Poole is Drafted, and Bombers Drop Another

Poole is Drafted, and Bombers Drop Another

The Dubois County Bombers early season struggles continued last night as they dropped a 9-5 decision at home to the Hopkinsville Hoppers. But it was a day with some very good news for the Bomber family. One current player and one former Bomber were selected in the Major League Baseball draft conducted over the past three days.

Third-year Bomber Renton Poole was taken in the 28th round by the Texas Rangers. Poole played his junior year this spring at IU-Kokomo. Then in the 35th round, USI catcher and 2016 Bomber Logan Brown was drafted by the Atlanta Braves organization. Both players have a year of college eligibility remaining should they choose to return to school.

Looking for their first win of the season, the Bombers scored first once again. A walk and a pair of Hoptown errors put Bombers on the corners in the home first. Newly acquired Cody Bridges (Ky Wesleyan) stole second. Ben Wilcoxson then took off for home, barely beating the throw. Bridges later scored on a double by John McDonald (Austin Peay) to give the home team an early 2-0 advantage.

Reece Kleinhelter (Jasper & USI) was the Bombers starting pitcher. Kleinhelter kept the Hoppers off the board until the third inning, when a triple and a home run that hit the top of the center field wall and bounced over tied the game at 2-all.

The Hoppers added another pair in the fourth, highlighted by a solo home run. 4-2 after 3 ½, there was no more scoring for either team until the 8th when Hopkinsville added another four, extending the lead to 8-2.

Yet another Hoppers run in the top of the ninth preceded a last-inning rally by the Bombers.

Two hit batters and a walk loaded the bags with Bombers with nobody out. Two came in on groundouts. A final run was driven in by Tanner Craig (U. of Evansville) to make the score 9-5.

Craig and McDonald each had a pair of hits for the Bombers. They also had the Bombers only extra base hits, each with a double.

Of five Bomber pitchers used on this night, D. Tobe Whitten (Oakland City Coll.) had the best night. He only allowed one hit and no runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three.

The Bombers will be home tonight for the sixth time in the last seven days. It will be a Thirsty Thursday promotion against the Madisonville Miners. First pitch will be at 7 PM.


Get the box score from game changer here.