Hops blast Emeralds
The top two men in the lineup had seven hits on Friday to lead the Hillsboro Hops to an 11-1 win over the Eugene Emeralds at Ron Tonkin Field.
Leadoff hitter Camden Duzenack went 4 for 5 and scored twice and No. 2 hitter Ryan Grotjohn was 3 for 5 with two doubles and four RBIs for Hillsboro.
The Hops are 11-12 in the second half, which tops the South Division. The first-half champions are 33-28 overall. Eugene is 10-13 in the second half, 31-30 overall.
Tyler Keele improved to 5-4 after pitching 6 2/3 innings. He allowed one run on four hits and struck out six.
The Hops finished with 14 hits. Tra Holms was 3 for 4 and scored twice,
Javier Assad (3-6) took the pitching loss. He gave up six runs (five earned) in 3 2/3 innnings. Hillsboro had eight hits against Assad and walked three times.
Hillsboro did most of its damage in the second inning and the eighth inning. The Hops took a 4-0 lead in the second and finished their big night at the plate with five runs in the eighth.
In the second, the Hops had four hits including a two-run double by Grotjohn and RBI singles from Dan Swain and Jorge Perez.
In the eighth there were four hits, a walk and an error. Grotjohn and Drew Ellis each hit two-run doubles in the inning.
Hillsboro opens a four-game series at Salem-Keizer at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.