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Timberjacks fall short in opener against Boise

After a 43-minute first inning that produced seven runs, the Boise Hawksand Southern Oregon Timberjacks settled down and played fan-pleasing baseballon opening night in the Northwest League.

The Hawks used a two-run home run by 20-year-old catcher Jason Deweyin the sixth inning to outlast the Timberjacks, 7-6, on Tuesday before acrowd of 2,583 at Miles Field.

I was a little nervous before the game, but it was great to helpmy team win our first game, said Dewey, who played this spring forIndian River Community College in Fort Pierce, Fla. I want to helpthis team win any way I can, whether it's to catch, pitch or sit on thebench.

I'm not a home run hitter, but I got that one pretty good,said Dewey. The pitcher (Rico Laguttuta) made a mistake and got afastball up.

The Timberjacks got two hits and flawless fielding from second basemanEddie Lara. Center fielder Rodney Clifton got on base four consecutive timeswith three walks and a single.

Rodney showed me some things about hitting tonight, saidSouthern Oregon manager John Kuehl. He was outstanding.

The Timberjacks got three hits from designated hitter Ed Farris, whohit 18 home runs and drove in 69 runs for Ball State University this spring.

I was real relaxed up there and I'm a little surprised, saidFarris. I thought I would be more nervous. I just sat back and enjoyedthe atmosphere out here tonight. It was my first professional game, andI just took it all in.

Following Dewey's home run, which gave Boise a 6-5 lead, the Hawks addeda run in the seventh when Jay Nunley singled and scored on a double by CesarGeronimo.

The Timberjacks cut the lead to 7-6 with a run in the eighth on a bloopdouble down the left-field line by Farris. But Boise closer Bo Donaldson,fresh off of the campus of the University of Tampa, was tough to time forSouthern Oregon hitters with his assortment of offspeed breaking pitches.

His pitches seemed like they would come up to the plate and stop,said Farris. He's tough.

After spotting the Hawks three runs in the top of the third inning, theTimberjacks came back with four in the bottom of the inning. Southern Oregonsent 10 batters to the plate. Four of them collected hits and seven reachedbase.

Clifton and shortstop Adam Robinson started the inning with walks. Laradrove in the first run with an infield hit and third baseman Ron Teglandsent the second run home with a groundout to third base. After HipolitoMartinez drove in the third run with an infield out, Nicholas Sosa singledand Farris doubled in a run to keep things going.

The final run of the inning scored on an infield hit by catcher JavierFlores.

In the Boise first, Casey Child doubled in a run and Jay Nunley had arun-scoring single.

The Hawks got their first of two home runs, a solo shot by Oscar Betancourt,in the fourth inning.

Timberjacks' starting pitcher Luis Vizcaino worked four innings beforegiving way to left-hander Rico Lagattuta, who allowed three runs in threeinnings and picked up the loss.

The winning pitcher was Steve Fish, who worked six strong innings afterrelieving Jod Gangemi in the second.

Despite the loss, Kuehl was impressed with his team's resilient performance.

The fans saw some good things tonight, said Kuehl. Thebest thing they saw is that our kids won't quit. I loved how they battled.

Timberjacks catcher Javier Flores, left, eyes another runner after forcing Boise's Casey Child out at the plate in the first inning. - Photo by Bob Pennell</P