The Hoptown Hoppers (20-13) beat the visiting Muhlenberg County Stallions (13-20) by a score of 9-2 at Tiger Field on Thursday night. Luke Brown (4-2) got the win for the Hoppers pitching 8 innings, giving up 1 run on 7 hits with 4 walks and 4 strikeouts. Sam Folks (1-3) got the loss for the Stallions, giving up 3 unearned runs on 5 hits with 3 walks and 7 strikeouts.
The game started as a pitcher’s duel through 4 ½ innings with both starters pitching effectively.
The Hoppers got on the board with 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning. A lead-off walk put Taylor Fought on base who would later score on an RBI single by Nolen Milton. Dalton Dedas, who reached first base on an error, would score the second run of the inning on an RBI single by Aharon Modlin.
The Hoppers added another run in the 6th inning when a costly error by the third baseman put Fought on first who scored on an RBI single by Milton.
Hoptown put another 3 runs on the board in the 7th inning, all of them unearned. Zach Duvall, with one out, hit a high pop up behind first base that was misplayed allowing him to reach 2nd. On the throw to 2nd, the ball was overthrown which allowed Duvall to score. Muhlenberg proceeded to walk the next four batters scoring the 2nd run of the inning. Dedas then drove in Griffin Rivers on a single.
The Stallions attempted to mount a comeback in the top of the 8th inning. Reed Millwood lead off the inning with a base hit followed by walks on 3 of the next 4 batters allowing their only run of the inning.
The Hoppers extended their lead in the 8th inning with 3 more runs. With one out, the next five batters reached base safely highlighted by an RBI single by Fought and an RBI by Daryl Myers when he got hit by a pitch.
Muhlenberg added another run in the 9th inning, but it wasn’t enough.
The Hoppers head to Muhlenberg tomorrow for a double header starting at 5:00 PM.
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