Bombers run-rule, on verge of advancing

Photo by Corey Stolzenbach/The Herald
David Ellison (30) earned the win as he worked 6.1 innings, struck out seven Owensboro RiverDawgs and walked none in the 13-3 run-rule win in Friday's playoff game at League Stadium. 

By COREY STOLZENBACH
sports@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG - The Dubois County Bombers will head to Owensboro on Saturday with the intent of busting out the brooms.

The Bombers (27-18) enjoyed a wire-to-wire, 13-3 run-rule over the RiverDawgs in their first game of the 2021 Ohio Valley League Playoffs Friday evening. They lost five of their final seven regular season games, but they also went 5-1 in the regular season against Owensboro - and managed to continue this trend in their playoff opener.

"Yesterday, we ended up going at it pretty early," said assistant Bryce Wilz, who filled in for coach Travis LaMar on Friday. "We ended up having a practice - just simple, smooth, getting the guys together and breaking down some things to where we're capable of taking advantage of what we've got going on tonight. And (it) seemed like we ended up doing a good job."

The team wasted no time breaking through on offense in the bottom of the first, as they loaded the bases with nobody out, and each of their first five men reached base. An error scored Tucker Schank to get it all started for the Bombers, and it didn't take long for insurance to follow, as Mason White's two-run single scored Drew Taylor and Guy Lipscomb.

A couple more runs came in for good measure in the bottom of the second, when Ben Wilcoxson doubled in Will Aubel, and Wilcoxson himself scored on a sacrifice fly from Taylor.

"They attacked the first and second pitches in each AB," Wilz said. "Like I've said, the majority of the time, we took advantage of the opportunities that were given to us tonight and that was a great win."

The Bombers ran into some trouble in the top of the sixth when the RiverDawgs got back-to-back singles off of Bombers starter David Ellison, which eventually paid off when Bailey Falkenstein's two-run single ended the shutout. Owensboro tried to push for more, but Ellison recorded back-to-back outs after another single to hold the RiverDawgs at 5-2.

Wilz noted Ellison's pitch count was getting high and he was getting tired.

"At the end of the day, he was working the blacks on the strike zone and got out of it and we ended up winning a 13-3 ballgame," he said.

Another massive rally ensued for the Bombers when they once again had their first five reach in the bottom of the sixth. Schank singled Wilcoxson over to third, but an error from Lucas Gulczynski allowed him to score. That was the first of five runs, and the Bombers pushed it to double figures when Adam Euler doubled in Landers for a 10-2 game. Euler was out at third trying to stretch it to a triple.

Gulczynski tripled in Cole Gober to pull closer and make it 10-3, and while Ellison bounced back to get a strikeout out of Noah Gilbert, he departed after that to a nice ovation. The Bombers brought in Conner Fries to hold off Owensboro, and Lucas Gulczynski was left stranded at third.

The Bombers brought the game to its final score with three in the bottom of the seventh. A wild pitch enabled Schank to score the 13th run and clinch the run-rule.

They are set to give the ball to Tyler Wheeler as he will try to help deliver the sweep and move onto the next round.

"He's capable of attacking - working ahead in counts, keeping a lot of guys off balance and he has plus-secondary stuff," Wilz said




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