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 week in which the Hoppers went 5-1 and outscored their opponents by a margin of 52-19.
Tuesday, June 11 at Owensboro RiverDawgs, W 8-7
The Hoppers traveled to Owensboro for their first contest in the RiverDawgs’ home Tuesday night. The Hoppers found themselves in an early hole after the ‘Dawgs plated 4 runs on the 3 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batter in the 1st inning. There wasn’t much to write home about through 5 innings, as the Hoppers had only recorded 1 hit, and were down 6-1 headed into the 6th.
The Hoppers offense reversed their fortunes by plating 4 runs in the 6th inning, all coming with 2 outs. Highlighting the frame was a 3 RBI double off the bat of Wyatt Stevenson. Owensboro would answer the Hoppers runs with one of their own to push the lead 2 runs.
Hoptown would take their first lead in the 8th inning by scoring 3 runs in the frame off of only 1 hit, as all the scoring runners reached on walks. The Hoppers would return to Hoptown with a win despite getting outhit 9-5.
#34 Wyatt Stevenson: 1-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB
#22 Charlie Fischer: 2-for-2, 2 RBI
#11 Santrel Farmer: 2-for-5, RBI, R – First Game as a Hopper
Wednesday, June 12 vs Muhlenberg County Stallions, W(7) 10-0
The Hoppers welcomed the Muhlenberg County Stallions to Hoptown for their first matchup of the early season, and Hoptown native Lane Diuguid shined in front of the home crowd. Diuguid would deliver a 7-inning complete game shutout, and record 5 frames with 2 strikeouts.
The Hoppers bats also had a good night. 7/10 Hoppers batters recorded a hit, 3 had extra-base hits, and 7/10 would score a run. Four scoring frames, 2 of which were 4-run innings, would help the Hoppers cruise to run-ruled victory.
#13 Hunter Evans: 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
#14 Jacob Jenkins: 2-for-3, 2 RBI, R
#22 Charlie Fischer: 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
#8 Lane Diuguid (W): 7.0 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 11 SO, 0 R
Thursday, June 13 vs Madisonville Miners, W 10-2
The Hoppers welcomed the Miners back to Hoptown for an Opening Night rematch. Madisonville jumped out to an early lead with a run in the first two innings. The Hoppers would turn things around with 5 runs in the 3rd. Pitcher Hunter Crosby would answer the offensive outburst by striking out the side. The Hoppers would extend the lead in the 5th with 4 runs on 2 hits, including a suicide squeeze. One more run in the 8th, and Hunter Arnold striking out the side would seal the win for Hoptown.
#2 Cam Hill: 3-for-5, 3B, 2 RBI, R
#18 Seth Bennett: 2-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R, BB
#34 Wyatt Stevenson: 3-for-5, 2B, R
#21 Hunter Crosby (W): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 10 SO, 2 ER
Friday, June 14 at Muhlenberg County Stallions, W 9-1
The Hoppers exploded out of the gate on both sides of the ball, with back-to-back-to-back 2-run innings and back-to-back-to-back 3-up 3-down frames. Cam Barlow had an incredible night, facing just 3 batters in 6 out of 7 innings, allowing only one Stallion to reach scoring position, and pitching 7 no-hit innings. Barlow’s night would come to an end after 7 innings due to pitch count, but the Hoppers relievers held the Stallions to only 1 hit on the night. The Hoppers offense had a good night as well, as 5 batters had multi-hit outings.
#13 Hunter Evans: 2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB
#32 Brennan Crooms: 1-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, R
#35 Micah Genter: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, R, BB
#18 Seth Bennett: 2-for-4, 2 BB, 2 R, BB
#9 Cam Barlow (W): 7.0 IP, 1 BB, 10 SO, 1 R
Saturday, June 15 vs Muhlenberg County Stallions, L 6-2
The Hoppers and Stallions met up for the third time on the week, and second night in a row. The Hoppers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st, but Muhlenberg would answer with 2 runs of their own. The Stallions would score 2 runs in the 4th and 7th innings as well, to seal the win and end the Hoppers 7-game winning streak.
#6 Drew McGowan: 2-for-3, R, RBI, BB
Sunday, June 16 at Franklin Duelers, W(7) 13-3
The Hoppers headed out to Franklin to visit the home of the OVL’s newest team. The Hoppers found themselves in an early hole down a run headed into the 3rd, but Ben Huber would get the Hoptown offense rolling. Huber would start with a RBI single, then advance to third on a groundball single to be able to score on a short passed ball. The Duelers would tie it up at 2 runs a piece in the 4th, but the Hoppers would explode for 7 runs in the 5th, highlighted by a Greg Mehlhaff grand slam. The Hoppers would add on 4 runs through the 6th and 7th innings to end the game via the run rule.
#1 Chandler Kendall: 4-for-5, 3 RBI, R
#27 Ben Huber: 3-for-4, 5 RBI, 2 R
#14 Jacob Jenkins: 2-for-3, 3 R, 2 BB
#23 Clay Simpson (W): 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 ER
Hoppers of the Week
#14 Jacob Jenkins: 7-for-17, 5 RBI, 9 R, 6 BB, .421 AVG, .542 OBP, .412 SLG, .953 OPS
#9 Cam Barlow: 8.0 IP, 2 W, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 SO, 1 HBP, .000 ERA, .375 WHIP
Talk of Hoptown: Stats to Keep Your Eye On
#18 Seth Bennett: .464 AVG, Leads OVL with at least 10 games played
Hoppers Pitching: 3 Pitchers in Top 5 of the OVL in Strikeouts
-#9 Cam Barlow: 25 SO (1st)
-#8 Lane Diuguid: 24 SO (2nd)
-#21 Hunter Crosby: 17 SO (5th)
The Week Ahead
The 9-4 Hoppers look to build another win streak and remain atop the OVL. This week offers 5 contests, 3 of which are on the road.
Tuesday, June 18th at Fulton (6-6), 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 20th vs Fulton (6-6), 7:00 p.m.
Friday, June 21st at Muhlenberg County (2-8), 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 22nd at Dubois County (5-5), 6:00 p.m.
Sunday. June 23rd vs Fulton (6-6), 6:00 p.m.
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