TERRE HAUTE —
The Terre Haute Rex moved within four games of the first-place Dubois County Bombers, scoring the first 11 runs in a 12-6 shellacking at Bob Warn Field on Tuesday.
Since the first-half division winner secures a playoff spot — and the first half ends Sunday — the Rex have the best shot to overtake the Bombers thanks to three remaining matchups with Dubois County.
With five straight victories, manager Brian Dorsett's squad has momentum on its side heading into tonight's game at League Stadium in Huntingburg.
Michael Schroeder had an RBI single and a two-run blast off the scoreboard in right-center field to give put him into the Prospect League lead in RBIs with 28.
"I'm seeing the ball well, I like being up in those situations. As a hitter, if you get a man in scoring position, that's what you have to do, get them in," said Schroeder, who has shown power to all fields. His third home run of the season greeted Indiana State veteran Kurt Kudrecki, who came out of the bullpen in the fourth for Dubois County. Schroeder connected on Kudrecki's second pitch.
"I got a hanging off-speed pitch and just got the barrel out there," Schroeder said.
Nick Johnson had a two-run double, driving in four runs for the Rex, and Kyle Zimmerman had a season-high three hits.
"Knowing who we are as a team is the big thing, knowing what we all can do in our role on the team. And our pitching staff's bringing it together right now. It's just all clicking," Schroeder said.
While catching Dubois County would be tough — the Bombers' magic number is two — Dorsett thinks his team could make it interesting.
"That's our goal, keep pressure on them. We'll take it one game at a time," Dorsett said. "The offense is heating up. Kyle Kempf had some really good at-bats today. Nick Johnson, putting the ball in play with two strikes, good situational hitting. Schroeder's been driving in some big runs for us, and good to see Zimmerman have a big night."
Starting pitcher Will Robinson had his best outing of the summer, scattering four hits and walking one in six shutout innings.
"He got up to around 90 pitches, just trying to take care of his arm," Dorsett said. "He was mixing it up really well. He was using the inside part of the plate as well as the outside part of the plate. He just put it in there head that he could throw the breaking ball for a strike at any time."
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Sapp (L), Kudrecki (4) and Tavares; Robinson (W, 1-1), Dartnell (7), Timmerman (8), Dove (9) and Norwood.
Highlights — For Terre Haute, Nick Johnson went 2 for 3 with 4 RBIs; Michael Schroeder 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs; Brian Norwood 2 for 3 with an RBI; Kyle Zimmerman 3 for 5 with 3 runs; and Chandler 2 for 4. For Dubois County, Indiana State's Landon Curry went 1 for 5 with a double and a run.
Next — Terre Haute (14-11) visits Dubois County (18-7) tonight at 7:05 p.m.