EUGENE, OR – The Emeralds got on the board first for the 14th time this year when RF Nick Torres doubled down the left field line in the bottom of the 2nd. He would score one batter later after a wild pitch and a Michael Miller RBI groundout to give the Ems a 1-0 lead.
Michael Kelly took the ball for Eugene and delivered 5 strong innings allowing just one run. After allowing one runner in each of the first two innings, Kelly was touched up for a lone run in the 3rd after issuing walks to the first two hitters of the inning on just 9 pitches.
In the bottom of the 6th with the game still tied 1-1, Torres again delivered in his first game at PK Park with a solo shot to left. His first professional homer gave the Emeralds a brief 2-1 lead. In the top of the 7th reliever Max Beatty allowed a one out single before getting the dangerous RF Jeffrey Baez to fly out. With one on and two down, the Hawks collected three straight singles scoring three times to take a 4-2 lead. The big hit came from DH Mark Zagunis who drove in a pair to give Boise the lead.
Eugene had an answer in the bottom of the 7th after Auston Bousfield led off with a double just inside the third baseline. Franchy Cordero drove him in with an infield hit just a couple of batters later making it 4-3 Hawks. Boise added a big insurance run in the top of the 8th on a Giuseppe Papaccio RBI single against Seth Lucio. For Lucio it was the first run allowed in now 10.1 innings pitched this season.
The Ems were able to bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 9th with two down when Trea Turner had his 3rd knock of the night but Jalen Goree flied out to center to end the game. The Emeralds are now 5 games back in the southern division standings with just 10 games to play in the NWL first half.
Game 2 of the 3-game set is scheduled for Saturday night, first pitch at 7:05pm. Tickets are available at EmeraldsBaseball.com or at the PK Park box office open at 10am Saturday morning.