Reds win 26th consecutive regular-season game

From Herald Staff Reports 

Both of the local summer baseball clubs were in action over the weekend, but traveled divergent paths. The Jasper Reds swept their pair of games to make it 26 straight regular-season wins for the semi-pro team, while the Dubois County Bombers dropped their first three games before ending on a high note Sunday night.

Reds remain unbeaten: The Jasper Reds swept their Sunday doubleheader against Hoosier Town Ball to stay undefeated and improve to 5-0. Devon Franz (2-0) pitched the first game, and finished with nine strikeouts while only allowing three hits and two walks. Former Jasper Wildcat Josh Weidenbenner also batted in three runners to fuel the 10-0 victory. The Reds also won the second game to the tune of 10-0, which was called in the top of the fifth inning. Brandon Jackson knocked out a two-run shot in the third inning on the way to finishing with three RBIs. Ben Lambert produced another nine strikeouts to go along with three hits and a pair of walks. The Reds will host their next three games at Ruxer Field, as they face the Saline County Monarchs Friday night, followed by a Sunday doubleheader against Owensboro Hardball.

Bombers finish the weekend 1-3: The Dubois County Bombers suffered three losses, as they played back-to-back doubleheaders over the weekend. Saturday’s first game against the Owensboro RiverDawgs was tied going into the ninth inning, when Austin Duffy hit an RBI single to score Benji Brokemond for the 7-6 lead. But a leadoff homer from Ian Ellis and a groundout RBI from Brady Higdon gave the RiverDawgs just enough for the 8-7 comeback win. Game 2 wasn’t as close, with the RiverDawgs putting together 11 hits against just five for the Bombers in an 11-3 rout. In the first of Sunday’s games, the Bombers fell behind the Fulton Railroaders 4-0 after the first inning, but they battled back with three runs in the second stanza and another two in the sixth before falling short, 7-5. However, the Bombers were able to salvage a bit of their weekend thanks to 12 hits in their 13-7 victory over the Railroaders in Game 2. Matt Ellis went 4 for 5 with six RBIs, while Duffy and Chase Hug each drove in two runners.

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