The Hoptown Hoppers (21-15) outhit the Madisonville Miners (17-20) Saturday night, but fell 11-10 in Hopkinsville.
Madisonville got off to a hot start as the first six batters reached base to begin the game. Alex Carignan got the Miners on the board on a bases-loaded RBI single scoring Logan Jarvis who singled to lead off the game. Nolan Ramsey followed with a ground-rule double to left field plating Ryan Brooks and David Robins, who both reached on singles. Three batters later, a base-loaded walk by Ryan Carver drove in Carignan. A sac fly to left field by Bradley Hull scored Ramsey for their fifth and final run of the inning.
After a scoreless top of the inning, Hoptown responded in the bottom of the 2nd with four runs of their own. Nolen Milton led off with a high hit double that found grass in shallow centerfield. Daryl Myers would draw a walk before Aidan Elias golfed a 3-run home run over the left field wall for his fourth homer of the season. Aharon Modlin and Zach Duvall would follow with base hits before Taylor Fought executed a perfect sacrifice bunt. Reese Alexiades continued to add to his league-leading RBI count (41) as he slapped a groundball to second base scoring Modlin for the final run of the inning.
The Hoppers tied it up in the bottom of the 3rd after Milton reached base on a fielder’s choice before being driven in by an RBI double to the right-center gap by Myers.
The tie would not last long as the Miners plated three runs in the top of the 4th inning without recording a hit. A hit batsman followed by three straight walks aided by a pair of defensive miscues, helped the Miners take the lead.
In an all too similar situation, Griffin Rivers reached on fielder’s choice in the bottom of the 4th and came in to score on Cody Cooper’s RBI double to deep left centerfield cutting the deficit to two runs.
Hoptown continued to chip away in the bottom of the 6th. Alexiades led things off with a walk, being moved to third on Cooper’s second double of the night. One batter later, Milton drove in Alexiades on his RBI single to right field for the Hoppers only run of the inning.
Madisonville put up another crooked number in the top of the 7th as they scored three runs on five singles and a costly defensive error. Two base hits and sacrifice bunt turned into a bunt single got the inning started. With one out, a ground ball to the shortstop failed to turn into a double play after a throwing error by the second baseman helped score two. Another base knock to right field drove in the third run before a runner was cut down at home to end the inning.
Taylor Fought scored the Hoppers only run in the bottom of the 7th on his solo shot to right centerfield, his first home run of the season.
On the very first pitch of the bottom of the 9th, Aidan Elias took it for ride for his second home run of the game. Fought drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on a hit and run when Alexiades singled to center field. Rivers followed suit with a base hit through the right side as Fought came in to score on what would be the final run of the game.
Alex Canul (1-2) picked up the win for the Miners after his one inning of relief as he allowed only one hit. Brice Johnson (0-3) received the loss after tossing 3 1/3 innings and giving up eight runs, seven earned. Jonathan Joy was credited with the save.
The Hoppers head to Madisonville tomorrow to face the Miners at 7:05pm.
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