Hops hit their way to 17-2 victory
The Hillsboro Hops took over first place in the Northwest League South Division on Wednesday, completing a two-game sweep of the host Salem-Keizer Volcanoes with a 17-2 win.
Hillsboro shortstop and leadoff batter Yan Sanchez hit for the cycle, going 4 for 6 and scoring twice, with two RBIs, as the Hops (12-9) jumped one game ahead of Eugene in the South.
The Emeralds lost at home to the Boise Hawks, 4-2. The Hawks and Ems are tied for second at 11-10.
Salem-Keizer fell to 8-13 at the bottom of the division.
Hillsboro now head to Spokane for five games in five days with the 7-14 Indians; the series opener is 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Hops starter Connor Grey (3-1) went six innings, allowing one run on three hits and no walks, with four strikeouts.
Eight of Hillsboro's nine starters in the batting order had at least two hits, with catcher Daulton Vasho going 5 for 6 and plating five runs.
The Hops totaled 25 hits, while Grey and two relievers combined on an eight-hitter.
Hillsboro took a 4-0 lead with four runs in the top of the third inning on Wednesday. Sanchez's leadoff home run got things started. Drew Ellis singled home a run, and Camden Duzenack drove in two runs with a two-out single.
After the Volcanoes scored once in the first, the Hops added three runs in the fifth. Duzenack singled with the bases full, and then two passed balls scored Hillsboro's sixth and seventh runs.
The Hops got two more runs in the sixth for a 9-1 lead. Bryan Araiza led off with a triple, and the next batter, Eudy Ramos, homered to left-center field.
A four-run seventh made the score 13-1. Sanchez had an RBI triple, Pavin Smith an RBI double and Daulton Varsho a two-run single.
Varsho had a three-run HR in the ninth.