Hops take series opener at home
HILLSBORO 6, Eugene 2
The Hops returned to their home Ron Tonkin Field and jumped on the Emeralds early to take the series opener before a crowd of 3,936.
Hillsboro scored three runs in the first inning and stretched its lead to 5-0 in the third.
Eugene got a run in the fourth and another in the sixth.
Hillsboro tacked on a run in the eighth and finished with an 8-6 edge in hits, errorless defense and five strikeouts to two walks by five Hops hurlers, including starter Deyni Olivero (2-0), who gave up two runs on four hits in 5.2 innings.
Hillsboro's Eddie Hernandez, Jorge Barrosa and Lyle Lin had two hits apiece, with Lin and Barrosa each driving in two runs.
Hillsboro took the field as Los Sonadores de Hillsboro for the first of four times this season as part of minor-league baseball's Copa de la Division program.
The Hops and Salem-Keizer are tied for first in the Class A Northwest League South Division, both 9-6. Eugene and the Boise Hawks share third in the four-team divisionat 7-8.
The series and homestand continue at 7 p.m. Saturday and concludes with a game at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Nick Madrigal, former Oregon State second baseman, has been picked for the American League roster for the July 7 MLB All-Star Futures Game. It will be played two days before the All-Star Game at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
Madrigal is batting .377 for the Double-A Birmingham Barons, a Chicago White Sox affiliate.
WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
Former Portland Pilot standout Megan Rapinoe scored two goals and the United States advanced to the semifinals for the eighth consecutive time with a 2-1 win over host France on Friday.
The United States will face England at noon PT Tuesday.
The other two quarterfinals are Saturday, with Italy facing the Netherlands at 6 a.m. PT, and Germany facing Sweden at 9:30 a.m..
Friday's quarterfinal had the feel of a final and featured two of the top teams in the world. The U.S. is ranked No. 1, France No. 4.
Rapinoe converted a free kick from the left wing in the fifth minute. Her shot found its way through traffic and was not seen by French goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi.
Rapinoe doubled the lead in the 65th minute, putting away a cross from Portland Thorns winger Tobin Heath. A nice combination play between Heath and Alex Morgan sent Heath free up the right wing. With Sam Mewis making a run to goal and getting attention from the French defenders, Rapinoe was open as she cut in from the left wing.
After converting both goals from the penalty spot in the USA win over Spain, Rapinoe has five goals and is tied for the tournament lead with three others (including Morgan). Her four consecutive goals in knockout stage games is a World Cup record.
Heath thought she made the score 3-0 with her counterattack finish, but on a close decision Crystal Dunn was ruled offside in the buildup.
France struggled to create anything serious against a United States team that was built to defend. The hosts gained life in the 81st minute when defender Wendie Renard scored a header from a free kick after a foul by Heath.
France continued to push but was unable to get aoother prime scoring chance.
Portland Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan came off the bench for the second game in a row. Horan replaced Rose Lavelle in the 63rd minute.
Team captain Amandine Henry, a former Thorn, led France with six shots, one on target. France outshot the United States 20-10 and had 60 percent of possession. But all five of France's shots on goal came in the second half.
A sellout crowd of 45,595, with plenty of Americans among them, watched the showdown at Parc des Princes in Paris.
Rich Campbell has agreed to a multi-year contract to remain as the trainer and strength and conditioning coach for Portland. He is entering his 12th season in both roles for the Western Hockey League club.
Prior to coming to Portland, Campbell was the head trainer for the New York Islanders from 1997 to 2006 and for the United States team that competed at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Oregon Ducks Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard will play for the United States in the 3x3 tournament at the Pan American Games. The tournament is July 27-29 in Lima, Peru.
Ionescu and Hebard will be joined on the USA team by Connecticut teammates Olivia Nelson-Ododa and Christyn Williams.
Ionescu and Hebard recently teamed with the Ducks' Lydia Giomi to win the USA Basketball 3x3 championship, repeating a title they won in 2018 with Ducks teammate Erin Boley.
• Former Oregon State stars Ruth Hamblin and Jamie (Weisner) Scott will play for Canada in the Pan American Games in August in Lima, Peru.
• OSU guard Jasmine Simmons has been named to the Australian team for the World University Games, which start July at Naples, Italy.
Former Jefferson High star Geno West is transferring from Idaho to Concordia.
The 6-2 guard spent two seasons with the Vandals, averaging 4.3 points, 1.4 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game.
Pat O'Donnell claimed a record sixth Oregon Senior Amateur, defeating Steve Robinson 2 and 1 in their 18-hole final at Rock Creek Country Club.
Midway through the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, former Oregon Ducks Wyndham Clark and Aaron Wise were tied for 44th at 6-under-par 138, eight behind Nate Lashley, who had a one-stroke edge on Cameron Champ.
Wise shot a 3-under 69 in the second round while Clark had a 70.
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