BOISE, Idaho - David Bote hit a pair of home runs, part of a 15-hit attack, as the Boise Hawks extended their win streak to seven games, stopping the Everett Aquasox, 9-2, before a sellout crowd of 3,486 fans at Memorial Stadium.
The win streak for the Hawks is their longest since August of 2004 and guaranteed at least a .500 finish for the first half of the Northwest League season.
Boise jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first, as Cael Brockmeyer roped a two-run double off the wall in right, with Bote extending the lead in the second with a leadoff solo homer.
Everett closed the gap to 3-1 in the third on a two-out D.J. Peterson single, but a Bote sacrifice fly in the fourth and a two-run single by Jacob Rogers in the fifth pushed the hosts margin back out to 6-1.
Corbin Hoffner earned the win, tossing three shutout innings, striking out three. Lance Rymel went 3-for-5 with an RBI, extending his hit streak to eight, with Brockmeyer going 3-for-4 with three RBI, extending his hit streak to seven
Peterson went 3-for-4 with his league leading sixth home run in the loss for Everett, as the Frogs lead in the North Division was cut to one with three games left in the first half.
Game 3 of the series is tomorrow night at 7:15 p.m. with Duane Underwood meeting Lars Huijer.
NOTES: The two homer game by Bote was the first since Dan Vogelbach hit two homers in a game at Everett in August of 2012...Dillon Maples tossed three strong innings in the start, allowing a run on three hits, striking out three...the 15-hits eclipsed the previous season-high of 14 recorded twice...Rogers, Bote, and Rony Rodriguez each had multi-hit games...