Boise, ID: The Boise Hawks are still alive.
With a season saving 3-2 win on Friday night against the Hillsboro Hops, Boise is one step closer to making the playoffs and have gained a game on the Hops. The bad news for Boise is Eugene also won their game vs Salem-Keizer and have joined them right in the playoff hunt.
Both teams now go to 17-19 on the 2nd half and it will be a race to the playoffs. In order to reach the playoffs, the Hawks need to win the next two against and sweep Hillsboro.
They got off to a good start tonight even though they faced some adversity in the late innings. With only nine combined hits in the game, it was a fight of who could keep the lead and finish the game. The Hawks walked away clean in that department.
The Hawks started the game right by taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a Danny Edgeworth sac-fly. With the RBI, Edgeworth takes sole possession of second place in the lead with 46 RBI. Salem-Keizer's Ryan Kirby is the only player in front of him. The Hawks added another run off of starter Jhoan Duran with a Cole Anderson double that brought in Austin Bernard.
The Hops rallied back in the top of the 3rd with a solo home run from Camden Duzenack. Duzenack ended up scoring both Hillsboro runs in the game as he also scored on a single by Bryan Araiza in the 7th.
With a 3-2 lead, Hawks closer Mike Bunal came out for the 8th inning. His job was to get the final six outs. Bunal loaded the bases in the 8th on a hit-by-pitch, walk, and an error made by first baseman Sean Bouchard. Bunal miraculously got out of it on a 4-6-3 double-play turned by Jose G. Rodriguez, LJ Hatch, and Bouchard. Boise survived the 8th.
The top of the 9th gave the Hawks another scare with back-to-back singles by Araiza and Luis Lara. Despite runners at 1st and 2nd, Bunal worked out of it with another double-play and by getting Pavin Smith to ground out to end the game.
The game winning run was scored by Rodriguez on a Bouchard RBI sac-fly in the bottom of the 5th inning. Bouchard drove in his 26 RBI on the season.
With the win, Boise will come back to Memorial Stadium tomorrow night at 7:15 p.m. MT for another chance to get into the playoffs. They need these next two if they want to get in.
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