Camden Duzenack Helps Hops Prevail Over Indians, 8-2
It took until the fourth game of the five-game series to see a lead grow this large when the Hillsboro Hops dominated the Spokane Indians 8-2. The Hops had their biggest lead after a four run seventh inning upping the score to 7-0.
Starting pitcher Tyler Keele (W, 2-1) lasted 83 pitches through seven innings for the win. The only Indians score he allowed was Andretty Cordero’s lead-off solo blast in the seventh. Afterwards, Keele retired three batters on consecutive ground outs. Up until that point, Tyler allowed one other hit and struck out seven.
Cal Becker came on in relief with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth. Becker allowed only one inherited runner to score. Becker spread one hit over two innings and struck out three.
It was the Hops bats again that drew most of the attention. Eight batters out of the starting line-up connected on a hit with several having multi-hit games. While they didn’t reach their own franchise record of 25 hits from a couple of days ago, they did manage another 16 for the night.
Camden Duzenack led the way going 4 for 5 with a double and a home run. Duzenack scored three times and knocked in three more as he was a part of five of the eight scored runs. One of the three he was not a part of was Daulton Varsho’s RBI single in the fifth scoring Eudy Ramos. Another was Drew Ellis’ solo shot to lead off the seventh. The other Hops homer was Duzenack’s solo blast in the ninth.
Eudy Ramos and Daulton Varsho both had three-hit games. Yan Sanchez had the other multi-hit game with two which included the third Hops double of the night.
Reiver Sanmartin (L, 2-1) started for the Indians allowed three runs though only one was earned. Since Spokane scored just two runs, those three were enough to hang the loss on the five and two thirds innings the starter lasted. Sanmartin did give up ten hits for the night.
The lead grew for the Hops under the watch of Argenis Rodriguez who came on in the sixth to relieve Reiver Sanmartin. In the seventh inning, the Hops scored four more runs on five hits and a walk. Sterling Wynn closed the ninth allowing Camden Duzenack’s solo launch over the left center wall.
The Indians managed to send four hits from the plate. No one managed a multi-hit game. In addition to Andretty Cordero’s solo blast in the seventh, the other run scored in the eighth when Austin O’Bannon scored on Tyler Ratliff’s RBI single. The bases had been loaded.
With all four Southern Division teams winning, the Hillsboro Hops stay tied with the Eugene Emeralds on top. All four Northern Division teams lost allowing the Spokane Indians to remain in a third-place tie with the Everett Aquasox, seven games behind the Vancouver Canadians.
Both teams return to Avista Stadium for the fifth and final game of the series. The five-game stand is tied at 2-2 with Monday night’s winner to take the series. Expected starters are RHP Connor Grey (3-1) for the Hops and LHP Cole Ragans (0-1) for the Indians.
Hops notes: On Tuesday, the Northwest League will take the day off in honor of the MLB’s All-Star game. The Hops will return home to Ron Tonkin Field to start a three-game series with co-division leader Eugene Emeralds on Wednesday.
Daulton Varsho has taken the lead in team batting average with .353 in a tight contest. Seven Hops batters are hitting .300 or better with another close behind at .284.
By Greg Stoker