Hawks' Playoff Hopes Dashed

BOISE, Idaho - Back to back home runs by Freddie Thon and John Mayberry Jr. in the top of the ninth inning broke a 1-1 tie, as the Spokane Indians ended the Boise Hawks hopes of a second-straight Eastern Division pennant with a 3-1 win before 2,290 at Memorial Stadium.

The victory keeps the Indians atop the Northwest League's Eastern standings heading into the final day of the season. A loss by Tri-City tonight (or tomorrow) and a Spokane win over the Hawks tomorrow night would give the Tribe their second division title in three years.

Boise took an early 1-0 lead in the first, as Davy Gregg reached on a throwing error by Thon. Gregg would steal his 36th bag of the year and move to third on a Jonathan Mota single. Gregg would score on a Chris Gaskin double-play ball.

Broc Coffman would keep the Hawks in check the rest through eight innings, allowing only a Jose Rios third-inning single. The Rainer, Ore. native walked only one and fanned six.

Hawks starter Scott Taylor was just as effective, allowing just two hits in five innings of work. The 18-year-old would strike out five without a walk.

Spokane would draw even in the sixth off of Jose Ortiz, as a single and two walks would load the bases, and a Taylor Teagarden sacrifice fly would tie the score.

The Tribe would win it in the ninth, as Nick Thompson's 2-2 fastball to Thon was ripped over the wall in left. Mayberry would follow with an 0-2 fastball crushed over the left-center wall. Jon Wilson got the final three outs for his 11th save.

The Hawks round out the season tomorrow night, as Donnie Veal (1-2) meets Kellan McConnell (6-5) at 7:15 p.m.

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