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Monday local sports news/Pickles' McVay makes all-West Coast League team; WPU men win; Ristvedt earns CCC volleyball honor


HILLSBORO 7, Spokane 2

After dropping their last two games, the Hops rebounded against the Indians thanks to a strong effort by the pitching staff -- and are one win from clinching their sixth consecutive Northwest League playoff berth. That would be a league record.

Hillsboro pitchers combined to strike out 16 batters while allowing five hits before a crowd of 3,981 at Avista Stadium.

Although starting pitcher Tyler Holton's 16-inning scoreless streak ended in the first inning, he was able to put forth a strong 4.1 innings.

The left-hander struck out 10, one shy of the career high he set in his last start against Eugene.

Following Justin Garcia getting the final two outs of the fifth, Nick Snyder entered in the sixth. The 6-7 left-hander struck out five batters over three shutout innings, bringing his season stats to 28 strikeouts in 16 scoreless innings. He improved to 2-0

Mailon Arroyo was able to close out the victory with a hitless ninth.

Four Hops had at least a run and an RBI. Spokane also walked 11 batters, with seven of the nine Hops reaching base via the free pass.

Second baseman Ricky Martinez (2 for 4 with a run, RBI and two walks) and catcher Ryan January (1 for 2 with a run, two RBIs and two walks) led the way offensively.

Two walks, a sacrifice bunt, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly gave the Hops the lead for good in the third.

A walk and three singles in the fourth extended their lead to 4-1. They added two runs on Dominic Canzone's fifth-inning RBI single and Jesus Marriaga's sixth-inning RBI double. January knocked in the Hops' last run in the ninth with a sacrifice fly.

On Tuesday, Hillsboro will take its first day off since the NWL All-Star break ended Aug. 7. Then the Hops will play host to Boise for their final home series of the season, starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Hops (20-12) lead second-place Salem-Keizer (16-16) by four games and third place Eugene (15-17) by five in the Single-A NWL South Division second-half race.


Starting pitcher Brad McVay was the only Portland Pickles player named to the all-West Coast League first team.

McVay was joined by fellow Portland Pilot Jake Holcroft, who played outfield for the Corvallis Knights.

The Pickles' Alan Miller was voted by his peers as the WCL executive of the year.

Corvallis, the WCL champion, had eight players on the first team, including Oregon State sophomore second baseman Jake Harvey.

Pickles outfielder John Jensen (UC Irvine senior) was named to the second team. Also named to the second team was Portland Pilots junior catcher Hunter Montgomery, who played this summer for the Wenatchee AppleSox.

Pickles earning honorable mention were Kyle Manzardo (Washington State) and Michael Perzan (Grand Canyon).

Pilots earning honorable mention were Connor Knutson, who pitched for Corvallis, and Peter Allegro, who played for Ridgefield.

Briley Knight, entering his sophomore season at Utah, was voted the WCL Most Valuable _layer. Playing for Corvallis, Knight led the league in on-base percentage (.460) and slugging percentage (.621) and had the most total bases (113) and extra-base hits (29). He finished second in batting average (.357) and RBIs (42) and had the third-most home runs (eight).

Knight's father, Brooke Knight, was named WCL manager of the year.

Corvallis pitcher Tevita Gerber, who went 7-1 with a 2.21 ERA was the WCL pitcher of the year.

The top prospect award went to shortstop Brooks Lee of Corvallis, who will be a freshman at Cal Poly. Lee hit .342 and knocked in 30 runs.

The Ridgefield Raptors, in their first season, were selected for the Jim Dietz Team Sportsmanship Award.


Warner Pacific 3, PACIFIC 0

At Forest Grove, Elias Soto, Kingsley Armah and Franklin Cordon scored for the Knights, who held the Boxers without a shot and improved to 2-1.


Southern Oregon's Taylor Ristvedt was named the Cascade Collegiate Conference attacker of the week for Aug. 19-25.

A 6-2 redshirt senior out of Cleveland High, Ristvedt hit over .500 in Southern Oregon's last two matches of the Raider Invitational to lead the Raiders to a pair of five-set comeback wins. She averaged 4.11 kills per set and had 11 block assists for the week.


Portland VP for Athletics Scott Leykam has been elected president of the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association for 2019-20. A total of 97 college athletic departments in 11 conferences are members of NCAA Division I-AAA, which are schools that do not have football.

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