The Hoptown Hoppers (6-2) defeated the visiting Paducah Chiefs (4-4) 15-6, ending the Chiefs four game win streak on Friday night. Alex Walker (2-0) (2 ER, 6 H, 5 BB, 3 K) pitched 6 innings for The Hoppers earning the win while Grant Williams (0-1) (3 IP, 9 ER, 9 H, 1 BB, 0 K) got the loss for the Chiefs. The teams would combine for 29 hits on the night.
The Hoppers got on the board early with a lead off single by Aharon Modlin followed by a double by Zach Duvall. Ryan Hatten would then knock in Modlin and Duvall with a bases clearing double, adding to his RBI total of 18, which leads the Ohio Valley League. Reese Alexiades then hit a home run to right field scoring Hatten. The Hoppers added another run in the 2nd inning with a solo home run by Dalton Dedas. Alexiades hit his 2nd home run of the night in the 3rd inning, driving in Hatten who reached first on a lead off walk. Alexiades would go 3 for 4 on the night with 4 RBIs and scoring 3 runs.
The Hoppers exploded for 5 more runs in the 4th inning with a lead off double by Dedas, followed by a double by Mike Rhea driving in Dedas. Rhea advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch and was then driven in by Modlin after a ground ball to the right side. With 2 outs, Hatten would hit his second double of the night and would advance to 2nd on a single by Alexiades. Hatten would go 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s, 2 doubles and 4 runs scored. Aiden Elias then took one deep to left field for a 3 run home run.
The Chiefs scored their first runs of the game in the top of the 6th inning after Tate Mathis was hit by a pitch with one out and would advance to 2nd on a 2-out walk by Walker, putting Spencer Schultz on first. Travis Regalado then hit a double to deep center field driving in Mathis and Schultz.
The Hoppers responded with 2 more runs in the bottom of the 6th inning. A one out walk would put Hatten on base followed by Elias who was hit by a pitch. A bases clearing double by Daryl Myers drove in Hatten and Elias.
In the top of the 7th, Cody Cooper who normally plays catcher came in to relieve Alex Walker. The first 2 batters reached on a walk and a single. Dixon Craft, a Hopkinsville native, then blasted one to left field driving in 3 runs. The fourth run came on an RBI single by Regalado, driving in Mathis who reached 1st after being hit by a pitch.
The Hoppers tacked on one more run in the bottom of the 8th after Elias, who would go 3 for 4 on the night, reached on a single. Elias was advanced on a single by Taylor Fought. The Chiefs would then load the bases walking Dedas. Tyler Graham, who came in at 2nd base late in the game would then drive in Elias on an infield single.
Fought, who normally is a designated hitter, would pitch the final two innings for the Hoppers providing effective relief and shutting down the Chiefs to close out the game.
The Hoppers host the Owensboro Oilers (3-5) tomorrow night in Hopkinsville and the Chiefs host the East Division leading Dubois County Bombers (5-2).
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