Bombers drop two games at Emporia

The Louisburg Bombers of Legion Post 250 in Louisburg got a head start on the other area teams this season as they opened play at Emporia, traveling to face the Emporia Thunder at Emporia State University. It was a nice trip to open the season, but the results were less than spectacular for the Bombers, as the Thunder racked up two wins, sweeping the doubleheader by scores of 6-2 and 8-4.

“The Emporia Thunder is a solid club, so I was pleased with the way the boys came together and competed in the game,” said Bombers Head Coach Dan Henderson. “We hit the ball right at them several times, so our hits were lower than I would have liked. We’ve been practicing hard on offense and I think that practice has helped.”

Two Bomber errors in the bottom of the second allowed the Thunder to erase a 1-0 Bomber lead and grab a 3-1 advantage. Louisburg came back to cut the lead to 3-2 in teh fourth, but the Thunder was able to push across two more insurance runs in the fifth to secure the victory.

Offensively, Keagan Chapman led the Bombes with a double to knock in a run, Konnor Cook, Bradey Drew and Dustin Ohlmeier each singled for the Bombers. David Stuteville grabbed the other RBI for Louisburg, Drew scored both the Bomber runs. On the hill, Adam Henderson pitched well for four innings as the starter, allowing three hits with one earned run and five strikeouts for his effort.

Defensively, the Bombers found the going a little difficult, as they committed numerous errors, and that really cost them in the second game.

After four miscues in the first game, the Bombers put up four more errors in the second game, giving Emporia a chance to score runs. The Thunder made the most of the Bombers generosity, scoring six runs in the second inning, erasing a 4-1 Bomber lead and propelling themselves to the 8-4 victory.

“Errors were key in both games, we have some things to work on, we can’t give the other team opportunities to score,” Henderson said. “On the other hand, we had some solid pitching in both games. Adam and Kyle combined for 10 strikeouts and gave up seven hits in a little over eight innings. Overall I was pleased with our effort and expect the boys to improve as the season progresses.”

Picking up hits in the doubleheader were Champman, Drew, Henderson, Ohlmeier, Ryan Otto, Tyler Stillians, Stuteville, Cole Whittmeier and Dylan York for the Bombers.

The Bombers will return to action on Thursday, June 3, 2010 as they travel to Pittsburg to play Neosho in the opening round of the Pittsburg Wood Bat Tournament.