EVERETT 6, Hillsboro 4
The AquaSox handed the first-place Hops their fifth loss in six games.
A two-run, walk-off home run by Trent Tinglestad made the difference after Hillsboro pulled even in the top of the ninth on Joe Gillette's home run.
Hops reliever Erin Baldwin was unable to send the game to extra innings, allowing a single to Patrick Frick before Tinglestad's HR before 4,118 fans at Funko Field.
Everett (9-10 in the second half of the Single-A Northwest League North Division) attacked Hillsboro starting pitcher Drey Jameson for four runs in the first inning. Two walks, a single and a homer by Robert Perez put the AquaSox up early.
The Hops (11-8 in the North Division) got two runs back in their next at-bat with the first four batters of the inning reaching base.
Kevin Lachance walked with the bases loaded to give the Hops their first run, and Daniel Wasinger had an RBI ground-out to make the score 4-2.
In the seventh, Wasinger doubled home Lachance, who had singled to lead off the inning, and Hillsboro was down 4-3.
Even though Baldwin (3-2) took the loss, the Hops' bullpen had a strong showing after struggling the past week. Ethan Larrison, Cody Reed and Jake Polancic combined for 5.2 scoreless innings of relief.
Reed, who is making rehab appearances for the Hops as he recovers from a 2018 elbow injury, pitched two hitless innings.
The Hops return home for a six-game homestand, playing host to Boise from Wednesday through Friday and then Tri-City from Saturday through Monday. All games will start at 7 p.m., except for the 4 p.m. Sunday meeting with Tri-City.
LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL
Oregon's District 4 champions, Willow Creek, battled into extra innings before falling in the World Series semifinals 3-2 to Rowan Little League of Salisbury, North Carolina
at Alpenrose Stadium.
Per rule, each team began its eighth-inning at bat with a runner on second base. Southeast scored quickly on a single and throwing error from center field. Another run came home a couple of batters later when a shallow fly ball dropped in left center.
Oregon pulled to within 3-2 on a one-out, RBI single by Gaby Bauer. Bauer moved to second on a ground out, before the game ended on a ground ball to second base and throw to first.
Oregon stranded runners on first and second in the sixth and seventh innings.
Oregon scored in the second, and Southeast tied the score in the third. Oregon had a runner thrown out at home in the second before pinch runner Sofia Santana scored from third on a single by Kaiya Suyama.
Oregon finished with eight hits and seven for Southeast.
Bridgette Boling pitched the first six innings for Oregon, allowing five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
Oregon will play for third place at 3 p.m. Wednesday, facing Europe-Africa (Lombardia LL of Milano, Italy), which lost 9-1 in Tuesday's semfinal nightcap.
The championship game is 7 p.m. Wednesday. It will match Southeast and Southwest (Eastbank LL of River Ridge, Louisiana).
Other consolation games Wednesday are 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The morning game will match Central (Central Iowa LL of Polk City, Iowa) and West (Honolulu LL). The early afternoon game is between East (South LL of South Williamsport, Pennsylvania) and Latin America (Olmeca LL of Mexico City).
Portland will make up a game at the El Paso Locomotive at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. The game was called off from Aug. 3, after a shooting in El Paso, Texas.
COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Oregon State has signed 7-1, 265-pound center Roman Silva from Rancho Cucamonga, California. He'll have three years to play two seasons for the Beavers. He was at San Bernardino Valley College.
The 11th-ranked Oregon Ducks, picked for third in the Pac-1 behind defending national champion Stanford and USC, have completed their 2019 recruiting by adding 6-3 outside hitter Jade Sadeiko as a freshman from Estonia.
Oregon opens the season at home with the Aug. 30-31 Oregon Classic at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks will play UC Irvine at 7 p.m. Friday and Boston College at 6 p.m. Saturday. Oregon State also is in the field and will meetUC Irvine at 11 a.m. Friday and Boston College at 5 p.m. Friday. UC Irvine and BC will vie at 11 a.m. Saturday.
WEST COAST LEAGUE
The best-of-three divisional playoffs began with the Corvallis Knights winning 6-3 at the Walla Walla Sweets, and the host Wenatchee AppleSox knocking off the Victoria HarbourCats 5-1.
Corvallis' Connor Knutson (University of Portland) got the save, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning. UP's Jake Holcroft, leading off for the Knights, went 3 for 5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. He led the WCL in regular-season batting average (.368).
The teams will meet again on Wednesday, with Walla Walla at Corvallis, and Wenatchee visiting Victoria.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.