Hops win, claim series
Hillsboro 4, EUGENE 2
The Hops took the series, 2-1, winning the rubber match at PK Park.
Hillsboro (17-8) has the best record in the Class A Northwest League and a three-game lead on Boise and Salem-Keizer in the first-half South Division race. Thirteen games remain in the first half.
The Emeralds grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
In the top of the fifth, the Hops got on the board and went in front. Francis Martinez hit a solo home run. After Ryan January was hit by a pitch and an infield hit by Tra Holmes, Jorge Perez hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score. Then Jose Caballero came up with an RBI bunt down the third-base line, scoring Holmes from third.
Left-hander Bryan Valdez (2-0), the second Hops pitcher, came in as scheduled to start the second inning and retired 11 of 14 opposing batters, with two hits, one walk and five strikeouts.
The next Hillsboro hurler, West Tunnell, retired all seven hitters he faced.
The Hops got their final run in the seventh. Holmes was hit by a pitch, Perez singled him to third, and Caballero brought home the run with a groundout.
Hillsboro opens an eight-game homestand at 7 p.m. Wednesday with the first of five games against Tri-City at Ron Tonkin Field.
Mike White's replacement at Oregon is former Oklahoma associate head coach Melyssa Lombardi.
She was with the Sooners for 21 years under coach Patty Gasso.
In 2017, she was named NCAA Division I assistant softball coach of the year.
Her primary work for the Sooners was with pitchers and catchers. A native of Glendale, Arizona, she was an all-conference catcher at Oklahoma, graduating in 1997.
White recently left Oregon to take the head coaching job at Texas.