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 a rain-shortened week that only allowed for three games, and the Hoppers went 1-2 during the span.
Tuesday, June 18 at Fulton Railroaders, W(10) 6-5
With Coach Grayson Crawford out with a recruiting duty, Coach Nick Walker’s first foray as Hoppers head coach was a doozy. After a scoreless first, the Hoppers struck first with two runs in the 2nd. With a homerun in the 3rd and 3 runs in the 4th gave the Railroaders a 4-2 lead headed into the 5th.
Cam Hill opened up the 5th with his first homerun of the summer, and a Charlie Fischer walk scored Drew McGowan to square the game at 4 runs. Fulton would reclaim the lead with a run in the 6th, and that lead would hold until the 8th inning, when a Micah Genter double scored Seth Bennett, and again tied the game. With Chandler Kendall on the bump, the Hoppers stranded Railroaders on the corners to send the game to extra innings.
The Hoppers’ first extra-inning of the year began with a bang, as Jacob Jenkins led off with a long homerun to give the Hoppers the lead. Chandler Kendall held Fulton scoreless in the bottom frame, and the Hoppers left Lohaus Field with the overtime win.
#14 Jacob Jenkins: 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, R, BB, SB
#18 Seth Bennett: 1-for-3, RBI, R, BB, SB
#6 Drew McGowan: 2-for-5, R
#21 Hunter Crosby, #32 Brennan Crooms, #1 Chandler Kendall: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 7 SO, 0 ER
Saturday, June 22 at Dubois County Bomber, L 8-5
After three rain-caused off days, the Hoppers were back in action and made the trek to Huntingburg, Indiana for the first time this summer. The Hoppers jumped out of the gates with 3 runs on 2 hits. There wasn’t much else going for the Hoppers after that, as the offense would only squander one hit from the 2nd to 7th inning. During that span, the Bombers would plate 8 runs on 8 hits and gain a 5-run lead late in the contest.
The Hoppers did not go quietly, however, sending 8 batters to the plate, and cutting the deficit to 3 with a pair of runs in the 8th. Those would be the last runs of the night, though, as the Hoppers had just one hit in the 9th before falling to the Bombers.
#1 Chandler Kendall: 1-for-3, 2B ,2 RBI, BB
#11 Santrel Farmer: 2-for-5, R, SB
Sunday, June 23 vs Fulton Railroaders, L(7) 2-1
After a week away, the Hoppers returned home to Tiger Field for what was scheduled to be a 7-inning doubleheader to make up a rained out contest with the Fulton Railroaders. The Railroaders opened the scoring with a run in the 1st, and extended the lead with another score in the 3rd. With just 2 runs on the scoreboard, the Hoppers went into the bottom of the 7th scoreless. Two walks, two hits, and a run had the Hoppers threatening, but the threat was ended, and Fulton took game one. Rain made another appearance and forced the postponement of game two of the twinbill.
#18 Seth Bennett: 1-for-4, RBI, SB
#34 Wyatt Stevenson: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 ER
Hoppers of the Week
#14 Jacob Jenkins: 2-for-9, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, SB
#34 Wyatt Stevenson: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 ER, 0.00 ERA
Talk of Hoptown: Stats to Keep Your Eye On
Hoppers (10-6) are first team to 10 wins.
#14 Jacob Jenkins: 17 Runs Scored in 15 Games – 2nd in OVL
#9 Cam Barlow: 3 Wins in 3 Starts – Tied for 1st in OVL
Hoppers Pitching: Sweep Top 3 of the OVL in Strikeouts
-#8 Lane Diuguid: 29 SO (1st)
-#9 Cam Barlow: 25 SO (T-2nd)
-#21 Hunter Crosby: 25 SO (T-2nd)
The Week Ahead
Despite a losing record on the week, the Hoppers still stand atop the OVL, being up 1.5 games to Paducah in the west, and .5 game up on Owensboro for the overall league lead. This week, the Hoppers will endure a 5-game road trip throughout the OVL.
Tuesday, June 25th at Madisonville (5-8), 7:05 p.m.
Wednesday, June 26th at Franklin (7-7), 7:05 p.m.
Thursday, June 27th at Owensboro (8-5), 7:05 p.m.
Friday, June 28th at Franklin (7-7), 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, June 30th at Madisonville (5-8), 6:00 p.m.
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