Bombers run-rule for fifth straightJune 13, 2021
By COREY STOLZENBACH
HUNTINGBURG — Hardly anything seemed to go the way of the Dubois County Bombers during the first inning-and-a-half of Sunday's game against the Franklin Duelers. But then the bottom of the second happened, and it just continued on from there.
The Bombers (7-1) responded to their 3-0 deficit by batting around for six, and ultimately getting the run-rule walk-off, 16-6, in the bottom of the seventh. This win was the team's fifth in a row, as they both sit atop the North Division in the Ohio Valley League.
"I think they're just really locked in right now," Bombers coach Travis LaMar said. "So, I'm excited with the product we're putting out on the field right now, and I hope we continue that."
Second baseman Brett Pfaadt drove in the team's first run out of the nine hole, and Southridge grad Conner Oxley scored to make it a one-run game following an error in centerfield by Payton Walsh.
Bombers left fielder Guy Lipscomb atoned for his base running mishap when he was out at home plate to end the bottom of the first. Lipscomb knocked in five runs the Bombers. His two-run single in the bottom of the second gave the Bombers the lead for good, and he had another pair as part of a three-run bottom of the third.
The last one was the grand finale, as he lined one into right field to bring in Pfaadt and secure the run-rule.
"I was on deck, and I'd seen him (Tristan Toelle) throw a lot of those sliders, and I was sitting slider, and he threw it," Lipscomb said. "So, it worked out."
"I always tell them be aggressive, and I think he just kind of got caught in between - and it's part of it," LaMar said of Lipscomb's out in the first. "We're here to make mistakes and learn from them. So, I don't put that on him, but he's really seeing the ball well at the plate right now. He's got a great approach. So, I guess if he's making those mistakes, that means he's on base."
Dubois County sent right hander Ryan Johnson to the hill to start this one. However, troubles with his location and command contributed to Franklin jumping out to a 3-0 lead. He did not finish the top of the second, as he worked 1.2 innings and all three runs were earned. Johnson also walked three batters.
"I think it was just one of those things where he didn't have his stuff," LaMar said. "That's part of the game. There's a few things we're working on with him, and he's had a little bit of arm issues that we're working on and just trying to rehab back from. So, I'm just going to chalk this up to one of those days in baseball where you just don't have it."
The Duelers had the chance to add even more to their total, until Southridge grad Weston Allen came on in relief with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the second. However, Allen froze Luis Perez for strike three to retire the side and thus, the rally for the Bombers began.
Allen pitched 4.2 innings of relief, and got the win for the Bombers. LaMar, Southridge's pitching coach, hailed the former Raider for the job he did in relief of Johnson.
Franklin did not score again until the top of the seventh, when the Bombers led, 13-3. Three more outs would've made it a run-rule right then and there. However, Kolby Wall's double scored Walsh to put the run-rule on hold.
That put runners on second and third, and chased Allen from the game. Mason White was the new pitcher for the Bombers, and the Duelers scored two more runs, with all three runs being charged to Allen.
Dubois County did all of its scoring in the bottom of the seventh with two outs. A ground ball off the bat of Will Aubel plated Drew Taylor and Tyler Kapust. Aubel was safe on an error, and Lipscomb's walk-off came in the final at-bat.
Monday is typically a day off for the Bombers. However, they are scheduled to make up the June 9 rainout against the Paducah Chiefs for another home game. LaMar does not think the Bombers playing on a Monday that they would otherwise have off will be an issue.
"It wasn't like it was thrown on us last-minute," he said of the makeup game. "We knew coming into it that it was going to give us a stretch off 11 straight days without an off day. So, I think they're going to continue to stay locked in, and if they come to the park every day ready to compete like I've seen so far, I like our chances. And hopefully, we'll continue that."
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