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Hillsboro players spark South to come-from-behind victory

The South Division team came roaring from behind in the top of the ninth inning to take Tuesday’s Northwest League All-Star Game, and three Hops players had their fingerprints all over the comeback effort — especially Yogey Perez-Ramos.

The outfielder was one of four Hops players selected for the South team, and he made his presence felt by producing a one-hit, two-RBI night and scoring the game-winning run in front of 3,813 at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett, Wash.

Hops pitchers Will Locante and Daniel Gibson got in on the action as well, holding the North team scoreless during their outings midway through the contest to keep South rally hopes alive. Outfielder Zack Esquerra had also been named to the squad, but he did not expect to participate as he has been rehabbing an injured obliques muscle.

Perez-Ramos clearly represented the Hops well at the event, also taking part in the home run derby. He sent one shot over the fence in that contest, won by Tri-City’s Sean Dwyer.

But Perez-Ramos saved his best for the actual game. A native of Cuba, he started for the South squad in left field and went 1-for-3 at the plate. His first RBI of the night came on a sacrifice fly to left field, which sent Salem-Keizer’s Sam Eberle home to trim the South team’s deficit to 3-2 in the second inning.

In the top of the ninth, Perez-Ramos played an even bigger role. His line drive to right field plated Eberle once again, drawing the South to within 7-6. During the next at-bat, when Tyler Hollick of Salem-Keizer was at the plate, Perez-Ramos stole second base. Hollick then hit a sacrifice fly of his own to tie the game by scoring Eugene’s Ronnie Richardson.

Three at-bats later, Hunter Renfroe stepped up to provide the heroics. The former Mississippi State outfielder and a first-round pick by the San Diego Padres in the 2013 MLB draft, Renfroe joined the Emeralds in mid-July. He made good on his all-star status by sending a two-out line drive to left field, allowing Perez-Ramos to cross home plate for the game-winning run.

Gibson and Locante also got in on the action, pitching unblemished fifth and seventh innings, respectively. Locante also produced one of the pitching staff’s nine strikeouts.

Through Sunday, Perez Ramos was batting a team-best .324, and his 55 hits, 20 runs and nine doubles were all team highs.




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