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Hillsboro Hops, Andy Yerzy Decisively Win First Half Crown 10-1 Over Vancouver Canadians

Andy Yerzy’s second inning solo shot started the scoring but it was the fifth inning that blew a tight, low-scoring game wide open when the Hillsboro Hops scored six runs and went on to defeat the host Vancouver Canadians 10-1.  The victory also cemented the Hops firmly in the playoffs by earning the first half…

This Week in the Association with Kevin Luckow & Rob Pannier – Season 2

This Week in the Association is a program that gives fans insights from around the American Association, Independent Baseball’s premier league. Hosted by Kevin Luckow and Robert Pannier, the show not only examines the happenings with the St. Paul Saints, but also looks at events going on throughout the league.

Hillsboro Hops Blanked By Vancouver Canadians, Vinnie Capra 5-0

The Hillsboro Hops managed only two hits on the night and all they could do was watch as the Vancouver Canadians scored incrementally.  Lead-off hitter Vinnie Capra did the most damage while going 1 for 3 and scoring twice.  Before Vinnie’s solo shot in the fourth started the scoring, the game was locked in at…

Cleburne Railroaders Sacrifice Their Way to 3-2 Victory

For many managers, the use of the bunt has been removed from their repertoire, but not in the case of Cleburne Railroaders skipper Shelby Ford. The Railroaders skipper employed the sacrifice to perfection on Thursday night, tying an American Association record with six bunts and Cleburne got seven outstanding innings from Josh Hodges in a…

Hillsboro Hops Lose Extra Innings to Boise Hawks, Daniel Jipping 4-2

The Boise Hawks doubled down on the Hillsboro Hops in the tenth inning when Hawks Aubrey McCarty and Hidekel Gonzalez notched two runs on the board with back to back doubles.  Daniel Jipping started the inning at second base and scored the first run.  The win gave the visiting team the three-game series at 2-1…

Explorers Picht-ure Perfect in Downing the Saints, 5-2

The Sioux City Explorers have not found the confines of Mercy Field to be particularly friendly this season, especially after losing the first two games of their three-game set with the St. Paul Saints. However, the team got six outstanding innings from Keith Picht and took advantage of a four-run fifth on their way to…

Jake Matthys Keeps Saints Marching, Down Explorers, 6-1

The St. Paul Saints continue to roll on the road, downing the Sioux City Explorers 6-1. The victory was the fifth out of the first six in their 10 game road trip, helping to move St. Paul to 2.5 games ahead of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in the North Division. Jake Matthys was dominant, allowing just…

Tony Thomas Homer, Five-Run Eighth Power Wingnuts to 5-2 Victory

The Wichita Wingnuts have found Nebraska to be a house of horrors so far this season, dropping the first two games of their series against the Lincoln Saltdogs, both in walk-off fashion. However, Wednesday night it was the Wingnuts chance to rally late, scoring five runs in the eighth inning to help power the team…

Hillsboro Hops, Jorge Perez Won’t Go Away, Down Boise Hawks 6-5

The Hillsboro Hops got back on the winning track with a familiar course for them lately.  Tonight’s one-run walk-off win came against the Boise Hawks in the tenth inning when Jorge Perez singled.  Walking up to the plate, Jorge sent the two RBI, game-winning single that brought home Jake McCarthy home to tie the game…

Hillsboro Hops, Jorge Perez Won’t Go Away, Down Boise Hawks 6-5

The Hillsboro Hops got back on the winning track with a familiar course for them lately.  Tonight’s one-run walk-off win came against the Boise Hawks in the tenth inning when Jorge Perez singled.  Walking up to the plate, Jorge sent the two RBI, game-winning single that brought home Jake McCarthy home to tie the game…

Hillsboro Hops Lose Opening Game to Boise Hawks, Luke Morgan 3-2

Pitching again ruled the roost for most of the innings but the bats came alive in small spurts throughout the game.  The Hillsboro Hops grabbed an early 1-0 lead and held it until the midgame.  Then, it was the Boise Hawks who scored twice on Luke Morgan’s homer to take the lead.  Despite the two…

Tony Thomas, Mitch Lambson Earn Week 9 American Association Honors

In American Association Daily, the Minor League Sports Report names their American Association Player and Pitcher of the Week for Week 9 as chosen by Robert Pannier and Kevin Luckow, with Wichita Wingnuts outfielder Tony Thomas being named Player of the Week and Winnipeg Goldeyes left-hander earning the top pitcher for Week 9.

John Nester, Tony Thomas Power Wingnuts to Sweep of AirHogs

The Wichita Wingnuts completed their sweep of the Texas AirHogs on Sunday, thanks to two home runs and nine RBI combined by Tony Thomas and John Nester in the Wingnuts 9-2 victory. The two backed the third straight victory by Tyler Kane, who allowed two runs on six innings, giving Wichita their fourth victory in…

Tri City Dust Devils, Angel Acevedo Take Last Game Over Hillsboro Hops, 6-2

The Hillsboro Hops took the first four games of the five game series but could not sweep.  Facing the pitching of Dust Devil starter Angel Acevedo and his fastball, the Hops bats did not wake up enough to catch up to the visitors and lost 6-2. It only took the Dust Devils the first two…

Hillsboro Hops, Ryan Tufts Fly Over Tri City Dust Devils, 7-6 After Eleven Innings

Ryan Tufts smacked a line drive over the drawn-in outfield with the bases loaded to bring the Hillsboro Hops the victory over the Tri City Dust Devils 7-6.  Tri City brought in left fielder Grant Little to face the Hops with a five-man infield.  The two remaining outfielders came in close behind as back up. …

Seven Run Fourth Propels St. Paul Saints to 10-8 Victory

After giving up seven unanswered runs, the St. Paul Saints had to feel that their chances of coming back to defeat the Kansas City T-Bones were pretty slim. However, a seven run fourth inning turned the tide as the Saints went on to a 10-6 victory, their sixth straight win. Ryan Schlosser earned the victory…

Joe Bircher Sent to Lincoln Saltdogs to Complete Earlier Deal

American Association Daily provides insights and features on the American Association of Professional Baseball League, as well as player and coaching profiles and transactions going on with teams around the league. In today’s edition, Robert Pannier talks about the implications of the Lincoln Saltdogs adding left-hander Joe Bircher.

Hillsboro Hops, Francis Martinez Walk-Off Win Over Tri City Dust Devils, 5-4

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th, Francis Martinez faced down opposing pitcher Jordan Guerrero with a full count.  When the ball whizzed by the plate, Martinez tossed his bat into the air with the confidence of a man who just won the game for his team.  Hillsboro Hops come back from…

Jordan Cooper Blanks Texas through Seven, Wingnuts Dominate, 12-3

With the Kansas City T-Bones losing on Friday night, the Wichita Wingnuts had a chance to pull within a game for second place in the South Division and made sure that there was no doubt they were going to do so, as they downed the Texas AirHogs, 12-3. Jordan Cooper shutout Texas through the first…