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Barley not enough for Hops

Hillsboro unveils new mascot, but loses again to Salem-Keizer


by: COURTESY OF HILLSBORO HOPS - Barley, the new Hillsboro Hops mascot, works the crowd at his debut during Friday night's game against the visiting Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.SALEM-KEIZER VOLCANOES 10, HILLSBORO HOPS 4

Friday night at Hillsboro Ballpark

THE STORY

South Division-leading Salem-Keizer banged out 14 hits and won its sixth game in a row, spoiling the Hops' return to Hillsboro Ballpark after an eight-game road trip.

WHAT IT MEANS

The Volcanoes extended their lead to four games over second-place Boise, which won 5-4 in 10 innings Friday at home against Eugene.

Hillsboro fell to 2-2 at home and remained in fourth (last) place in the NWL South.

The Hops are 0-4 against Salem-Keizer.

THE SIDEBAR

The Hops unveiled their new mascot, Barley. Five Hillsboro School District students who suggested the name were on hand for the on-field festivities and will receive two season tickets each. More than 700 names were submitted in a contest.

ATTENDANCE

4,126

TOP HOPS

Zachary Esquerra, right fielder, continued to be the Hops' biggest threat at the plate. He had an RBI single in the first and a two-run home run, his third of the season, in the third inning.

• Left fielder Yogey Perez-Ramos extended his hitting streak to five games.

NOTES

• The Volcanoes' big inning was the third, when they batted around and scored four runs to lead 5-1. Hillsboro issued four walks in the inning.

• Jose Martinez gave up five runs, two earned, on three hits and four walks in his 2 2/3 innings as the starter.

STANDINGS

Northwest League South

Salem-Keizer 11-4

Boise 7-8

Eugene 5-10

Hillsboro 4-11

NEXT FOR HOPS

7 p.m. Saturday — vs. Salem-Keizer at Hillsboro Ballpark

• Hillsboro's probable starter is Jonathan Pulley (0-1, 1.86). He is slated to face Chris Johnson (1-1, 1.50), a second-year pro from the University of Portland.