Rally In The 9th Not Enough For Bombers

Rally In The 9th Not Enough For Bombers

The Dubois County Bombers put on a ferocious rally in the ninth inning last night at League Stadium, but fell just short as they dropped a 4-3 decision to the Henderson Flash.

The Flash scored a pair of unearned runs on just one hit in the first inning to take the early advantage. A walk, a single, an infield error, and a hit batter forced in one run leaving the bases loaded. A second run scored on a groundout.

Bombers’ starting pitcher Evan Sankey shut down the Flash, only allowing one hit over the next four innings of work. A sixth-inning walk and a double put Henderson runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out. Sankey nearly worked out of the jam when he fanned the next two batters. But a hard-hit grounder back up the middle bounced into the outfield and scored both Flash baserunners, giving Henderson a 4-0 lead.

Meanwhile, the Bombers were having problems finding clutch hits. Though Dubois County was only retired in order once all night, the Flash hurlers managed to scatter the Bombers’ base hits well enough to keep the home team off the board.

The Bombers appeared to have some good scoring threats in the mid-innings, but each opportunity came up empty.

In the Bomber fifth, a Fuhrhop single, a Ricker walk, and a Wilcoxson sacrifice put Bombers on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Bridges flied out to shallow left, and Ricker was doubled off of second to end the inning.

Nick Gonzales led off the sixth with a single, and advanced to second on a Flash error. But the 3-4-5 hitters in the Bomber lineup were unable to bring him around as another opportunity misfired.

In the seventh, Andrews singled and Ricker walked again to put two Bombers on with one out, but Wilcoxson hit a laser shot to the shortstop who doubled up Andrews off of second base.

Down 4-0 in the bottom of the ninth, the Bombers put up a valiant effort. Chase Andrews got things started with a one-out double. Brad Fuhrhop singled to put Bombers on the corners. Ricker walked to load the bases and bring the tying run to the plate. John McDonald also walked to bring in the Bombers first run. A wild pitch made it 4-2. Evan Aders was also handed a free pass, repacking the bags.

There was still only one out with Bombers on ever base, now down just two runs.

Nick Gonzales, a recent addition to the Bomber squad and a member of multiple All-America teams, was up next. Gonzales hammered a 3-2 offering deep into left-center where Flash center fielder Nick Barrett made a game-saving catch on the dead run. Nevertheless, the sacrifice fly scored Ricker to close the deficit to 4-3.

Nolan Ramsey, at or near the top of virtually every offensive category for the Bombers so far on the young season, stepped to the plate. But there was no joy in Huntingburg. Nolan Ramsey struck out.

Sankey takes the loss to even his record at 1-1.

Jack Anderson and Jacob Lewis combined for 3 scoreless innings of relief for Dubois County.

Gonzalez keyed the Bomber offense with three singles. Andrews had a double and a single, while Fuhrhop had a pair of singles. The Bombers outhit Henderson 8-5.

Andrews was also the Bombers’ defensive star of the game, cutting down three Flash runners attempting to steal second.

The Bombers fall to 5-8. They will host the Fulton Railroaders tonight (Saturday) at League Stadium. The XPOGO Stunt Team will be on hand to entertain the crowd. First pitch is at 7 PM.

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