Bombers use timely hits to stay hotJune 27, 2019
By JONATHAN SAXON
HUNTINGBURG — Most people tend to get superstitious or consider visiting their doctor if they start seeing two of everything around them, but last night the Dubois County Bombers had the fans at League Stadium seeing double in the best way possible when they took on the Muhlenberg County Stallions for Thursday night doubleheader action. After overcoming a three-run hole to take the first game 7-5, the Bombers were able to come right back and combine lights out pitching with timely hits to down the Stallions 3-0 and complete the sweep of last night’s games.
Bombers (9-7) coach Travis LaMar said it was a pleasure to give the audience a joyful double-take with back-to-back Ws, and hopes that last night’s results are a positive indicator for the team as they look forward to more doubleheaders in the very near future.
“It’s always nice to win two in a row, especially at home in front of a good crowd,” he said. “Overall (I’m) very happy with the effort and hopefully we can carry it into our two doubleheaders over the weekend.”
Both teams combined for 15 hits and 12 runs in the early game, but the offense would be a bit more scarce in the follow up. In fact there were only four hits between both teams as they each took turns going 1-2-3 or leaving runners on the bags in the first four innings. But all it took was a few swings in the fifth to change the landscape of the field.
Center fielder Marcus Hill led off the bottom of the fifth with a single, and was driven in for the game’s first run shortly thereafter by catcher Britton Graham, who sent a liner back up the middle of the field that took a piece of Stallions (4-11) starter Logan King on its trip out to right-center field. Next up was second baseman Easton Stewart, who connected on a second single to advance Graham to second. Both runners took an extra bag during designated hitter Evan Kahre’s at-bat, and a two-base cut by shortstop Tyler Best was enough drive them in for the second and third run the team needed to put the game away.
Bombers starter Chase Rudy (2-0) finished with three hits and eight strikeouts in six innings of work. Thomas King ended the game with two hits and two strikeouts in the seventh. Best went 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Graham went 1-for-2 and drove in one run.
King (1-1) pitched five innings and allowed five hits for three runs with five strikeouts. Johnston allowed one walk and struck out one in the sixth. The Stallions finished with five total hits.
“We were out here all day. We had a community event, then we had batting practice right after. I knew it was a hot day but I knew we would come out here, work hard, and get both wins,” said Rudy. “I was just trying to get ahead in the at-bats and work down in the zone. With wood bats if you work down in the zone you’re not going to get that many hits hit off of you.”
“I thought it was very aggressive,” added Graham. “The second game we definitely put up a fight. Rudy shoved and did a great job. It was all a team effort, we all did really well today.”
The sweep made it four wins in the last five games for the Bombers, who seem to be heating up right alongside the summer weather around the area. Lamar credits the team for not letting their schedule, which has been filled recently with doubleheaders to make up for rainouts, weigh on their minds and instead they seem to be using it as motivation to give them extra energy whenever they take to the field.
“They’re starting to get a little hungrier every time they don’t get a chance to play,” he said. “That’s been evident on the field with their effort. To be able to put together a few wins in a row, it shows that they’re still here to work.”
“Having fun and being loose, that’s the main priority for us,” added Best. “Being loose and just knowing we can battle back just like the first game.”
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