Miners lose lead in the 8th and fall to Hoppers

July 10, 2014

Hopkinsville Hoppers 4, Madisonville Miners 3.  (From Hopkinsville)  In 10 innings. The Hoptown Hoppers halted a six-game losing streak in dramatic fashion Thursday, scoring the last four runs in a 4-3 10-inning game in Hopkinsville.
The Hoppers (18-12) trailed 3-0 after six innings, but rallied for three runs in the eighth inning and the winning run in the bottom of the 10th.
Madisonville (6-24) plated two quick runs in the top of the fifth when Kevin Dupree hit a one-out single before Michael Colorado popped a two-run homer — his first of the season — to give the Miners a 2-0 lead.
Madisonville tagged on another run in the sixth inning when Matthew Barger led off with a double, went to third on a balk and scored on a groundout to boost the Miners’ lead to 3-0.
In the Hopper eighth, Matthew Alford led off with a single, Mitchell Gallagher drew a walk and Ben Rodriguez was hit by a pitch. All three advanced on a wild pitch, with Alford plating Hoptown’s first run, Taylor Ellis singled in Gallagher and Rodriguez scored on a fielder’s choice to tie the game at 3-3. Ellis tried to score the go-ahead run, but was caught at the plate to end the inning.
In the bottom of the 10th inning, Michael Haun hit a one-out single and stole second. Jake McAdams walked, and Chris Carrier slapped a single into left-center field, scoring Haun for the game-winner.
Six batters each had a hit for Hoptown, with Haun scoring two runs and Carrier getting two runs batted in.
Madisonville was paced by Colorado, who went 2-for-2 with a double and a home run and two RBIs, and Nick Calandra, who went 2-for-4 with a double. Barger and Jackson Martin also doubled for the Miners.
Josh Drake (1-1) got the win in relief for Hoptown, allowing no runs on one hit, walking one in two innings. Evan Tidwell started for the Hoppers, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out seven and walking three in eight innings.
Miles Wagner (0-2) got the loss for Madisonville, allowing one run on two hits, striking out two and walking three in 2 1/3 innings. Tanner Koch started for the Miners, allowing two runs on three hits, striking out four and walking five in seven innings. Jackson Everman came on in the eighth inning, allowing one run on one hit in one-third of an inning. 
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