Sean Roby Singles Volcanoes Over Hops 8-7
Sean Roby stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning with one hit already under his belt and his team tied with the Hillsboro Hops, 7-7. Roby sliced a line drive to right and opened the door wide for Harrison Freed to come home for the winning run. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes defeat the Hillsboro Hops 8-7.
The game itself felt like a powder keg and every inning with a short fuse. In the second inning, Andy Yerzy slammed a homer to right field with newly acquired Corbin Carroll on board for a 2-0 lead. The Hops doubled their lead two innings later. First, a throwing error brought Liover Peguero home from third and Corbin Carroll still in scoring position. Then, it was Ryan January’s turn to bring Corbin home with a single to right.
But, we can’t forget the Volcanoes who get a turn as well. In the bottom of the fourth, Logan Wyatt (last night’s hero) homered with Sean Roby already on base to cut the lead in half. Before the inning was over, Alexander Canario followed with a solo homer of his own to bring the home team within one run.
Minutes later, the Hops received another gift with a wild pitch bringing Trisitin English home pushing the lead back to two. Another gift followed walking Lyle Lin on a passed ball. 2019 NW League All-Star Jesus Marriaga scored to give the Hops a three-run lead, 6-3.
Volcanoes Fire Back
While the Hops were scoring on gifts to go along with the Yerzy homer, the Volcanoes erupted with more homegrown power in the bottom of the fifth. Hunter Bishop sent a screaming homer to one of the deepest parts of Volcano Stadium with Brandon Martorano and Tyler Fitzgerald on base to knot the score at 6-6. Before the inning ended, the Hops returned the favor with a wild pitch scoring Sean Roby again to give the home team a one run lead at 7-6.
Both teams caught their breath over the next couple of innings with no change to the score. Tristin English singled home Ryan January in the eighth to tie the game yet again. But, in a game dealing with either four errors and four home runs, it was a single that decided the game. Sean Roby’s slicing line drive carving through the defense with precision to walk off with the win.
Deiyerbert Bolivar (W, 3-0) owned the mound when Roby scored the go ahead run for the win. Bryan Menendez (L, 0-2), with a record of eight saves – good enough for second place in the NW League, came to the mound to save the game for extra innings. Instead, Menendez took the loss.
The loss dropped the Hillsboro Hops into a first place tie with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in the Southern Division. Both teams return to Volcano Stadium Saturday night for the third and final game of the series. The winner of the third game gets sole possession of first place. The Volcanoes will be going for the sweep. Conor Grammes takes the mound for Hillsboro. In his last appearance on Sunday, Grammes pitched two scoreless innings allowing one hit for the no decision. The Volcanoes have yet to name a starter.
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