The Hoppers fell to the Paducah Chiefs in a low scoring game, with the Chiefs taking the lead in the bottom of the eighth.
The game was set to turn into a pitching battle, with neither team making it onto the board until the fifth inning. The Hoppers pitched a strong game, striking out a total 12 over 8.5 innings.
The Chiefs were first to get on the board with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but the Hoppers quickly recovered and tied the score in the top of the sixth after Blake Jackson singled on a 1-0 count and drove in the second of two runs. MJ Rookard got the ball rolling earlier in the inning when he grounded out, giving John Michael Reed the opportunity to score.
Ryan Traylor took the loss for the Hoppers, pitching 2.67 innings; allowing only one run on zero hits, striking out four and walking none. Sage Holderfield started on the mound for the Hoppers, and lasted five innings allowing only two runs on four hits, striking out 8 and walking one.
Tomorrow night the Hoppers take on the Henderson Flash at CCHS Colonel Field with first pitch at 7:05pm-it’s also our First Responder’s Night sponsored by First Baptist Church of Hopkinsville!