Boise, ID: The Boise Hawks needed a win.
Not just because they were at risk of losing this weekend's series, but also because every team in the Northwest League south division won tonight. The Hawks came into today's game just one game back of first place but they also have the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes breathing down their neck behind them trying to catch up one game back of Boise.
So to put it simply again, Boise NEEDED a win tonight.
They got just that from an overall team effort. Starter Zach Jemiola took the ball for his third rehab assignment start with the club and looked like the Triple-A arm that he is. Jemiola fired a season high five innings on his way to his first win of the season.
The Hawks also got it done with the bats. Sean Bouchard and Daniel Jipping both had big nights as the rookies are making it look easy for Boise. Bouchard continues to have the best batting average on the team while Jipping homered in the game for the sixth of his career in just 13 games.
Juan Pena recorded the final two outs after he came in for reliever Ryan Luna in the 9th inning. Luna allowed two runs in 6.2 innings while Pena shut the door and struck out Reggie Pruitt and Kevin Vicuna to end the game.
The Hawks now will move into an all-important rubber match tomorrow night against Vancouver. The game will start at 7:15 p.m. MT with left hander Keinter Olivares taking the ball for the Hawks. Boise can get to two games over .500 with a win tomorrow and can also win the series against Vancouver after dropping the first two games of the series.
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