Trevor Boone, Boise Hawks Slow Hillsboro Hops 6-4
Trevor Boone knocked them in and scored the runs himself as the Boise Hawks got back on the winning track, knocking down the Hillsboro Hops 6-4. Boone accounted for half of the Hawks scoring and his teammates did the rest
Most of the damage came in the fourth and fifth innings. LJ Hatch played bookend. His single and score started the fourth. Hatch’s second single and score ended the scoring in the fifth. In between, Trey Jacobs and Trevor Boone teamed up for back-to-back doubles. Throw in a Jesus Azuaje single and the Hawks produced five runs on five hits in two innings. Just for good measure, Azuaje knocked in Trevor Boone again in the sixth.
But, it was Trevor Boone who earned MVP honors for the game. In his first three appearances at the plate, Boone doubled twice, singled, knocked in a run and scored twice. It turned out to be a very efficient three swings.
Corbin Carroll Returns
Corbin Carroll made his Hops debut on August 8th and made quite an impression in his first ten games with the team. Carroll, fresh from high school by way of the AZL D-backs, batted .316 with two doubles and three triples in ten days. But, then a minor shoulder injury. Carroll went back to Arizona to make sure there would be no serious damage either already caused or making sure it wouldn’t worsen.
Carroll left the Hops after a game on August 17th but there was a slight hope he would be able to return before the end of the season. He did. Carroll returned for the second-to-last game of the season to take his usual place in center field and hit another triple. He now leads the Hops in triples even after being gone for two weeks. Just in time for the playoffs.
The returning center fielder was not alone at the plate. Lyle Lin knocked in Carroll with his RBI single in the sixth. Lin also went 2 for 2 with a walk and scored. Tristin English went 2 for 4, getting on base his last three times at bat. Ricky Martinez scored twice tonight.
The starting pitching got rocked for both teams tonight. The Hawks’ Breiling Eusebio gave up three runs in less than five innings. The Hops’ starter, Marcos Tineo (L, 6-4) allowed three more runs in the same amount of time. In addition, Tineo received an unearned run and Eusebio two. With Trevor Boone’s single and score in the sixth, that became the final score of 6-4.
The bottom of the fifth proved the most costly with three Hops errors in the inning (two on the same play). The inning was most unusual for the Hops as they have consistently been among the league leaders in the least errors committed throughout the season.
Joel Condreay (W, 5-1) relieved Eusebio for the win, while Stephen Jones (H, 3) and Jacob Wallace (S, 12) earned the hold and save respectively.
Despite the loss, the Hillsboro Hops (23-14) did inch closer the best overall record by combining both halves when the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes also lost tonight. Now, the best the Volcanoes can do is tie the Hops in overall record. One Hops win or Volcanoes loss will give the Hop sole possession of the best overall record. The Hops had already earned the Southern Division second half championship and a spot in the playoffs. After one more regular season game tomorrow, both teams will face each other for the first round of the playoffs on Wednesday in Hillsboro.
The win helped the Boise Hawks (12-25) to reach within eleven games of the Hops Both teams return to Memorial Stadium Monday night for the regular season finale. Boise will send Jeffri Ocando to the mound. In Ocando’s last appearance on last Monday, he went 3.1 innings allowing four runs on four hits for the no decision. The Hops have yet to announce their starter.
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