Bombers Drop Home Game To Second-Place Fulton

HUNTINGBURG (By William Wells) – Tryiing to stave off elimination in the Ohio Valley League race, the Fulton Railroaders charged into Dubois County last night, defeating the league-leading Bombers 9-4.

Having already played one double header this week and facing another tomorrow, the Railroader bullpen figured to have limited availability. Fulton starter Eddie Mathis rose to the occasion. He pitched eight innings against the Bombers powerful offense, scattering nine hits, and limiting Dubois County to four runs.

Mathis got all the runs he would need in the second inning. After the Bombers scored twice in the bottom of the first, the Railroaders scored five times in the second inning to take control of the game. Jacob Elliott and Griffin Neuer both contributed 2-run singles to key the rally.

When two more Fulton batters reached base in the third inning, Bombers coach Andy Lasher pulled struggling starter Devin Williams in favor of Zach Freeman. Freeman turned in a stellar performance, holding Fulton to a single base hit while pitching the next 5 1/3 innings.

Scoring in the fifth and eighth, the Bombers cut the margin to 5-4 going to the ninth, giving the home crowd of 1,071 hope for a comeback victory. It wasn’t to be.

The Railroaders mounted another rally in the ninth, scoring four times off of Bomber relievers Konner Eck and Nick Scheller. Ramon Valdez’s two-run double drove in the final two runs and all but pushed the game out of reach.

Down five, the Bombers loaded the bases in the home ninth, but were unable to score. The game ended when Fulton first baseman Jacob Elliott made a leaping grab of a high throw to retire Morgan DePew. The final result was 9-4 in favor of the second-place Railroaders.

DePew had two doubles and a single to key the Bomber offense.

Clay Reece, Griffin Neuer, and Jacob Elliott each had two hits and at least two RBIs for Fulton.

With the win, Mathis is now 3-1. Starter Devin Williams takes the loss for the Bombers. His record is now squared at 3-3.

The Bombers season record now stands at 24-12. Fulton is in second place, two games back at 22-14. Both teams have four games remaining in the regular season.

Madisonville also remains in contention, 3 ½ games off the lead. The Miners have five games remaining to be played, two of them against the Bombers, including one tonight at League Stadium.

Fulton will be hosting Hopkinsville in a double header tonight.

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