Keizer, OR: A six run bottom of the 1st inning by the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes was too much for the Boise Hawks to match.
The Hawks got off to a rough start against the Volcanoes as they did not get a hit off of starter Stetson Woods until the 5th inning on a Sean Bouchard single. Hawks starter John Valek only made it through a third of an inning in the first before being pulled for reliever Jared Gesell. Gesell through a scoreless 2nd and 3rd inning and then was followed by Keinter Olivares.
Olivares settled things down for the Hawks in three innings of relief where he only gave up one run on a solo home run from Juan Rodriguez. Boise was just not able to provide the fire power to match Salem-Keizer's big night.
Boise only managed to score three runs off of Woods and relievers Jason Bahr and Garrett Cave. Bahr and Cave were drafted in the 4th and 5th round of this year's MLB Draft, respectively.
Salem-Keizer has now scored 17 runs off of the Hawks in the past two games. Boise won the game last night 10-9, but could not carry on the hot bats into tonight's game. With the loss, Boise could possibly lose their first place spot in the Northwest League south division. It all depends on what happens in the Eugene vs Hillsboro game. If Hillsboro wins, there will again be a three-way tie for first place.
For now, the Hawks will prepare for a rubber match against the Volcanoes tomorrow. The Hawks will go for their third series win in a row against Salem-Keizer tomorrow. They have won series against Eugene and Vancouver in the past two weeks. Tonight's loss snaps Boise's four game winning streak. However, the rubber match tomorrow remains top priority.
The game will begin at 7:35 p.m. MT. The Hawks will send right hander Rico Garcia to the mound.
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