Welcome to On the Hop, a weekly column recapping the the past week of Hoppers action and priming you for the week ahead. This week’s OtH will recap the Hoppers’ week-long road trip in which they went 4-1 against their competition.
Tuesday, June 25 at Madisonville Miners, W 10-7
The Hoppers started their week off by making the season’s first visit to Elmer Kelley Field in Madisonville. Cam Barlow opened the night with 4 Ks through two scoreless innings. The Hoppers struck first with a pair of runs produced by Jacob Jenkins. With a run in the 4th, and two more in the 5th, the Hoppers held a 5-1 lead headed into the bottom of the 5th. The lead quickly disappeared when Madisonville scored 5 runs in the 5th, with the bulk coming via a grand slam. The Hoppers proved their worth, and put up a 5-run inning of their own, highlighted by a 2-run bomb by Ben Huber. Madisonville would score one more in the bottom of the 6th, but the final trio of innings went scoreless to give us our final score.
#35 Micah Genter: 4-for-5, 3 R, SB
#11 Santrel Farmer: 3-for-5, RBI, 2 R, BB, 2 SB
#27 Ben Huber: 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
#1 Chandler Kendall: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 ER
Thursday, June 27 at Owensboro RiverDawgs, W 7-3
After a weather-cancelled contest Wednesday in Franklin, the Hoppers hit the road for Owensboro. Things were all knotted up at a run a piece after 5, much thanks to five three-batter innings tossed by Lane Diuguid. In the 6th, the Hoppers jumped out to a 5-1 lead, notably with a 2-run double by Drew McGowan. After adding two more runs in the 7th, the Hoppers held a somewhat comfortable lead heading into the bottom of the 9th. The Dawgs would only plate two runs in the frame before the contest’s ends.
#18 Seth Bennett: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R
#25 Greg Mehlhaff: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB
#8 Lane Diuguid (W): 8.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 8 SO, 1 ER
Friday, June 28 at Franklin Duelers, W(7) 10-9
Thanks to a weather-caused cancellation of the Wednesday contest, the Hoppers and Duelers met for a Friday double-header. Game one of the twinbill started with an offensive showcase for Hoptown The Hoppers opened up with two runs in the 1st, and a Jacob Jenkins home run helped the squad hold a 10-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings. The scoring was done for the Hoppers, however. The Duelers would score 9 unanswered runs , starting with 3 in the 3rd, and ending with 3 in the 9th, before the 7-inning contest would come to an end.
#14 Jacob Jenkins: 2-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, R
#6 Drew McGowan: 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
#11 Santrel Farmer: 3-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 R, BB
Friday, June 28 at Franklin Duelers, W(7) 6-3
The Hoppers’ early inning success continued with 4 runs in the opening frame of the second contest of the doubleheader. The 4 runs came on 3 hits, and Brant Husser plated two with his single. The Duelers answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the 1st. Between the 2nd and 5th innings, the only production was a single run for Franklin, and the game sat at 4-3 headed into the 6th. The Hoppers would expand their lead with two runs in the 6th, and the lead would hold for the win. It should be noted, 11 of the 12 Franklin runs scored in the doubeheader came via a homerun.
#6 Drew McGowan: 3-for-3, RBI, 2 R, BB
#30 Brant Husser: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, R
#27 Ben Huber (S): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0 R
Sunday, June 30 at Madisonville Miners, L 9-8
The Hoppers wrapped up the road trip back where it started in Madisonville. The contest’s outlook was grim after the first inning, as the Hoppers found themselves down 7-0. Hope was not lost, however, and the Hoppers began to scratch away at the large deficit. They did so with 2 runs in the 2nd and 1 in the 3rd. A homerun in the 4th gave Madisonville the ultimately winning run. After a scoreless 5th and 6th innings, the Hoppers got within a run of tying the contest with 5 runs in the later innings. It was not meant to be, though, as the Hoppers 4 game win streak came to an end.
#14 Jacob Jenkins: 4-for-4, 2 RB, RBI, R, BB, SB
#22 Charlie Fischer: 1-for-2, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
Hoppers of the Week
#14 Jacob Jenkins: 11-for-19, 3 2B, HR, 7 RBI, 4 R, HBP, 3 BB, 1 SO, SB, .579 AVG, .652 OBP, .895 SLG, 1.547 OPS
#1 Chandler Kendall: 7.0 IP, W, 3 H, 2 ER, 13 SO, 2.57 ERA
Talk of Hoptown: Stats to Keep Your Eye On
#14 Jacob Jenkins: 28 Hits (T-2nd in OVL), .452 AVG (Leads OVL with more than 3 games played)
#18 Seth Bennett: 9 Doubles (Leads OVL)
#8 Lane Diuguid, #9 Cam Barlow: 1st and 2nd OVL Strikeout Leaders (37 and 35)
The Week Ahead
The Hoppers find themselves leading the OVL through the halfway point of the season. They return home for three straight contests before spending 4th of July in Dubois County.
July 1st vs Fulton (11-10), 7:05 pm
July 2nd vs Dubois County (10-10), 5:00 pm (DH)
July 3rd vs Henderson (10-9), 7:05 pm
July 4th at Dubois County (10-10), 7:05 pm
July 5th vs Franklin (11-10), 7:05 pm
July 6th vs Muhlenberg County (4-14), 7:05 pm
July 7th at Henderson (10-9), 6:00 pm
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