Hoppers 2, Dubois County Bombers 0. (From
Dubois County) The high-flying Hopkinsville Hoppers made the long trek to League Stadium in Huntingburg, Indiana to take on the Bombers last night. 1,840 Dubois County fans turned out amid the mid-90s heat and humidity for the titanic struggle between the defending champions and the current league leaders.
These two squads squared off in three memorable battles earlier in the season. The first matchup was a 1-1 pitchers’ duel through 8 innings. A doubleheader last weekend produced an extra-inning walkoff homer followed by an 18-13 slugfest. Each game landed with the Hoppers getting the W.
Last night was no exception. Once again, the starting pitchers took center stage.
In last night's affair, Chase Maddux (son of Greg) scattered six Dubois County singles while shutting out the home squad through eight innings of work. The Hoppers defense combined with Maddux for a fundamentally clean game, allowing no Bombers to reach via error, walk, or hit batter.
Meanwhile, Caleb Wagner and Raunel Perez responded with outstanding mound effort of their own for Dubois County. Wagner pitched the first six innings, yielding just two runs on five hits to the hard-hitting Hoppers who average 9.5 runs per game. Perez held the Hoppers scoreless and hitless over the final three frames.
But Hopkinsville pushed two runs across in the fourth inning, and made them stand up on this night. A leadoff walk and a fielder’s choice where the Bombers were unable to cut down the lead runner put two on with nobody out. Grant Robbins singled in Andrew Gross. Kyle O’Keefe followed with a double to plate Hunter Holland.
After that, the pitchers for both teams dominated. Hopkinsville only pushed one more runner to third. Dubois County was never able to advance a player past second base.
O’Keefe led the Hoppers offense with a pair of base hits. Ben Balgaard rapped three singles for the Bombers. Trey Fulton added a single and a double.
Maddux improves to 2-1 for the season. Austin Hearn picks up his first save, holding the Bombers in check after giving up a leadoff double to Fulton in the ninth inning.
The loss drops Wagner to 2-1.
Hopkinsville is now 20-2, and leads the league by at least a week’s worth of games. Dubois County falls to an even .500 at 10-10, dropping their seventh consecutive game. Complete
12, Fulton Railroaders 11. In
10 innings. (From Owensboro) The Owensboro Oilers won their Sunday night against the visiting Fulton Railroaders by the final score of 12 to 11. The game saw the two teams combine for 23 runs on 31 hits, 2 errors and 17 walks -- a game more survived than played or won.
Oilers Scoring Bryce Windham, Sam Medina (3), Joe Silva (2), Nick Lugo (2), Tanner Kehrer, Seth Woodard, Joe Stucky,, and Ben Haefner; Oilers RBIs: Windham, Medina (2), Lugo (2), Kehrer (2), Woodard (3), and Stucky -- Sam Medina was 4 for 5, and a double shy of the cycle for the game. Woodard plated the game-winning run with a walk-off RBI single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Railroaders Scoring: Alex Phillips, Chase Slone (2), Andrew Swanson (2), Chris Patterson, Tyler Catlett, Kyle Beach, Jacob Milosch, Mason Elliot (2); Railroaders RBIs, Swanson (4), Patterson (2), Cameron Curry, Mason Elliot
-- The Railroaders came from five runs behind to tie the game in the top of the 9th inning, largely on the strength of a grand slam by Swanson with two out.
The winning pitcher was Owensboro reliever Matt Walczak.
The losing pitcher was Fulton reliever Kyle Beach. Complete
Chiefs 8, Madisonville Miners 7. In
Madisonville a Miners' final inning push to catch
the visiting Chiefs failed giving Paducah their
third win in a row. Both teams had 10 hits each in
the game with the Chiefs leaving 6 men on base and
the Miners stranding 16 runners. Jason Priest and
Davis Elliott had homeruns for Paducah and Chase
Hensley homered for Madisonville. Complete
5, Dubois County Bombers 2. (From
Fulton) The Railroaders played error free ball
to take down the visiting Bombers in Fulton. The
win was the second in a row in as many night for
Fulton, only their second time in the season for
back-to-back victories. Dubois County continued
their current struggle losing their sixth game in
the first run in the third inning, The Railroaders
held a 1-0 lead until the top of the sixth when
Zack Gray hit a 2 RBI double to give the Bombers a
2-1 edge. The DC lead was short lived as Fulton
answered in the bottom half with 4 runs off 5 hits
and 2 Bomber errors to compete the final scoring
for both teams.
Railroaders totaled 12 hits in the game with a RBI
each by Alex Smith, Derek Burns, Mason Elliott,
and Cameron Curry who doubled in his run.
starter Seth Hougesen gets the win for 6 innings
on the mound giving up 5 hits, 2 earned runs, one
walk and had 4 strikeouts. After regaining the
lead in the seventh inning, Hougesen was relieved
by Tyler Magley who completed the final 3 innings
and picked up a save.
Austin Krizan for Dubois County takes the loss for
5 2/3 innings and tagged for 5 runs (3 earned),
one walk and 4 strikeouts. Brian Wichman and
Connor Moroder combined to complete the last 2 1/3
innings with a total of 5 strikeouts and issued no
Chiefs 13, Muhlenberg County Stallions 5. The
Chiefs and Stallions together put out 26 hits in a
game that Paducah came out on top while playing at
Muhlenberg County. The Chiefs scored first and
often with multiple runs in 5 of the 9 innings.
The Stallions were unable to plate any runs until
the final two innings of play, too little too late
to overcome the Chiefs lead. Complete
Oilers 6. (From
Hopkinsville) The Hoptown Hoppers (19-2) bounced back from their loss to the Paducah Chiefs Friday night with a convincing 17-6 victory over the second place visiting Owensboro Oilers (12-8). Seth Oliver (2-0) pitched 6 complete innings giving up only one run earning the win for the Hoppers. Austin Tibbs (0-1) got the loss for the Oilers.
The Hoppers took an early lead with a five run bottom of the first inning highlighted by a three run home run by Andrew Gross, his ninth of the season. His nine home runs ties the OVL record and his RBI total of 39 breaks the OVL record. Grant Robbins drove in two more runs in the first inning. Robbins would finish the night going 3-6 with seven RBI’s.
The Hoppers would add runs in the next four innings extending their lead to 14-1. Owensboro scored a run in the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run by Seth Woodard. Woodard hit a second solo home run in the top of the eighth inning.
The Oilers added two more runs in the top of the 7th inning and one in the 8th inning, but The Hoppers responded with three more runs in the bottom of the 8th extending their lead to 17-4.
The Oilers rallied late adding two more runs in the top of the 9th inning, but it wasn’t enough.
The Hoppers travel to Dubois County on Sunday to face the 4th place Bombers (10-9). Complete
6, Muhlenberg County Stallions 2. The
Railroaders scored 4 runs in the top of the ninth
to break a tie and win over the Stallions in Muhlenberg.
Andrew Swanson added his 3rd homerun on the season
in the game. Cameron Curry gets the win for Fulton
and Nick Watkins takes the loss for Muhlenberg
County Bombers 7. (From
Madisonville) The Miners (11-7) gained sole possession of third place in the OVL standings with a 14-7 victory over the Bombers (10-8) last night at Elmer Kelley Stadium.
Madisonville jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Bombers then answered with three of their own in the top of the third to tie the score at 3-3.
The score was not tied long however, as the Miners erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the inning to take an 11-3 lead after three innings. The Bombers chipped away at the lead and trailed 11-7 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, where Madisonville put the game out of reach with three insurance runs.
Nolan Ramsey led the Miners at the plate, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and four runs scored. Chase Hensley continued his hot hitting, batting 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Genesis Hillard and Adam Cox chipped in with two RBI a piece as well.
For the Bombers, Buddy Johnson went 3-for4 with three runs scored, Macy Holdsworth went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored, and Trey Fulton went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
On the mound, Miner starter Garret Sendelbach (3-1) picked up his third win of the season, pitching 5.33 innings before handing the game over to the Miner bullpen. Bomber starter Matthew Munden took the loss for Dubois County. Complete
Hoppers 10. In
10 innings. In Hopkinsville the Paducah Chiefs won
their fifth game in the season while handing the
top seeded Hoppers only their second loss on the
year. In a closely contested game, the teams were
tied at 9-9 after nine innings of regulation play.
Top of the tenth inning saw the Chiefs go ahead
with 5 runs off two walked in runs plus 3 RBI from
two hits. Hoptown could only answer with a lead
off solo homerun in the bottom half of the tenth.
Both teams punched out 14 hits each with the
Chiefs committing 3 errors and the Hoppers had 2
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