Fischer walks off in Hoppers' 3-2 win

Bryan Edwards | New Era

Hoptown's Clay Simpson throws in the Hoppers' 3-2 win over the Franklin Duelers Friday at Tiger Field.

With their backs against the wall late and fireworks looming, the Hoptown Hoppers capped off the night with some fireworks of their own.

The Hoppers tied the game in the eighth and Charlie Fischer sent the Franklin Duelers home with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to push Hoptown to the 3-2 victory Friday.

Franklin brought home the first run of the game in the top of the fifth inning and added a second in the top of the sixth frame.

Hoptown, having lost three of four coming into the game, have struggled to put out the offensive performance the team has put out for a majority of the year, found itself in a similar position -- getting runners on and not bringing them home.

In the eighth, the Hoppers finally got onto the board. Seth Bennett scored Drew McGowan with an RBI single with two outs in the inning to cut the deficit in half.

Greg Mehlhaff, the next batter reached base on an error. That error also was enough to bring home Bennett from second to tie the game.

Chandler Kendall came in to pitch in the ninth and put the Hoppers in the exact place they wanted to be.

After Franklin went three up, three down in the top of the ninth stanza, it was Hoptown's turn to attempt to walk it off.

It didn't take long either. Fischer led off the inning, and on the fifth pitch of the bat sent a call over the wall in left field to give the Hoppers their 16th win of the season.

Despite trailing, Hoptown outhit the Duelers eight to four in the game. Franklin also committed three errors in the loss.

Hoptown 3, Franklin 2

FKN 000 011 000 2 4 3

HOP 000 000 021 3 8 0

WP: Kendall (1 IP, 0 H, K)

LP: Foytik (1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, K)

FKN: Becker (1-4), Birdwell (1-3, RBI), Blankenberger (1-3, R), Hughes (1-4)

HOP: Husser (1-4), McGowan (2-4, R), Bennett (1-4, R, RBI), Fischer (2-4, HR, R, RBI), Burkey (2-3)

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