Early lead evaporates for Bombers in opening game

From Herald Staff Reports


The Dubois County Bombers road to their third straight Ohio Valley League championship just got a little bit tougher.

After getting out to an early 1-0 lead in the very first inning, the Bombers struggled to put up much more offense as they fell 8-3 to the Owensboro Riverdawgs in game one of the Eastern Division semifinals. The Bombers must now win two consecutive games to reach the championship series.

Nick Gonzales got the Bombers off to a hot start with a solo home run to left field in the first inning but the Riverdawgs were quick to answer in the bottom of the third inning when two runners came home to score on a wild pitch to give Owensboro a 2-1 lead.

However, once again Dubois County was able to respond with another long ball as Ben Wilcoxson drove won deep over the left field wall for a two-run shot that also scored Payton Mattingly.

The rest of the runs in Tuesday night’s game would be scored by Owensboro as they drove in five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning courtesy of a two-RBI double from Spencer Deom, a sacrifice bunt from Kobe Stephens and a two-RBI single from Austin Peterson. The Riverdawgs added one more insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning after Cam Curry drove in Danny Torres on a sacrifice fly.

The Bombers would only get one runner on base in the final three innings as they dropped the first game of the series with a final score of 8-3.

Wilcoxson and McDonald both had two hits each while Gonzales, Tobe Whitten and Evan Kahre recorded the other Bomber base knocks. Colton Easterwood took the loss on the mound for Dubois County.

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