Eugene edges Hops in playoff opener
EUGENE 3, Hillsboro 2
The best team all season in the Class A Northwest League wasn't quite good enough in the one game that mattered on Wednesday night.
The Hillsboro Hops failed to score after the third inning and made three errors as they lost Game 1 of the South Division playoffs to the Eugene Emeralds.
Eugene out-hit Hillsboro, 9-6, before 3,038 fans at PK Park.
Game 2 is 7 p.m. Thursday at Ron Tonkin Field, and Game 3, if necessary, would be in Hillsboro as well, at 7 p.m. Friday.
In the North Division best-of-three, visiting Spokane won 7-3 at Everett to take a 1-0 series advantage back to Spokane.
In the regular season, Hillsboro was 51-25, Eugene 31-45, and Spokane and Everett both 38-38.
Hillsboro took a 1-0 lead in Wednesday night's game on Andy Perzy's home run in the second inning.
The Hops scored again in the third. Geraldo Perdomo tripled home Jorge Perez.
Eugene got on the board in the fifth via a single, walk, wild pitch and fielder's choice.
The Ems took the lead in the sixth with a one-out, RBI single from Fernando Kelli, who scored on a two-out balk.
Matt Tabor started on the mound for Hillsboro and held the Emeralds to one run on four hits and a walk, with one strikeout.
Ryan Weiss relieved Tabor and gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in the sixth. He wound up with the loss.
Cristofer Ogando pitched the final two innings for Hops, scattering three hits.
COLLEGE MEN'S SOCCER
CHICO STATE 2, Concordia 0
The host Wildcats scored in the 41st and 64th minute.
Chico State (2-1-0) out-shot the Cavaliers, 12-4, including 6-2 on goal, and had a 9-7 edge in corner kicks.
Grant Alcorn made four saves for Concordia (1-1-0), which will play Friday against Humboldt State at Arcata, California.
Medalist Ken Forster of Salem advanced in the first two rounds of match play at the 35th Oregon Senior Amateur Championship, being played at Illahe Hills Country Club in Salem.
Forster opened with a 7 and 6 victory over Kim Wenger of Eugene, then defeated Raymond Schuler of Tacoma, Washington, 5 and 4, to reach Thursday's quarterfinals. He'll face Michael Senatra of Happy Valley, after his wins of 1-up over Mike Pai of Lake Oswego and 2 and 1 against Mike Gleason of Camas, Wash.
Others in the quarterfinals include Portland's Randy Mahar, Tigard's Byron Patton and Gladstone's Denny Taylor.
Mahar defeated Happy Valley's Pat O'Donnell, 1-up, in the round of 16.