FULTON -- Trailing 7-3 and running out of time, Fulton rallied with eight runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Saturday at Lohaus Field to defeat Hoptown, 11-7, in the Railroaders' home opener.
Fulton got on the board in the second inning, but the Hoppers went up 2-1 in the third. They would proceed to nick at the home team with a run in each of the next five innings.
The Railroaders, who had a day before dropped the season opener to Paducah, 4-2, did score twice in the fifth.
In the eighth, a walk and two singles loaded the bases when pitcher Chandler Kendall walked in a run to cut the lead to 7-4. Hunter Crosby relieved Kendall, but served up a single and two walks to tie the game.
Tyler Bell hit a hard single to the Hoptown shortstop to score the go-ahead run and retain a bases-loaded situation. With two outs, pinch hitter Britt Netterville hit a hard grounder and reached on an error by the Hopper first baseman Cade Burkey that brought home the final three runs.
Luke McKenzie was 4-for-5 with a double to lead the Railroaders' bats. Garrett Guymon also hit a double in the win.
For Hoptown, it had three batters hit home runs in the game.
Alabama's Will Pratt picked up the pitching win in two innings of work, where he allowed three hits and two earned runs. Omari Hunter recorded the save in the top of the ninth with three strikeouts over 14 pitches.
Fulton is scheduled to travel to Dubois County, Indiana, today (Sunday) to face the Bombers. The Roaders return home to "The Yard" Wednesday to host the new Ohio Valley League team, Franklin Duelers.