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Monday local sports news/Ninth-inning heroics propel Hillsboro to one win from NWL title

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Hillsboro 2, TRI-CITY 1

Two things about the Hops — they win a lot, and when they do, they know how to do it in dramatic fashion.

Hillsboro pulled out a win in Game 3 of the Northwest League championship series with some ninth-inning heroics at Pasco, Washington, and went up 2-1 in the best-of-five series.

Game 4 is 7:15 p.m. Thursday at Tri-City, and if necessary Game 5 would be there at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

Game 3 was 0-0 after eight innings before the crowd of 1,009 at Gesa Stadium. Hillsboro's first two batters in the top of the ninth went out, but Corbin Carroll then singled and Tristin English homered.

In the bottom half of the inning, Tri-City loaded the bases with no outs. One run scored on a ground out off reliever Mailon Arroyo, but he ended the game with a 2-2 slider that caught Luke Becker looking at the end of a 10-pitch at-bat.

TIMBERS/THORNS

Portland Timbers players Sebastian Blanco and Zarek Valentin and Portland Thorns players Midge Purce and Hayley Raso were recognized as the organization's Community MVP award winners for 2019 during the club's annual Stand Together Banquet.

The players were honored for their contributions to the Stand Together initiative during the ninth annual banquet on Sunday at The Nines hotel.

Among Blanco's contributions were speaking to a high school class about Argentina and its culture and helping make a pasta dinner with families at Ronald McDonald House.

Through his #RibbonZ campaign, Valentin raised more than $25,000 for two LGBTQ organizations, read to students at Astor Elementary School. He was also active at the Boys & Girls Club during Stand Together Week and participated in the annual Rose City Road Trip.

Purce and Raso spent time with patients at a local children's hospital.

Raso has been involved with the Pixie Project animal adoption non-profit. During Stand Together Week Raso helped fix up homes with Willamette West Habitat for Humanity.

Purce participated in the Girl Strong Clinic, discussing health and empowerment with 75 girls. She also spent time at Chelsea's Closet, organizing toys for ill children and read with students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary.

BLAZERS

Portland has hired Travis Demers to do its radio play-by-play. He filled in last year for Brian Wheeler calling 57 games.

COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD

Vin Lananna, former University of Oregon coach and head of TrackTown USA, has become track and cross country coach and an associate athletic director at the University of Virginia.

COLLEGE MEN'S SOCCER

Oregon State 4, Pacific 1

Adrian Crespo scored the go-ahead goal and added an assist as the Beavers scored the final three goals to beat the visiting Tigers for their third consecutive win.

Sofiane Djeffal and Eric Diaz also had a goal and assist for the Beavers (3-1-0).

The match at Paul Lorenz Field got off to a fast start, with four goals in the first 28 minutes.

Oregon State took the lead in the sixth minute on a goal by Joel Walker from a Djeffal assist. After Pacific (1-2-0) tied i he score in the 12th minute, Crespo put the Beavers on top in the 20th minute with an assist from Eric Diaz.

Djeffal made the score 3-1 in the 28th minute, and Diaz struck in the 63rd.

• Concordia sophomore Nicholas Denley has been voted Great Northwest Athletic Conference offensive player of the week. The 5-7 midfielder from McMinnville had a goal and an assist as the Cavaliers opened with wins of 1-0 over Adams State and 3-1 versus Regis.

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER

Former Grant High player Annaliese Laurila, a senior defender for Western Washington, has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference defensive player of the week. She helped the Vikings post two 1-0 road victories in which they allowed a total of five shots, four on goal. She played all 180 minutes.

COLLEGE WOMEN'S GOLF

Portland State was tied for eighth out of 17 teams with one round to go in the Hobble Creek Fall Classic at Springville, Utah.

PSU had a 30-over 598 total. Northern Arizona led at 579 by six over second-place Utah Valley.

Valerie Hernandez paced the Vikings with 76-70 for a 4-over 146 total, good for a share of 12th. Leader Jocelyn Chee of Cal Baptist shot 70-70 and was one ahead of Utah Valley's Nathalie Irlbacher (73-68).


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