The Hoptown Hoppers (3-0) defeat the Fulton Railroaders (1-2) in 10 innings by a score of 10-9 Saturday night in Hopkinsville. Zach Duvall’s walk-off double to right center scored Ryan Hatten from second base, who previously reached on a hit by pitch to lead off the inning, then a sac bunt pushed him to second. Jesse Philp (1-0) picked up the win after pitching 1 2/3 innings, allowing no runs and no hits while walking two.
Fulton got on the board first with three unearned runs in the 3rd inning following two defensive miscues. The Hoppers would put one on the board in the bottom of the frame after a leadoff single, a walk, a balk, and a sac fly from Aharon Modlin scoring Taylor Fought. Hoptown would rally for 6 runs in the bottom of the 4th, bringing 12 to the plate. The 6-run inning was highlighted by a 2-RBI single from Cody Cooper and a RBI single from Michael Rhea.
Both teams added a run in the 5th inning, highlighted by Zach Duvall’s inside-the-park homerun. The Hoppers tallied another run in the 7th after an RBI single from Modlin scored Rhea.
The Railroaders would tack on a run in the 8th after two base hits and a RBI double by Zell Walker. Fulton would then tie it in dramatic fashion in the top of the 9th with a grand slam from Paul Salata.
Jesse Philp would replace Will Acuff to record the final two outs in the 9th and pitch the 10th. Hunter Higdon (0-1) would ultimately receive the loss after starting the 10th inning, hitting a batter and giving up the game-winning double.
The Hoptown Hoppers head to Fulton to take on the Railroaders at 7pm Sunday evening.
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