Ems top Hops, pop fireworks Independence Eve at PK Park

Ems top Hops, pop fireworks Independence Eve at PK Park
Eugene Emeralds first baseman Trae Santos (#19, right) drops his bat after hitting a double.

EUGENE, Ore. - It was a long game. A low-scoring game. But for the Eugene Emeralds fans who stuck it out to the end of the eleven innings, it was probably worth it. 

Tuesday night, the Eugene Emeralds kept their winning streak alive, defeating the Hillsboro Hops 3-2 in the second of a three-game series. The overtime win didn’t come easy.

After a scoreless first six innings, Emeralds’ Michael Bass scored in the bottom of the seventh, after Emeralds’ Wynton Bernard grounded into a force out.

In the top of the 8th, after Bass’ score, the Hillsboro Hops answered with a score of their own. Hops’ Yogey Perez-Ramos added a point to the scoreboard after Hops’ Ryan Gebhardt singled on a line drive to Emeralds’ center fielder Ronnie Richardson. The Emeralds left Perez-Ramos’s score unanswered.

In the top of the 9th, the Hops racked up yet another score for the team, this one coming from a home run by Hops’ Tyler Linton. Linton’s hit was a fly ball to left center field; a fly ball that tied the game.

The Emeralds answered Linton’s homerun, with Michael Bass scoring again in the bottom of the 9th.

The tie forced the game into extra innings. Neither team scored in the 10th inning. In the bottom of the 11th Marcus Davis of the Emeralds crossed home plate on a single by teammate Ronnie Richardson, ending the game with a final score of Emeralds 3, Hops 2.

The Emeralds face the Hops Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. at PK Park in Eugene, a game which includes a fireworks display in honor of the 4th of July.