Late siege lengthens snappy start for Bombers

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Dubois County second baseman Bo Ausmus attempted to turn a double play during the Bombers’ 15-4 blowout of Marion on Wednesday night at League Stadium in Huntingburg. Ausmus doubled and singled and was one of two Bombers to finish with at least two hits. For a gallery of photos, click here.

By JOHN PATISHNOCK
Herald Sports Writer

HUNTINGBURG — Hitting the ball far didn’t prove necessary for the Dubois County Bombers.

Dubois County produced a 15-4 blowout over Marion on Wednesday evening at League Stadium, thanks largely to the Bobcats’ miscues and the Bombers’ ability to take advantage. Solid pitching helped, too, though Marion mounted a pair of rallies later in the game.

“We got hit and walked a lot but we actually ran the bases the best we have all year,” Dubois County manager Wes Fink said. “We had timely hitting and the guys who came in late got the job done.”

First, Dubois County (4-0) plated two runs in the second inning without the benefit of a hit, as Shain Showers and Chris Tavares walked, Jarrett Young then was hit by a pitch and Hamilton Carr coaxed a bases-loaded walk. Garret Gordan drove home the second run with a sacrifice fly.
An inning later, Eric McKibban reached on a flare single to first base. He stole second, moved to third on a groundout and then scored on a wild pitch.

Marion manufactured its first rally in the sixth, when the Bobcats scored a pair on a two-out, two-run single from Tyler Boxwell.

Marion temporarily took the lead in the seventh, as Joe Tourville reached on a two-out bunt single and scored on a double from Tyler Odom, who drove a pitch to deep left field. Odom scored after Brown smacked a single through the right side of the infield.

Dubois County starter Dan Schmidt left the game immediately after, giving way to Kyle Briner (1-0). Schmidt tossed 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and eight hits while striking out four. He cruised for the first five innings, allowing just three hits and two runners to advance to second base. He walked none and pitched in control the entire game.

“He threw great, the one inning they put a couple runs up, (but) he threw very well,” Fink said. “He’ll do a good job for us this year.”

Schmidt didn’t earn the win but Briner did after the Bombers pounded Marion’s Blake Thomas for five runs in the seventh inning.

Ausmus doubled to lead off, ripping a ball down the third-base line and taking second base after the Bobcat left fielder was slow to the ball. McKibban laid down a perfect bunt toward the third baseman and reached first without a throw, Showers walked and pinch-hitter Jacob Armstrong drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 4.

The score didn’t stay knotted for long.

Chris Tavares, the next hitter, produced an inside-out swing that led to a bloop single into shallow right field, scoring two. Armstrong and pinch-runner Rick Linton each scored on a wild pitch before Hamilton Carr lifted an RBI single over the drawn-in infield.

“The kid, he looked like he was struggling,” Tavares said of Thomas. “I knew he was going to come and try to sneak in fastballs in there, so I was just ready. He kind of was working me away, so I just did my job and tried to go the other way with it.”

The Bombers plated six more runs in the eighth: Linton was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and then scored on an RBI single from Gordan, whose hit scooted past the center fielder. Young and Carr both scored on the miscue. Earlier in the frame, Young delivered a two-run single.

Dubois County needed only four hits to score six runs in each the seventh and eighth inning, with five wild pitches and four walks sprinkled in. Marion also hit five batters and walked seven other hitters for the entire game.

Perhaps not a conventional win, but one that kept the Bombers undefeated in its inaugural season in the Ohio Valley League.

“In this league the teams are more balanced out; in the Prospect League, I think there were a few teams that were stacked and we were one of them last year,” Tavares said. “This year we’re pretty stacked with the Ohio teams, so I think we’re going to do pretty good this year.”

Contact John Patishnock at jpatishnock@dcherald.com.




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