TERRE HAUTE —
The Springfield Sliders probably curse the departure of the Dubois County Bombers from the Prospect League more than most.
What do the Bombers, who now ply their trade in the Ohio Valley League, have to do with the Sliders, or for that matter, the Terre Haute Rex?
When the Bombers left the Prospect League it created a situation where the Prospect League’s West Division teams — the Rex and Sliders both being members — had one less opponent to play in intradivision play.
That’s bad news for the Sliders … who have had four games so far to demonstrate that they can score runs against the Rex and have scant evidence to show for it.
The pattern continued Friday at Bob Warn Field as the Rex defeated the Sliders 3-0. It was Terre Haute’s fourth shutout of the season … the Sliders have been on the wrong end of three of them.
Springfield has managed just three runs this season against Terre Haute.
Terre Haute starter Kendall Paluch faced Springfield for the second time this season and the result was the same. Paluch threw five shutout innings, repeating his performance from June 1. Paluch struck out five batters.
Terre Haute’s bats weren’t much more potent than Springfield’s — the Rex had two more base hits than the Sliders (3-13) did — but the Rex did a better job of making baserunners count.
Terre Haute’s Kalik May drew a leadoff walk in the first and came around to score when Owen Conway laced a two-out triple. Atlee Schwab then drove in Conway to make it 2-0. Another Rex triple in the fourth inning — this time by Nate Arnold — was rewarded when William Colantono drove Arnold home with a single to right to make it 3-0.
Those runs were all Terre Haute (10-4) needed as it won its third in a row. Paluch gave way to relievers Taylor Horn, Josh Dove and Bryan Nacke, who closed the game out with four innings of shutout relief.
Schwab and Cody Gardner were both 2 of 3 at the plate for Terre Haute.
The game start was delayed 35 minutes as the umpires were stuck in Interstate-70 traffic. Terre Haute plays at Danville tonight. The Rex return home Sunday to host the Dans.