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Owensboro Goes Extra Innings Against Hoppers

Hopkinsville Hoppers 7 Owensboro Oilers 6 In 11 innings.

The Owensboro Oilers lost their Monday night home game to the Hoppers from from Hopkinsville in 11 innings. The final score was 7 to 6. In 13 games played this was the fifth Oilers game to be decided in extra innings.

Hopkinsville opened the scoring with one run in the top of the 1st inning. With two outs, Jake Sandlin doubled and scored when Brad Sevenish followed with a RBI single. The Owensboro offense took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. With two outs, Jordan Rhodes was hit by a pitch and Matt Johnson walked. Malduino Gonzalez followed with a 2-RBI double that scored them both. Matt Cissell was next with a RBI single to plate Gonzalez for the third run. The Hoppers tied the game at 3-3 with two runs in the top of the 3rd inning. With one out, Robert Friedlein reached on an error. One out later Sandlin doubled again collecting an RBI for Friedlein. Sevenish followed with a RBI double of his own, scoring Sandlin again. The Oilers responded by scoring three more runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning. John Saylor, Dalton West, and Colin Buckner all drew consecutive walks to load the bases with no outs. Rhodes reached on an RBI fielder’s choice that brought in Saylor but forced Buckner at second base. Johnson RBI singled to score West and push Rhodes to third base. Gonzalez reached on an RBI fielder’s choice that forced Johnson but brought in Rhodes. Cissell’s fielder’s choice forced Gonzalez to end the frame. After three innings the score was 6-3 for the Oilers.

Hopkinsville made it 6-5 with two runs in the top of the 5th inning. With one out, Friedlein again reached base on an error, then advanced from first base to third base on an errant pickoff attempt. Nolan Fisher followed with an RBI double. Fisher moved to third base on a groundout, then scored as Sevenish reached on the third defensive error of the frame. The Hoppers tied the game 6-6 with one run in the top of the 7th inning. For the third time Friedlein reached base on an error, then for the second time in the game he advanced from first base to third base on a errant pickoff. Fisher brought him in with a RBI sacrifice fly. Hopkinsville took the lead with one run in the top of the 11th inning. With one out, Philip Menou doubled and gave way to pinch runner Kaleb Brown. Brown moved to third base on a fly out, and scored on an in pop fly infield fielding error — the seventh Oilers error of the game. Owensboro managed a single in the bottom of the 11th, but no more.

Hopkinsville relief pitcher Tyler Vails picked up the win. Oilers pitching gave up only 2 earned runs in the 11 innings pitched, but the tough loss fell to Owensboro reliever Jonathan Brinez.

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