Johnson’s Hot-Hitting Continues; Bombers Win Again At Home Over Hoptown
HUNTINGBURG (By William Wells) – The Dubois County Bombers rode the hot bat of Daniel Johnson in rolling to their 13th win of the season Tuesday night, downing the Hopkinsville Hoppers 10-4 at League Stadium.
Johnson, an outfielder for New Mexico State, led off the Bomber first inning with a double. He came around to score on a Drake McNamara single, giving Dubois County an early 1-0 advantage.
Matt Crowder singled off of Bombers starter Zach Freeman in the top of the second. Trent Turner followed with a triple to tie the game at one.
The Hoppers added two in the third to take a 3-1 advantage. Crowder and Turner both scored on a hard-hit ball that Bombers third baseman Alex Ralph couldn’t corral.
But the home third brought Johnson to the plate again. He reached first on a one-out single, stole second base, and scored ahead of Jacob Snodgrass on a 2-RBI Mark Giesler single, tying the game.
Dubois County broke the game open with a four-run fourth inning. Once again, Johnson was in the middle of the rally. After Alex Ralph walked, Cody Krumlauf and Devyn Newberry both singled to load the bases. Johnson followed with another hit of his own, scoring Ralph and Krumlauf. When he scored later in the inning, Johnson had three hits, two RBIs, a double, and three runs scored in just four innings. The Bomber advantage stood at 7-3.
But Dubois County was far from finished, and so was Johnson.
In the Bomber fifth, Morgan DePew singled. Ralph advanced DePew to third with a double. Newberry followed with a sacrifice fly. 8-3, Bombers.
Dubois County plated another Johnson-less run in the sixth with the same pattern. Snodgrass singled. Gobert doubled, moving him to third. Mark Giesler collected his third RBI with a sacrifice fly to push the lead to 9-3.
Johnson collected his fourth hit of the night in the eighth inning. After a leadoff single, he moved to third on a Snodgrass hit. Gobert followed by hitting a popup to second. Snodgrass was doubled up at first, but Johnson raced home with his fourth run of the game.
Cody Duncan drove in Kyle Hubbuch in the Hopper ninth, making the final 10-4.
A late arrival to the team, Johnson has now been with the Bombers for six games. In that time, he has gone 15-for-25, good for a .600 batting average. He has hit safely in all six games. He has at least 2 hits in five of the six. Johnson was walked three times on the one occasion where he was held to just one hit in a contest. He is averaging 2 runs scored per game, and has seven RBIs in six games, mostly hitting in the leadoff spot.
Freeman collected his first win for the Bombers. He went the first six innings, holding Hopkinsville to three runs (just one earned) on six hits. He struck out six, walking only two. He did not allow any Hoppers past first base in his final three innings of work.
Devin Williams, Derek Flaugher, and Hunter Spencer each tossed an inning in relief for Dubois County.
Parker Cash started and took the loss for Hopkinsville. His record falls to 0-3. Cash worked five innings before giving way to a depleted Hoptown bullpen that was working shorthanded. The Hoppers had played twenty innings of baseball the previous night as the product of a double header featuring a 13-inning nightcap.
The Bombers are now 13-6 on the season. Their hold on first place extends to 2 ½ games over Fulton. Hopkinsville falls to 7-11. They are tied for fourth, 5 ½ games back.
Dubois County is off tonight (Wednesday). They will be home again on Thursday against Owensboro.