Volcanoes explode, end Hops' win streak with 15-1 shellacking
Gone and now forgotten.
The Hillsboro Hops' seven game win streak ended Wednesday, July 4, at Volcano Stadium in Keizer, to the tune of a 15-1 defeat at the hands of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.
More than 5,000 fans showed up to see a Fourth of July battle between the Northwest League Southern Division's two best teams, post-game fireworks, and the professional debut of Joey Bart, the San Francisco Giants' first round selection and second overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft. Bart didn't disappoint, smashing two homeruns en route to a 3-for-5 performance, including 4 RBIs.
It was a mighty fall to Earth for the Hops, who were outhit by the Volcanoes 18-3. Jose Caballero, Andy Yerzy and Francis Martinez tallied hits for Hillsboro, with outfielder Jorge Perez driving in the Hops' only run of the night when he plated Tra Holmes with a first inning ground ball to first base, giving Hillsboro its first and only lead of the night.
Bart, a consensus All-America catcher from Georgia Tech, drove-in his first run with a fielder's choice in the opening inning, then hit the first of his two homers in the third. He later singled in the fifth and ended his night with an opposite field dinger in his final at-bat in the eighth.
Hillsboro's Bryan Valdez - who spelled starter Jackson Goddard after one inning — took the brunt of the Volcanoes' battering, allowing six earned runs on eight hits over 2 2/3 innings pitched, despite Goddard taking the loss.
Salem-Keizer's Solomon Bates got the win for the Volcanoes, throwing two shutout innings.
The two teams play the second of their three-game set tonight at 6:35 P.M. at Volcano Stadium.