Bombers Lose Lead Late At Hoptown

bombers logThe homestanding Hoptown Hoppers won in dramatic come-from-behind fashion Monday, using a three-run eighth inning that featured three hit batters to pull out a 5-3 win over visiting Dubois County.  CLICK HERE FOR BOX SCORE...

Hoptown (20-13) plated a run in the first inning when Taylor Ellis hit a two-out single, went to third on Chris Carrier’s single and ensuing error and scored on a wild pitch to give the Hoppers an early 1-0 lead.

The Bombers (18-18) scored three runs in the second inning when Nick Gobert led off with a ground-rule double, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Joe Sturino. Sturino stole second, went to third when Joe Redburn reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch, moving Redburn to third. Redburn scored on a Tyler Frank single, putting Dubois County ahead 3-1.

Hoptown added a run in the bottom of the fifth when Scotty Adkins drew a two-out walk, went to third on a double by Ellis and scored on a single by Carrier to close the gap to 3-2.

Then came the wild and woolly eighth inning. With two outs, Matthew Alford and Mitchell Gallagher were each hit by a pitch. Both players moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Ben Rodriguez, who went to second on the throw to home. Ellis was hit by a pitch and Carrier singled in Rodriguez to cap the scoring at 5-3.

Heath Petty (1-0) was the fourth of five Hoppers pitchers in the game and got the win, allowing one hit in one inning of work, pitching the eighth inning. Josh Drake pitched the ninth, retiring the side with one strikeout to get his second save of the season.

Dru Sebastian (2-1) was the third of four Bombers pitchers in the game and got the loss, allowing two runs on no hits in two-thirds of an inning.

At the plate, Hoptown was led by Carrier, who went 4-for-5 with two runs batted in. Ellis went 2-for-3 with a double — the Hoppers’ sole extra-base hit — and a run scored, while Ben Fisher went 2-for-4.

The Bombers were paced by Gobert and Sturino, who each had two hits. Gobert and Glenn Jones each had a double.  

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