Bombers Drop Home Game To Fulton; Host Madisonville Tonight
HUNTINGBURG (By William Wells) – It has now been over a month since the Bombers moved into the top spot in the Ohio Valley League. But despite some impressive win streaks, Dubois County has been unable to put much distance between themselves and their two top challengers. CLICK HERE FOR BOX SCORE
On a night when the Bombers celebrated Christmas in July, the Fulton Railroaders left town dressed as the Grinch, escaping with a 4-2 come-from-behind victory.
It was a matchup on the mound between Lucas Barnett for Dubois County squaring off against Fulton’s Charlie Hecht.
It portended to be a pitching duel. The runs column on the scoreboard says it was. The hits column might disagree as the two squads pounded out 24 base hits, 13 of them by the Bombers.
Dubois County threatened repeatedly, but rarely got the necessary clutch hits to generate a big inning. The Bombers collected five doubles. Yet they were only able to produce two runs, both in the second inning.
Noah Sadler led off the second with a double and scored on a two-out single by Alex Ralph. Daniel Johnson celebrated his 20th birthday by cracking a double to bring in Ralph.
Dubois County placed runners on base in every inning, advancing runners into scoring position in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th innings, but coming up empty on each occasion as Hecht and the Railroaders escaped time after time.
With the Bombers fans dressed in their best Christmas attire, the Railroaders took a more sacrificial approach. Single runs in the 3rd, 6th, and 8th all scored after the leadoff batters reached safely and were sacrificed to second.
In the third inning, a pair of singles by Griffin Neuer and Kipp Moore bookended the Lucas Eliason sacrifice, producing the Railroaders first run.
Barnett walked Brad Baldwin leading off the sixth. After Ramon Valdez sacrificed him to second, Kyle Uhrich singled him in to tie the game at two.
Uhrich singled again leading off the eighth, was duly sacrificed to second advanced to third on a Zach Freeman wild pitch. He scored on a Drew Greenwood sacrifice fly.
A pair of singles by Eliason and Clay Reece produced Fulton’s final run in the ninth inning, capping the scoring for the evening with the Railroaders holding a 4-2 advantage.
Hecht gets the win to go to 4-2. Eddie Mathis picks up his second save. Zach Freeman takes the loss out of the Bomber bullpen, dropping his record to 2-3.
Uhrich led the Fulton attack with three singles. Reece added a pair of base hits.
Sadler doubled three times for the Bombers while Devyn Newberry added three singles.
Dubois County outhit Fulton 13-11. In addition, the Bombers rapped five doubles while the Railroaders had no extra base hits. But Fulton garnered the victory with a fundamentally sound small ball approach.
The Bombers fall to 21-11. At 18-13, Fulton cuts the Dubois County league lead back to 2 ½ games.
The Bombers will Madisonville tonight to try and snap a rare two-game losing streak.