Hops cruise past Tri-City
HILLSBORO 11, Tri-City 0
The Hops had 18 hits in their comfortable victory at Ron Tonkin Field.
After an off day for the Class A Northwest League, shortstop Ryan Dobson paced the home attack with four hits in five at-bats and four runs.
Third baseman Jose Caballero homered in the seventh inning, and designated hitter Joey Rose had an HR in the eighth.
Hillsboro pitchers held the Dust Devils to four hits. Starter Ryan Weiss, Kenny Hernandez (2-1), Luis Castillo, Trevor McKenna and Kei-Wei Lin combined on the shutout. Hernandez allowed one hit and one walk, with four strikeouts, in pitching the second through sixth innings.
The Hops led 1-0 after one inning, 2-0 after three innings, 4-0 after five and 8-0 after seven.
Hillsboro's NWL-best record improved to 18-8. The Hops lead second-place Boise (15-11) by three games in the South Division race.
Tri-City is 13-13 and in a three-way tie for first with Everett and Vancouver in the North.
The second game of the five-game Hops-Dust Devils set is 7 p.m. Thursday.
Portland will face Atlanta in a 7:30 p.m. PT Thursday summer-league tournament game at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Hawks advanced on Wednesday when they defeated the Indiana Pacers, 107-101.
For Atlanta (2-2), second-year guard Tyler Dorsey from the Oregon Ducks had 24 points and first-round draft pick Trae Young scored 23 points.
The Blazers (3-0) are the No. 2 seed.
Oregon State's Kevin Abel has been named Freshman of the Year by Baseball America.
Abel received the same honor last week from D1Baseball.com, and he has been chosen as a Freshman All-America by those two outlets as well as Collegiate Baseball.
Amanda Jacobs of Portland and Gigi Stoll of Tigard advanced in their respective events, each with a victory Wednesday at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Washington.
Jacobs, a former Central Catholic High golfer and the No. 1 seed in the 17th Pacific Northwest Women's Mid-Amateur, opened match play with a 9 and 7 decision over Kristina Ward in the round of 16.
Stoll, the former Beaverton High star who helped Arizona win the 2018 NCAA championship, downed Emily Caldwell, 4 and 2, in the round of 32 of the 117th Pacific Northwest Women's Amateur. Stoll is seeded second.
Portland's Gretchen Johnson, seeded No. 2 in the Mid-Amateur, also won on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals. She got past Cheung Ching Ng, 7 and 6.