Hopkins comes up short in extra-inning affair with Calvin Christian

Leo Martonosi

Hopkins baseball coach Patrick O’Dell has no idea what his team’s overall record is. But he’s convinced it would be much better if his team had performed the majority of the season like it did on Monday, May 4, against Calvin Christian.
“This was one of our best overall games of the season,” O’Dell said after the visiting Squires rallied for a 9-5, eight-inning win over the Vikings in an OK Silver contest.
The score was deadlocked at 5-5 entering the top of the eighth frame when Calvin Christian erupted for four runs.
The Vikings not only received a strong mound outing from Jalen Kisner but also  from highlight-reel  worthy defensive catches by outfielders Matt Robinson, Ryan Pierce and Steve Henley.
“Our entire outfield played great today,” O’Dell said.
Two of Robinson’s diving catches took hits away from Calvin Christian batters.
“Matt had an unbelievable defensive game,” O’Dell said.
The thing that bothered O’Dell was his team’s lack of hitting.
“We only had three hits tonight,” O’Dell said
Noel Kraft connected for a line-drive double down the left field line, while Pierce and Kisner each finished with singles.

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