Bombers go 50-50 in weekend games

From Herald Staff Reports

The Dubois County Bombers had a pair of games over the weekend leading into Sunday’s Ohio Valley All-Star Game, which marked the conclusion of the first portion of their season.

On Friday, the Bombers defeated the Henderson Flash 8-7 in a game that stretched itself across 15 innings. The Bombers were able to take a slight 2-1 advantage into the fourth inning behind runs from Nick Gonzalez and Cooper Trinkle in the first and third respectively.

But with two outs, Ryne Travis struck in the top of the fourth with a two-run RBI shot that scored Bradley Gray and Nick Barrett, putting the Flash ahead 3-2. However, the advantage would be short-lived, as a Trinkle single in the bottom of the fourth scored Evan Aders, and a sac-fly from Gonzalez scored Chase Andrews to quickly put the Bombers back on top, 4-3.

Dubois County would score two more runs in the seventh, but Henderson would go above and beyond with runs in the fifth and eighth innings to tie the game at six runs apiece going into the ninth. The game would turn into a defensive struggle from there, with neither team being able to get anything past the fielder’s gloves for six straight innings.

But the Bombers finally broke through in the 15th inning with a Tanner Craig walk that scored Trinkle, and a sac-fly from John McDonald to send in Gonzalez for the final run to cap the marathon at Huntingburg.

On Saturday, the Bombers took to the field once again to face down the Owensboro River Dawgs. But this time they would not be the victors, as the Bombers fell 9-8, bringing their record to 14-11, four games behind Owensboro in the East Division.

Things started off well enough as the Bombers were able to put up three runs in the first inning and took advantage of a Gonzalez grounder that drove in Gavin Napier for a commanding 4-1 advantage after three innings. They even padded the lead with two more runs (Napier, Trinkle) in the fourth.

But the River Dawgs weren’t out of it, not by a longshot. First they scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning, courtesy of a two-run homer from Sid Kumar that also drove in Nick Sanders. Owensboro added four more runs in the seventh, which featured a two-run driver from Jakob Shuler which brought in Cam Curry and Bryce Walker. The River Dawgs capped it off with two more runs in the eighth inning.

The Bombers did what they could in putting up two more runs in the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings, but it was too little, too late as the River Dawgs collected the victory on the night.

On Sunday the OVL West defeated OVL East 17-11. Cody Bridges (outfielder/Kentucky Wesleyan College), Evan Sankey (pitcher/Iowa Lake Community College), Jacob Frankel (pitcher/IU-Southeast), Jaxson Blair (pitcher/Eastern Kentucky University), Nick Gonzales (infielder/New Mexico State University), Nolan Ramsey (outfielder/University of Alabama - Huntsville) and Tanner Craig (infielder/University of Evansville) were selected to represent the Bombers on OVL East’s roster.

More on