Eighth inning surge leads Hoppers past Bombers

From Herald Staff Reports

Things were looking pretty good for the Dubois County Bombers in the opening game of the Ohio Valley League championship series on Friday evening against Hoptown until the eighth inning.

Dubois County held a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the eighth but an RBI from Michael Conn and a two-run home run from Hunter Evans were enough to give the Hoppers a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three championship round.

The Bombers jumped out to a 4-0 lead right away. Tyler Van Pelt knocked in a run in the first inning with an RBI single to put Dubois County up 1-0 and then a sacrifice fly from Easton Stewart, an RBI double from Chase Hug and an RBI single from Tyler Best gave the Bombers a 4-0 advantage.

Hoptown worked their way back into the game in the 6th inning gas an RBI single from Jacob Jenkins and a two-RBI single from Ben Huber made it a 4-3 ball game. After the Bombers were unable to get any more runs in the seventh or eighth, the Hoppers’ late surge in the bottom of the eighth inning was enough to give them a 1-0 series lead.

Tyler Best and Matt Joslin both led the way with three base hits while Chase Hug also had a pair of base knocks. Benton McGill fell to 1-4 on the season with the loss on the mound as he gave up two earned runs on three hits while striking out three batters.

Game two of the Ohio Valley League championship series will take place tonight at League Stadium in Huntingburg with first pitch beginning at 7 p.m. A win would give the Bombers a chance to win the championship in Hopkinsville on Sunday but a loss would give Hoptown the title.

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