BOISE, Idaho – The 2008 Boise Hawks tuned up for the Northwest League season with an exhibition victory over the Boise Summer League All-Stars at Memorial Stadium.
Played more like an Extended Spring Training game, the two teams had extra hitters in the line-up, had innings that saw four outs, but got both clubs the work needed to prepare for their upcoming seasons.
The All-Stars, from the Nampa-based collegiate summer league, jumped out to a 1-0 lead off Hawks starter John Muller in the second on a Joel Oliver single, but the professionals battled back, tying the score in the second on a passed ball, then taking the lead for good on a Josh Vitters RBI single in the third.
The Hawks would add a pair of unearned runs in the fourth – one on a Carlos Perez fielders choice, the other on a Tony Campana single, and a single run in the fifth, as Michael Brenly doubled home Jake Opitz, who led off the frame with a triple.
The 2008 Northwest League season opens up Tuesday night, as the Eugene Emeralds come to town for a five-game series.