After an 8-3 victory on Saturday night over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, the Eugene Emeralds had to play the waiting game to find out their playoff fate. The wait paid off.
For the second straight season, the Ems will be in the Northwest League Playoffs, which are slated to begin on Tuesday, September 5th, in Eugene at PK Park. In a best of 3-game series, Eugene will take on 1st half South Division Champion, the Hillsboro Hops, a rematch of last season's first round matchup. Games 2 and 3 would be at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro on Wednesday, September 6th, and Thursday, September 7th if necessary. The winner moves on to a best-of-5 series against the North Champion for the Northwest League Championship, beginning on Friday.
After their 8-3 victory in Salem, players and coaches waited patiently to see the final from Boise, needing a loss from the Hawks to clinch the final playoff spot. Once the final out was recorded in a 14-7 Hillsboro victory, celebration ensued as the Ems clinched back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since the 1985-86 seasons. Manager Jesus Feliciano is the first Ems' manager to bring back-to-back playoff appearances to the franchise, as the two previous times had been with different managers at the helm in each season (1974-75 & 1985-86).
Now, the real defense of their 2016 Northwest League Championship begins. Game 1 is slated to begin at 7:05pm at PK Park on Tuesday, with Emeralds' ace Jose Albertos getting the start. Get your tickets now for the title defense!
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