Bomber Bounce Back At Home Sunday

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Baseball does not typically have a home field advantage as pronounced as football or basketball. Don’t tell that to the collection of young men wearing red, white, and blue Bomber uniforms. They apparently enjoy like the dimensions and ambience of 120-year old League Stadium. Or maybe it’s the Dubois County cooking. Or it just might be the opportunity to play in front of the league’s largest and most enthusiastic crowds. Regardless, the Bombers knocked off league-leading Owensboro by a score of 5-1 Sunday night.

The win comes a day after the Bombers dropped both games of a double-header Saturday at Fulton.

Dubois County has now won their last five games played in League Stadium, and 10 of the last 12 home contests.

Sam Higgs entered the game with a 2-0 record for the Oilers. The Bombers attacked him for four singles in the first inning off the bats of Caleb Lonkard, Glenn Jones, Joe Sturino, and Kaleb King to claim a quick 3-0 lead.

Higgs rebounded nicely, retiring Dubois County in order in each of the next three innings. Owensboro tallied their only run in the fourth after Harold Diaz doubled with one out. He later scored on a passed ball and a wild pitch.

Up 3-1, Dubois County added a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Ty Broady brought Joe Redburn in with a sacrifice fly. Caleb Lonkard scored on a Glenn Jones single.

Brandon Hicks had worked exclusively out of the bullpen until last night and leads the Bombers with three saves. Coach Wes Fink handed Hicks the starting assignment on this occasion. Hicks responded by scattering four hits over six innings, allowing only one unearned run. Hicks’s brethren in the Dubois County bullpen made the 5-1 lead stand up.

Christian Vain pitched the seventh. Two Oilers reached base, but the rally died when Vain retired Alfredo Bohorquez on a comebacker to the mound. D.J. Eckert tossed the final two innings for the Bombers. He retired all six hitters he faced, three of them on strikeouts.

Hicks collects his first win of the year to go along with his team-leading three saves. Higgs takes the loss, falling to 2-1.

The defeat snapped a six-game winning streak for Owensboro. They remain in first place at 20-7, three games in front of the second-place Hopkinsville Hoppers. Those two squads will square off in Owensboro tonight.

The win is the seventh in the last 10 games for Dubois County, improving the season record to 14-15, and allowing the Bombers to gain a game on each of the top two teams. Dubois County has Monday off. They will return to action on Tuesday in Madisonville, before returning to the crowds at League Stadium on Wednesday.

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