Keizer, OR: The Boise Hawks can breathe a sigh of relief.
The Hawks left Volcanoes Stadium today with a 10-9 win over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes even with a scare late in the game. An eight run bottom of the 8th inning from the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes was almost too much for Boise to top. However, they took the 10-9 lead to the 9th inning.
Hawks relievers Alec Byrd and Ethan Westphal only managed to record one out in the 8th inning out of ten batters. Hawks manager Scott Little gave the ball to Moises Ceja for the final five outs. Ceja responded with a five-out save.
Boise led the game 10-1 before the 8th inning. Despite the scare, they were able to take many positives out of the game.
Four home runs in the game by the Hawks led them to the win. It was the night of the rookies for Boise with all four home runs being hit by the new kids on the block. Bret Boswell, Sean Bouchard, Daniel Jipping, and Matt McLaughlin all hit home runs in the game. Jipping now leads the Northwest League in home runs with seven. For McLaughlin, it was the first of his career.
Additionally, the Hawks also received a strong pitching performance out of starter Nick Kennedy. Kennedy, the starter out of the University of Texas, was drafted this season by the Colorado Rockies. Kennedy tossed three innings of scoreless ball and only allowed three hits. He struck out one batter for his first professional strikeout.
Earning the win for the Hawks was Salvador Justo, who threw two innings of scoreless relief while striking out five batters. Taking the loss for Salem-Keizer was Alex Bostic. This is the second time this season that Boise has beaten Bostic.
With the win, Boise is still tied for first place in the Northwest League south division along with the Eugene Emeralds. With a successful series against Salem-Keizer, they can move into sole possession of first place moving into the end of the first half at the end of the month.
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