Bombers fend off Flash

Photo by Jimmy Lafakis/The Herald Dubois County Bombers starting pitcher David Ellison deals during the first inning of Friday evening's game against the Henderson Flash in Huntingburg. The Bombers earned a 3-2 win over the Flash. 

BY JIMMY LAFAKIS

jlafakis@dcherald.com 

HUNTINGBURG — Friday evening marked a special celebration for the Dubois County Bombers (25-16). The Bombers welcomed their fans for a sunny Hawaiian Night during their Ohio Valley League Contest against the Henderson Flash.

Dubois took care of business in its penultimate home game and secured a 3-2 victory over the Flash.

Henderson made solid contact with some pitches early on, but the Bombers’ defense stifled the Flash in the first two innings. The picturesque evening showcased some stellar pitching from both sides in the early stages.

Dubois County starting pitcher David Ellison displayed a solid mix of pitching to contact and going for punch-outs. Ellison recorded four strikeouts through his first three innings of work.

“David was working early,” Dubois County coach Travis LaMar said. “He was aggressive. He worked quick. He fell into a groove, and I couldn’t believe it.”

The Bombers threatened in the bottom of the third inning. Will Aubel knocked a single into center field for Dubois County’s first hit of the game. Ben Wilcoxson legged out another single on a textbook bunt to the right side.

After Guy Lipscomb worked a walk, the Flash gathered for a mound visit. The Bombers did not scratch, and the scoreless tie continued into the top of the fourth inning. Neither side scored in the fourth frame.

Ellison twirled a hitless top of the fifth inning. Try as they might, the Flash could not string anything together. As he hit his stride off the mound, Ellison celebrated with his jubilant teammates along the first-base side.

The Bombers loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fifth frame. Henderson called for a mound visit once again, and Flash starting pitcher Joel Archer exited the game. After Mason Landers scored two runs with a sharp single up the middle, Mason White knocked in another insurance run with a hard grounder through the left side.

“That’s kind of what you have to play for — that inning where they give you a chance,” LaMar said. “When that window is open, you’ve got to take it.”

Dubois County held its first lead of the game, and the home fans burst into cheers. Their lead was cut to 3-1 in the top of the sixth inning, but the Bombers held serve.

Neither side scored in the seventh inning, and Dubois County held Henderson scoreless in the top of the eighth. Matt Moore came in and finished the job as a reliever in his Bombers debut. The Bombers had recorded five hits to that point.

Dubois County did not score in the bottom of the eighth frame. Henderson scored on a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning, but the Flash only mustered one run.

Just a few moments later, the Bombers shook hands with one another on the pitcher’s mound. Victory was officially in the rearview mirror.

“We persevered through a little bit of adversity today,” LaMar said. “That’s always good. I think those are great opportunities for you to grow as a team and grow as players. At the end of the day, we got the last out with one more run than they did. Ultimately, that’s all that matters.”

Dubois County returns to play Madisonville tonight in the Bombers’ final home game of the regular season.

“We love the fans that we have here,” LaMar said. “We have such a great support system. We’re probably going to have a pretty good crowd, I hope. That will be the last home game, and hopefully it will be enough to kind of energize us so we can get on a roll here.”




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