Bombers fall to RiverDawgs

Photo by Corey Stolzenbach/The Herald
Dubois County Bombers pitcher Brett Walton (11) took the loss in his team's 5-2 defeat to the Owensboro RiverDawgs on Tuesday, but Bombers coach Travis LaMar liked how Walton pitched in his first start. He did not rule out giving him another one in the future. 

By COREY STOLZENBACH
sports@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG - The Dubois County Bombers found themselves in it for much of Tuesday's game against the Owensboro RiverDawgs, but then came the back breaker in the top of the sixth.

The Bombers (20-12) trailed, 2-1, with two outs and a runner on base when starting pitcher Brett Walton walked Bailey Falkenstein, who already had a solo home run in the top of the second. One more strike would've retired the side, but Falkenstein's walk kept it alive for Lucas Gulczynski, who made Walton pay by taking him deep for a three-run homer. A 2-1 game became a 5-1 game, and the Bombers took the loss, 5-2.

“You kind of got to tip your hat every time somebody hits a ball well,” Bombers coach Travis LaMar said. “So, you hit a ball out of here, you got to get a hold of it.”

Walton had held his own prior to that. He had some 1-2-3 innings in the top of the first and the top of the third. Yet, the Bombers couldn't get much of anything going early on against Owensboro starter Nick Belcher. Belcher retired the first eight batters he saw until Tyler Wheeler's two-out single in the bottom of the third gave the team their first base knock.

LaMar praised Walton, however, for the job he did, as this was his first start, but it might not be his last.

“I definitely wouldn’t take it out of the question,” he said of Walton.

The Bombers knocked on the door a couple of times by putting two on in the bottom of the third before they succumbed. Owensboro added an insurance run on an RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth, but three walks to the Bombers loaded the bases for them.

However, on a 3-1 count, Bombers right fielder Jared Sermersheim popped up and they left them loaded.

“When I talked to him afterwards, it didn’t seem like he maybe swung with the best intent - put his best possible swing on it,” LaMar said. “And that’s something we kind of talk about after the fact. Hindsight’s usually always 20/20 - so I want them to be aggressive, I want them to make mistakes, I want them to stay on the attack. And sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. As long as you can learn from it and kind of make adjustments as the game goes on, that’s kind of what we’re looking for.”

They finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth when Wheeler's leadoff double set the scene for his team. He advanced to third base on a wild pitch, and would've scored on an RBI groundout from Victor Alvarez. Instead, Alvarez took first off an error as Wheeler scored to put the Bombers on the board. However, Alvarez was caught stealing second for the first out of the inning, and the team did not tie the game.

The Bombers did score their second run in the bottom of the sixth when Adam Euler led off the inning with a double. He tagged and went to third when Chase Taylor flew out. Sermersheim drove him in when a ball dropped down in right field and Sermersheim took second on a double. They stranded a pair, though, to end the inning, not being able to pull any closer.

They are scheduled to be back at it Wednesday against the Henderson Flash, the team right behind them in the Ohio Valley League's North Division. One thing about the Bombers is that they are 3-1 against their closest competitor for first place this season, including a 6-3 win in 10 innings on July 9.

“Henderson’s a great team, they’re a great organization,” LaMar said. “We kind of know that going into it, and there’s a lot of camaraderie. It’s a good environment, and hopefully, we’ll continue to step up.”




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