Mudd, Bombers continue to bring the heat

Photos by Nic Antaya/The Herald
Dubois County Bombers’ Sam Mudd threw one of his fastball-slider pitches during the Dubois County Bombers 6-2 victory over the Henderson Flash on Thursday night at League Stadium in Huntingburg. Mudd, who plays his college ball at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, has continued to work on his heater during his summer stint in Dubois County and has been one of the Bombers most viable options out of the bullpen as he’s given up just one earned run in six appearances and sports an ERA of 1.29. For more photos from Thursday night's game, click here.

By JONATHAN SAXON
jsaxon@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG — Andy Lasher decided to make a change in the sixth inning of last night’s game.

The Dubois County Bombers had a comfortable 5-2 lead over the Henderson Flash with Bombers starter Koby Silvy allowing only three hits and two runs with four strikeouts up to that point. But Lasher decided to relieve him after five innings, and the first man out of the bullpen would be Sam Mudd.

Mudd immediately went towork on the mound looking to find his zone and command home plate and the batter’s box. The first batter was Henderson left fielder Aaron Euler, who hit one out to right field that eventually found its way into the glove of Brad Fuhrhop. The next two batters would victims of Mudd’s heater, as he pounded the strike zone to fan Bradley Gray and Drew Behling.

That’s exactly the kind of fire that Lasher and the Bombers expect when Mudd takes to the mound as the Bombers defeated the Flash by a final score of 6-2.

“When he’s in the zone, he’s got good stuff,” said Lasher. “He throws strikes with three pitches. He’s not going to walk too many guys. He’s very competitive, he went right after every guy he faced.”

Mudd also pitched the seventh inning before he was done for the night, but was able to produce similar results from the previous inning: four batters, three outs (including another strikeout). None of this is necessarily a surprise to Mudd, as he has been working on the heater during this stint with the Bombers.

“I’ve thrown a ton of fastballs,” he said. “I’ve been working on hitting my spots. When I need my slider and my changeup, it’s there to have. Just trying to get ahead in the count and get a feel for all my pitches.”

Mudd finished with one hit and three strikeouts after two innings of work in last night’s victory. He said he wasn’t feeling the changeup in last night’s stint on the mound, so instead he opted for a fastball-slider mix to operate with. That mixed produced a pitching volume which saw almost 66 percent of his tosses going for strikes.

“I came out of the pen and knew I was just going to have to pound the zone,” he said. “Changeup wasn’t there today, so I went with the fastball-slider and it worked out pretty well.”

But that wasn’t the only hot action that came from Dubois County, as the team used the thirdinning to solidify their moniker.

Kids stormed the field following the Bombers victory on Thursday to run the bases at historic League Stadium. After every home game, kids wait beside the gate on the first base side to be let onto the field to trot around the bases just like they see the Bombers do. For more photos from Thursday night's game, click here.

Down 2-0, third baseman Tanner Craig stepped up to the plate; shortstop Nick Gonzalez and second baseman Cooper Trinkle were posted at second and third respectively. Craig was able to get ahead of Henderson starter Cameron Chapman 3-0 in the pitch count when he got the signal to swing. And so he brought the wood around and launched the pitch way out over the left field wall. They might still be looking for the ball at this very moment.

“I got a green light, (it was) good coaching,” he said. “I knew a fastball was coming and I swung hard at it and hit it. It felt good.”

It was an adjustment Lasher decided to make after seeing how things weren’t faring so well when the guys were swinging during 3-1 counts.

“I told (Cooper) Trinkle at third base we’re doing such a bad job at 3-1 counts, might as well swing 3-0. Tanner got the pitch he wanted and tattooed it,” he said about the homer which put the Bombers up 3-2 and sparked the rest of their offense for the evening. “It was huge.”

Mudd, Craig, and the rest of the crew have now won three games in a row, and are three-of-four since the All-Star Game. The Bombers are currently 2 ½ games out of first place in their division and are looking more and more dangerous as the days go by.

Not bad for a team that started the summer off 0-6.

“I think some things are starting to click, we’re starting to figure it out a little more,” said Mudd. “Pitching is coming along and guys are starting to see the ball.”

“We’ve been rolling the past couple of weeks,” added Craig. “It feels good to get some wins under our belt, that’s for sure.”

Lasher likes what he’s seeing out of the guys, and thinks that if they keep it up the Bombers should once again be a force in the playoffs.

“The credit goes to them. They’ve kept their heads down and they’ve been able to play hard each and everyday,” he said. “I think it’s going in the right direction. As far as postseason play comes, it’s wide open.”




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