The Hoptown Hoppers had one rally in them on Tuesday, but a second one just wasn’t in the cards.
Overcoming a three-run deficit with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Hoppers couldn’t take advantage of a bases-loaded situation and fell 7-4 in 12 innings to the Franklin Duelers at Colonel Field.
For the fourth time in as many games, the Hoppers found themselves in an early hole.
Franklin’s Jacob Curtis took a Grant Golomb pitch over the left field wall to open the scoring in the third.
After the Duelers tacked on another in the fourth, Curtis struck again in the fifth with a leadoff bomb to put Hoptown in a 3-0 hole.
With just three hits heading into the ninth, the Hoppers were looking for magic.
With two outs and a walk to Tanner Holliman, Hoptown finally saw the bat get hot. Two doubles and a single from the four, five and six hitters in the lineup, the game was even and needed extras to decide.
In the top of the 12th, the Duelers took advantage of walks and hit batters. Only registering one hit in the frame, Franklin scored four runs.
Hoptown attempted to rally, loading the bases and even scoring a run, but another late comeback couldn’t be completed as the Hoppers fall to 2-2 on the season.
Brett Lindsey and company will have to turn the page quickly as Hoptown hosts Henderson tonight at Colonel Field.
FRANKLIN DUELERS 7, HOPTOWN HOPPERS 4 (12 INNINGS)
FRK 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 4 — 7 10 1
HOP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 - 0 0 1 — 4 6 0
WP: Pat Coleman - 1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 2 K
LP: Bracken Rice - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 2 K
SV: Gage Holman
Jacob Curtis - 2-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI
Braxton Meguiar - 3-6, R, RBI
Danny Garcia - 2-5, RBI
Zayd Brannigan - 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI
JoJo Cruz - 1-3, R, RBI
Tanner Holliman - 1-4, R