Bomber bats silenced at FultonJuly 16, 2014
From Herald Staff Reports
They say good pitching yields championships.
On Tuesday across state lines, better pitching sent the Dubois County Bombers farther behind the Fulton Railroaders in the Ohio Valley League Standings.
Nick Gobert pitched seven strong innings for the Bombers, but permitted a trio of Railroaders to score in the second, giving the Kentucky hosts a 3-0 win and a 11⁄2-game cushion over Dubois County for third place in the OVL.
Meanwhile, Railroader starter Fernando Gonzalez didn’t allow an extra-base hit to the Bombers (18-19), who managed six singles and moved a runner past second base twice — both times in the first inning.
The Railroaders (18-16) manufactured their three runs on a walk, a wild pitch and four singles, and Gonzalez (six strikeouts) retired Dubois County in order three times after that. The Bombers’ best chance came in the first, when Ty Broady and Dane Giesler smacked back-to-back singles and each advanced a base on steals. But Broady was tagged out trying to score, and Giesler was stranded on third when Chase Scott lined out to end the inning.
Giesler finished 2-for-3 and Bomber hurler Tyler Nichols furnished two innings of hitless relief, fanning three batters.
The loss evened and ended the two teams’ 10-game season series. While Fulton hosts Hoptown (20-14) tonight, the Bombers will try to snap a two-game skid when they welcome league-leading Owensboro (23-12) to League Stadium for a 7 o’clock first pitch tonight.
If the standings hold, the Bombers would take on the Oilers in the first round of the OVL playoffs. Dubois County is 3-6 against Owensboro this season, but 3-1 in the two squads’ last four matchups.
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