Henderson Forces Game 3 with 5-4 Win Over Bombers

Henderson Forces Game 3 with 5-4 Win Over Bombers

The Dubois County Bombers dropped a tense 5-4 contest in Henderson, Kentucky, setting the stage for tonight’s decisive game in their first-round series with the Henderson Flash.

The Bombers and Flash battled for 2nd and 3rd place in the OVL East for an extended period earlier this month before Dubois County put a little distance between the two in the final two weeks of the season. Through the first two games of this best-of-three playoff matchup, the teams have again battled toe-to-toe.

The Bombers scored single runs in both of the first two innings. In the first, Nick Gonzales pounded a two-out single, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a John McDonald RBI hit. In the second, Evan Aders walked, advanced to third on a Ben Wilcoxson double, and came home on an Evan Kahre infield single.

Henderson tied the game in the third with a two-run homer off Bomber starter Evan Sankey.

But the Bombers regained the lead in the fifth. Nolan Ramsey blasted a one-out double and advanced to third on a Gonzales groundout. With two down, Tobe Whitten beat out an infield grounder for a base hit, scoring Ramsey and putting Dubois County back on top 3-2.

Henderson countered immediately, rallying for three runs in the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. The long ball did the bulk of the damage again, as Paul Haupt hit his eighth homer of the summer.

With a number of come-from-behind wins under their belt this summer, the Bombers have repeatedly shown a flair for the dramatic.

Dubois County got a runner aboard in each the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, but were never able to mount a serious rally in any of those frames.

Then came the ninth. Down two, Evan Kahre outraced another infield single with one out. Ramsey walked to put the tying run on base. Gonzales rocketed a hard grounder down the first-base line that had extra bases written all over it. But the Flash first baseman picked it cleanly, stepping on first to retire Gonzales. Both runners advanced, putting Bombers on 2nd and 3rd with two down.

John McDonald shot one back up the middle, but the Henderson shortstop kept it in the infield though he was unable to make a play. Kahre scored and Ramsey had to stop at third. Had the ball gone through, the game would have likely been tied, but a second straight clutch defensive play by the Flash left Bombers at the corners.

Tobe Whitten’s fly ball was hauled in, ending the contest and guaranteeing that a third and deciding game would be needed tonight at League Stadium.

Game time is at 6 PM. The winner tonight will advance to the semifinal series against Owensboro or Muhlenberg County.

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