The Hoptown Hoppers (4-1) fall to the Madisonville Miners (3-2) by a score of 15-6 for their first loss of the season. Madisonville’s Austin Henrich (1-0) would pick up the win throwing five innings, allowing one unearned run, scattering four hits, with one walk and four strikeouts. The Miners outhit the Hoppers 15 to 10.
Both teams saw a pitcher’s duel through the first three innings as both starters faced nine batters. In the 4th inning both teams would break the scoreless streak, scoring one run a piece. Madisonville would strike first after David Robins would lead off the inning with a walk, steal second and score after Brooks Benson hit a bloop single to right field. Hoptown would respond after Aharon Modlin reached second on a two-base error by the third baseman and later score off Ryan Hatten’s RBI single to left center field.
The Miners scored again in the top of the 5th after Alex Carignan hit a solo homerun to left field. They would follow up their one-run inning with a 5-run 6th that saw 10 batters come to the plate. The 5-run inning was highlighted by Brooks Benson’s 3-run blast to left field followed by a 2-RBI single from Bradley Hull.
The Hoppers would attempt to rally with a 4-run bottom of the 7th. Modlin and Zach Duvall would both reach base on balls and score following a 2-RBI single over the shortstop’s head by Nolen Milton. Singles from Reese Alexiades and Taylor Fought would load the base before Will Acuff’s single to center field scored Milton and Alexiades.
Madisonville would follow up the Hoppers 4-run inning with two of their own in the top of the 8th. The Miners would score two unearned runs after a one-out double by Hayden Hollingsworth and an error by second baseman, Duvall, would put two runners on. Two batters later they would both come in to score on a single from Robins.
After a scoreless bottom of the 8th for the Hoppers, the Miners would score 6 more in the top of the 9th on three hits and three walks, capped off by Robins 3-run homerun to left field. Hoptown attempted to rally as Alexiades hit a one-out triple in the bottom of the frame being driven in by Fought, but the next two batters were retired.
Luke Brown (1-1) would pick up the loss for Hoppers after pitching five innings, allowing five runs on six hits, with four walks and three strikeouts. The Hoppers head to Madisonville Wednesday night to play the Miners at 7:05pm.
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