The 2017 Ohio Valley League West Division Champion Hoptown Hoppers enter the 2018 season looking to repeat as Champions of the West Division. We also want to return to winning the League Crown, as we did in 2016. First year manager Brock Moss expects the Hoppers to do nothing less. Moss said, “This city has a standard and it is one we expect to uphold. A tradition of winning has been built here and that is exactly what we intend to do. We will be a very young team, one of the younger in the league potentially. Our entire roster has only four upperclassmen on
it. Youth is definitely on our side; although we are young, we are a very talented team. Our coaching staff worked really hard to put this team together. We think it is something the town of Hopkinsville will be very proud of supporting. We believe we have the pieces on the mound that will be able to neutralize offenses around the league and an offense that will be capable of putting together run production on a nightly basis. Overall, we feel our team is a good mix of everything; we have guys who can drive baseballs, guys who find a way to get on base and guys who
can make some things happen with their speed. On the mound, we will have a lot of arms who compete and just fill up the zone with all their pitches. Plus, some arms that are power guys who may be in the top of the league in terms of velocity. We look forward to this season and can’t wait to get our quest for an OVL League Championship going.” Our first player announcements this year are two local guys.
Tyler Graham, INF/RHP, Union College: Coach Moss said, “Tyler is a returning Hopper and former Hopkinsville HS player. Tyler is currently playing at Union College in Kentucky and as a freshman he helped them qualify for the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament as a platoon player who also saw time on the mound. The AAC is one of the better conferences in the NAIA.”
Dixon Craft, INF/RHP, Rend Lake CC: Coach Moss said, “Dixon was also a local HS player who attended Christian County. Dixon will be a two-way player for the Hoppers as an INF/RHP. He plays in a good Junior College conference where he batted .326 with nearly a .400 OBP; offensively he can hold his own and help our lineup. On the mound for Rend Lake he averaged nearly a strikeout per inning and will help the Hoppers when called to toe the rubber.” Twitter: @dixoncraft15
The Hoppers’ opening day for the 2018 season is Thursday, 31 May. The Hoppers will also play at home Saturday, 2 June. The Hoppers will play their home games at Christian County High School’s Colonel Field. You can follow the Hoppers on Facebook- Hoptown Hoppers Sports Organization page or follow our Twitter account @HoptownHoppers