Keizer, OR: The Boise Hawks used the long ball once again to beat the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. This time, however, it was a lot more dramatic.
On Wednesday night, Boise hit four home runs to beat the Volcanoes 10-9. Tonight they were the ones that were backed into a corner when they were trailing 2-1 in the top of the 7th inning. Daniel Jipping changed it all on one swing of the bat with a line drive to center field. Jipping's 8th home run of the season made it 2-2. With the home run, Jipping now leads the league in home runs with 8.
Salem-Keizer would not go away. They contended all game and forced the Boise hawks hand with runners on and capitalizing on the Hawks four errors in the game.
Enter, Bret Boswell.
Boswell batted third today for the Hawks. He ended up being the hero of the night after he crushed a home run to deep right field off of Salem-Keizer reliever Pete Lannoo for a solo shot. That was the last run scored in the game as Boise then shut the Volcanoes down in the 9th to win it.
Hawks reliever Nate Harris pitched a score 8th and 9th inning to earn his first professional win. Four out of the six outs that Harris got were via the strikeout. Boise saved starter Rico Garcia from taking the loss as he gave up both runs in 5.2 innings of work. He did not allow a hit through 3.2 innings. He finished with a no-decision.
Boise's win vs Salem-Keizer now gives them their third consecutive series win. They also remain in first place in the south division with a share of the lead with the Eugene Emeralds. Both teams are now at 16-13 on the year approaching the end of the first half.
Boise now will head home to Memorial Stadium where they will meet the Tri-City Dust Devils for a five game series. Tomorrow's game is set for 7:15 p.m. MT.
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