Giesler relishing healthy return

By JOHN PATISHNOCK
Herald Sports Writer

HUNTINGBURG — A season like this would have been unfathomable for Dane Giesler a year ago.
Get halfway through the campaign and play on a team that features a break-even record? No shot. No way.

Giesler

It’s definitely been a transition for Giesler, a 2012 Jasper High School graduate whose Wildcat teams finished 103-26 during his four years in high school.

This season, the team he’s playing on is now .500, as the Dubois County Bombers dropped their third straight game Thursday night, losing 11-1 to Fulton at League Stadium.

“It’s hard, because you’re so used to winning with a program like that and you’ve just got to keep coming out every day and put the work in and just getting better,” said Giesler, who was one of four Bombers to steal a base. “This is a little different situation than high school baseball; this is for college kids to get better, work on the stuff that they need to do to keep pursuing what they want to do in baseball.”

As Giesler alluded to, success takes on different forms for each player. For Giesler, this summer that means simply playing. He tore his ACL playing pickup basketball at Wabash Valley College toward the end of November, then rehabbed all of the spring season after having surgery in December. He didn’t play in any games this year for Wabash Valley, which finished 46-16, instead running and rebuilding muscle.

Giesler estimated he’s played in about only half of the Bombers’ games, though he’s progressing. He drove in the team’s lone run Thursday, ripping a triple to left-center field in the second inning to score Bo Ausmus and temporarily tie the game at 1.

“Considering I just got back off my ACL surgery, I think I’m doing all right,” Giesler said.

Fulton (11-10) won its sixth straight contest off the strength of five runs in the fifth and another four in the eighth. The Railroader combo of Taylor Douglas (1-0) and Ryan Skoubo limited the Bombers to three hits and only one after the second inning.

“The guys didn’t come out to play and it’s kind of been like that, up and down, this year,” Dubois County manager Wes Fink said. “We’ll have half the guys who will want to be out here playing and half the guys are kind of drifting away.”

Fink also lamented that the team is still trying to find its personality, even though the season is about halfway done.

“We need some guys to step up and start leading,” he said, “especially by example.”

Fink wasn’t worried about 2012 Heritage Hills graduate Ty Simpson (2-3), who allowed seven runs (six earned) off six hits through six innings. Simpson allowed several hard-hit balls, especially in the early part of the game, but Fink pointed to Simpson’s ability to work ahead in the count.

“They made some good swings,” Fink said of the Railroaders. “He wasn’t that bad, they just made some good swings and they hit the ball hard. As far as Ty, it’s summer ball and he has to just get ready to pitch the next game.”

Dubois County has an opportunity to end its losing streak today at Marion (4-16), which resides in the cellar of the six-team Ohio Valley League. The Bombers and Bobcats will play a doubleheader, with the first game scheduled for 5 p.m. EDT.

Contact John Patishnock at jpatishnock@dcherald.com.




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