Tonight was Superhero night at the ballpark. There were all sorts of characters out there. There was Batman, Buzz Lightyear, The Flash, Yoda, and there was even a woman walking around in a banana suit. Still trying to figure that one out. Super-Nana maybe? I’m not sure, but it sure was a fun night at the ballpark. During the 7th inning stretch all the superheroes, young and old, got on top of the dugout and sang “Take Me Out To The Ballgame”. Donald, the President and General Manager even got in the spirit of things, as he strutted on the field in what looked to be Superfly. The pimp, not the bug… for those of you wondering.
The real Superhero of the night was Adam Conley. He threw 6 innings and had 8 Strikeouts. I took several pictures of him pitching but the majority were blurred by the smoke whirling off his wrist from slinging 95mph fastballs. He was a consistent 93/95mph. He was definitely on fire tonight!
One of Greg and I’s friends penned the name “The Heart Attack Hoppers”. The Hoppers didn’t live that name down tonight. Up until the 9th, the score was 4-1, as it had been since the first inning. Then Hickory had two men come home making it 4-3, and no outs. You could have heard a pen drop in the stadium. Everyone was on the edge of their seat. So, the Hoppers change pitchers and in comes James Nygren to close the game. His first three pitches, strikeout. The next set of pitches earn Jeremy Williams a single, getting him on first. The very next pitch goes bulleting to second, Austin Barnes grabs it up for out 2, then hurls it to first, for the double play!!! HOPPERS WIN at a final of 4-3 over the Hickory Crawdads!
Tonight was Superhero night, and it lived up to its name. The pitches were faster than a speeding bullet, the base runners were faster than a locomotive, and at times it seemed like the outfielders could fly. Thanks again for reading, hope you have enjoyed this edition of Hoppers Fan Blog. And as always, I echo the sentiment heard round the ballpark, it’s a great time to be a Hopper!