by Bryan Edwards
New Era Sports Writer
MADISONVILLE -- The Hoptown Hoppers showed the ability to take a big punch and deliver one right back in response.
The Madisonville Miners scored five runs in the fifth, but the Hoppers responded with five of their own to pull ahead and come out with the 10-7 on Tuesday night.
The first two innings of play were slow for both sides, as the pitchers from each team held their opponents without a run. Cam Barlow, who got the nod for the Hoppers, struck out four of six batters in the first two stanzas.
In the third, Hoptown got things started.
Micah Genter opened the third with a single. Santrel Farmer bunted in an attempt to advance Genter, but reached base as well. After Cameron Hill was walked to load the bases, Jacob Jenkins grounded out to first to score one run. An error on the same play brought home Farmer to make it 2-0 Hoppers.
The Miners got one run back in the bottom of the third thanks to a home run from Cobe Hutchison.
Hoptown scored three runs in the next two frames to extend its lead to 5-1, but Madisonville had an answer.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Miners tallied in five runs to take their first lead of the game. However, the Hoppers made sure that lead wouldn't last long.
After giving up five runs, Hoptown retook the lead by scoring five runs in the top of the sixth to take a 10-6 advantage.
The top team in the OVL west allowed just one run the rest of the way en route to the victory.
Hoptown grabs its 11th win on the season and moves to 11-6 on the season. The Hoppers will be back in action at 7:05 p.m. tonight against the Franklin Duelers on the road.