Courtesy: Eugene Emeralds Media Services
EUGENE, Ore.– For the second straight night the Emeralds took an early 2-0 lead. Ronnie Richardson ledoff the first inning getting hit by a pitch, and Henry Charles followed with a single. With Hunter Renfroe at the plate, Boise starter Paul Blackburn uncorked a wild pitch allowing Richardson to score. Later in the frame, Fernando Perez came through with a two-out RBI single and Eugene led 2-0.
The Hawks answered in the top of the 2nd using a single, a walk and a throwing error from Perez to load the bases. Center fielder Jacob Hannemann singled to right scoring both runners to tie the game. Ems DH Edwin Moreno started the Ems rebuttal in the bottom half of the 2nd with a double. He came in to score two hitters later on a Michael Bass groundout giving the Ems a 3-2 lead.
The sea-saw battle continued in the top of the 3rd when Eugene starter Erik Cabrera walked the first two batters of the inning. The tying run scored on a Yasiel Balaguert single, and the go-ahead run scored on a 6-3 double play ball hit into by catcher Lance Rymel.
In the home half of the 3rd, Hunter Renfroe started things with a double and then scored on a Ryan Miller groundout knotting the game back up at 4. After that there would be no scoring until the bottom of the 9th.
Coby Cowgill gave Eugene three quality innings of relief work allowing just a couple of hits. Right handers Kyle Lloyd and Adam Cimber kept the Hawks scoreless for the 8th and 9th. The Ems started the 9th with spark plug Ronnie Richardson singling to left. After Henry Charles failed in his attempt to bunt him into scoring position, Hunter Renfroe smacked a double to the left field corner. Richardson sped around third running through a stop sign from manager Jim Gabella and only a perfect relay started by Hawks left fielder Trevor Gretzky nailed Ronnie at the plate. With two outs, Trae Santos came up big with a single to center, Renfroe came into score and the walk-off win was complete.
Santos is the hero on the same day he learns that he along with Richardson, Jimmy Brazoban and Erik Schoenrock have been named to the NWL southern division all-star team. That game will be played in Everret, WA on Tuesday, August 6. The Emeralds will remain in town for five more nights to take on the Vancouver Canadians. First pitch Friday night is set for 7:05pm