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Hoppers Win in Sudden Death, 4-4, Over Mammoths

July 28th, 2023

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UTICA, Mich.Noah Marcoux and Whit Hughes both hit a home run to lead the Eastside Diamond Hoppers (14-15) to a 4-4 sudden death victory over the Westside Woolly Mammoths (16-13) on Friday at Jimmy John’s Field.

Right-handed pitcher Luke Drummond pitched the final 3.0 innings of the game. He gave up three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but struck out three of the four batters he faced in the sudden death inning. Drummond struck out a total of seven, scattering three hits and allowing three runs.

The Mammoths came back in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring three runs, including a two-run home run by Colby Seltzer. Fox Leum had two hits with one RBI. Alex Garbacik went 2-for-3 with one run scored.

The sudden death format is as follows: a coin toss will take place at home plate between the managers of both teams. The home team will call their selection as the umpire tosses the coin. The winner of the coin toss will select whether they will take the field defensively or bat in the inning. The team at bat will remain the same batting order as the previous inning with the hitter making the last out placed at first base. If the team scores a run, they win. If they are held scoreless, the victory goes to the team on defense.