Jake Opitz hit a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Boise Hawks to a 6-5 victory over the Eugene Emeralds before 3,519 fans on opening night at Memorial Stadium.
The 12th Round pick out of Nebraska made the most of his first professional at bat, ripping a hanging slider from Ems reliever Tyler Davis deep over the right field wall to send the sellout crowd into a frenzy.
Boise jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings – getting a Josh Vitters RBI groundout in the first, then added three runs in the second, keyed by a Carlos Perez RBI single. Kyler Burke added a solo homer in the third to give the Hawks the big lead.
However, Eugene rallied, getting an RBI triple from Sawyer Carroll and a two-run Bobby Verbick in the sixth to make it 5-3, then got a two-run Angel Mercado home run in the eighth to tie the score.
Converted catcher Jake Muyco got the win in his pitching debut, retiring all five batters.
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The two teams meet tomorrow night at 7:15 p.m. – with Mark Pawelek on the mound for the Hawks against the Emeralds Pablo Menchaca.