The Madisonville Miners (11-13) defeated the West Division leading Hoptown Hoppers (13-10) 12-7 in Hopkinsville on Wednesday night. Nicholas Hutchison got the start for the Miners, but earned a no decision pitching 4 innings, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits, walking 3 and striking out 3. Luke Brown (3-2) got the loss for the Hoppers.
The Miners got on the board early with a run in the first inning. Logan Jarvis started them off with a single to be later driven in by Alex Carignan with an RBI single. They added 2 more runs in the third inning. With one out, The Miners had runners on 1st and 2nd after consecutive walks. Ryan Brooks blasted a double to the left center gap scoring 2 runs.
Hopton responded with a 3-run fourth inning to tie the game. Zach Duvall led off the inning with a double and advanced to 3rd on a fly ball to left. He then scored on a wild pitch. With one out, Nolen Milton walked and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch. Aiden Elias, celebrating his birthday today, drove in Milton. After Elias advanced to 2nd on a stolen base, Cody Cooper laced a ball down the left field line scoring him to tie the game.
Madisonville responded with a 4-run fifth inning and would maintain the lead from there. Jarvis led off the inning with a single and was driven in by Brooks after advancing to 3rd on a wild throw on a pickoff attempt. David Robins then hit a home run over the left field wall scoring 2 runs. The fourth run was scored by Carignan who reached on a single and was driven in by Jacob Richard later in the inning.
Jack Bellinger came in to pitch the 5th inning for the Miners, pitching 2 shutout innings, giving up no hits, one walk and four strikeouts, earning the win for the Miners.
The Miners tacked on another run in the sixth inning after another leadoff single by Jarvis. Jarvis advanced to 3rd on two stolen bases and would reach home during a line drive double play that was almost a triple play.
Madisonville continued their run scoring with a 3-spot in the 7th. They loaded the bases with 2 walks and a single by Bradly Hull. Jarvis with his 4th hit of the night drove in Hull. Another run scored on a double play and then Robins was responsible for another RBI, his 3rd of the night.
Two consecutive walks and a single loaded the bases for the Miners to start the 8th inning. With, 2 outs, Jarvis hit a single between 1st and 2nd for his second RBI of the night and his fifth hit. Jarvis finished the night 5 for 5 with a walk. The Miners lead the Hoppers 12-3 at this point in the game.
The Hoppers rallied in the 8th inning for 4 runs that started with a 1 out double by Reese Alexiades, followed by a single by Milton and a walk by Elias. With the bases loaded, Cooper blasted a shot to left center for a triple, clearing the bases. Cooper would then score on a wild pitch bringing the score to 12-7. Cody Cooper would finish the night 2 for 4, with four RBIs, a double, triple and a run scored.
Jonathan Joy came in to pitch the final inning for the Miners and effectively shut down the Hoppers allowing only one runner to reach base on an error that would leave the final score 12-7.
The Hoppers head to Paducah on Thursday night to face the Chiefs (11-13) and the Miners head to Fulton to face the Railroaders (10-13).
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