Hawks drop home opener, 8-6

Hawks drop home opener, 8-6 »Play Video
Trevor Gretzky preparing in the batters circle before his third-inning triple during Monday night's home-opening loss to the Volcanoes.
BOISE, Idaho - Salem-Keizer used a 15-hit attack to move to 4-0 on the season, stopping the Boise Hawks, 8-6, before 3,097 fans at Memorial Stadium.

Five straight hits by the Volcanoes to start the sixth inning led to four runs to break a 3-3 tie, as S-K spoiled Boise's home opener. Cristian Otero's RBI single broke the tie, a Tyler Hollick single pushed the lead to 5-3, with Otero and Randy Ortiz scoring on Orbandy Rodriguez wild pitches.

Boise brought the tying run to the plate in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, but could not get the clutch hit - going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position on the night.

Jacob Smith got the win for S-K, striking out two in one-plus innings of work. All nine Volcanoes got at least one hit, with Hollick and Jeremy Sy each recording three hits. Cameron McVey worked a scoreless ninth for his first save.

Hawks starter Duane Underwood went three-plus innings, allowing three runs on six hits in a no-decision. Yasiel Balaguert went 2-for-4 with three RBI, including a two-run double that tied the game in the fifth inning.

Game 2 of the series is tomorrow night, with Trey Lang meeting Reyes Moronta at 7:15 p.m.

NOTES: S-K joins Everett as the lone unbeaten teams in the league, as both teams are now 4-0 on the season...Balaguert leads the NWL with seven RBI on the season...the first inning runs allowed by Boise were the first surrendered by a Hawks starting pitcher...the Hawks scored a pair of runs in the seventh and a run in the eighth - without recording a hit.