(From Dubois County) The Dubois County Bombers returned to their winning ways last night with a 13-1 pasting of the Madisonville Miners. The Bombers mixed a dozen hits with ten walks issued by the visitors in running their record to 12-6. Box Score click HERE.
Dubois County scored eleven of the twelve runs in just two innings. Seven Bombers crossed the plate in the second inning. Five more scored in the fifth.
Dubois County started off with a single run in the home first by playing small ball. Leadoff batter Daniel Johnson walked off of Miners starter Colton Nussel. Johnson later scored on a Drake McNamara sacrifice fly.
Madisonville responded with an unearned run in the top of the second when Wesley Birchmeier walked and came around on a Bomber error.
Then came the Dubois County second inning. Nussel was experiencing control problems. He walked three Bombers and hit one, forcing in a run with only one out. Miners coach Jared Franklin pulled Nussel in favor of Colin Hudson. Hudson yielded five hits before the inning was complete. The big blows were a 2-run single by Nick Gobert followed by a 2-run double by McNamara. Greg Jones added an RBI single. When dust had settled, the Bombers held an 8-1 advantage after two innings.
Meanwhile, Bombers starter Ryan Dills turned in another solid performance. He struck out eight and only walked one in five innings of work. Dills scattered six hits. The only run scored off of him was unearned, dropping his ERA to 1.20.
After the fifth, Dills would turn the rest of the evening’s mound duties over to the bullpen. But first, the batting order was to be heard from again.
Dubois County scored five more runs in the bottom of the fifth on four hits, three walks, and an error. Gobert, McNamara, and Jones had the RBI base hits again. After five, the scoreboard read 13-1 in the Bombers favor.
The Bombers bullpen would take it from there. They held the Miners to three hits over the final four innings. On a night where there was plenty to cheer about, one of the loudest cheers was for Bombers’ outfielder Nick Barrientos who tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
Dills is credited with the win. He is the first OVL pitcher to earn a third W this season. Nussel takes the loss to fall to 0-2.
There were plenty of hitting stars on this night. McNamara had a pair of doubles and five RBIs. Gobert added three RBIs on a pair of singles. Jones went 3-for-4, driving in two. Noah Sadler added a pair of RBIs, both on bases-loaded walks. Leadoff hitter Daniel Johnson scored three times. Johnson has now hit safely in all five games he has played for the Bombers.
Madisonville drops to 8-8. They remain in third place, now three games back of the first-place Bombers. Dubois County improves to 12-6.
Both teams will be home tonight. Madisonville hosts Owensboro, while the Hoppers will travel to Dubois County.