Hoppers catch Bombers in 8th

From Herald Staff Reports

The Dubois County Bombers were humming along, clinging to a one-run lead over the Ohio Valley League’s second-place team Monday night in Hopkinsville, Ky., when things seemingly veered out of control.

M. Giesler

In more ways than one.

Bomber pitchers hit three batters and ceded three runs with two outs in the eighth inning, surrendering the lead in a 5-3 setback against Hoptown, which inched to within two games of first-place Owensboro in the OVL standings.

The Bombers (18-18) trailed 1-0 after the first inning but quickly regained the lead with three runs in the top of the second. Nick Gobert led off the frame with a ground-rule double and scored on a single from Joe Sturino. Sturino scored on a passed ball and Tyler Frank plated the inning’s final run with an RBI single that brought home Joe Redburn.

Hoptown crept within one with a run in the fifth, and while the Bomber bats stayed quiet, the Hoppers’ coaches did not. Two Hoptown coaches were ejected for arguing calls in the fifth and seventh innings, respectively.

Jasper High School graduate Mark Giesler started for the Bombers and struck out six while scattering seven hits over six innings. Giesler exited with a 3-2 lead, but in the eighth, consecutive Hoptown batters were plunked before the Hoppers’ Ben Rodriguez ripped a two-RBI single and the hosts snatched a 4-3 advantage. Hoptown added one more run and then retired the Bombers 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth.

Gobert and Sturino each finished with two hits for the Bombers, who travel to Fulton, Ky., today for an 8 p.m. EDT matchup against the Railroaders (17-16). The Bombers will have another shot at Hoptown when they host the Hoppers in a 7 p.m. start Wednesday at League Stadium.

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