Dubois County Bombers
|Dubois County Bombers|
|League||Ohio Valley League (Central Division)|
|League championships||2 (2004, 2007)|
|Division championships||3 (2000, 2001, 2002)|
|Former name(s)||Dubois County Bombers (2005-present)
Bluff City Bombers (1998-2004)
|Former league(s)||Prospect League (2009-2012)
Central Illinois Collegiate League (1998-2008)
|Former ballparks||Lloyd Hopkins Field|
|Colors||Navy Blue, Red, White, Grey
|Ownership||John Bigness, Chris Barney, Mark Altstadt|
|Management||John Bigness (GM)|
The Dubois County Bombers are a collegiate summer league baseball team located in Huntingburg, Indiana. The team begins play in the Ohio Valley League for the 2013 season; they were formerly a franchise within the Prospect League. They began as a franchise in the NCAA sanctioned Central Illinois Collegiate League, until the CICL merged with the Prospect League.
The Bombers were formed in 1998 by a group of investors led by Albany, NY-based financial software consultant John Bigness as the Bluff City Bombers, based in Alton, Illinois and playing at Lloyd Hopkins Field, the Bombers were immediate contenders; in their inaugural season of 1998, the Bombers finished second place in the Western Division and wrapped up the #3 seed in the CICL Tournament, losing to the fifth-seeded Decatur Blues in the first round. The next year, the Bombers again finished second in the West and again wrapped up a playoff berth (this time as the #2 seed. After defeating the Springfield Rifles 7-6 in the first round, the Bombers lost to the Twin City Stars and later the Quincy Gems in the following round, thus being eliminated.
In their following four seasons, they won the Western Division title and were CICL Runners-Up, losing to the Danville Dans in 2000, 2001 and 2003 and the Decatur Blues in 2002, respectively. In 2004, the Bombers finally won the CICL Championship, defeating the Twin City Stars two games to none in the Championship Series.
The next year, the Bombers' owners moved the team to Dubois County where they would play their home games at League Stadium. In their first year in Dubois County, the Bombers once again made it to the Championship Series, losing to the Quincy Gems two games to none. The following season, the Bombers lost to the eventual CICL champion Twin City Stars two games to one in the Semifinal series, marking the first time in team history that the Bombers failed to make the championship series. However, the next year would be a return to form; after winning the regular season title, the Bombers won their second CICL title, defeating the Dupage Dragons 5-2 in the championship game. In 2008 (the CICL's final season), the Bombers finished in second place in the CICL; however, since the playoffs reverted to a two-half format, the Bombers failed to make the playoffs that year, the first where they have failed to do so.