The Hoptown Hoppers (18-13) took down the Fulton Railroaders (13-18) 11-2 Tuesday night in Hopkinsville.
Aharon Modlin led off the bottom of the first with a base hit up the middle, stole second and advanced to third on a ground ball to second base. Taylor Fought drove him in on a groundball to the second baseman that was too hot to handle giving the Hoppers the early lead.
After back-to-back strikeouts looking to start the second inning, Hoptown would see the next three batters reach base. Dalton Dedas started it off with a walk, followed by singles from Aidan Elias and Modlin, driving in Dedas.
The Hoppers would do the majority of their damage in the bottom of the third with help from a trio of Railroader miscues, plating four runs. Highlights from the inning include a double by Reese Alexiades and a 2-RBI single through the left side by Nolen Milton.
After a scoreless fourth, Hoptown put up another crooked number, scoring three more. Dedas drew a walk, followed by a single from Elias and another walk by Zach Duvall, setting up Fought’s bases-clearing double over the left fielder’s head to give the Hoppers a 9-0 lead.
The Hoppers continued to add to their lead in the sixth, after the first two batters recorded outs, with three consecutive singles by Myers, Dedas and Elias plating an insurance run.
Three consecutive singles from Duvall, Fought and Alexiades helped score the final run for Hoptown to start the bottom of the seventh.
The Railroaders finally got on the board in the top of the ninth when Andrew Rapoza hit a 2-run blast over the left-field wall.
Starter Dustin Berrong (7-0) picked up the win, tying the OVL record for wins, after throwing seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits and striking out nine.
Noah Stern (0-4) was credited with the loss for the Railroaders after tossing 2 2/3 innings, allowing six runs, four earned, on five hits, while walking three and striking out three.
The Hoppers host the Madisonville Miners (15-18) tomorrow at 7pm for fan appreciation night. The Railroaders head home to host the Paducah Chiefs (15-16).
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