Boise, ID: J.B. Moss finished the night covered in ice cold water and orange gatorade.
After being down 6-0 at the end of the top of the 1st inning, it looked to be over. The Boise Hawks had absolutely no momentum and it looked to be a blowout win for the Everett AquaSox. Everett looked to be getting revenge from the previous night when Boise beat them 11-8.
The Hawks pulled starter Nick Kennedy after one inning and put in right hander Tyler Hanson. Hanson, the former Minnesota Golden Gopher, settled the game down with four innings of one run ball. That gave the Hawks the opportunity to come back in the game.
So, they began to chip away. Boise scored one run in 6th, two in the 7th, and three in the 8th. They tied the game in the 8th inning but quickly lost the momentum again after Everett got ahead again in the 9th inning. They lead 10-8 going to the bottom of the 9th. The AquaSox sent left hander Matt Clancy to the mound. That was the beginning of their eventual demise. Clancy blew the save and allowed two home runs in the inning. Bret Boswell, who hit two home runs in the game, hit a solo shot on a moonshot to right field, made it 10-9. Then, when the Hawks were down to their last out, Luis Castro came to the plate. Castro had already driven in a run on the day, but he took a Clancy fastball and lined it straight over the wall on a laser in left center field.
Extras came and Hawks reliever Mike Bunal shut things down in the 10th. The Hawks had Matt McLaughlin on second in the 10th, but could not bring him home. We went to the 11th.
Boise put themselves into an extremely sticky situation with the bases loaded. Bunal got a ground ball chopped to third to Danny Edgeworth. Edgeworth threw to Boswell at 2nd, who then delivered a bullet to Castro at first base. The Hawks escaped a bases loaded jam.
The 11th just felt like it was the time for a win. Castro hit an infield single and reached first. After stealing second base, he was in scoring position with Moss coming to the plate. Moss had been on base twice prior to the final at-bat. He drilled a liner into left field. 3rd base coach Robinson Cancel sent Castro home.
The throw from left field sailed over the head of catcher Juan Camacho and the next thing you knew, J.B. Moss was being ambushed in right field. Water, ice cubes, and orange gatorade flew over his head. He gave Boise the walk-off win by a final of 11-10.
With the win, Boise has won five straight games and the first two against the AquaSox. Also with the win, they remain in a share of first place with the Hillsboro Hops. Game three vs Everett will take place tomorrow at 7:15 p.m. MT. Lefty John Valek will take the ball for the Hawks.
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