TJs trail 10-1, nab 14-13 win
BOISE, Idaho-- The Southern Oregon Timberjacks discovered their lucky number Tuesday.
For the 13th time this season, the Timberjacks rallied from behind to steal a win.
This time it was the Boise Hawks who fell prey to Southern Oregon.
The Hawks' lead at one point ballooned to 10-1 before the Timberjacks rallied for a 14-13 triumph.
Boise starter Dusty Bergman kept Southern Oregon at bay through four innings, limiting the Timberjacks to one run before a seven-run fifth.
Mike Lockwood started the comeback with an RBI single with one out before left fielder Kirk Asche blasted a three-run shot, his 13th home run of the season, to cut the lead in half.
Two batters later, Josh Hochgesang knocked home two more runs with a double and then came around to score on Brad Henderson's triple to cap the scoring. In the inning, the Timberjacks pounded out seven hits and sent 11 batters to the plate.
Southern Oregon picked right up where they left off with Lockwood leading things off with a base-hit to start the sixth. One out later, Asche smacked his second home run of the game, evening up the score at 10.
The Hawks regained the lead momentarily in the seventh with two runs of their own.
With one out Scott Bikowski and Chris Barski put together back-to-back singles to put runners on first and third. Mike O'Keefe followed one out later with a two-run double, sending Boise back in front 12-10.
Each team brought home one more run making it 13-11 going into the final inning.
Hochgesang led off the ninth with a double and would come around to score on Henderson's two-bagger into the right-center field gap. One out later, with runners on first and third, Lockwood smacked the third double of the inning for Southern Oregon, tieing the score at 13.
Following an intentional walk to Matt Howe to load the bases, Asche drew a two-out walk of his own to score the winning run.
Boise threatened in the bottom half of the inning, putting runners on second and third, but Timberjack reliever Brian Mazur got Alfredo Amezaga to pop up to shortstop Jason Clements to end the game.
Lockwood led the hit fest, going 5-for-6 with three RBIs. Teammates Howe, Asche and Henderson contributed with three hits apiece.
Ryan Tauscher picked up his second win of the season in — innings of relief while Mazur notched his seventh save.
The win coupled with a 11-3 loss by second place Portland at the hands of Yakima, extends the Timberjacks lead in the Southern division of the Northwest League standings to two games.
The same two teams square off in the rubber game of the series today at 6:05 p.m. at Memorial Stadium in Boise.