Hillsboro Hops Blanked 7-0 by Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
The Hillsboro Hops went down swinging to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 7-0. The effort was there but not much else.
The Volcanoes erupted much like both teams did the night before by scoring four runs in the first inning and continued to add a run here and there to build the lead. The Hops were the polar opposite. Hillsboro didn’t break up the Volcanoes no-hitter until the third inning. The Hops would manage three hits for the entire game. The Volcanoes, meanwhile, scored seven runs on eleven hits including two home runs.
Nolan Riggs (3-1) started for the Volcanoes going six innings and allowing no runs on three hits for the win. Rayan Hernandez and Caleb Smith would combine for three hitless innings the rest of the way.
Tyler Mark (1-1) had it difficult from the beginning. The Hops starter lasted two innings before he was chased by five runs on eight hits for the loss. Two of the hits were home runs.
Steven Duggar started the first inning with a single up the middle. The first two runs came with Miguel Gomez (4) following and sending the game’s first homer over the right field fence for a two run homer. CJ Hinojosa (3) joined in on the fun and homered to left. The fourth run of the inning was more teamwork. Fernando Pujados hit a double to left center field. With John Riley at the plate, a wild pitch sent Pujados to third. Riley walked to put runners at the corners. Richard Amion singled up the middle to bring Pujados home.
The Volcanoes would scatter three insurance runs over the rest of the game. Christopher Shaw singled up the middle to score Ronnie Jebavy from second base in the second inning.
In the fifth, Steven Duggar lined to first baseman Josh Anderson who couldn’t get the handle on the hard hit ball. Duggar was safe at first on an error and Richard Amion hustled home from second for another score.
The Volcanoes final run came in the sixth when Fernando Pujados sacrificed to center field to score Christopher Shaw who was on third. Shaw had walked to start the inning and went to third on CJ Hinojosa’s double.
CJ Hinojosa shined for the second night in a row. Tonight, CJ went 3 for 4, scored a run, double, home run and an RBI. Hinojosa was a triple short of going for the cycle. Last night, Hinojosa was a double short of going for the cycle. Christopher Shaw went 2 for 4, scored a run, a double and an RBI.
Two Hops batters went 1 for 3, Galli Cribbs, Jr., who broke up the no hitter in the third and Gerard Hernandez.
The Hillsboro Hops (8-5) fell into a three way tie for the South Division lead with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (8-5) and Eugene Emeralds (8-5).
The Hops will come home to host the Vancouver Canadians for a five game series. The Canadians are currently one game behind the North Division leader Everett Aquasox. The Volcanoes will travel to the Spokane Indians for a five game series of their own.
By Greg Stoker