With Monday’s 6-2 victory, Hoptown’s Dustin Berrong not only moved to 8-1 on the season but into the record books as the first pitcher in Ohio Valley League history to reach eight wins.

Berrong went seven innings while allowing five hits, two runs and striking out nine against the Fulton Railroaders.

Berrong leads the OVL in wins by three and currently leads in strikeouts with 54 and has a 2.25 ERA. The Fort Walton Beach, Florida, native also has only 11 walks in 52 innings pitched.

The Hoppers clinched the top seed in the OVL’s West Division and start their playoff journey at 7 p.m. Friday at Hopkinsville High School against the Muhlenberg County Stallions.

Hoptown has a 2-2 record against the Stallions with the most recent result coming in a doubleheader Friday where the Hoppers and Stallions each won a game.

Muhlenberg County is currently 15-23 and the fourth team in the OVL’s East Division. The Dubois County Bombers ran away with the East Division and have a commanding nine-game lead on the three other teams.

Railroaders at Hoppers
Score By Innings123456789RHE
Railroaders020000000267
Hoppers2121000006100
Hoppers 6, Railroaders 2
HoppersRailroaders
 abrhbi abrhbi
Aharon Modlin ss5011Jake Wikel cf4000
Zach Duvall 2b4110Hunter Higdon ss3000
Taylor Fought 1b5141(t8) Jared Cramer ss-c1000
Reese Alexiades cf4110Andrew Rapoza c-2b4010
Griffin Rivers rf4010Paul Salata 1b4111
Nolen Milton 3b4100Zell Walker dh3010
Daryl Myers dh3120Will Acuff 2b-ss4120
(b7) Dalton Utley dh1000Anthony Smith rf4010
Dalton Dedas c3000Owen Parsons 3b3001
Aidan Elias lf3100Carrington Wilson lf3000
Dustin Berrong p0000Cody Caballero p0000
(t8) Jesse Philp p0000(b6) Hunter Smith p0000
     (b8) Pablo Arevalo p0000
TEAM TOTALS366102TEAM TOTALS33262
E: Hunter Higdon(2), Jake Wikel, Andrew Rapoza, Owen Parsons, Paul Salata, Will
Acuff. LOB: Railroaders 5, Hoppers 10. 2B: Zach Duvall, Taylor Fought. HR: Paul
Salata. SB: Taylor Fought, Reese Alexiades, Will Acuff. SB: Dalton Dedas.
HoppersIPHRERBBSO
Dustin Berrong W7.0052209
Jesse Philp2.0010012
Railroaders      
Cody Caballero L5.0096221
Hunter Smith2.0000001
Pablo Arevalo1.0010001
HBP: by Pablo Arevalo (Zach Duvall). . WP: Cody Caballero. T: 2:10. A: 464.
Railroaders - Top of the 1st:
Jake Wikel struck out swinging.
Hunter Higdon struck out swinging.
Andrew Rapoza flied out.
0 run, 0 hit, 0 error, 0 lob.
Hoppers - Bottom of the 1st:
Aharon Modlin grounded out.
Zach Duvall doubled, batted forward to 3rd, advanced to home on error.
Taylor Fought singled, stole 2nd, advanced to 3rd on error, advanced to home on error.
Reese Alexiades walked, batted forward to 3rd.
Griffin Rivers singled, batted forward to 2nd.
Nolen Milton flied out.
Daryl Myers reached on fielder's choice.
Dalton Dedas flied out foul.
2 run, 3 hit, 3 error, 3 lob.
Railroaders - Top of the 2nd:
Paul Salata hit solo home run, 1 RBI.
Zell Walker flied out.
Will Acuff singled, batted forward to home.
Anthony Smith singled, batted forward to 2nd, forced out at 3rd.
Owen Parsons reached on fielder's choice, batted forward to 2nd, 1 RBI.
Carrington Wilson flied out.
Jake Wikel reached on fielder's choice.
2 runs, 3 hits, 0 error, 2 lob.
Hoppers - Bottom of the 2nd:
Aidan Elias walked, advanced to 2nd on error, batted forward to home.
Aharon Modlin flied out.
Zach Duvall reached on error, batted forward to 2nd.
Taylor Fought singled, 1 RBI.
Reese Alexiades lined out.
Griffin Rivers flied out.
1 runs, 1 hits, 1 error, 2 lob.
Railroaders - Top of the 3rd:
Hunter Higdon popped out.
Andrew Rapoza grounded out.
Paul Salata struck out looking.
0 run, 0 hit, 0 error, 0 lob.
Hoppers - Bottom of the 3rd:
Nolen Milton reached on error, batted forward to 3rd, advanced to home on error.
Daryl Myers singled, batted forward to 2nd, advanced to 3rd on error, batted forward
to home.
Dalton Dedas sacrifice bunted.
Aidan Elias grounded out.
Aharon Modlin singled, 1 RBI.
Zach Duvall popped out.
2 run, 2 hit, 2 error, 1 lob.
Railroaders - Top of the 4th:
Zell Walker struck out swinging.
Will Acuff singled, stole 2nd.
Anthony Smith struck out swinging.
Owen Parsons grounded out.
0 run, 1 hit, 0 error, 1 lob.
Hoppers - Bottom of the 4th:
Taylor Fought doubled, batted forward to 3rd, forced out at home.
Reese Alexiades singled, stole 2nd, advanced to 3rd on wild pitch, advanced to home
on error.
Griffin Rivers struck out swinging.
Nolen Milton reached on error, batted forward to 2nd.
Daryl Myers singled.
Dalton Dedas grounded out.
1 run, 3 hit, 1 error, 2 lob.
Railroaders - Top of the 5th:
Carrington Wilson struck out swinging.
Jake Wikel flied out.
Hunter Higdon flied out.
0 run, 0 hit, 0 error, 0 lob.
Hoppers - Bottom of the 5th:
Aidan Elias popped out.
Aharon Modlin flied out.
Zach Duvall flied out.
0 run, 0 hit, 0 error, 0 lob.
Railroaders - Top of the 6th:
Andrew Rapoza grounded out.
Paul Salata struck out looking.
Zell Walker singled, tagged out going to 2nd.
0 run, 1 hit, 0 error, 0 lob.
Hoppers - Bottom of the 6th:
Taylor Fought lined out.
Reese Alexiades grounded out.
Griffin Rivers grounded out.
0 run, 0 hit, 0 error, 0 lob.
Railroaders - Top of the 7th:
Will Acuff struck out swinging.
Anthony Smith lined out.
Owen Parsons struck out swinging.
0 run, 0 hit, 0 error, 0 lob.
Hoppers - Bottom of the 7th:
Nolen Milton grounded out.
Dalton Utley struck out.
Dalton Dedas grounded out.
0 run, 0 hit, 0 error, 0 lob.
Railroaders - Top of the 8th:
Carrington Wilson struck out swinging.
Jake Wikel struck out swinging.
Jared Cramer popped out.
0 run, 0 hit, 0 error, 0 lob.
Hoppers - Bottom of the 8th:
Aidan Elias struck out looking.
Aharon Modlin grounded out.
Zach Duvall hit by pitch, batted forward to 2nd.
Taylor Fought singled.
Reese Alexiades grounded out.
0 run, 1 hit, 0 error, 2 lob.
Railroaders - Top of the 9th:
Andrew Rapoza singled, batted forward to 2nd.
Paul Salata grounded out.
Zell Walker walked.
Will Acuff flied out.
Anthony Smith grounded out.
0 run, 1 hit, 0 error, 2 lob.

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