The Hoptown Hoppers (23-15) defeated the visiting Fulton Railroaders (17-21) 6-2 on Monday night in Hopkinsville at Tiger Field. The Hoppers put up 10 hits on the night, but it would prove to be defensive miscues that cost Fulton the game with a total of 7 Railroader errors.
With one out in the bottom of the 1st inning, Zach Duvall blasted a double off the left field wall followed by an infield single by Taylor Fought. Fought then stole 2nd base, but two throwing errors allowed both Duvall and Fought to score.
Fulton responded with two runs in the top of the 2nd. Paul Salata led off the inning with a solo shot over the right field wall. With one out, former Hopper Will Acuff reached first base on a single and would later score on a fielder’s choice RBI by Owen Parsons.
Hoptown regained the lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning. A walk put lead off batter Aiden Elias on first. An error would push him to 2nd base and then he scored on an RBI single by Fought.
Nolen Milton started the bottom of the 3rd inning for the Hoppers reaching first on an error by the 3rd baseman and was advanced to 2nd on a base hit by Daryl Myers. On a sacrifice bunt from Dalton Dedas, a costly throwing error by the 1st baseman would allow Milton to score and Myers to reach 3rd. A base hit by Aharon Modlin drove in Myers for the 2nd run of the inning.
The Hoppers added another run in the 4th inning. With one out, Reese Alexiades hit a single up the middle. He then stole 2nd base and advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch. A costly error by the 2nd baseman allowed Alexiades to score.
Fulton slowed down the Hoppers with effective relief pitching from Hunter Smith and Pablo Arevalo holding them scoreless the rest of the game.
Dustin Berrong (8-1) earned his 8th win of the season for the Hoppers, establishing a new OVL record for wins. Berrong went 7 innings, giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits with no walks and 9 strikeouts. Jesse Philp would come in and pitch 2 scoreless innings to close out the game for the Hoppers.
The Hoppers head to Madisonville tomorrow to face the Miners (17-21) while Fulton travels to Paducah to face the Chiefs (17-20).
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