The Hoptown Hoppers (11-8) faced off against the visiting Henderson Flash (10-9) on Saturday night resulting in the Hoppers third straight win against the Flash. Alex Walker (3-1) got the call for the Hoppers pitching 6 2/3 innings giving up 2 runs on 8 hits, 4 walks and 5 strikeouts earning the win while Brandon Diaz got the loss for the Flash pitching 5 2/3 innings giving up 3 runs on 4 hits with 4 walks and 5 strikeouts.
The game started out as a pitcher’s duel through 4 innings with only 3 batters reaching base safely for both teams. In the 5th inning, The Hoppers’ Nolen Milton blasted a double off the center field wall. With runners on 1st and 2nd, Griffin Rivers dropped a bunt for a base hit and two separate throwing errors allowed two runs to score and Rivers to advance to 3rd. A single by Daryl Myers drove in Rivers for the third run of the inning.
The Flash responded in the top of the 7th inning scoring 2 runs. Zach Smith started the inning with a single and was advanced to 3rd on a double by Austin Browning. Both runners were driven in on an infield single off the pitcher’s leg by Joe Logsdon. With runners on 1st and 2nd, Jonathan Jacks came into close out the 7th inning and maintain the Hoppers lead at 3-2.
The Hoppers responded in kind with 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning. Rivers started the inning with a triple to deep left center followed by a Myers walk. Myers advanced to 2nd on a stolen base. Taylor Fought drove both runners in with a single to left field.
Henderson came knocking at the door in the 8th inning with a one-out solo home run by Brodie Brown. After a 2 out walk and single, Jacks was able to get out of the inning with a line drive to Aharon Modlin.
Tyler Graham came in to pitch the 9th inning and Henderson threatened with a lead off walk and a single by Aaron Euler to put runners on the corners. Paul Haupt hit a blistering line drive to Nolen Milton who was able to get the runner out at 3rd for the double play. The game ended on another line drive to Milton who was responsible for all 3 outs in the inning. Graham got the save for the Hoppers, his second of the season.
The Hoppers travel to Henderson to face the Flash tomorrow night for a 7:05 PM start.
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