The Miners defeated the Hoppers 9-6 at Elmer Kelley Stadium on Sunday evening. For a complete box score, click HERE.
After a scoreless first inning for the Hoppers, the Miners took an instant 1-0 lead when lead off hitter Addison Rospert hit the first pitch of the inning over the center field wall for a solo home run. Nolan Ramsey followed a batter later with a double and scored on a Matt Walsh single, making the score 2-0 after one inning play.
Madisonville picked up another run in the third inning when Walsh doubled, advanced to third base on a single by Brooks Benson, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Shane Connahan. The Miners extended the lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning as Rospert scored on an RBI single by Nolan Ramsey.
Miner third baseman EJ Watson drove in two runs with a one out single in the bottom of the fifth, scoring Brooks Benson and Logan Hopple, and making the score 6-0.
Madisonville starter Cameron Smith kept the Hoppers scoreless until the top of the seventh inning when Chris Jones hit a solo home run, but the Miners responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to make the score 9-1 after seven innings. The big hit of the inning for the Miners came on a two-RBI double by Conner Moss.
The Hoppers fought back with four runs in the top of the eighth inning and cut the lead to 9-5. Ernie de la Trinidad led off with the single and was followed by a single by Cody Duncan. Will Olson then hit a three-run home run off Miner reliever Jake Gill. Mitch Gallagher scored the other run of the inning for the Hoppers, stealing home after a walk by Matt Dunlevy.
The Hoppers scored one more run on the top of the ninth on an RBI-single by Will Olson, driving in Matt Crowder. Madisonville reliever Cody Finkler shut the door from there and secured the win for the Miners.
Starter Cameron Smith picked up the win for the Miners (8-7), and Bryan Cruse took the loss for the Hoppers (6-9).
Madisonville travels to league-leading Dubois County (11-6) on Monday night, while the Hoppers host the Fulton Railroaders (9-7).