In a rematch following their season opener, the Hopkinsville Tigers took on the visiting Northeast Eagles once again on Wednesday. Despite a valiant effort, the Tigers faced a similar fate, with the Eagles claiming a 6-4 triumph after a solid 6th-inning display.
The Eagles established their lead with two RBI singles in the bottom of the 1st inning. Hopkinsville narrowed the gap in the 3rd inning when JJ Thompson grounded out, allowing Chase Fort to score. Thompson later leveled the score in the top of the 5th by reaching on a fielder’s choice, which brought Christopher Medina home.
Although Lucas Kaetzel bounced back from conceding two runs in the 1st inning to deliver four scoreless innings, he faced challenges in the bottom of the 6th. With runners at first and third, Jackson Meece singled in the crucial run. Riley Blanc added a two-run double, and Gavin Rogers completed the rally with a run-scoring single, putting Northeast ahead 6-2.
The Tigers staged a comeback attempt in the 7th, reducing the lead after two walks and no outs. They scored on a passed ball and a ground out, but in the end, a fly out to right field with two on and two out sealed the game.
Kaetzel bore the loss, surrendering six runs (four earned) on seven hits, one walk, and four strikeouts over five and third innings. The Tigers will seek their first win on Friday night at home as they host Marshall County. Don’t forget, all home games will be live-streamed on The Hoptown Press YouTube channel and Facebook page.