A-short Hillsboro 4, Eugene 3 (10). This was a tense contest, with never more than one run between the teams. The Hops got on the board first, as RF Luis Veras homered with two outs in the second inning. But the Emeralds responded, tying things up in the third off starter Anfernee Benitez, then taking the lead in the top of the fourth. Hillsboro quickly locked things up in the bottom half, SS Adam Walton's single scoring DH Luke Lowery, but fell behind in the fifth. That also ended Benitez’s night as he went five innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
The Hops got things back level in the eighth. They had men on second and third with one out, and Lowery was able to score on a passed ball, but PR Matt McPhearson was out at home, trying to make it there from second. Meanwhile, the home bullpen was holding strong: Connor Grey, Colin Poche, Riley Smith and Curtis Taylor combined for five scoreless innings of one-hit relief. With one out in the tenth, 1B Mark Karaviotis doubled, and one out later, catcher Jose Queliz brought him home with a walkoff single:
LF Jason Morozowski got two hits and a walk for the Hops Lowery took three bases on balls, with Karaviotis, Walton and 2B Manny Jefferson all getting a hit and a walk. The best of three series now shifts to Eugene for Game 2 tomorrow and, if necessary, Game 3 on Friday.
Rookie Missoula 0/9, Great Falls 1/3. The Osprey got in a 7-inning double-header, after consecutive rain-outs. They lost the opener 1-0. being two-hit with both knocks coming off the bat of 1B Tanner Hill. Alex Gouin was the tough-luck loser, tossing a complete game, allowing five hits and no walks with four K’s. The nightcap went better, Missoula using a six-run second to open a 9-0 lead after three. Palmer Betts got the CG win, on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. SS Jasrado Chisholm got his ninth HR, and 3B Kyle Smith had a three-run shot, his 8th. LF Pedro Marquez got two hits and a walk, with RF Bryan Araiaz getting a pair of hits.