Bombers win two

From Herald Staff Reports

Two weekend triumphs — one decisive, one narrow — have brightened the Dubois County Bombers’ end-of-season outlook.

The Bombers pulled off an away-and-home sweep, dismissing Marion 8-3 on the road Saturday and nipping Hoptown 5-4 on Sunday at League Stadium. Sunday’s win was the Bombers’ first over the Hoppers in the last four meetings between the two squads, and Dubois County (21-22) has won four of its last five contests overall after muddling through a five-game skid. The Bombers lead Owensboro by 11⁄2 games for fourth place in the Ohio Valley League with the regular season set to wrap up Wednesday. The postseason playoffs are set to kick off Thursday.

Sunday, the Bombers located the antidote to Hoptown’s rally, as Dubois County lost a 4-1 lead after five innings but nudged in the tiebreaking run in the seventh with some help. Chris Tavares knocked a one-out single, advanced two bases on a passed ball and wild pitch, then scored on an error. Johnathan Williams preserved the advantage from there. The Bomber reliever allowed a single to the first hitter he faced in the eighth, then mowed down the final six batters, catching the last hitter of the game on a called third strike.

Cody Morris, who tossed the seventh inning, nabbed the victory after starter Michael Paisley lasted six innings. Rick Linton drove home two runs and rapped two hits, as did Jacob Armstrong and Shain Showers.

Saturday’s win was shortened to six innings because of rain, but Forest Park School graduate Kyle Schwinghamer interspersed a worthy highlight early by belting a grand slam in the third inning. Armstrong added three hits, launching the Bombers to a 2-0 lead in the opening frame via a two-run single.

Kyle Briner (4-1) went the distance to secure the win for the Bombers, who are off today and play their regular-season home finale Tuesday against Hoptown.

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