Bombers fall twice in first home games


It’s hard enough on a young team to gain confidence when it seems like every game they play is against tough competition, but add in the fact that almost every game they play is on the road, and it’s almost impossible.

The Louisburg Bombers have been true road warriors this season, as they finally were able to play a couple of games in front of the home crowd on Saturday, June 26, 2010, as they took on the KC Blaze and the Iola Indians at Lewis Young Park.

WLH1406 Now, it hasn’t been their fault that every game has been on the road, it’s not been because the field was being worked on, or anything like that, no, the Bombers have been on the road all season long simply because they couldn’t catch a break from the weather.

In their first attempt at playing at home, the Bombers games against Garnett were rained out and moved to July. A second round of home games a week later resulted in another wash out, but, the good news on that night was the rain came early enough in the day that the grounds crew tried to get the fields ready to play, but the coaches from the visiting Lawrence Raiders did not want to play, resulting in a pair of forfeits, giving the Bombers their first victories of the season.

There was certainly no weather issues on Saturday, that is unless you consider temperatures in the 90’s and high humidity a problem, as the Bombers took to the field against the KC Blaze and Iola Indians.

The results were not good for Louisburg, as they opened against the Blaze and suffered through a 17-2 defeat at the hands of the visitors.

The Bombers were able to score single runs in the the second and third innings, as in the second, Nick Chapman led off by reaching safely by being hit by a pitch and coming around to score on two out hits by Christina Richards and David Stuteville. In the third inning Ryan Otto reached singled with one out and scored a short time later to account for the Bombers two runs in the game.

The Blaze scored seven runs in the first, nine runs in the third and one in the fourth to take the 17-2 victory.

In the second game of the day, the Bombers played a little tougher with the Iola Indians, but still fell in the contest by a score of 13-4.

Iola scored runs in bunches, plating three in the first, three in the third, three in the fourth and four in the fifth to take the victory.

The Bombers were able to score a run in the first as Kyle Edwards led off with a single and came around to score the to cut the Iola lead to 3-1. The Bombers would be held off the score board until the bottom of the fourth inning when they were able to push across another run. With one out Taylor Caskey walked and scored the Bombers second run of the game. In the fifth, the Bombers were able to break out and score three runs, as Jesse Morland reached safely on an error to lead off the inning, as did Edwards. Ryan Otto doubled as the next batter, and all three runners came around to score giving the Bombers five runs in the game.

The Bombers will again take to the road over the Independence Day weekend as they travel to Emporia to take part in the Emporia Tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 2, 3, and 4, 2010. The following week the Bombers are scheduled to play a pair of home double headers, on July 6, Pomona is set to play at Louisburg and on July 9, 2010 the Bombers will host Garnett in the games that were postponed by rain in June.

Bombers fall to Pittsburg and Emporia

The Louisburg Bombers traveled to Pittsburg on Saturday, June 26, 2010 and came away with a pair of losses at the hands of the Pittsburg Post 64 team and the Emporia Legion Team. The Bombers fell to Post 64 out of Pittsburg by a score of 16-4 and then lost to Emporia by a 12-0 count.

The Bombers jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but then saw Pittsburg score nine runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 9-2 lead. The Bombers scored twice in the top of the third to cut the lead to 9-4, but Post 64 sealed the game by picking up seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to make the score 16-4.

Louisburg picked up just four hits on in the game, with Nick Chapman picking up two hits and Adam Henderson and Cole Wittmeier each getting one hit. Chapman picked up two RBI’s in the game and Henderson was credited with another. The Bombers had seven strike outs and walked twice in the game.

Adam Henderson started and took the loss in the game working one and two thirds innings, giving up four hits and seven runs, five which were earned. He had two walks and two strike outs in the game. Clark Gregory came on in relief and pitched the rest of the way, giving up nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits, three walks and two strikeouts.

In the second game, the Emporia Legion scored at least one run in every inning, scoring two in the first, five in the second, two in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth on their way to a 12-0 shutout victory. The Bombers were held to three hits, one each by Gregory, Stuteville and Wittmeier.

Ryan Otto started and took the loss for Louisburg, working four and a third innings, giving up eleven runs (eight earned) on six hits, three walks and four strikeouts. Kyle Edwards worked the final two thirds of an inning giving up three hits and one earned run with two walks and a strikeout.