Former Charger helps Bombers keep advantage

By JOHN PATISHNOCK
Herald Sports Writer

HUNTINGBURG — Not much bothered Clint Chestnut on Wednesday. Actually, nothing at all.

Chestnut

The 2010 Pike Central High School graduate ensured the Dubois County Bombers’ slim lead didn’t disappear when he entered the game in the sixth inning, retiring two consecutive batters and preserving the shutout. Dubois County tacked on four runs in the eighth en route to a 5-0 defeat of the Owensboro Oilers at League Stadium.

Chestnut, who has four saves on the season, struck out a batter and coaxed a grounder back to him after a sacrifice bunt when he entered with two runners on and no outs and the Bombers leading 1-0.

“It’s kind of exciting, just to get the guy out and try not to let the run score and save my teammates,” Chestnut said.

“Clint’s always a guy you can rely on to throw strikes,” Dubois County manager Wes Fink added. “No matter if Clint has his best stuff or not, we always know that he’s going to go in there and compete.”

Brian Page (1-0) started for Dubois County, throwing four scoreless innings. He struck out one and walked four while allowing just two hits. Jackson White began the fifth, then pitched to two batters in the sixth before giving way to Chestnut, who brushed off having to pitch in extremely humid conditions. The temperature neared 90 degrees with no wind.

“It’s kind of rough, but I’m used to it since I’m a local boy,” Chestnut said.

Dubois County (18-21) didn’t commit and error and also benefitted from a strange double play in the fifth. After a long flyout to left field, the Oiler baserunner didn’t re-touch third base on his way back to second. Bomber catcher Rick Linton also gunned down a runner trying to steal second base in the eighth after a leadoff single.

“The guys played a clean game,” Fink said. “I thought we did a good job of making the routine plays.

“We had them on the hook a couple times early, a chance to score some runs and we didn’t capitalize on it, but we hung in there and hit it late.”

Dubois County tacked on four runs in the eighth, aided by a pair of Oiler errors.

With one out, Andre Davis reached on an infield single and Linton walked. After a popup, Jarret Young singled to score Davis and then moved up to third base on a wild throwing error. Linton also scored on the play, causing the miscue when he advanced to third base on the play.

Young scored later in the frame on an error, and Jacob Armstrong came home on a Shain Showers single.

The multiple contributions helped as the Bombers continue to play without Bo Ausmus, who at .318 led the team in batting this season before hurting his hamstring recently running down the first-base line.

“I know Bo obviously wants to be playing, but so does everybody else,” Fink said. “That gives somebody else a chance to step in and do a good job.”

Dubois County and Owensboro, which are tied for fourth place in the six-team Ohio Valley League, battle again tonight at 8:05 p.m. EDT at Owensboro.

Contact John Patishnock at jpatishnock@dcherald.com.




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