Bombers Claim Share Of OVL Title With Win At Owensboro; Can Win Outright Tomorrow Night
OWENSBORO, KY (By William Wells) – The Dubois County Bombers claimed at least a share of the Ohio Valley League crown with a 5-4 victory in Owensboro last night. The victory guarantees the Bombers home field advantage for the playoff semifinals starting later this week. Although the final pairings are still to be determined pending the outcome of games tonight and tomorrow, the Bombers will begin playoff action on the road on Friday. The first home playoff game will be at League Stadium on Saturday night with a potential home game Sunday as well to settle the best-of-three semifinals.
Like the previous night, the game was tight throughout. Neither the Bombers or Oilers ever led by more than a single run. As the game progressed, it was variously tied at 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, and 4-4.
Brady Pfaadt singled in Drake McNamara with the deciding run in the top of the eighth after a pair of Owensboro relievers had walked the bases full of Bombers.
The starting pitchers dominated the first few innings. Willie Poe retired the first six Oiler batters before Owensboro scored a run in the third with three singles.
Dubois County answered immediately when Mark Giesler doubled in Morgan DePew in the top of the fourth.
A bases loaded walk allowed Owensboro to regain the lead at 2-1 in the fourth.
The Bombers responded by taking their first lead of the night in the top of the fifth. Noah Sadler led off with a walk. Jacob Snodgrass and Brady Pfaadt followed with singles mixed in with an Oiler passed ball and an error. Before they would turn it over to the Oiler half of the fifth, Dubois County held a 3-2 advantage and had knocked out the Owensboro starter.
Now it was Owensboro’s turn to answer. With runners on the corners and two outs, the Oilers executed a double steal to tie the game at 3-all in the bottom of the fifth.
Poe pitched through the sixth for the Bombers, earning a quality start by holding Owensboro to 3 runs in six innings. Once again, the game would be decided by the bullpens.
Both teams scored in the seventh. After walking with one down, Pfaadt scored on a throwing error, returning the lead to the Bombers. The Oilers tied it when Pfaadt couldn’t corral a Zach Freeman pitch. The game was tied at four.
But that brought the game to the eighth and Pfaadt’s game-winning RBI.
Freeman pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, allowing no hits or runs in closing out the victory. He gets credit for the win, upping his season record to 4-3. Only six pitchers in the league have four or more wins. Half of them are Bombers, as Freeman joins teammates Ryan Dills and Zachary Aring on that list.
Pfaadt had a pair of hits and two RBIs on the night. DePew chipped in with two hits including a double. He also stole a pair of bases.
The Bombers will close the regular season at Madisonville on Tuesday, making up a game that was previously rained out. Last night’s Bomber win eliminates any remaining pennant hopes for the Miners.
If Dubois County wins tomorrow, they will win the league outright. A loss could potentially open the door for Fulton to tie the Bombers. In order to make that happen though, Fulton would also have to win their final two games tonight and tomorrow