BOISE, Idaho – Ryan Sontag blooped a safety squeeze over Yakima reliever Bryan Woodall’s glove, allowing Jake Opitz to score from third, lifting the Boise Hawks to a 7-6 win over the Bears before a sellout crowd of 3,485 at Memorial Stadium.
After Yakima struck for five runs in the top of the ninth on five straight singles – tying the game on a Josh Vitters fielding error, allowing Brendan Duffy to score the tying run with two outs, the Hawks rallied. A one-out double by Carlos Perez put the winning run at second, with Opitz running for the catcher. A Drew Rundle single to right put runners at the corners, with Sontag squeezing home the game-winner on Woodall’s first pitch.
Boise jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first on Vitters’ first professional homer, a long three-run shot to left center. They cruised through eight innings, thanks to four shutout innings from Marcus Hatley and four quality innings from Jay Jackson in relief, striking out seven.
Ryan Flaherty went 3-for-5 for the Hawks, part of a season-high 15-hit attack, while Andrew Fie had three hits for the Bears.
Game 2 of the series is at 7:15 p.m. tomorrow night with Mark Pawelek meeting Houston Summers.