Tiebreaker belongs to Hops
Hillsboro 8, EUGENE 0
For the second consecutive day, the Hillsboro Hops defeated the Emeralds in all aspects of the game at PK Park.
Hillsboro (17-10) has a three-game advantage over second-place Eugene (14-13) in the Single-A Northwest League South Division standings.
Just as on Tuesday, the Hops used two pitchers to shut out the Emeralds.
Starter Tyler Holton struck out 11 batters and allowed three hits in six innings to lower his ERA to 2.00.
The left-hander, who missed all of 2018 with a torn ulnar collateral ligament while at Florida State, also extended his scoreless inning streak to 16.
Nick Snyder, who struck out five of six batters in his most-recent appearance, continued to show his swing-and-miss stuff on the mound, striking out six Emeralds in three innings before the Wednesday crowd of 2,069. The lefty has 23 strikeouts in 13 innings for the Hops.
Andy Yerzy, Eddie Hernandez and Dominic Canzone all scored two runs while Yerzy and Kevin Lachance each had two RBIs.
The Hops scored at least one run in each of the first three innings, highlighted by the four-run third inning.
They took a 1-0 lead when Hernandez, the game's second batter, hit his second home run of the season.
Yerzy doubled the lead when he scored on a wild pitch in the second.
A two-run single by Yerzy and RBI singles by Canzone and Lachance made the score 6-0.
Hillsboro continued its onslaught when Lyle Lin singled home Canzone in the sixth and Lachance doubled home Canzone in the seventh.
The Hops clinched the three-game series and the second-half head-to-head tiebreaker with Eugene, should they finish even for the second half.
The series finale is 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Hops then will stay on the road, traveling to Spokane to take on the Indians beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
NORTHWEST OREGON INVITATIONAL
Pro Derek Berg won the 54-hole tournament by three shots at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Washington.
Berg, from PNW Golf Academy in Issaquah, Washington, carded a final round of 2-under-par 70 for a 10-under 206 total.
Second-round leader Alexander Yang, a 16-year-old Hong Kong native who lives in Carlsbad, California, slipped to a 77 in windy conditions to tie for fourth as low amateur at 210.
Co-runners-up Loren Jeglum of Clarkston (Wash.) Country Club and Brady Sharp of the host club were at 209. Jeglum shot 72, while Sharp had a 75.
COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL
Oregon has set a Nov. 12 appearance in Portland for a nonleague game against Memphis. It will be part of the Phil Knight Invitational at Moda Center. Memphis is coached by former NBA star Penny Hardaway and boasts the top-rated recruiting class in the nation.
It will be the fourth game of the season for the Ducks, who are set to open with home games in Eugene against Fresno State on Nov. 5 and Boise State on Nov. 9.
COLLEGE MEN'S SOCCER
CONCORDIA 6, Pacific 0
In an exhibition at Tuominen Yard, the Cavaliers tallied three goals in the first 13:45 and led 4-0 at the half. Sophomore midfielder Nicholas Denley scored twice for the Cavs.
HOPE INTERNATIONAL 13, Multnomah 0
At Irvine, California, the host team scored nine first-half goals and improved to 2-0. MU fell to 0-2.
Portland's Tuesday, Oct. 8 NBA exhibition against Denver at Memorial Coliseum has been moved to 7:30 p.m. to accommodate ESPN.
WEST COAST LEAGUE
The Corvallis Knights, who this week won their fourth consecutive WCL championship, have been named by Perfect Game USA as the Summer Collegiate Team of the Year.
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