Bombers Fall At Hopkinsville; Still Lead OVL By 2 1/2 Games
HOPKINSVILLE, KY (By William Wells) – The homestanding Hoptown Hoppers pushed ahead in a seesaw battle with first-place Dubois County, taking the lead with two runs in the sixth inning en route to the 9-6 win on Wednesday. CLICK HERE FOR BOX SCORE
Dubois County (21-10) got on the scoreboard right off the bat, as Hoptown starter Nick Eggemeyer hit Morgan DePew and Jacob Snodgrass, the first two batters of the game. Nick Gobert doubled in DePew and Snodgrass scored on a sacrifice fly to give the Bombers an early 2-0 lead.
Dubois County scored again in the fourth inning when Nick Barrientos led off with a double and scored on a double by DePew to push the Bombers’ lead to 3-0.
Hoptown (10-17) got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth when Bo Coolen led off with a single, was bunted over to second and scored on a fielding error to trim the deficit to 3-1.
The Hoppers exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth when Ernie de la Trinidad led off with a single, stole second and went to third on a balk. Matt Cogen walked, and both runners advanced on a wild pitch, with de la Trinidad scoring. Cogen stole third and was singled in by Matt Crowder, who stole second and was singled in by Mitch Gallagher, who took second on the throw. Will Olson then singled, and Gallagher scored on a sac bunt by John Davis. Olson scored on an error to give the Hoppers a 6-3 lead.
Dubois County tied the game in the top of the sixth when DePew, Snodgrass and Gobert hit consecutive singles and DePew scored on a sac fly by Drake McNamara. Brady Pfaadt then singled in Snodgrass and Gobert to knot the game at 6-6.
In the bottom of the sixth, Hoptown took the lead for good when de la Trinidad led off with a double, stole third and scored on a double by Cogen. Crowder singled Cogen to third, and he scored on a sac fly by Coolen to give the Hoppers an 8-6 lead.
Hoptown ended the scoring in the seventh when John Davis led off with a single, was sacrificed to second and scored on a single by de la Trinidad to cap the scoring at 9-6.
The Hoppers had 16 hits in the game and were led by de la Trinidad, who went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and a run batted in; Cogen, who went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI; and Gallagher, who went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Crowder went 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI, Coolen went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and Olson went 2-for-5 with a run.
For the Bombers, DePew went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI, while Gobert went 2-for-5 with a double, a run and an RBI. Snodgrass scored two runs for Dubois County, while Pfaadt had two RBIs and Barrientos had a double.
On the mound, Jordan Martin (2-2) got the win in relief, entering in the sixth inning and allowing no runs one hit, striking out two and walking on in 2 1/3 innings. Eggemeyer had a rocky start for Hoptown, allowing two runs on two hits and walking three in 1 1/3 innings. Parker Cash came on in the second, allowing four runs on five hits, striking out six and walking two in 4 1/3 innings. Christian Myers pitched the ninth inning to earn his second save, allowing no hits and striking out one.
Devin Williams (3-2) got the loss in relief, allowing two runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. Zachary Aring started for the Bombers, allowing six runs (five earned) on seven hits, striking out one and walking one in 4 1/3 innings. Willie Poe pitched the last three innings for Dubois County, allowing one run on six hits and striking out one.