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Herald the News: Tri-City Beats Hillsboro in Extras

July 24, 2022

Quick baserunning, late game offensive execution and great pitching helped the Tri-City Dust Devils (9-14 2H, 38-48) grab a 3-2 win in ten innings over the Hillsboro Hops (9-14 2H, 38-49) Saturday night at Ron Tonkin Field, evening the series at a game apiece. The contest was tightly played on

Quick baserunning, late game offensive execution and great pitching helped the Tri-City Dust Devils (9-14 2H, 38-48) grab a 3-2 win in ten innings over the Hillsboro Hops (9-14 2H, 38-49) Saturday night at Ron Tonkin Field, evening the series at a game apiece.

The contest was tightly played on both sides, with neither team leading by more than a run and even line scores appearing on the scoreboard throughout the night. Both starters pitched well, with Tri-City’s Landon Marceaux going six innings and giving up two runs in a quality start. Hillsboro’s Ross Carver went seven innings, giving up one run and striking out ten.

That one run opened the scoring for the Dust Devils in the top of the 3rd inning when Mike Wilson crushed a ball over the right-center field fence at the deepest part of the park. The solo home run, Wilson’s first as a Dust Devil, gave Tri-City a 1-0 lead.

Wilson had a great night at the plate, following his home run with another long drive to center field in the 5th inning that bounced off the batter’s eye in center field for a double. Wilson also walked in the 7th inning, reaching base three times on the night.

The Hops would come back in the ballgame, scoring runs in the 5th and 6th innings to take a 2-1 lead. In the 5th Wilderd Patiño doubled to lead off the inning, coming around via a groundout and a wild pitch to tie the game at 1-1. Jordan Lawlar then led off the 6th with a double down the left field line, scoring on a Caleb Roberts fielder’s choice to give Hillsboro their lead.

The Dust Devils then tied the game in the 8th inning. Kyren Paris led off with an infield single hit deep in the hole at shortstop, with Paris sprinting down the line to beat the throw. He then stole second base, his team-leading 22nd swipe of the season, and moved up and scored on two wild pitches to tie the game at 2-2.

Tri-City’s bullpen took the baton from Marceaux, throwing four scoreless innings to keep the hops off the board. Nathan Burns pitched the 7th, working around an error and striking out two to finish the inning. Glenn Albanese (1-1) then threw two perfect innings behind him to get the game to extra innings.

In the 10th Kyle Lovelace, in his first game since June 25, went to second base as the automatic runner. The Dust Devils then got to work manufacturing a run, with Paris laying down a sacrifice bunt to move Lovelace to third. D’Shawn Knowles then hit a chopper over the mound to a drawn-in infield, scoring Lovelace on a play ruled an error to give Tri-City a 3-2 lead.

Kyle Molnar then closed out the ballgame, striking out two and stranding Patiño, the Hops’ automatic runner, at second base for his first High-A save of 2022.

The Dust Devils’ victory sets up a rubber match in the three-game series’s finale at 1:05 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Southpaw Brent Killam gets the nod for Tri-City, and righty Jamison Hill goes for Hillsboro.

The game broadcast will begin at 12:50 p.m. with the King Beverage Budweiser Pregame Show at dustdevilsbaseball.com and the MiLB First Pitch app.

Tickets for next week's home series, July 26-31 against the Spokane Indians, and all games are on sale now. Ticket packages are also available and start at just $99, and special ticket rates are available for groups of 20 or more. For more information on Dust Devils single game, season, mini-plan (11, 22, 33) and group tickets, visit dustdevilsbaseball.com or call 509-544-8789.