Bombers defeat Rhythm in rain-soaked gameJuly 18, 2021
BY JIMMY LAFAKIS
HUNTINGBURG — A four-run third inning made the difference for the Dubois County Bombers (24-13) in their rain-shortened victory over the Full Count Rhythm on Sunday evening. The Bombers strung together those critical runs before the game was delayed and called.
The top of Dubois County’s order got the job done in the third frame. A pair of singles from Guy Lipscomb and Ben Wilcoxson put the game’s first two runs on the board. After Wilcoxson stole second base, a subsequent Full Count throwing error permitted two more runs to score.
“That was huge,” Dubois County coach Travis LaMar said. “It’s one of those where any time you can score early and take a lead, that works out well for you. For us to put up a four-run third inning and kind of get a big inning out of it, that was even better. I think we capitalized on some of their mistakes. We hit some balls really well. You add those together, and it puts us on top — right where we need to be.”
Fortune favors the prepared, and the Bombers seized their chance after forcing the Rhythm to make plays. Putting the ball in play proved to be paramount. Full Count committed three errors in the game.
“Lately, we’ve been swinging the bats pretty well,” LaMar said. “We kind of ran through a stretch where even though we were hitting the ball hard, it was right at people. It’s good to see that these guys haven’t gotten frustrated. They’ve continued to stick with their approach. It’s kind of paying dividends for us now. We’re still putting good swings on the ball. Now, we’re able to find some holes, get some doubles and some extra-base hits. We build that together, and we’re able to score runs.”
Tyler Wheeler pitched all six innings on the bump for the Bombers. He allowed just two hits and walked one batter during his shutout.
“He had all of his pitches working,” LaMar said. “He was able to throw strikes. He was working quick. He was working ahead. Anytime you can keep hitters off-balance, it’s kind of the equation for success.”
A lengthy rain delay halted the game’s progress. The rain poured throughout the final two innings, and the Bombers applied several tarps to combat the elements. The rain did not cease, and the game was called.
“It was one of those where it didn’t look like we were going to get hit like that,” LaMar said. “Then, it just kind of kept creeping and kept creeping. We were probably a little later getting the tarp on than we should have. Maybe, we would have been able to save it and get the full game in. It’s just part of the game. When you play an outdoor sport in the spring in the summer, rain is always a factor. You’ve got to be able to stay locked in and be ready to go whenever you get the chance.”
Dubois County returns to play Muhlenberg County on Tuesday at home. The Bombers swept Saturday’s doubleheader against the Stallions.
“You get to know the players pretty well,” LaMar said. “That’s the fun thing about this league. There’s a lot of parity anyways. There are a lot of kids that go to the same schools. They know each other. They grew up in the area. They knew each other growing up. I think that just adds a little bit to it. I think it gives this league a little extra excitement for players on both sides. You know they want to play their hardest and beat their friends.”
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