Hops pile up the hits
With 16 hits, the Hillsboro Hops pulled away from the host Spokane Indians and won 8-2 Sunday afternoon at Avista Stadium.
Camden Duzenack was 4 for 5 for the Hops, Daulton Varsho 3 for 4 and Eudy Ramos 3 for 6.
Duzenack homered in the ninth, and Drew Ellis hit a home run in the seventh, when Hillsboro scored four runs to take a 7-0 lead.
Spokane got single runs in the seventh and eighth but mustered only four hits in the game.
Tyler Keefe (2-1) delivered seven innings of mound work for the Hops, allowing two hits, no walks and one earned run, with seven strikeouts.
The crowd of 3,477 saw the Hops raise their record to 14-11, while the Indians fell to 9-16.
Hillsboro kept pace with co-NWL South Division leader Eugene (14-11), which nipped visiting Tri-City, 2-1.
Boise (13-12 in the South) held off visiting Vancouver, 3-2.
Salem-Keizer (12-13 in the South) won 7-6 at Everett.
The Hops and Indians had just traded ninth-inning wins — Hillsboro scoring three runs in the ninth on Friday to win, Spokane tallying three runs in the ninth on Saturday for a victory.
And Sunday's result made the series 2-2 going into the finale at 6:30 p.m. Monday.