Hillsboro 6, SALEM-KEIZER 3
The Hops are back in the Class A Northwest League championship series for the third time in the last six years.
Hillsboro completed a 2-0 South Division playoff sweep of Salem-Keizer before 1,994 fans on Thursday night at Volcanoes Stadium.
The Hops will open the best-of-five finals at Ron Tonkin Field at 7 p.m. Saturday. Game 2 will be at Hillsboro at 5 p.m.
In the North Division series, the Spokane Indians defeated the host Tri-City Dust Devils 5-1 on Thursday to force a decisive third game at 7:15 p.m. Friday in Pasco, Washington.
Hillsboro led all the way on Thursday. The Hops were up 2-0 after one inning and 3-2 after two innings. Hillsboro stretched its lead to 5-1 in the fifth and 6-1 in the top of the seventh. The Volcanoes got a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Salem-Keizer had the bases loaded in the ninth, with two out, on two walks and a single. Mailon Arroyo then came out of the bullpen and got Jairo Pomares to pop out to third baseman Tristin English.
Six Hillsboro pitchers combined to hold Salem-Keizer to five hits and four walks, with 10 strikeouts.
The second Hop to take the mound, rookie Ryne Nelson from the University of Oregon, got the win. He gave up one hit and no runs in three innings, with four strikeouts and no walks.
Ryan January led the nine-hit Hops attack with three RBIs. He was 2 for 5 with a double and scored one run.
Tristin English was 2 for 4 with a triple and a run scored, and Jorge Barrosa walked twice and scored three times.
The Hops won the South second half by four games over Salem-Keizer after finishing second to the Volcanoes by two games in the first half.
Including the two playoff games, the Hops are 27-4 PLUS in games decided by four or more runs and 12-8 in one-run games, and they went 10-7 against Salem-Keizer (8-7 in the regular season).
Hillsboro is seeking its first NWL crown since 2015 and its third in a seven-year history.
TRI-CITY 5, Portland 3
At Kennewick, Washington, the Americans scored two late goals to beat the Hawks in preseason Western Hockey League action.
Seth Jarvis, Simon Knak and Lane Gilliss scored for Portland, which is 1-2-0-1 in four preseason games.
Connor Bouchard scored twice for Tri-City and got the go-ahead goal with 6:23 left in the third period.
Jarvis scored his third goal of the preseason shorthanded midway through the first period. Knak scored his first as a Winterhawk to put Portland ahead 2-1 in the second period.
Gilliss scored his second of preseason to tie the score 3-3 at 7:30 of the third period.
Portland outshot Tri-City 36-22, but the Americans were 3 for 5 on the power play, scoring their first three goals with the man advantage.
The Winterhawks were 1 for 5 on the power play. Portland rookie goalie Dante Giannuzzi stoped 17 of the 22 shots he faced.
The Winterhawks will finish their preseason schedule at Kennewick with games at 3 p.m. Friday against Spokane and 3 p.m. Saturday against Seattle.
The Cavaliers are searching for a new athletic director. Lauren Eads, who has at the NCAA Division II school since 2016, is leaving at the end of September. She cam as Associated Athletic Director for Business Management, then was interim AD before taking over the position in August 2018
COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER
OREGON STATE 1, New Mexico 0
The Beavers improved to 3-0-0, and the Lobos fell to 1-3-0.
Senior defender Ashleigh Fonsen scored in the 53rd minute. Her first career goal came from 10 yards outside the 18-yard box.
Sophomore goalkeeper Bridgette Skiba from Sunset High had five saves for the Beavs.
Washington 1, Denver 0
At Merlo Field, the Huskies made an own goal in the 42nd minute stand out in the first game of the weekend Nike Portland Invitational.
Each team took six shots; UW had two on goal, Denver none.
Washington is 2-1-2, Denver 3-1-1.
The host Portland Pilots will play Denver at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Concordia 2, Sonoma State 2 (2 OT)
All the scoring came in the first half in the nonleague game at Turlock, California.
Concordia rallied from a 2-0 deficit on goals from Aaliyah Valladares in the 38th minute and Chloe Smith in the 42nd minute.
COLLEGE MEN'S SOCCER
CONCORDIA 1, Adams State 0
The Cavaliers opened their season with a nonleague triumph at Tuominen Yard in Northeast Portland.
Kyle Dearborn scored at 17:01 for the Cavs. Nicholas Denley had an assist.
Adams Stated led 13-6 in shots, including 4-0 after halftime.
LINFIELD 8, Multnomah 1
The host Wildcats (1-1-0) led 5-0 at the half. Multnomah (0-4-0) scored the final goal, at 85:24 by Matthew Aguillera with an assist to Alan Tovar.
OKLAHOMA 3, Oregon State 2
The Sooners won the last three sets to turn back the Beavers at Bloomington, Indiana.
Maddie Goings led OSU (2-1) with a match- and career-high 26 kills. Maddie Sheehan had 39 assists and 14 digs, and junior libero Grace Massey out of Jesuit High had 28 digs.
Oklahoma (2-2) won 22-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-18, 18-16.
Brent Murray from Oswego Lake County Club and Jeff Coston from Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club in Blaine, Washington, are the first-round leaders in the Pacific Northwest PGA Professional Championship, Bear Creek Country Club, Woodinville, Wash.
Both shot 1-under-par 71, two ahead of third-place Bob Rannow from Ocean Dunes Golf Links in Florence.
Coston is a seven-time champion, having lost won in 2013.
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