BOISE — The Hawks overcame a two-run deficit and beat the Hillsboro Hops 4-3 in a rain-delayed game that ended past midnight. Shawon Dunston, Danny Lockhart and Kevin Encarnacion each produced RBIs for Boise, while three relief pitchers allowed three hits and no runs over the final six innings.
Encarnacion extended his hit streak to nine games with his home run in the fourth inning, and the pitching staff recorded a season-high 13 strikeouts.
Now Boise, after an 11-game road trip, is back home to start a six-game homestand that will determine its postseason fate.
Boise, Hillsboro and first-half South Division champion Salem-Keizer are tied for the second-half lead with 19-13 records. Boise plays Salem-Keizer for three games at Memorial Stadium starting Wednesday (the Hawks are off Tuesday). Boise hosts Hillsboro in a season-ending homestand that starts Saturday.
The regular season ends Monday, followed by the Northwest League playoffs all next week.
Salem-Keizer will meet Boise or Hillsboro in the playoffs, with the survivor advancing to the NWL Championship Series against the North DIvision champion.