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THURSDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Hops win in first game back from All-Star break; Seahawks fall in NFL exhibition opener


Hillsboro 3, TRI-CITY 0

In their return from the All-Star break, the Hops won on the road against the Dust Devils.

Five pitchers combined on a four-hitter, with Wesley Rodriguez (4-1) getting the win and Chester Pimentel following him for a two-inning save, his first of the Class A Northwest League season.

Hops starter Matt Mercer, from the University of Oregon, allowed two hits and no walks, with four strikeouts, in three innings. His ERA dropped to 2.57.

Hillsboro's first and last runs came on wild pitches, in the first and ninth innings.

Joey Rose homered in the third.

The five-game series will continue at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Hillsboro was coming off three consecutive losses at home to Vancouver, Aug. 3-5.

The Hops improved to 8-6 in the second-half standings and 32-20 overall. Hillsboro, which won the NWL South Division first-half crown, is second, one game behind Salem-Keizer in the second-half race.

Tri-City is 5-9 in the second half and 23-29 overall.


Indianapolis 19, SEATTLE 17

Seattle opened its NFL exhibition slate with a loss against Indianapolis at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night.

Russell Wilson played quarterback in the first quarter and led the Hawks to a score on their first possession. He passed five yards to Nick Vannett to cap a 12-play, 75-yard drive. Wilson completed 4 of 5 passes for 43 yards.

Austin Davis, who replaced Wilson, drove Seattle from its 27 to the Indy 5 before throwing an interception in the end zone midway through the second quarter.

Adam Vinateri made field goals from 33, 51 and 45 yards to give the Colts a 9-7 lead with 25 seconds left in the first half.

Seattle regained the lead on Jason Myers' 43-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.

Indianapolis went in front 12-10 late in the period, with Mike Badgley connecting on a 34-yard field goal.

The Colts scored on a 10-yard pass from Phillip Walker to Darrell Daniels with 10:42 remaining to grab a 19-10 advantage.

Seattle got back into the game on a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Joey Ivie with 3:15 to go, after a bad shotgun snap by the Colts.

But Indianapolis got a first down and then ran out the clock.


Lake Oswego, the Oregon District 4 representative in the annual Little League Softball World Series at Alpenrose Stadium, pulled out a 1-0 victory over Asia-Pacific (Bacolod City West of the Philippines) on Thursday afternoon.

Oregon evened its record at 1-1, having lost its opener on Wednesday, 5-1 to Southwest (Eastbank of River Ridge, Louisiana).

The Lake Oswego Majors squad had only two hits in the game, but gave up just four, and LO scored in the bottom of the fifth on Camille Francis' RBI hit to win the six-inning contest.

Ava Brenden went the distance on the mound for Lake Oswego, giving up one walk while striking out eight batters.

"We had to prove ourselves," Brenden said. "It was like we just got here because we live here, but I think we really proved that wrong today."

In other Thursday games: Southwest defeated Latin America (Cuauhtemoc of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Maxico), 8-1; Canada (Layritz of Victoria, British Columbia) decisioned Southeast (Daniel Boone of Gray, Tennessee), 7-2; and East (Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania) beat Europe-Africa (Northwest Czech Republic from Prague), 17-0.


Aaron Wise from the University of Oregon was tied for 144th after one round at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.

Wise shot a 6-over-par 76. He had two birdies, six bogeys and one double-bogey, and was 5-over on the back nine.

Gary Woodland's late-day 64 took the lead by one over morning starter Rickie Fowler.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy were among a large group at 70.


Oregon and Boise State have signed to play three times, starting with a Broncos visit to Autzen Stadium in 2024. The Ducks will go to Boise in 2025, and BSU will return to Eugene in 2026.


Oregon defeated Portland State 5-0 in an exhibition on Thursday afternoon at Hillsboro Stadium.

The Ducks put up 36 shots to one for the Vikings; the school record of 39 came against PSU in 2001.


Portlanders Taylor Klopp and Travis Milleman have qualified for the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, Sept. 21-27, at Charlotte (North Carolina) Country Club.

They shot 3-under 68 at Oswego Lake Country Club, as did Michael Johansen of Vancouver, Washington, and Chris Polski of Eugene, both of whom also qualified from the field of 77.

Klopp played college golf at Linfield, Milleman competed for Oregon State, Johansen was a Portland Pilot and Polski is the associated head coach at Northwest Christian.

First alternate Philip Bagdade of Portland shot 69, and second alternate JC Riter of Portland had a 70.

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