Bombers Drop Season Finale At Madisonville; Open OVL Playoffs Friday
MADISONVILLE (By William Wells) – The Dubois County Bombers closed out the 2015 regular season falling 12-6 at Madisonville last night, making up a game that had been postponed on two different occasions earlier in the season.
Facing Bombers starting pitcher Jay Prior, the Miners scored twice in the first inning on four hits and a sacrifice fly.
The Bombers took an early lead by scoring once in the second inning and twice more in the third. Brady Pfaadt walked to lead off the second. He advanced to second on an Alex Ralph single, moved to third when Thomas Rea flied out to deep right, and scored on a single by Nick Barrientos.
Morgan DePew walked to lead off the Bomber third. Mark Giesler followed with a one-out single, DePew scoring when the Miners outfielder misplayed the ball. Ralph scored Giesler two batters later.
But Madisonville, playing to secure the #2 playoff seed, mounted a five-run fourth inning to assume a 7-3 advantage. A two-run homer by Nolan Ramsey capped the rally.
Rea homered over the centerfield wall in the sixth to cut the lead to 7-4, but Madisonville answered with a three-run homer to stretch the margin to 10-4.
A couple of late runs by each team made the final tally 12-6 in favor of the Miners. The win assures Madisonville of home field advantage in the playoff semifinals which start later this week. Although both the Miners and the Fulton Railroaders close out the season at 25-15, Madisonville defeated the Railroaders six times in ten games between the teams.
Prior takes the loss, falling to 2-2. Thomas Rea hit a homer, a double, and drove in three runs to key the Dubois County offense. DePew and Ralph added a pair of base hits each.
With the season championship secured following Monday night’s league action, the Bombers took advantage of the opportunity to rest several of the regulars and to get tune-up work for much of the bullpen.
Dubois County closes out the season at 26-14. The Bombers will open the playoff semifinals Friday on the road at either Owensboro or Hopkinsville. Those two teams will play an elimination game on Thursday. The first playoff game at League Stadium will be on Saturday. If necessary, the best-of-three semifinals will be decided by a third contest on Sunday, also at League Stadium.
Meanwhile, Madisonville will open the other semifinal with the home field advantage against the 3rd-place Fulton Railroaders.