KEIZER, Ore. Salem-Keizer was the best baseball team in the Northwest League all season.
Boise was the better team this week.
The Hawks produced runs in four of their first five innings Wednesday night and took advantage of five errors to knock off the Volcanoes 11-7 and clinch the South Division pennant. Boise opened the best-of-three series with a 3-0 victory Tuesday at Memorial Stadium.
Salem-Keizer entered the playoffs on a five-game winning streak and with a 9-1 all-time postseason record against Boise.
Boise, which opened the series on a five-game losing streak, hosts Game 1 of the Northwest League Championship Series at 6:45 p.m. Friday. Tickets are available at 322-5000 or at the Memorial Stadium box office.
Games 2 and 3 are scheduled for Sunday and Monday (if necessary) in Vancouver, B.C. The Canadians swept Everett in the North Division series, winning 11-4 on Wednesday in Everett.
Vancouver, the two-time NWL champions, beat the Hawks in three games last year, clinching the championship with a 12-9 victory in Boise.
Boise has won six NWL titles, the last in 2004.
On Wednesday, Kevin Encarnacion was 3-for-5 with three runs for Boise, while Justin Marra went 2-for-5 with a pair of two-run doubles.