Late rally helps Bombers end losing streak

Photos by Traci Westcott/The Herald
Dubois County Bombers' first baseman Chase Hug jumps in jubilation after sliding into home to give the Bombers the lead during Thursday's baseball game at League Stadium in Huntingburg. The Dubois County Bombers defeated Henderson Flash 4-2 as a late rally in the bottom of the eighth inning helped the Bombers put an end to their four-game losing streak. For more photos from the game, click here.


HUNTINGBURG — When he saw Chase Hug barely beat the tag at home plate to give the Dubois County Bombers a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the 8th inning, Marcus Hill had no choice but to breathe a sigh of relief.

After all, the Bombers had suffered through a few tough losses as of late during their four-game losing streak.

“I was really just hoping we would score to be completely honest,” Hill said with a laugh.

After those last few rough outings, Thursday evening was a different story in front of the home faithful at League Stadium in Huntingburg as they broke a 2-2 tie in the 8th inning for a 4-2 victory over the Henderson Flash.

The tie-breaking run came when Hill drove in Hug with just one out in the bottom of the 8th inning. Hill’s knocked it down the third base line where Hug was waiting at third base. He sprinted on immediate contact and was able to just slide in front of the tag at home to give the Bombers (3-5) the lead.

“I didn’t think it would be that close, I thought the ball would be high enough and I could score easily,” Hug said. “Whoever fielded it made a good throw and I was just able to barely beat it and score.”

The Bombers ended up scoring another run in the eighth inning courtesy of an RBI groundout from Jasper Wildcat baseball product Adam Hedinger as he brought in Matt Joslin to give themselves a little extra insurance. Hedinger also drove in the Bombers’ first run of the night in the second inning while Joslin’s RBI single in the third inning gave Dubois County the lead at the time.

After a few tough defeats during their four-game losing streak, Dubois County head coach Travis LaMar was grateful to see his guys get back on the right path.

“It’s always good to win, I feel like the last few nights we were in a position to win but then made a mistake or two and fell behind,” LaMar said. “Tonight was one of those nights were everyone contributed and those are the wins you really like to see.”

It started with the team’s effort on the mound. While the Bombers did give up two runs on the night — an RBI from Trey Hutchinson and another RBI from Justen Freeman — overall, the Dubois County arms were able to get out of some tough jams.

Starter Benton McGill pitched on his 19th birthday and struck out four batters while allowing seven hits. Relievers Thomas King, Brennan LaBarbera and Devin Morris combined to just give up one total hit in innings seven through nine to help seal the deal.

“I think we’ve taken our lumps as far as pitching goes but we have some good arms and some guys with some really good stuff,” LaMar said. “It’s just a matter of putting it together and getting some experience with more time on the mound.”

Dubois County Bombers' Brennan LaBarbera pitches during Thursday's baseball game at League Stadium in Huntingburg. After a solid outing from starting pitcher Benton McGill, a trio of pitchers (LaBarbera, Thomas King and Devin Morris) allowed only one hit through the final three innings to help solidify the Bomber victory. For more photos from the game, click here.

Hill and Hug both chose to play in the Ohio Valley League to work on certain aspects of their game.

For Hill, it was to continue to improve on the defensive side of the ball while Hug just wanted to be a more complete player both at the plate and on the mound. How do they feel they’ve done so far?

“I think I’m already a lot better than when I started,” Hill said. “That’s a good thing.”

Hug added: “I feel like I’ve performed very well but I just always want to do even better. Overall, I’ve been happy with it.”

Thursday night’s game marked the beginning of a four-game homestand as the Bombers will be playing their next few contests in front of the home faithful — a group that’s ranked among the OVL’s best in attendance over the past few seasons.

There’s no denying that the support from the home crowd has been one of the favorite parts of the players’ Dubois County experience.

“This win is a huge confidence booster, especially since we’re getting to play at home,” Hill said. “We like to do it for the fans and we just want to build our momentum even more.”

Hug added: “I’m used to playing in front of 20 people at most and now I’m playing in front of a thousand. I’m still getting used to it but I’m loving it.”

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