The Hoptown Hoppers (8-5) hosted the Fulton Railroaders (6-7) on Thursday night at Hopkinsville High School’s Tiger Field and lost 13-7. Brian Musielak (2-0) earned his second win of the season tonight, while Dalton Utley, pitching in relief, got the loss for the Hoppers.
The Railroaders struck first scoring one run in the 1st inning. Jake Wikel would lead off the inning with a single and later score on an RBI single by Paul Salata after advancing to 2nd on a stolen base.
Hoptown quickly responded with a 4-spot in the bottom half of the inning. After Aiden Elias reached first on a hit by pitch and Reese Alexiades had a base hit, Ryan Hatten would drive them both in with a home run to left field. Immediately following Hatten, Nolen Milton took one to opposite field for a solo home run taking an early 4-1 lead. Milton would finish the night 4 for 5 with 3 base hits and a home run.
Fulton would put two more runs on the board in the 3rd inning. With one out, Will Acuff hit a single and would be driven in on a 2-out home run by Salata to deep right field. Salata would finish the night 4 for 4 with 5 RBI’s and 2 home runs.
The Railroaders extended their lead with runs in the 5th, 6th and 7th innings. Hunter Higdon would score the only run in the 5th inning after reaching 1st on a single and being knocked in on a ground out. Fulton exploded for 3 more runs in the 6th, highlighted by an RBI triple by Kody Davidson, followed by a 2-run home run by Cory Price. Two more runs would score in the 7th inning after the Hoppers would load the bases on 3 consecutive walks. One run would score on a wild pitch and the other on a bases loaded hit batsman.
The Hoppers chipped away at the Fulton lead in the 7th inning scoring 2 runs. Mike Rhea reached 1st on a fielder’s choice and would advance to 2nd with a single from Aharon Modlin. After both runners advanced on a ground ball, they would be driven in by a double from Alexiades down the right field line.
Unfortunately for the Hoppers, Fulton continued their dominance at the plate, scoring 2 more runs in the 8th inning on a 2-run home run by Salata, his 2nd blast of the night.
Hoptown scored one more run in the 8th inning on an RBI single by Rhea, driving in Milton who lead off the inning with a single.
Fulton scored 2 more runs in the 9th inning on a string of singles and a walk highlighted by an RBI single by Acuff and a sacrifice fly by Andrew Rapoza.
The Hoppers head to Fulton tomorrow night for a 7:05 start.
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