(Ron Tonkin Field - Hillsboro, OR) - If the 2017 Northwest League vs. Pioneer League All-Star Game was a dive from the top of a ten meter platform it would have garnered tens across the board as the Hillsboro Hops nailed the mid-summer classic before the first pitch had even been thrown.
From police escorts for players to and from events, bringing in the Portland Trailblazers DeeJay for the home run derby and basically treating the best of the Northwest and Pioneer Leagues like kings for two days straight, the 2017 All-Star Game set a new standard for excellence on August 1st. The game itself? That was a perfect 10 as well.
The Pioneer League opened the scoring with a quartet of runs in the top of the 2nd inning that featured a two-run single from Dallas Carroll that hushed the vibrant crowd of more than 4,000 fans out at Ron Tonkin Field. Canadians RHP William Ouellette came in to slam the door on the rally getting power hitter Luis Paz to strikeout ending the rally at four.
The 4-0 Pioneer League lead hel up until the bottom of the 5th when the Northwest League got all the runs they would need to secure a victory plating five runs including an RBI double from All-Star Game MVP Luis Asuncion (Tri-City) that scored 2B Joe Rosa (Everett) kicking off the five-run rally.
Canadians RHP Orlando Pascual pitched a scoreless top of the 7th inning allowing a hit, walking one and striking out two including Keyshawn Lynch to end the inning. Toronto Blue Jays 3rd rounder Riley Adams managed a hit in his only at-bat grabbing a single in the bottom of the 2nd while catching four different NWL pitchers before giving way to Daulton Varsho of the hometown Hillsboro Hops.
The game had 27 line-up changes, saw 21 different pitchers and still took just three hours and eight minutes to play.
The Vancouver Canadians All-Stars will remain in Hillsboro, Oregon as the rest of the team joins them on Thursday, August 3rd to open up a five-game series out at Ron Tonkin Field with the first pitch set for 7:05pm.
Vancouver Canadians Baseball returns to historic Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium on Tuesday, August 8th to open up an eight-game home stand with Tri-City and Salem-Keizer. Tickets are available at www.canadiansbaseball.com.
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