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BOISE -- The Hillsboro Hops finally were able to knock off the Boise Hawks, 9-3, on Thursday night. Steve Nyisztor went 5-5 with two RBI to lead the way for the Hops. After losing the first two games in Boise, the Hops were determined to grab the win and keep their first place position in the South division.

The Hops jumped on the Hawks, scoring two early runs taking a 2-0 lead. The Hawks would respond with three runs of their own to get back on the right trail.

Later in the game, the Hops would add some more runs to the board and take charge with a 6-3 lead over the Hawks with just three innings to go. With nothing brewing for the Hawks in the bottom of the seventh, it seemed as if the Hops were going to excape Boise with one win.

The Hops would seal the deal in the eighth and ninth inning to win 9-3 over the Hawks. Both teams will now head back to Oregon with the Hops returning home and the Hawks taking on the Eugene Emeralds for a three-game series starting on Friday.

The Hawks were looking to take charge of the South Division by handing the Hops their third straight loss. But now, Boise has just 11 games left to the halfway point of their season. This is significant because the leader of the division at the halfway point receives an automatic bid for the playoffs.

South Standings:

Hillsboro Hops (16-11)

Boise Hawks (14-13)

Salem-Kizer Volcanoes (13-14)

Eugene Emeralds (12-15)
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