Bombers run-ruled by Rhythm

Photo by Corey Stolzenbach/The Herald
Victor Alvarez (1) went 1-for-2 with an RBI batting out of the second spot for the Dubois County Bombers on Sunday, who dropped a 14-2 run-rule loss in seven innings to the Full Count Rhythm. 

By COREY STOLZENBACH
sports@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG - It was a similar song and dance for the Dubois County Bombers in their 14-2 run-rule loss Sunday to the Full Count Rhythm.

The Bombers (18-8) took on a Rhythm team that committed more errors than they did, just like Friday's opponent, the Muhlenberg County Stallions did. Just like Friday, the Bombers could not capitalize off these errors.

This was a matchup between the Bombers, who are in first place in the Ohio Valley League's North Division, and the Rhythm, who are in first place in the South. The game ending with this result led Bombers coach Travis LaMar to believe the Rhythm are the team to beat in the OVL.

"That's the team that I want to beat the first, second week of August," LaMar said. "Obviously, we have to get there, but I have a feeling ultimately the championship is going to run through them because they're the total package. They're a complete team from top to bottom, they've got a good lineup and they got a pitching staff that goes toe-to-toe with probably the best that this league's ever seen."

The Rhythm broke the game wide open in the top of the fifth, turning a 3-1 lead into a 12-1 lead. The Rhythm batted around, scoring their fourth run before Carlos Lara dealt a big blow with a towering three-run homer over the left field wall. That scored Christian Smith and Tyler Thompson to make it 7-1.

The Bombers soon made a pitching change, bringing in Ryan Johnson, but Johnson failed to record an out, as Brennan DuBose doubled Tyler Littlefield and Sam Slaughter for a 9-1 edge. Three more RBI singles made it 12-1.

"I think we were just leaving too many balls over the plate, too many hittable pitches (and) not hitting our spots well enough," LaMar said.

The team experimented with changes to its batting order on Sunday, as Victor Alvarez was slotted into the second spot, while Tucker Schank moved down the order. Putting Alvarez behind leadoff man Guy Lipscomb had its benefits, as Lipscomb had a first-pitch triple, while a pitch got a piece of Alvarez.

Lipscomb scored on a fielder's choice, thanks in large part to the double play that Alvarez broke up.
Lipscomb doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth, and Alvarez singled him in, bringing in the second run of the night for the Bombers. However, they couldn't pull any closer, as they stranded runners at the corners - not being able to score the rest of the game.

"He's been swinging the bat great," LaMar said of Alvarez. "He's putting together really good ABs. It's one of those things I like to try to move guys around a little bit. We're still trying to figure out what's our best possible lineup. So, very rarely does somebody hit in the same spot back-to-back days."

The Bombers will be able to collect themselves by having Monday and Tuesday off before they're scheduled to be back at it Wednesday at home against the Fulton Railroaders. They went 2-0 this past week after having a night off from playing.

"Hopefully, we can continue that trend," LaMar said.




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