The Hoptown Hoppers (17-12) split the doubleheader with Paducah (14-16) after a walk-off single by Dalton Dedas helped beat the Chiefs 6-5.
Paducah saw two unearned runs score in the top of the first after an E5 got the lead off man on base. A ground ball by Crit Williams would drive in Brandon Kelley who reached on the error. Tate Mathis singled and stole second before being driven in by a single from Dixon Craft.
The Hoppers got on the board in the bottom of the fourth after Nolen Milton and Daryl Myers singled to lead off the inning, followed by a walk from Dalton Dedas. Aharon Modlin would help plate the only run of the inning on a sacrifice fly to left centerfield scoring Milton.
The Chiefs responded with a three-run top of the fifth. Paducah loaded the bases before Nick Shumaker hit a 2-RBI double to the left-center gap scoring Williams and Mathis, followed by Shumaker being singled home by Blake Johnson.
Hoptown plated three of their own in the bottom of the sixth after Dedas and Aidan Elias walked with one out. Modlin doubled to the left-center gap scoring Dedas. Taylor Fought hit a single to right field that brought Elias in to score before Griffin Rivers hit a sac fly to center field scoring Modlin.
Reliever Tyler Graham (2-1) would come in to pitch in the fifth with two outs, tossing the final two and one-third innings, allowing only one hit while striking out two and pick up the win for the Hoppers.
Paducah was held scoreless through the seventh inning before giving the Hoppers an opportunity in bottom of the frame.
Reese Alexiades reached first safely after a fielding error by the second baseman, advancing to second on a passed ball. Daryl Myers hit into a fielder’s choice to the shortstop, both runners reaching safely as Alexiades got under the tag at third. Myers would steal second putting runners on second and third before Dedas hit a single to right field driving in Alexiades and Myers for the game-winning runs.
Hoptown heads to Fulton to take on the Railroaders at 7pm.
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