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Hopkinsville Hoppers 7, Fulton Railroaders 2

The Hoppers extend their first place lead in the standings to 5 1/2 games with a victory over the Railroaders in Fulton on Sunday.

HoppersThe Railroaders jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning without a hit using two walked batters, a groundout RBI and sacrifice fly. Both teams remained scoreless from the 2nd through 6th innings. The Hoppers tied the in the 7th with two runners scoring off 1 of 2 Railroader errors in the inning and a RBI single. Hoptown added a run for a 3-2 lead in the 8th on another Railroaders miscue, then piled on four more runs in the 9th with a Philip Menou 2 RBI homerun, a RBI single and one scored from a double error play by Fulton. In total; the Railroaders had 6 errors on the evening while the Hoppers remained free of defensive faults throughout the game. The Hoppers managed 8 hits in total with the Railroaders getting 6 for their effort.

Taylor Veillon started for Hoptown and went 5 innings giving up only one hit, walking and striking out 6 each, leaving the game with the Railroaders in the lead. Kyle Barbee threw for 1 /13 innings and allowed 3 hits with one strikeout. Joshua Tanski pitched 1 2/3 innings in hitless relief and gets the win. Kyle Spencer closed out the final 9th inning for the Hoppers.

Fulton’s starter Keaton Baker pitched a good game through 7 innings striking out 9 batters, giving up 5 walks, 3 hits and tagged for 2 runs (one earned). Cody Alvey takes the hard loss going for 1 1/3 innings and giving up the go ahead run.

The Hoppers now have won four straight games with 7 to go in the regular season. The Railroaders dropped their fourth game in a row with 8 games remaining.

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