Hoppers beat Flash in OVL semifinals Game 2

HENDERSON, Ky. — It’s no secret the Hoptown Hoppers and Henderson Flash aren’t best friends, but the two foes met Tuesday at Henderson County High School in what would be the deciding contest that would send the Hoppers to the Ohio Valley League Championship.

Much like the rest of the postseason, the Hoppers used timely hitting to take down the Flash 9-6 in what turned into not only a battle on the field, but a mental battle as well.

With one out in the top of the ninth, and the score tied 5-5, Taylor Fought was on third while Griffin Rivers was on first.

Rivers attempted a steal, which took the Flash shortstop out of position. It turned out to work in the Hoppers’ favor as Nolen Milton notched his 14th RBI of the postseason through the left side to score Fought and give the Hoppers a 6-5 lead.

The inning wasn’t over as Daryl Myers laced a double down the left field line to score Rivers and Milton and put the Hoppers in the driver’s seat at 8-5. Hoptown would add one more and head to the bottom of the ninth up 9-5.

Jesse Philp came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth and gave up an immediate solo home run but after a hit by pitch, he got the final three outs for the Hoppers win.

“That last inning was awesome,” Hoptown coach Keirce Kimbel said.

At a couple points in the contest, umpires had to call the coaches in to settle disputes and one umpire was taken out of the game after suffering a concussion but Kimbel said that might have helped his squad.

“That was huge,” he said. “The game, at one point, almost didn’t feel like a baseball game anymore. It got way too out of hand and I didn’t like that.

“I just told them to stay with us. No comments toward the pitcher or the umpire, just comments toward our guys. They listened to me thankfully so no one got tossed.”

Brice Johnson started on the mound for the Hoppers and struggled through the first two innings.

Henderson scored four runs in the first and none in the second to take a 5-0 lead after two.

Johnson then put three straight zeros on the board.

The Hoppers will now get an extra day off in addition to the day off they would have gotten Thursday if the series were clinched today.

The Dubois County Bombers swept Paducah so the Hoppers head to Dubois County at 7 p.m. Friday for game one of the OVL Championship.

“I love it for these guys,” Kimbel said after the win. “They came out tonight and played their butts off.”

REACH TYLER DIXON at 270-887-3260 or tdixon@kentuckynewera.com.

Flash at Hoppers
Score By Innings123456789RHE
Flash0012003208121
Hoppers20503400014142
Hoppers 14, Flash 8
HoppersFlash
 abrhbi abrhbi
Aharon Modlin ss5230Jordan Schaffer ss4110
Zach Duvall 2b4320Robby McGaha rf5120
Taylor Fought dh3114Nolan Fertig lf3000
Reese Alexiades cf2101(t7) Grant Brueggenjohann lf3121
Griffin Rivers rf4212Zach Smith 1b4121
Nolen Milton 3b4223(b7) Paul Haupt 1b0001
Cody Cooper c5111Rodrigo Dulce 3b4113
Daryl Myers 1b5120Aaron Euler dh1100
Aidan Elias lf5120(t7) Justin Robison dh-c2000
Dustin Berrong p0000Austin Browning c5010
(t7) Tyler Graham p0000Jacob Bowles 2b5020
(t8) Dalton Utley p0000General McArthur cf4211
     Brandon Diaz p0000
     (b3) Griffin Quarles p0000
     (b6) Jacob Mulcahy p0000
     (b6) Matt Graser p0000
TEAM TOTALS37141411TEAM TOTALS408127
E: Nolen Milton, Daryl Myers, Jordan Schaffer. DP: Flash 1. LOB: Hoppers 10, Flash
13. 2B: Nolen Milton, Taylor Fought, Griffin Rivers, Zach Smith. 3B: General
McArthur. HR: Nolen Milton, Rodrigo Dulce. SB: Robby McGaha. SF: Taylor Fought.
HoppersIPHRERBBSO
Dustin Berrong W6.0053249
Tyler Graham1.0033301
Dalton Utley2.0042222
Flash      
Brandon Diaz L2.0047750
Griffin Quarles3.0065524
Jacob Mulcahy0.3322220
Matt Graser2.6720001
HBP: by Brandon Diaz (Taylor Fought). . . . . , by Dalton Utley (Paul Haupt). , by
Dalton Utley (Robby McGaha). WP: Dustin Berrong, Brandon Diaz(2), Griffin Quarles,
Jacob Mulcahy. T: 3:05. A: 332.
Flash - Top of the 1st:
Jordan Schaffer singled, advanced to 2nd on wild pitch, advanced to 3rd on error.
Robby McGaha reached on error, advanced to 2nd on error.
Nolan Fertig struck out looking.
Zach Smith flied out.
Rodrigo Dulce flied out.
0 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 lob.
Hoppers - Bottom of the 1st:
Aharon Modlin singled, batted forward to 2nd, advanced to 3rd on wild pitch, batted
forward to home.
Zach Duvall singled, advanced to 2nd on wild pitch, batted forward to home.
Taylor Fought walked, batted forward to 3rd.
Reese Alexiades walked, forced out at 2nd, 1 RBI.
Griffin Rivers hit into double play.
Nolen Milton walked.
Cody Cooper flied out.
2 run, 2 hit, 0 error, 2 lob.
Flash - Top of the 2nd:
Aaron Euler grounded out.
Austin Browning struck out swinging.
Jacob Bowles singled.
General McArthur struck out looking.
0 run, 1 hit, 0 error, 1 lob.
Hoppers - Bottom of the 2nd:
Daryl Myers grounded out.
Aidan Elias lined out.
Aharon Modlin flied out.
0 run, 0 hit, 0 error, 0 lob.
Flash - Top of the 3rd:
Jordan Schaffer flied out.
Robby McGaha singled, stole 2nd, batted forward to home.
Nolan Fertig popped out.
Zach Smith doubled, 1 RBI.
Rodrigo Dulce flied out.
1 run, 2 hits, 0 error, 1 lob.
Hoppers - Bottom of the 3rd:
Zach Duvall walked, batted forward to 2nd, advanced to 3rd on wild pitch, batted
forward to home.
Taylor Fought hit by pitch, advanced to 2nd on wild pitch, batted forward to home.
Reese Alexiades walked, batted forward to home.
Griffin Rivers doubled, batted forward to home, 2 RBI.
Nolen Milton hit 3-run home run, 3 RBI.
Cody Cooper struck out swinging.
Daryl Myers struck out swinging.
Aidan Elias singled, advanced to 3rd on error.
Aharon Modlin reached on error, advanced to 2nd on error.
Zach Duvall grounded out.
5 run, 3 hits, 1 error, 2 lob.
Flash - Top of the 4th:
Aaron Euler walked, batted forward to home.
Austin Browning flied out.
Jacob Bowles struck out swinging.
General McArthur tripled, advanced to home on error, 1 RBI.
Jordan Schaffer walked.
Robby McGaha popped out.
2 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 lob.
Hoppers - Bottom of the 4th:
Taylor Fought struck out swinging.
Reese Alexiades walked, advanced to 2nd on wild pitch.
Griffin Rivers flied out.
Nolen Milton struck out swinging.
0 runs, 0 hit, 0 error, 1 lob.
Flash - Top of the 5th:
Nolan Fertig struck out swinging.
Zach Smith grounded out.
Rodrigo Dulce walked, batted forward to 2nd.
Aaron Euler walked.
Austin Browning struck out looking.
0 run, 0 hit, 0 error, 2 lob.
Hoppers - Bottom of the 5th:
Cody Cooper flied out foul.
Daryl Myers flied out.
Aidan Elias singled, batted forward to home.
Aharon Modlin singled, batted forward to home.
Zach Duvall singled, batted forward to home.
Taylor Fought doubled, 3 RBI.
Reese Alexiades grounded out.
3 run, 4 hit, 0 error, 1 lob.
Flash - Top of the 6th:
Jacob Bowles struck out swinging.
General McArthur struck out swinging.
Jordan Schaffer struck out swinging.
0 run, 0 hit, 0 error, 0 lob.
Hoppers - Bottom of the 6th:
Griffin Rivers walked, batted forward to 3rd, advanced to home on wild pitch.
Nolen Milton ground rule doubled, advanced to 3rd on wild pitch, batted forward to
home.
Cody Cooper singled, batted forward to 3rd, advanced to home on wild pitch, 1 RBI.
Daryl Myers singled, batted forward to 2nd, advanced to 3rd on wild pitch, batted
forward to home.
Aidan Elias out by infield fly rule.
Aharon Modlin walked, advanced to 3rd on wild pitch.
Zach Duvall walked, advanced to 2nd on wild pitch.
Taylor Fought sacrifice flied, 1 RBI.
Reese Alexiades flied out.
4 run, 3 hit, 0 error, 2 lob.
Flash - Top of the 7th:
Robby McGaha popped out.
Grant Brueggenjohann singled, batted forward to home.
Zach Smith singled, batted forward to home.
Rodrigo Dulce hit 3-run home run, 3 RBI.
Justin Robison lined out.
Austin Browning struck out swinging.
3 runs, 3 hits, 0 error, 0 lob.
Hoppers - Bottom of the 7th:
Griffin Rivers flied out.
Nolen Milton grounded out.
Cody Cooper grounded out.
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 error, 0 lob.
Flash - Top of the 8th:
Jacob Bowles singled, forced out at 2nd.
General McArthur reached on fielder's choice, batted forward to home.
Jordan Schaffer walked, batted forward to home.
Robby McGaha singled, batted forward to 3rd.
Grant Brueggenjohann singled, batted forward to 2nd, 1 RBI.
Paul Haupt hit by pitch, forced out at 2nd, 1 RBI.
Rodrigo Dulce flied out foul.
Justin Robison reached on fielder's choice.
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 error, 3 lob.
Hoppers - Bottom of the 8th:
Daryl Myers singled, batted forward to 3rd.
Aidan Elias grounded out.
Aharon Modlin singled.
Zach Duvall struck out swinging.
Taylor Fought grounded out.
0 runs, 2 hits, 0 error, 2 lob.
Flash - Top of the 9th:
Austin Browning singled, batted forward to 3rd.
Jacob Bowles struck out swinging.
General McArthur walked, batted forward to 2nd.
Jordan Schaffer struck out swinging.
Robby McGaha hit by pitch.
Grant Brueggenjohann flied out.
0 run, 1 hit, 0 error, 3 lob.

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