Bombers led by a score of 3-0.

Bomber starter Tyler Nichols retired the Hoppers in order in the first, but pitched out of jams the next three innings. It was the bottom of the fifth before the Hoppers dented the plate. Even then, the first two runs scored without benefit of a hit. In the fifth, Nichols hit the leadoff batter and walked the next. Stolen bases and errors allowed the first two runs to score. Nichols then gave way to Aaron Pearcy who pitched the rest of the inning. A double and a groundout pushed two more across. At the end of five, the Hoppers led 4-3.

The Bombers responded quickly, knotting the game up at 4-4 in the top of the sixth when Mitchell Doucette doubled in Mark Giesler. However, the Hoppers regained the advantage in the bottom of the frame, scoring a run without benefit of a hit off of reliever Brian Wichman who finished the game.

The Bombers were unable to threaten again until there were two outs in the ninth inning. Down to their last hope, Caleb Lonkard singled and advanced to second on an error, but Gobert flied out to end the game.

Geordie Carlson earned the win in relief for the Hoppers. His record now stands at 2-0. Trevor Blocker picked up his first save of the year.

Wichman (0-2) took the loss for the Bombers despite holding the home team hitless in three innings of work. Nick Gobert accounted for half of Dubois County’s six hits.

The Bombers record now stands at 3-7. They remain in fourth place in the Ohio Valley League, seven games out of first and two games behind the third-place Fulton Railroaders. The Hoppers remain undefeated, leading the league with a record of 10-0.

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