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The defending champs of Division D rely on production throughout their lineup rather than power.

Bomb Busters player/coach Jordan Jones said his team had struggled lately with consistency on offense even while staying unbeaten.

But that wasn’t an issue in their 14-4 win over the Space Cowboys on Aug. 6 at NASA softball field 1. The Bomb Busters advanced to the tournament final scheduled this Thursday while sending the Space Cowboys, last year’s runner-up, to the losers’ bracket.

“We got our bats going,” Jones said. “Getting singles back to back to back again. Multiple hits. That’s something we hadn’t been doing.”

Mike Dixon went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three runs scored for the Bomb Busters (13-0-1). Barry Childress was also 3-for-3 with two runs batted in and one run. Troy Sutherland and Scott Patterson added two hits apiece.

Winning pitcher Michael Melton allowed four runs on 10 hits with one walk in five innings. The Bomb Busters turned a 6-3 double play to end the bottom of the second.

Jason Hopper went 3-for-3 batting leadoff for the Space Cowboys (8-6). But he took the loss in the circle. Grant Lowman and Ryan Childress added two hits apiece.

“We held them for a little bit but they just hit them where we weren’t,” Space Cowboys player/coach Will Kirby said. “They’re a good team. We’ll see them again.”

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