Bombers Rally Falls Short in 8-9 Loss to Stallions

Bombers Rally Falls Short in 8-9 Loss to Stallions

In a season of comebacks where the whole season has been one monumental comeback, the Bombers staged one of their more impressive rallies last night, only to fall a step short in losing to the Muhlenberg County Stallions 9-8 at League Stadium.

It was the Bombers final home game of the regular season, though there will be playoff action at League Stadium starting this Friday.

Dubois County took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning, bunching singles by Brad Fuhrhop, Ben Wilcoxson, and Cooper Trinkle with a sacrifice fly by Evan Kahre.

Colton Easterwood delivered another fine performance out of the Bombers starting staff. He faced the minimum 12 batters through the first four innings, allowing just a single where the runner was erased on the bases.

Needing a win to keep hopes for a division title alive, things were looking good through the early innings. Then one of those baseball nightmares came out of the blue. A walk, a couple of errors, some bunt base hits, a controversial umpire’s call, and maybe a black cat or two combined into a perfect storm producing a seven-run fifth for the Stallions. They added two more in the sixth to take a 9-2 lead.

Some teams give up at that point. The 2018 Bombers aren’t one of those teams.

A four-run sixth put the game back in reach. Payton Mattingly got things started with a single. It would be the Bombers only base hit in the inning. Walks, hit batsmen, a wild pitch, and a Nolan Ramsey sacrifice fly produced the remainder of the rally fuel as the Bombers cut the deficit to 9-6.

In the seventh, the Bombers picked up where they left off an inning earlier. Mattingly and Wilcoxson opened the frame with singles. Kahre’s second sacrifice fly of the game and Ramsey’s standup triple drove in the runs, cutting the Muhlenberg County lead to 9-8.

Meanwhile, Ryan Luckett came out of the Bomber bullpen to pitch the final three innings, holding the Stallions at bay. Luckett pitched out of one jam, retiring Muhlenberg County in order twice.

The Bombers couldn’t round up any offense in the eighth. The stage was set for a 9th inning thriller.

Nick Gonzales pinch-hit to lead off the inning. He was hit by a pitch. Wilcoxson sacrificed him to second. Trinkle flied out to deep right, with Gonzales scampering to third after the catch.

Evan Kahre was at the plate. Kahre had come through with at least four different clutch at-bats in the past two nights. Did he have another in store?

Kahre shot a 2-2 pitch into the night air, but it came down in the glove of the Stallion right fielder, ending the game.

The loss, combined with Owensboro’s win last night seals the Bombers in second place in the OVL East for the season – not a bad finish for a team that lost its first six games.

Dubois County will travel to Owensboro tonight for the final contest of the regular season, but both team’s positions in the final standings are locked.

Dubois County is 25-15 with tonight’s game remaining, 1 ½ games behind Owensboro.

The Bombers first-round opponent in the playoffs will be the Henderson Flash. The Bombers have home field advantage in the best-of-3 series. Game 1 will be at League Stadium on Friday. Game 2 will be Saturday in Henderson. If necessary, game 3 will be back at League Stadium on Sunday.

All playoff games at League Stadium will be General Admission Seating ($5) with the exception of Chairback Season Ticket Holders who will maintain their normal seats.

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