Bombers show resilience, defeat Hoppers

Photo by Jimmy Lafakis/The Herald
Dubois County second baseman Tucker Schank (3) hustles to third base during the first inning of Sunday evening’s game
against the Hoptown Hoppers in Huntingburg. The Bombers claimed a 6-4 victory over the Hoppers.

By JIMMY LAFAKIS
jlafakis@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG — A flurry of early runs helped the Dubois County Bombers (20-11) earn a 6-4 win over the Hoptown Hoppers on Sunday evening at League Stadium. After Dubois County strung together a combined four runs in the first two innings, the Bombers held their ground. 

“Anytime you can jump on top of somebody, put pressure on early and get runs across, it kind of gives you a chance to relax a little bit,” Bombers coach Travis LaMar said. “Your pitcher gets a little more comfortable. He’s able to go out there, throw strikes and have some quick innings. It kind of all adds together when you can get on top early.” 

Guy Lipscomb produced a perfect performance for the Bombers. Lipscomb went 4-for-4 and knocked in a run. Mason White finished 2-for-4 and brought in a team-high three runs, while Southridge product Tucker Schank went 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. 

Brennan Murphy seized the win on the mound for the Bombers. Murphy struck out five batters and allowed just one walk and two runs across eight innings. His 100-pitch outing provided the boost the Bombers needed. 

“That was probably one of the best games I’ve seen him throw all year from top to bottom,” LaMar said about Murphy. “He didn’t have very many walks. I know he hit a couple of batters, but he stayed around the zone. He was competitive. He had a lot of really quick innings and clean innings, which is something you always want to shoot for. It keeps your pitch count down and allows you to get deeper into games. That was a performance that we needed.” 

Jasper graduate Carter Stamm closed out the game in a big way for the Bombers. Stamm secured the save after the Hoppers loaded the bases in the top of the ninth inning. 

“We played really clean defensively,” LaMar said. “You continue to force them to put the ball in play. Every now and then, balls are going to find holes. Things are going to happen. I still felt confident. Anytime we can get the ball in Carter Stamm’s hand at the end of the game, you’ve got a good chance of coming out on top.” 

LaMar expressed his gratitude to the Bombers fans who made the trip to Huntingburg for Sunday evening’s game. 

“It’s always good to play at home,” he said. “You can kind of get into a routine. You don’t have to hop on the bus for a couple hours before the game and have to deal with all of that. Hopefully, we can put some things together and start getting on a roll here a little bit. Once again, I always say, ‘It’s always fun to play at home in front of the fans that we have.’” 

The Bombers return to play the Owensboro RiverDawgs on Tuesday at home. 

“It’s always fun when Owensboro comes in,” LaMar said. “The players know each other really well. We know the coaches very well. It’s usually always a really competitive game. Those are the fun ones. Being the closest team geographically, it’s usually a really good environment. We look forward to the challenge.” 




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