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Bombers Lose Game Two; Series Deciding Game Tonight

HUNTINGBURG (NNDC) – With their backs to the wall, the Hopkinsville Hoppers responded to the challenge laid down by the OVL regular season champion Dubois County Bombers.

Fueled by a five-run fifth inning and a four-run seventh, the Hoppers shut down one Bomber threat after another in storming to a 12-2 victory in League Stadium to tie the semifinal best-of-three series at one game apiece.

The Hoppers asserted itself from the start. Leadoff hitter Ernie de la Trinidad walked, was sacrificed to second, and scored on a Bomber error.

Hopkinsville added single runs in the third and fourth innings off of a pair of hits in each to take a 3-0 advantage. Trent Turner drove in Matt Cogen in the third. John Davis came around on a single by de la Trinidad in the fourth.

Dubois County mustered their first scoring threat in the third, loading the bases, but came up empty when Nick Gobert flied out to center.

Hopkinsville took command of the contest in the fifth inning. Bo Coolen, Turner, and Will Olson opened the inning with consecutive singles to chase Bomber starter Lucas Barnett. Willie Poe came out of the Dubois County bullpen, but three more singles, a hit batter and a Bomber error contributed to the five-run inning, giving Hopkinsville an 8-0 lead.

Despite the lopsided margin, the Bombers would rally time and again, but the clutch hits to launch the big inning were not to be found on this night. In addition to the third inning, Dubois County loaded the bases in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, but only managed two runs total out of the four golden opportunities.

Four singles, a walk, and a hit batter produced a four-run seventh for Hopkinsville as the lead reached the final total of 12-2.

Hopkinsville outhit the league champs 19-7 on this night. All nineteen hits were singles. Eight different Hoppers hit safely, and all eight had multi-hit games.

Hoppers starter Jordan Martin gets credit for the win, while Barnett takes the loss.

With the series squared at a game apiece, the deciding game will be played at League Stadium tonight at 6PM. General admission tickets will be free. Chairback and bar seats will be at the regular price.

The winner of tonight’s game will go to the League Playoff Championship Seriesto start Tuesday night against the winner of Madisonville and Fulton.

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