Bombers can’t slow Columbia offense on the road

June 26, 2023 | 12:05 am

Updated June 26, 2023 | 2:16 am

After back-to-back wins on Saturday Owensboro did not have the same success to close out the weekend, as a late offensive explosion led to a 17-7 short-game road loss to Columbia, Tennessee.

Things got off to a rocky start for the Bombers, surrendering three earned runs in the bottom of the first—one more than they had in the last two games combined. But after a scoreless second inning, a leadoff single for Jaylen Walker, multiple passed balls and a hit by pitch Owensboro pounced on the rally opportunity with runners on the corners.

Walker proceeded to score on a wild pitch shortly after, with Grayson Smith’s sac bunt the following at-bat leading to a two-run single from Gavyn Minyard to make it a 3-3 ballgame going into the bottom of the third. But Columbia bounced right back in the following inning, using five walks, a hit by pitch and five hits to score eight runs and take an 11-3 lead into the fourth.

The Bombers didn’t bow out either by putting up four more runs to shorten their deficit in the fourth, but they couldn’t silence Columbia who rattled off six more runs in the bottom half of the inning to secure a 17-7 short-game home win.

Brock Tindle didn’t have his best stuff in his start, allowing eight earned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out a pair in the no-decision. Cayden Crabtree was hit with the loss after allowing three earned runs on a hit and four walks, while Cruz Lee and Ashton Farris gave up four and two earned runs respectively in a third of an inning pitched each.

Minyard and Easton Blandford had a pair of RBIs each, while Crabtree and Connor Hallmark chipped in one apiece. The Bombers now have a day off, hoping to turn things around against Funkhouser Post 8 at home at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

June 26, 2023 | 12:05 am

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