Hawks win marathon contest 16-11 to take series

By Dustin Daniel / Salem-Keizer Volcanoes | August 22, 2013 8:57 PM ET

The Boise Hawks won a marathon contest Thursday over the Volcanoes 16-11 in front of 3,216 at Volcanoes Stadium.

The game took 3 hours and 57 minutes, coming just four minutes short of setting the record for the longest nine-inning contest in franchise history.

The two teams combined for 39 hits while the home team tied a franchise record at 21 hits.

Jake Smith got the start for the Volcanoes, pitching three solid innings, giving up just one earned run on five hits while striking out two and walking one. Smith would leave the game with a 9-1 lead.

The Volcanoes jumped out to a huge lead early, scoring nine runs in the first two innings.

In the second, six runs came in on seven hits for the Volcanoes, taking out Hawks' starter Juan Paniagua after just one and two thirds innings of work. Brian Ragira blasted a three-run homerun to opposite field to highlight the inning, but it would be his only hit of the night.

After jumping in front by eight runs, the Hawks came storming back, posting a six-run inning of their own in the fifth. With Juan Nova on the hill in relief for Salem-Keizer, Boise hitters reached in eight consecutive at-bats, including a three-run homerun from Justin Marra to tie it back up at 9-9. Marra was lights out in the contest, going 4-for-5 with two homeruns, four RBI and two runs scored.

The visitors then posted seven runs in the final two frames to solidify the win.

The Hawks have picked up the series win and look to sweep the Volcanoes for the first time this year. The loss now pushes the Volcanoes losing streak to four games.

The Volcanoes and Hawks will face off in the finale of their three-game series Friday at Volcanoes Stadium. Game time is set for 6:35 p.m.

About the Volcanoes: The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are a minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Home games are played at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer from mid-June through early-September. Tickets start at just $7. For more information call the Volcanoes at (503) 390-2225

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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