Six errors lead to Bombers lossJuly 7, 2021
By COREY STOLZENBACH
HUNTINGBURG - The Dubois County Bombers have spent the 2021 season with other teams looking up at them in the Ohio Valley League's North Division, but now that gap has closed after a 7-3 loss to the Fulton Railroaders.
The Henderson Flash entered the day just a half a game back of the Bombers (18-9) after their 11-10 win against the Railroaders on Tuesday. The Bombers losing put the Flash in a tie for first place with them, as both teams had the same record after the Bombers lost. The Flash losing to the Owensboro RiverDawgs on Wednesday would put the Bombers back in first at the moment, but a win for the Flash would have them in first. The Flash fell, 11-5, allowing the Bombers to remain in first.
"I hope that it does motivate them," Bombers coach Travis LaMar said. "I hope it gets them a little bit fired up because we've been at the top kind of looking down and now we're kind of on the other end. So hopefully, that will wake them up a little bit, and they'll come to park with a little sense of urgency."
Seven runs crossed for the Railroaders on Wednesday, but none of them were earned. Errors proved costly for the Bombers in their first game since Sunday. Their first error with two outs in the top of the second proved to be without consequence, but things weren't as forgiving later on. They committed six of them in total that contributed heavily to their loss.
LaMar thought a lack of focus contributed to those errors.
"I think maybe having a couple of days off, the guys kind of got a chance to relax a little bit, and I don't think we got back to the park ready to go with the mindset that we needed to pay a little bit of a cleaner game," he said.
Alex Langford reached in the top of the fourth off a throwing error from Mason Landers, but first baseman Conner Oxley had an error himself on a high throw, and Langford soon found himself at third base. He scored easily on an RBI groundout from Dorian Berry that gave the Railroaders an insurance run, 2-0.
Fulton plated three runs in the top of the fifth that might not have happened without the Bombers committing another error. Jarret Fowlkes bunted with Jacob Rochester on, and Fowlkes himself reached thanks to a throwing error from starting pitcher Conner Fries, who also struggled with command and location at times through the evening.
"It's one of those, too, where the errors kind of come from pitchers not really being around the zone too much and defenses get a little bit on their heels," LaMar said. "So, it's kind of a double-edged sword there. If one's not going so well, the other one's going to suffer a little bit, too."
Rochester would be out trying to advance to home on a ground ball, but Fowlkes and Patrick Music scored on a two-run single from Parker Estes that put the deficit further out of reach at 4-1. Langford added another to bring in Seth Gardner, though Estes was out trying to score behind him.
The Bombers never led in this game, but the closest they got was in the bottom of the fourth when they trailed, 2-0. Tucker Schank's leadoff single got it going, and Landers advanced him over to third, but was out himself in a rundown between second and third base. Schank scored for the Bombers on an RBI groundout from Adam Euler that made it a 2-1 game.
They made things awfully interesting in the bottom of the eighth on a one-out rally, as Landers singled in Guy Lipscomb. The Bombers pulled even closer when Euler singled in Tucker Schank, and one pitch could've made it a brand new game. However, Kevin Butler grounded into a double play to prevent any more scoring.
The final score came to be with two outs in the top of the ninth when Oxley dropped a ball on the way to first base that would've retired the side, allowing Webster Walls and Yosnell Diaz to cross home plate.
The Bombers are scheduled to be back at it Thursday on the road against the Hoptown Hoppers. They'll be turning to David Ellison to start for them after Ellison has done some bullpen work.
LaMar hailed Ellison for his ability to throw strikes out of the bullpen, and Lamar's hoping the reliever-turned-starter for this one can get the team back on track.
Three of the their next four games are against the Hoppers - Thursday and Saturday on the road, and Sunday at home.
"It's almost like a big league series where you're going to see a team three straight nights," LaMar said. "So, you kind of start to figure some things out a little bit. Hopefully, we can kind of get ahead early and maybe jump out - and the next couple of games will kind of fall in place from there."
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