Wednesday local sports news/Ex-Duck Nelson winning pitcher as Hillsboro triumphs 3-1 in Game 5 at Tri-City


Hillsboro 3, TRI-CITY 1

The Hops captured the Northwest League championship — their third in a seven-year history.

Hillsboro won the decisive Game 5 of the NWL finals before 2,169 fans at Gesa Stadium in Pasco, Washington.

The Dust Devils fell to 0-5 all-time in the finals.

"We have the best team in the league. They showed it today," Hops manager Javier Colina said.

A rookie from the University of Oregon, rookie Ryne Nelson, picked up the win. He pitched the fourth through sixth innings, allowing no runs on two hits and one walk with six strikeouts.

Hillsboro used four pitchers; Tri-City went with six.

Each team had six hits.

The Hops allowed only one runner over the final three innings.

Eduardo Herrera earned the save, retiring the Dust Devils 1-2-3 in the ninth and striking out the final two batters.

Tri-City took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Kelvin Melean singled home Reinaldo Ilarraza.

Hillsboro tied the score in the third. Corbin Carroll's double plated Ricky Martinez, who was hit by a pitch leading off the inning and scored from first base with one out.

The Hops went up 2-1 in the fourth. Ryan January hit an RBI single to bring home Lyle Lin, who had doubled with two out.

In the seventh, Hillsboro got an RBI single from Tristin English, scoring Jorge Barrosa, who got on base with a one-out single and advanced to second via a balk.

Tri-City got out of a jam in the seventh. With Carroll on third base and one out, Dominic Canzone of Hillsboro flew out to left fielder Sean Guilbe, and Guilbe fired home to get Carroll for the third out.

Barrosa, Hillsboro's leadoff batter, finished with two hits in five at-bats, including a double to start the game.

The Hops also won it all in 2014 and 2015.

This year, Hillsboro posted the best regular-season record in the NWL. They placed second in the first half of the South Division race, finishing two games behind the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, then made the playoffs by winning the second half by four games over Salem-Keizer. Overall, the Hops were 48-26 heading into the playoffs, while North Division Tri-City was 38-38 (Salem-Keizer was 46-30).

In the South playoffs, the Hops swept the Volcanoes in two games.

The five-game championship series was back and forth. Hillsboro won the opener 5-3 at Ron Tonkin Field on Andy Yerzy's walk-off, three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth. Tri-City took Game 2 at Hillsboro 9-1. The teams then went to Pasco, where the Hops scored two runs in the top of the ninth and held the Dust Devils to one run in the bottom half for a 2-1 victory and 2-1 series lead. But Tri-City roared back on Tuesday, drubbing the Hops 6-0 to square the series and force a fifth game.


The team's 15th Fan Fest will help kick off its 50th season on Sunday, Oct. 6. It'll take place at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, with doors opening at 4 p.m., and an intrasquad scrimmage. Admission is free with tickets downloaded at, but parking at the site is $13.


PITTSBURGH 3, Oregon 1

The Ducks had a 21-20 lead in the fourth set when senior outside hitter Willow Johnson slipped and went down with an injury, as the 10th-ranked Ducks opened a seven-match trip with a loss to the No. 6 Panthers.

Pitt extended its home winning streak to 27 matches, with set scores of 26-24, 23-25, 25-20, 25-22.

Johnson, who was carried off the court holding an ankle, led Oregon with 13 kills, matched by Ronkia Stone, who hit .450. Johnson also had 10 digs.

Brooke Nuneviller had 10 kills and a team-high 16 digs for the Ducks (2-1).

Pittsburgh improved to 7-0, hitting .156 to Oregon's .141.

The Ducks will have to regroup quickly as they head to Penn State for matches at 3 p.m. PT Friday against No. 8 Minnesota and 5 p.m. PT Saturday versus the host and No. 4-ranked Nittany Lions.


Northwest 3, LEWIS & CLARK 1

The Pioneers lost at home, getting the final goal in the 85th minute, when Jezza Hutto scored off Angelina Peterson's corner kick at Griswold Stadium.

L&C slipped to 1-2-1 overall going into Northwest Conference play, which begins Sept. 21 at George Fox.

CORBAN 2, Warner Pacific 0

At Salem, the visiting Knights gave up goals in the 73rd and 85th minutes to drop tp 0-3-0. Corban is 3-2-0.

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