The Eugene Emeralds battled back from an early deficit in Boise to clinch an improbable postseason berth into the Northwest League playoffs. Facing an 0-2 count with two outs and two men aboard in the 9th inning, Jonathan Sierra slapped a single up the middle, scoring two and guiding the Ems toward a 4-2 victory in Boise.
The win clinched the final playoff spot for the Emeralds in the NWL South Division, the third consecutive playoff berth for the club, the first time that has happened in franchise history. Grant Fennell and Fernando Kelli both homered in the victory, paving the way for Sierra's game-winning single in the 9th.
As a result of the win, the Emeralds will host Game 1 of the 1st round Northwest League Playoffs on Wednesday, September 5th, taking on the Hillsboro Hops for the third consecutive series in three years. Hillsboro will host Games 2 and 3 of the best-of-3 series if necessary at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro on Thursday and Friday.
To celebrate to clinching victory, all box seat tickets will be $3 each, as the Ems will look to pack PK Park for the playoffs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm on Wednesday, September 5th, with Matt Dompe being on the call on 95.3 The Score. Get your tickets now at EmeraldsBaseball.com.
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