HUNTINGBURG, Ind. — After establishing a No. 1 seed in the playoffs and outright winning the Ohio Valley League Western Division, the Hoptown Hoppers decided to change things up for their last regular season game of the summer.
Five pitchers started the game as position players Wednesday night, accounting for seven of the Hoppers’ nine hits, but Hoptown ultimately fell to host Dubois County, 12-3.
Dustin Berrong, Luke Brown and Jesse Philp, all pitchers, handled the outfield duties.
Jake Larson spent the majority of the game at third base, while Dalton Utley got his third start of the season at first.
Brown, a former Hopkinsville and Caldwell County Tiger, got things going for the Hoppers in the top of the third inning, Beating out an infield single to the shortstop before stealing second base and scoring on an RBI single from Taylor Fought.
The Bombers blew the game open in the bottom of the sixth, however, scoring seven runs on five walks and two doubles, giving the Bombers an eight-run lead that they would not relinquish.
Philp batted in the final Hopper run in the top of the eighth on a double to the right-center gap, scoring Jonathan Jacks. Philp finished 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in the loss.
Hoptown’s pitching staff consisted of four position players and one two-way player as they combined to throw eight innings, with Griffin Rivers picking up the loss.
The Hoppers finish the regular season with a record of 24-16 and will host the Muhlenberg County Stallions at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Tiger Field, as the OVL Playoffs get under way.
Hoptown won the league’s regular-season crown last year, but the postseason was never completed due to inclement weather and bylaw-enforced season deadline.