NWL championship series goes to Game 5
The Northwest League season is down to one game.
The Hillsboro Hops and Tri-City Dust Devils will meet at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at Pasco, Washington, to decide the championship.
Tri-City stayed alive Tuesday night with a 6-0 victory at home.
The Hops went 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position as they dropped Game 4 of the best-of-five series.
Hillsboro, seeing its third league title in its seven seasons, fell behind 2-0 in the second inning, trailed 5-0 after giving up three runs in the fifth and got nothing out of seven hits, which included only one for extra bases.
Hops outfielder Jorge Barrosa was 2 for 4.
After adding a run in the sixth, Ethan Elliott completed a four-inning save in which he allowed three hits and no walks while striking out seven Hops.
The Hops had two walks and fanned 12 times in all.
Hillsboro starter Marcus Tineo, who took the loss, allowed two runs on six hits in 3.2 innings.
Matthew Acosta gave Tri-City all the scoring it needed with a two-run home run in the second inning.
It was only the fourth loss by more than four runs for the Hops in 82 games this season. Two of those losses have come in this series, with Hillsboro also winning twice with ninth-inning heroics.
Wednesday's starters are Hillsboro right-hander Connor Grammes (0-1, 4.11 in the regular season) and Tri-City righty Nick Thwaits (4-3, 4.66).
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