Bombers Win Again; Inching Closer To OVL Crown
HUNTINGBURG (By William Wells) – The Dubois County Bombers rode the strong left arm of Willie Poe last night, defeating the Hopkinsville Hoppers 5-3 as they inched one step closer to the Ohio Valley League regular season crown. CLICK HERE FOR BOX SCORE
Poe tossed seven innings of shutout baseball, holding the Hoppers to a pair of singles, both off the bat of Pepperdine University’s Bo Coolen. After Coolen singled to lead off the fourth inning, Poe retired the next ten Hoppers.
A scoreless game through four innings, the Bombers broke through against Hoppers starter for two runs in the fifth. With one out, Nick Barrientos was hit by a pitch. Thomas Rea and Daniel Johnson followed with singles to load the bases. Devyn Newberry hit a grounder to second that Hopkinsville tried to turn into an inning-ending double play. But the relay to first sailed wide as Barrientos crossed the plate. Rea scored when the Hoppers catcher couldn’t corral a pitch from starting pitcher Jordan Martin, putting the Bombers up 2-0.
Konner Eck relieved Poe in the eighth. Hopkinsville scored once in the inning, and was threatening to add more when Eck gunned down Matt Cogen attempting to steal home.
With a 2-1 advantage, Dubois County added three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. The big blow was a Jacob Snodgrass two-run triple down the right field line.
Nick Scheller came out of the pen to pitch the ninth inning. A pair of Bomber errors and a Jimmy Cubillos single loaded the bases with Hoppers with nobody out. Hopkinsville scored one on a groundout and another with a Cogen RBI single, but the game ended with the tying run on base.
Poe earns the win, improving his record to 3-1. Martin falls to 2-3 for the Hoppers.
In addition to Snodgrass’ triple, Johnson went 2-for-4 with a double to spark the Bomber offense. Coolen’s pair of singles led the Hoppers.
The Bombers are now 23-11. With six games remaining in the regular season, they have a 3-game lead over second-place Fulton.
Hopkinsville falls to 12-20. They are in fourth place, ten games off the pace.
Dubois County is off tonight. They will be back in action at League Stadium Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week where they are 14-3 on the season.