The Hoptown Hoppers (16-12) drop game one of a doubleheader with the Paducah Chiefs (14-15) 8-1.
Paducah got on the board first with an unearned run in the top of the third after a leadoff single by Brandon Kelley would ultimately score on a bunt single followed by a throwing error by the pitcher.
A two-out solo home run in the top of the fourth by Tyler Hubbard would extend the Chiefs lead to two.
Paducah added two more runs in the top of the fifth on two singles and a hit batsman to extend their lead to 4-0.
Hoptown finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth when Zach Duvall hit a two-out double off the wall in left followed by a base hit through the left side by Reese Alexiades scoring Duvall.
Three singles, two walks, two hit batsmen and a throwing error by the pitcher would help the Chiefs plate four more in the top of the seventh.
Both pitchers factor in the decision. Paducah’s starter Blake Clynes (2-1) picked up the win after throwing a complete seven-inning game, allowing just one run on five hits. Alex Walker (4-2) was credited with the loss for the Hoppers after five innings of work, where he allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits.
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