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TJs can't stave off Boise, 8-7

BOISE, Idaho-- Mike O'Keefe clubbed a two-run double that capped a three-run seventh inning as the Boise Hawks rallied for an 8-7 Northwest League victory over the Southern Oregon Timberjacks on Wednesday night.

The loss reduced the Timberjacks' lead over Portland to one game in the Southern Division of the NWL.

Southern Oregon built leads of 4-0, 6-3 and 7-5 but the feisty Hawks fought back each time and finally wrestled away the victory by scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Losing pitcher Alex Negron issued back-to-back walks to Alfredo Amezaga and Scott Bikowski to start the seventh and then surrendered a single to Chris Barski, loading the bases. Robb Quinlan followed with a sacrifice fly that cut Southern Oregon's lead to 7-6.

Jay Crawford then replaced Negron, but O'Keefe wasted no time in blasting a double to left that proved to be the game-winner.

Doubles by Jose De La Cruz and Kirk Asche helped stake the Timberjacks to a 4-0 lead in the top of the third, but the Hawks came back in the bottom of the inning with three runs of their own.

Brad Henderson's sacrifice fly and Jeremy Schied's RBI single boosted the T'Jacks' lead to 6-3 in the top of fifth, but Barski blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning that made it 6-5.

Southern Oregon scored its final run in the sixth when Mike Lockwood singled, advanced to second on a single by Matt Howe, moved to third when Asche got hit by a pitch and scored on a wild pitch.

Barski had a big game for Boise with a single, double and homer.

Southern Oregon (30-26) is idle today and begins a five-game home series against Everett Friday.