Once again, the French have come to our aid, and the
arrival couldn’t have come at a better time. At arrival of Pierre LePage – one of
four new players to arrive in Boise selected in the 2010 First-Year Player’s
Draft – the Boise Hawks (8-6) were the worst hitting team in the Northwest
League with a .216 batting average and a league low, 93 RBI heading into a new
three game home stand against the Yakima Bears (6-8). That’s all about to
In only his fifth professional game since being
drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 13th round of the draft, Pierre LePage went
2-4 with two hits and four RBI for the Hawks in their 7-0 win over the Bears
With the score tied 0-0 in the bottom of the second
inning and the bases loaded, LePage hit a base-clearing triple to left field,
scoring George Matheus, Arismendy Alcantara and Alvaro Ramirez.
The added run support proved crucial to left-handed
pitcher, Austin Kirk’s success in his third start of the season. Kirk went five
complete innings, giving up only three hits, while fanning five Yakima hitters –
arguably one of the best starts by a Hawks starter thus far.
LePage boasts a high baseball IQ, as well as plus
speed and contact hitting ability. With this new charge to the lineup, the
Hawks could see continued success on the back of the University of Connecticut
Right-handed relief man, Carlos Rojas, had another
successful outing for the Hawks, showing off his impeccable curveball,
finishing with two hits allowed and one strikeout in three innings pitched.
Rojas has a 1.54 ERA on the season.
Four Boise sluggers had two hit ball games in the
win; Alvaro Ramirez, Jesus Morelli, Runey Davis and LePage. Davis had a double
in the third and an opposite-field home run in the fifth inning.
LePage wasn’t the only player to make his Boise
debut; Micah Gibbs, the most anticipated prospect of the draftees who arrived
Thursday, went 0-4 with two strikeouts as a designated hitter for the club. However,
Gibbs is regarded as one of the best catchers chosen in the draft and will
flaunt his strengths defensively behind the plate in the ensuing games against
— Typically, losing efforts are marked by distressed fans and heckling
critics, but in the Boise Hawks Monday night opener at Memorial Stadium,
baseball fans seemed satisfied with the Hawks 5-2 loss to the Salem-Keizer
Volcanoes. In the seventh inning, with a three run deficit, the sold out crowd
actively participated in their rendition of the timeless “Macarena” dance.
Kirk received the loss for Boise, going four innings and giving up five hits,
three runs and two walks. Though he gave up two homeruns in the game, Kirk
still showed strong movement on his pitches while earning five strikeouts.
the loss can be disheartening to a young ball club, the Hawks season opener was
highlighted by a complete offensive attack throughout the batting order,
something absent in their previous series against the Yakima Bears. The Hawks
won their in Yakima, 2-1.
of those guys down at the bottom [of the order] are more speed guys, so we have
to create a little havoc down there, so that we can at least put a little
pressure on the defense,” said first-year manager of the Hawks, Jody Davis.
they played the Bears, Boise was carried by the offensive production of Brandon
May, Jesus Morelli and Wes Darvill at the bottom of the order. They combined
for nine of the team’s 11 RBIs, 14 of the team’s 21 hits and five of the team’s
a relatively calm first two innings, Kirk began to lose composure in the fourth
inning when he gave up back-to-back homeruns to Salem Keizer right fielder,
Jose Medina and designated hitter, Jesse Shriner, on consecutive pitches over
the right and left field walls respectively.
was clear that newly appointed Davis aimed at giving Kirk a set amount of
innings before the start of the game after he chose to leave Kirk to finish the
fourth following a visit to the mound.
thought Kirk did a pretty good job even though he gave up those two home runs,”
said Davis. “We’re developing these guys, and they’re all on a pretty strict
pitch count and when they’re out there we expect to win some games. Developing
these guys and getting them to Chicago is the ultimate goal.”
narrowed the gap with the Volcanoes in the bottom of the fourth inning when
Richard Jones doubled to score Jesus Morelli from second after Morelli turned a
single into a double on an error by Salem-Keizer third baseman, Kyle Mach.
Jones was left on base to end the fourth with a 3-1 score in favor of the
Volcanoes. Jones was one of two Hawks left on base.
taking over for Kirk in the top of the fifth inning, right handed pitcher
Carlos Rojas took control of the game. Despite an error by Boise shortstop Arismendy
Alcantara that scored the Volcanoes’ fourth run, Rojas was able to force
Salem-Keizer into an inning-ending double play.
finished with one walk, three strikeouts and one earned run in three innings.
Darvill – one half of the 6-4-3 double play in the fifth – was able to cut the
Volcanoes lead down to two in the sixth, when his ground ball out scored Alvaro
Ramirez from third following a sacrifice by Boise catcher, Jose Guevara.
final blow came by way of a pass ball in the top of the eighth inning, scoring
Kyle Mach of Salem-Keizer, increasing the lead to 5-2 Volcanoes.
Huseby and Andres Quezada each pitched one inning for the Hawks. Huseby gave up
two hits and one run and had one walk with one strikeout.
a loss wasn’t the desirable way to kick off the season for anybody, the
fireworks show to cap off the night was met by cheers and laughter from
thousands of fans, relieved that the true first day of summer had finally
Hawks will try and once again emerge above the .500 mark with a win over the
Volcanoes tomorrow night. Game time is once again 7:15 pm, and gates will open
to fans at 6:45 pm.