The Ohio Valley League wrapped up the 2017 summer season with the Dubois County Bombers earning the season playoff championship defeating the defending champion Hoptown Hoppers 12-3. Jordan Cozart earned the win for the Bombers going 7 innings giving up 2 earned runs on 6 hits with 3 walks and 3 strikeouts.
The Bombers got on the board first with one run in the top of the first inning. With two outs, Zack Gray reached on a single and was later driven in on a double by Andrew Tannous.
Hoptown responded in the bottom of the first with a leadoff single by Aharon Modlin. A sacrifice bunt by Zach Duvall then moved him over to 2nd. Taylor Fought lifted a ball into the left center gap for a double scoring Modlin. With two outs, Griffin Rivers hit a ball into right field for a single scoring Fought to take a 2-1 lead over the Bombers.
Dubois took the lead back from the Hoppers when they added two runs in the top of the 3rd inning. Bryce Krizan and Camdon Mercier hit back to back base hits with one out. Gray then blasted a ball to the wall in right center for a double driving in Krizan and Mercier.
The Bombers extended their lead scoring another run in the top of the 4th inning. Philip Archer led off the inning with a double and was driven in on a base hit by Craig Shepherd.
Dubois County added another run in the top of the 7th inning that started with a lead off base hit by Krizan who then advanced to 2nd base on a walk. Tannous drove in Krizan with a hard hit line drive to left field. Jesse Philp came in to relieve Dustin Berrong who started the game for the Hoppers. Philp struck out the next two batters to end the inning. Berrong who led the league in wins would finish the night pitching 6 1/3 innings, giving up 5 runs, all earned, on 10 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts, earning the loss for the Hoppers.
The Bombers put another crooked number on the board in the 8th inning extending their lead to 7-2. A leadoff walk followed by an error by Nolen Milton put the first two batters on base. A base hit by Roman Trujillo would then load the bases. Two fielder’s choice ground ball RBI’s by Krizan and Mercier would drive in the two runs for the Bombers.
Hoptown cut the lead to four with a single run in the bottom of the 8th inning. Duvall started off the inning with a base hit up the middle and advanced to 2nd base on a walk. A well-placed fly ball to shallow center field by Milton would then drive in Duvall.
Unfortunately for the Hoppers, Dubois added 5 more runs in the top of the 9th inning sealing the game for the Bombers. Jordan Libman started the inning with a base hit and advanced to 2nd base on a stolen base. Shepherd then walked and Alex Alders drove in Libman. Trujillo and Krizan also singled in the inning with Krizan driving in two runs with his base hit. Mercier also had an RBI in the inning with a sacrifice fly to left field taking a 12-3 lead.
Dubois closed out their league leading regular season with a sweep of the Hoppers in the Championship Series with the Hoppers, who led the Western Division coming in 2nd place.
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