Bombers Rally in 10th to 5-4 Win

Bombers Rally in 10th to 5-4 Win

The 2018 Bombers season has not been one for the faint of heart. Battling for the division crown and playoff #1 seed, the surging Bombers fought to the end last night in pulling out a 5-4 extra-inning victory with a 3-run tenth inning rally over the visiting Paducah Chiefs.

Evan Kahre’s sacrifice fly brought Nolan Ramsey into a home plate welcoming committee of rejoicing teammates. In truth, it was one of those games where the credit could be spread far and wide among those wearing the Bomber red, white, and blue.

Evan Sankey pitched what would have been a complete game victory on most nights. Unfortunately, nine innings wasn’t a complete game last night. Sankey scattered nine Paducah base hits, all but two of them singles in an outstanding playoff tuneup. Sankey didn’t walk a single batter, striking out eight.

With the Bombers trailing 2-0 at the time, Sankey faced his stiffest test in the fifth inning. Paducah loaded the bases with one out. Facing the heart of the Chiefs order, Sankey struck out the #3 hitter and coaxed a come-backer from the cleanup hitter to end the rally.

Sankey remained in the game through the regulation nine, but he never again faced more than three batters in a frame, aided by a stiff Bombers defense turning double plays and cutting down Chiefs baserunners.

Like the visitors, Dubois County also loaded the bases with one down in the fifth. Consecutive base hits by Trevor Ricker, Ben Wilcoxson, Cooper Trinkle, and Evan Kahre produced two runs to knot the score at two runs apiece.

Opportunities were limited for both teams through the next few innings. So it went to the tenth.

Sankey was pulled after nine having thrown just over 100 pitches. Jack Anderson relieved. Anderson was the victim of a rare Bombers error, as Paducah pushed across a pair of unearned runs.

Down 4-2, it would take a team effort to pull this one out. A team effort is what they got.

  • Chase Andrews led off the Bomber 10th. He homered. 4-3.
  • Tobe Whitten drew a walk to put the tying run on base.
  • Brad Fuhrhop laid down a bunt single to get the winning run in play.
  • Nick Gonzales lashed a pinch-hit single to drive in the tying run.

Kahre came to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. It was the same situation he had faced in the fifth inning when he drove in the Bombers first two runs. This time, he would only need to score one teammate. A fly ball to right field sent the Bombers charging out of the dugout for an impromptu team celebration at home plate.

Anderson gets the win, making his record 4-1.

The homer by Andrews was his second of the season, both coming at League Stadium.

The Bombers record improves to 25-14, keeping them in tight contention with Owensboro for the division lead and the league’s best record.

The Bombers final home game of the regular season will be tonight at League Stadium. It’s Fan Appreciation Night with giveaways throughout.  Game time is at 7 PM. The regular season will then conclude on Wednesday with a road trip to Owensboro for a final matchup with the RiverDawgs that may determine the division championship and the playoff #1 seed.

At this point, the Bombers have clinched home field advantage for at least the first round of the playoffs which will start Friday night at League Stadium against an opponent to be determined.

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