Bombers shed funk, begin push to postseasonAugust 1, 2012
By JOHN PATISHNOCK
Herald Sports Writer
HUNTINGBURG — Cody Daily isn’t sure what prompted his team’s midseason funk, or even how the Dubois County Bombers shed their problems.
What he is sure of is the team is playing the way it did earlier in the season, with Tuesday’s 10-2 win over the Springfield Sliders at League Stadium as the latest step in the Bombers’ plan to retake momentum on the verge of the postseason.
Daily finished 4-for-5 with two doubles, drove in a pair of runs and also scored twice. Seven Bombers slapped at least one hit for a total of 13 in a game that had a pair of 10-minute lightning delays in the first three innings.
“We’ve been playing good the last couple days,” Daily said. “We got in a little bit of a funk about a week and a half ago and we got out of it. I think we’ve all been playing good; pitchers have been hitting their spots, and hitters have been hitting.”
Daily said he’s “been seeing the ball great the last couple of games,” and added, “I think everybody wants to win the championship here, and hopefully get a ring,” in assessing the team’s recent turnaround with the playoffs looming. The team hosts the second-half winner of the Western Division on Tuesday night at 7:15 at League Stadium.
Dubois County (32-22, 12-13 second half) won its third straight game; the Bombers have outscored opponents 25-11 in that span and recorded at least eight runs for the 18th time this season Tuesday.
Landon Curry and Dalton Rouleau each finished with two hits and two runs scored, and Jeff Zahn uncorked a three-run double in the sixth inning when the Bombers scored four runs to increase their lead to 9-1.
“We hit the ball well, that’s what I’m most proud of; 13 hits (in) a game, can’t beat that,” said Alex Britt, who yielded just four hits and two runs (one earned) over eight innings.
Britt (5-1) acknowledged “everything wasn’t working tonight” despite the solid stats. He said his fastball was good, but he could get his curve over only “every once in a while.” Still, he struck out five, including the first two batters of the game on check-swings.
“He gets after it,” Dubois County manager Ryan Anderson said. “He’s a competitor; he’s fierce. He goes out and wants to win each time out.”
That’s why Anderson left Britt in the game even after a batter lined a ball back up the middle in the seventh, hitting Britt’s right calf.
Britt circled the mound for a few minutes, stayed in the game, then induced a groundball an inning later with two outs and the bases loaded. Britt talked more of the team’s offensive production than his own stifling performance, and also credited Springfield batters with forcing him to adjust.
“They started sitting on my changeup a lot, and I started throwing a little bit more away than inside and it started working a little better,” Britt said.
Travis Hayes pitched a scoreless ninth for the Bombers, who host Quincy (31-23, 13-11) tonight at 7:15.
Springfield (22-32, 11-13) scored once in the fourth and seventh innings but committed three errors and stranded 10 runners. Dubois County, meanwhile, overcame four errors. That’s a little easier to do when a team boasts the offensive production the Bombers do. And they’re starting to see it more and more at the right time of the year.
“We’re starting to click again,” Anderson said. “We went through a little rough patch at the beginning of the second half after we clinched (the first-half division title), but we’re starting to click together again as a team, starting to get the hits. Our pitching is starting to come back around like I knew it would and hopefully it’s in the right direction for Aug. 7.”
Contact John Patishnock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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