Bombers walk it off against MadisonvilleJune 29, 2021
By COREY STOLZENBACH
HUNTINGBURG - The Dubois County Bombers could be transitioning from the bad back to the good following Tuesday's 7-6 walk off win against the Madisonville Miners.
The Bombers (16-6) entered this one having lost four out of their last five games, but when Tyler Yotkewich's pitch to Will Aubel was high for ball four, that scored Kevin Butler for the winning run. They began this night on a cold stretch, but have now won two out of three all of a sudden.
"To be honest with you, that walk off that we just had shouldn't have happened," said assistant coach Bryce Wilz. We gave up too many walks, and we should've won that game easily 6-4, 6-3."
The Bombers walked only two batters in the game, but this was more about the quality than the quantity. Both walks came to begin the top of the seventh when they held to a 6-4 lead, and both Cody Li and Justin Ramirez made the Bombers pay when they came around to score the fifth and sixth runs, respectively, to tie the game.
Still, even though the Bombers had to walk it off, they used Monday's day off to their advantage.
"We needed that so much," Wilz said. "Like I said, going back to walks and free bases and little things like that, I think overall, our guys needed just a clear-the-mindset type of day, and we gave them that. This morning, we ended up having Youth Camp (Tuesday was Youth League Night, and the team will continue Youth Camp Wednesday). That freed their mind a little bit, too - having fun with the community and everything. But overall - yesterday was a big deal for us, and we have a day off tomorrow, and we're going to take advantage of that, too. "
The Bombers wasted no time giving Brennan Murphy some run support on Tuesday night. Guy Lipscomb started the rally off in the bottom of the second when he bunted for a single, while Heritage Hills grad Simon Scherry singled Lipscomb over to third base.
That set the table for Mason "Butter" Landers, whose one-out double brought both Lipscomb and Sherry home, giving the Bombers a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, though they could not add any more.
The Miners knocked at the door for a couple of innings, with back-to-back one-out singles in the top of the first, and also a two-out double for another runner in scoring position. They finally managed to cash in, though, in the top of the third on a one-out rally when Reed Latimer tied on a two-run double that brought in Kevin Brooks and Calvyn Halvorson, but they were finished yet.
Brennon Williams jacked a two-run shot over the right field for a home run to go from trailing to tied to leading for Madisonville.
However, after a couple of innings of not being able to piece anything together, all the Bombers needed was one inning, and they got that in the bottom of the fifth when Lipscomb's leadoff single began a rally.
Scherry followed that single with a 17th pitch at-bat, as he fouled off pitch after pitch against Riley Harris to the point that it chased him from the game. Landers enjoyed his third RBI of the game when he singled in Lipscomb, and Kevin Butler tied it with an RBI double that scored Scherry.
The lead became theirs again when Tyler Kapust's two-out, two-run single brought in both Landers and Butler to give them their first lead since the top of the third inning.
However, Madisonville made sure the Bombers had to work for that seventh run - not getting anything in the bottom of the seventh or bottom of the eighth. They made it even more interesting when it was a full count on Aubel, bases loaded with two outs, but for the Bombers, there was a happy ending to this script.
Jasper graduate Carter Stamm had a 1-2-3 top of the ninth, and got the win in relief.
The Bombers are scheduled to be back at it Thursday at home against the Owensboro RiverDawgs.
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