In a tie game late, taking chances are high risk, high reward.
For the Hoptown Hoppers, it was a big reward as key base running in the eighth inning gave Hoptown the 6-4 victory over the Paducah Chiefs.
The Chiefs got the game started early, as Drew Hudson drew a walk and made it all the way around the diamond to open the scoring in the top of the first inning against Hoppers’ starting pitcher Lane Diuguid.
Following the run, it was a battle on the rubber between Diuguid and Paducah pitcher Nick King.
The pair did not allow a run in the second or third inning as the score remained 1-0 in favor of the Chiefs.
In the top of the fourth frame, Paducah extended its lead. Hudson drew another walk and came home on a wild pitch moments later. Grayson Taylor also came home in the inning, making it 3-0 Chiefs.
It wasn’t until the bottom of the fifth that the Hoppers got the board, but they did it in a big way.
Hoptown drew four consecutive walks to score its first run of the game. The next batter, Brennan Crooms made his mark on the game with a two-RBI single to tie the game at three.
In the seventh, Lofton Pigg came home on a wild pitch after smoking a double to center field to give the Chiefs the one-run lead heading into the stretch.
That lead wouldn’t last long as in the bottom of the frame, Seth Bennett hit a grounder up the middle to bring home Robbie McCargar, who doubled earlier in the stanza.
Hoptown manager Grayson Crawford pulled out all the stops in the bottom of the eighth, deciding to take some risks on the base path. Those risks paid off in a big way as two infield ground balls led to a pair of runs for the Hoppers, who grabbed their first lead of the game.
From there, Wyatt Stevenson, who entered in the seventh closed things out to give Hoptown their second win of the year and handing Paducah their first loss of the season.
The Hoppers will be back in action tonight at 7:05 p.m against Henderson at home.