Hillsboro Hops Left Behind Eugene Emeralds, Jonathon Sierra, 6-2

A three run ninth inning proved to be too big of an obstacle to overcome.  The Eugene Emeralds’  explosion in the top of the ninth put the game away over the Hillsboro Hops, 6-2. Before the inning started, the Hops were still looking at a close game, down only 3-2.  All they had to do…

Hillsboro Hops, Kyler Stout Shut-Out Eugene Emeralds, 4-0

The seventh game of the season was more than just luck on the mound and at the plate for the Hillsboro Hops.  With a team of four pitchers blanking the visiting Eugene Emeralds and ten different batters contributing more than enough to back up the mound, the Hops beat the Emeralds, 4-0, ending a three…

Everett Aquasox, Ivan Fortunato Strike Out Hillsboro Hops 7-5

Neither team could leave the other behind until the Everett Aquasox’s bullpen shut the Hillsboro Hops bats down, winning 7-5.  Jamal Wade, Dayeison Arias and Joey Gerber combined to keep the Hops hitless for the last five innings and struck out nine Hops batters while walking none. Ironically, Ivan Fortunato (1-0) pitched three innings allowing…

Everett Aquasox, Jheyson Caraballo Stop Hillsboro Hops’ Win Streak, 7-1

No team in the history of baseball has ever gone the entire season undefeated.  Yet, each year, we count the wins until it is no longer possible.  Monday night, in game four of the five-game opening series, the Everett Aquasox dashed the undefeated season hopes of the Hillsboro Hops, 7-1. Starting in the third inning,…

Hillsboro Hops, Ryan Dobson Hustle Past Everett Aquasox 3-2

After two dazzling wins to open the season, the Hillsboro Hops showed they could win the close ones as well.  Center fielder Tra-Mayne Holmes doubled home left fielder Ryan Dobson from first for the go ahead run in the eighth.  Holmes was thrown out on the same play to end the inning trying to stretch…

Hillsboro Hops, Francis Martinez Pound Everett Aquasox 12-6

The Hillsboro Hops exploded in the first inning, scoring twelve runs and sending 15 men to the plate making the Everett Aquasox’s home crowd dizzy watching all of the Hops going round the bases.  All nine starters crossed the plate, sometimes twice.  The Hops would score no more but they didn’t need to. Despite the…

Hillsboro Hops, Joey Rose Dominate Opener Over Everett Aquasox 5-2

The Hillsboro Hops pounded the bats early with two home runs giving the road team all they would need to win their first game of the season.  Host Everett Aquasox made a stab towards the end but were held off by the pitching of Wesley Rodriguez in the ninth. Tra’Mayne Holmes, back for a second…

2018 Hillsboro Hops Begin Their Future With Confidence

In short season A, baseball starts in June.  By the time the first game arrives and the home plate umpire yells “Play ball!”, many veteran players have reported to spring training down in Arizona earlier this year.  They’ve been here before.  They know what to expect.  They are waiting for their assignments telling them which…

Eugene Emeralds, Brandon Hughes End Hillsboro Hops Hopes, 10-4

The Hillsboro Hops’ season ended in abrupt fashion as the Eugene Emeralds slammed the door shut on their chances 10-4.  The game had remained close until a six-run collapse in the ninth inning that started with the score tied.  The Emeralds batted around the order and left a huge hole for the home team to…

Michael Cruz, Eugene Emeralds Take First Playoff Game from Hillsboro Hops, 3-2

The Eugene Emeralds took their first lead in the eighth inning and walked away with the win, 3-2.  It gave the home team a 1-0 lead in the first-round series between the two southern division teams. Matt Peacock (L, 0-1) came on to close out the game with a 2-2 tie at the beginning of…

Hillsboro Hops/Eugene Emeralds playoff game#1 Postponed

After almost getting a front row seat to the Boise foothills fire in the last game of the season, The Hops first round game with the Eugene Emeralds was postponed due to poor air quality Tuesday from the local forest fires.  The first game of the Northern Division playoffs in Spokane between the Indians and…

Boise Hawks Zero Hillsboro Hops 5-0

The Hillsboro Hops failed to pack a punch in their luggage for their final game of the season.  The Hops lost to the host Boise Hawks 5-0. Behind their starting pitcher, Alec Byrd (W, 4-1), the Hawks kept the Hops bats away from home plate only giving up four hits during the game.  After Byrd’s…

Hillsboro Hops, Luis Lara Double Up Boise Hawks 14-7

The Hillsboro Hops eliminated the Boise Hawks with their win over the home team Saturday night, 14-7.  Whenever the Hawks would score, the Hops would double it and increase their lead.  By the time the dust settled, the Hops were on top of the mountain. Eugene still has a chance to reach them at the…

Boise Hawks, Ethan Westphal Smoke Hillsboro Hops, 3-2

The Boise Hawks defeated the Hillsboro Hops 3-2 on a night where the game took second place to the forest fires burning several miles away.  In the fourth inning, with sunlight remaining, smoke was becoming visible past center field within sight of those attending the game.  As the sky darkened with the coming night, flames…

Hillsboro Hops Shut Out Tri-City Dust Devils 2-0

The Hillsboro Hops made a two-run lead stand up for the victory over the visiting Tri City Dust Devils, 2-0.  Pitching and defense on both sides kept the game going quickly.  The game was over in two hours and twenty-one minutes.  One of the quickest games this season. Kevin McCanna (5-1) came on in relief…

Tri-City Dust Devils, Will Stillman Crunch Hillsboro Hops, 5-2

The Hillsboro Hops fell to the Tri-City Dust Devils 5-2 in large part thanks to a four-run inning that blew the game open.  The Hops tried valiantly a couple of times to inch closer but were foiled by the Dust Devil bullpen.  In the end, Tri-City pitching struck out ten Hops batters for the second…

Hops Kevin McCanna Making Most of Second Chance

Kevin McCanna stood in the office of his manager Steve Montgomery and his pitching coach Bobby Post.  It was towards the end of July of this year.  He had heard the words but they were still sinking in.  “The Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in signing you to a contract.”  Kevin had hoped for a second…

Tri-City Dust Devils Outlast Hillsboro Hops 4-3

The Tri-City Dust Devils struck out a dozen Hillsboro Hops and limited the home team to four hits in a 4-3 breezeless evening.  The tight game went down to the final inning but the scoring was pretty much vacant for both teams the last two innings. Daulton Varsho had the hit of the night when…

Hillsboro Hops, Jhoan Duran Heat Up Tri-City Dust Devils, 7-3

The Hillsboro Hops paced themselves in the late afternoon heat and then powered even further ahead of the Tri-City Dust Devils with a three-run eighth inning, 7-3.  A triumvirate of pitchers took the mound and kept the Hops lead with twelve strikeouts on the night. Temperatures reached 103 degrees in the late afternoon according to…