North Lincoln downed Bunker Hill 12-7 Wednesday night behind a huge night from junior first baseman Trent â€˜Aceâ€™ Hopkins.
Hopkins went 5-for-5 in a school-record performance. The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder recorded two triples, two doubles and one single with three RBIs. Hopkins also scored four runs.
â€œHeâ€™s been working real hard from last season on, trying to go opposite field. With 265 in right-field, he knew he was going to get all outside pitches tonight. They threw it outside and he went with it,â€ head coach Sean Andrews said.
For the second-consecutive game, Hopkins scored on a sacrifice fly from second base after tagging up.
Senior Kyle Baker went 2-for-4 with five RBIs to lead a 15-hit effort by North Lincoln. Josh Belk was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Chris Hogue also went 2-for-4.
â€œKyle is in a situation where he is going to be up with men on base. I mean Josh, Alex (Loftin) and Trent are going to get on and he knows he has the opportunity to produce some RBIs,â€ Andrews said.
Aaron Price worked two innings, struck out one batter, while allowing one hit for the victory.
Losing pitcher was Josh Shephard.
Chris Hogue threw an inning and two thirds, allowing no runs and two hits.
At the time, the Knights trailed 7-3 in the fourth. Hogueâ€™s ability to â€˜stop the bleeding,â€™ kept North in the game.
â€œChris and Aaron Price did a phenomenal job in relief,â€ Andrews said.
by John Mark Brooks