Hit Parade Continues for Hops in Blowout Win (Latest News)

At Funko Field on Saturday, the Hops put on one of their greatest offensive displays of the year, scoring 13 runs on 18 hits. Jordan Lawlar scored four runs, A.J. Vukovich and Deyvison De Los Santos each got four hits, while Caleb Roberts, Ryan Bliss, and Neyfy Castillo all hit two-run home runs.

In the 13-2 blowout of Everett, Scott Randall was outstanding over six scoreless innings. With a four-game winning streak matched for their longest of the year, Hillsboro has outscored the AquaSox 34-13.

Once more, Caleb Roberts put the Hops on the board in the first inning, giving them eight first-inning runs in the previous nine contests. Roberts hit his fifth long ball of the year, a two-run shot, for RBIs 38 and 39.

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Deyvison De Los Santos’ RBI double in the third inning, the first of his four hits, gave the Hops another run to make it 3-0.

In the fifth inning, Hillsboro pulled together five straight hits, three of which went for extra bases and completely took control of the game. Following singles by Lawlar and De Los Santos, RBI doubles by Vukovich and Patino, and a deep shot by Neyfy Castillo to dead center field, the Hops were up 7-0.

In the sixth inning, four more runs were scored on four singles and two walks. The third two-run home shot of the game for the Hops came from Ryan Bliss, who also hit his second home run of the series. After six, Hillsboro had an 11-0 lead.

Hit Parade Continues for Hops in Blowout Win
Hit Parade Continues for Hops in Blowout Win

Juan Mercedes, the Everett starter, went 4.1 innings while giving up eight hits and four earned runs. Over 1.1 innings, Kelvin Nunez, who was pitching out of the bullpen and making his NWL debut, was hit for seven hits and seven runs. Scott Randall, the starter for Hillsboro, recorded six strikeouts in six innings while allowing no runs or walks.

In the seventh and eighth innings, the AquaSox scored a run, but Trent Tingelstad stood out in the late going. A 24-year-old Everett-born outfielder named Tingelstad entered the game to pitch the ninth inning against the Hops’ starting lineup. In his first outing as a professional pitcher, Tingelstad struck out the side one, two, and three, reaching a maximum speed of 59 mph. The only Everett “pitcher” in the game to prevent a base runner was Tingelstad.

With runners in scoring position, Hillsboro was 8 for 13, and all nine of its starts had successful at-bats. Five of the nine had multiple hits, and eight of the nine had runs scored (Lawlar, De Los Santos, Vukovich, Castillo, and Ortiz).

The series finale will be played on Sunday at Funko Field between Hillsboro (44-55) and Everett (48-52). The pre-game show on Rip City Radio 620 begins at 3:50 and the first pitch is at 4:05.

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