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…

Tri-City Dust Devils Explode over Hillsboro Hops 8-3 in 11 Innings

The Hillsboro Hops made a valiant try by tying the game and send it into overtime but the gas tank was empty and the Tri-City Dust Devils left the home team in the dust 8-3 after eleven innings.  In a game that was much closer than the final score, the visiting Dust Devils slapped the…

Hillsboro Hops, Tyler Vail Shut Down Boise Hawks 7-1

The Hillsboro Hops blasted open a tight game to leave the Boise Hawks behind 7-1 for the victory Thursday night.  A hustle-filled defensive play to start the game proved to be an omen when Hops second baseman Ryan Grotjohn speared a grounder up the middle with an amazing grab and wheeled around in a blink…

Boise Hawks, Ryan Luna Pitch Near-Perfect Win over Hillsboro Hops 5-1

The Hillsboro Hops struggled at the plate and fell to the visiting Boise Hawks, 5-1.  Starting pitcher Ryan Luna (W, 5-4) went six innings giving up the lone Hops run on three hits. Luna came within three batters of a perfect game.  The no-hitter was given up on Bryan Araiza’s double in the fifth with…

Hillsboro Hops Take Series with 9-6 Win over Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

The Hillsboro Hops exploded for a seven run third inning and coasted for the 9-6 victory over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.  S-K snatched the early lead from the Hops by scoring two runs in the second and taking a 2-1 edge at home but it didn’t last past the next inning. Sending twelve batters to the…

Hillsboro Hops Eclipse Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 9-5

The Hillsboro Hops knocked off the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 9-5 on a day that the world paid attention to the local solar eclipse.  The game was moved up to an un-baseball hour of a 9:30 AM start time to celebrate the astronomical occurrence.  The eclipse only delayed the offensive attack as the Hops scored four runs…

Hillsboro Hops, Kevin McCanna Throttle Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 2-0

Hillsboro Hops jumped out of the first inning with two scores and held on for a nail-biter in a 2-0 win over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.  After that, the game turned into a pitcher’s duel filled with strikeouts and, for the most part, fine defensive play. Before the first out of the game, the Hops were…

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, Alejandro De La Rosa Erase Hops 6-0

If only they could have saved some runs from the night before.  After winning 11-1 in the series finale with the Eugene Emeralds, the Hillsboro Hops lose 6-0 to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in their series opener. The Hops were limited to four hits (all singles) on the night led by Drew Ellis’ stat line of…

Hillsboro Hops, Camden Duzenack Pound Eugene Emeralds 11-1

The Hillsboro Hops left no doubt as they demolished the Eugene Emeralds 11-1 Friday night.  The Hops drew first blood in the second inning with four runs.  Eugene was able to get on board the following inning but the Hops added a single run twice over the fourth and fifth innings.  To drive an exclamation…