Best launches three homers in Bomber rout

From Herald Staff Reports


Prior to Friday night’s Ohio Valley League baseball game against the Fulton Railroaders, Dubois County Bombers standout Tyler Best had only hit one home run on the season. However, the shortstop absolutely dominated with the long ball on Friday as he had three home runs and a total of six RBIs in the game to help send the Bombers past the Railroaders, 13-5.

The Bombers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning after Best launched a monster shot over the right field wall to score Chase Hug and Matt Ellis. While the Railroaders quickly regained a 4-3 lead in the ensuing innings, Dubois County answered with another three-run inning in the third to take a 6-4 lead. A Matt Joslin solo home run, an RBI single from Tyler Van Pelt and an RBI double from Bryson McNay were the big hits in that inning.

Dubois County expanded its lead in the fourth inning with a two-run dinger from Best to make it 8-4 and made it 9-5 in the seventh inning thanks to another RBI single from Van Pelt. Searching for some insurance, the Bombers added four runs in the ninth inning to seal the deal — a solo shot from Best, a two-RBI single from Easton Stewart and a sac fly from Joslin dealt the damage that time around.

Best, Van Pelt, McNay, Stewart and Marcus Hill all had multiple base hits to lead the Bombers offensive attack. Pitching wise, Samuel Steimel improved to 2-2 on the mound with the win while Alex Franklin and Brennan LaBarbera combined for six strikeouts in relief.

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