Bombers stumble in ninth

From Herald Staff Reports

Two outs from victory, two pitches changed everything.

Ahead by a pair of runs entering the bottom of the ninth against the Fulton Railroaders, the Dubois County Bombers surrendered back-to-back home runs — a game-tying two-run shot and a walk-off blast by Taylor Douglas — and staggered home from Kentucky with a 7-6 loss Friday night.

The Bombers (19-22) trailed 4-2 after five frames before mounting the charge they hope to be sufficient. Jarret Young stole second, third and home in the sixth to cut the margin to 4-3. Andre Davis singled home Rick Linton in the seventh to tie the contest. Shain Showers drove in Hunter Serrato and Jacob Amstrong scurried home on a wild pitch to give Dubois County a two-run advantage with two innings to play.

Then came the ninth.

After the Railroaders’ leadoff man walked, their next batter flew out. Then came the two homers.

Showers (2-for-3, two RBIs) was the only Bomber to record more than one hit. A.J. Vaquez delivered 12⁄3 innings in scoreless relief for Dubois County, which started Beau Bowen. The Seminole State (Okla.) hurler mustered five innings of work, yielding four earned runs on four hits while striking out four and walking four.

The Bombers, who are tied with Owensboro for fourth place in the Ohio Valley League, will tussle with Marion (6-33) tonight on the road before hosting first-place Hoptown (30-10) at 6 p.m. Sunday at League Stadium.

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