The Boise Hawks got the potential tying run to second base in the ninth inning, but three straight strikeouts ended the game, as the Hawks fell 2-1 to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes on Thursday.
The loss was the third in a row for the Hawks, and the seventh in their last nine games.
Ezequiel Tovar opened the ninth inning with a walk, then stole second base, but Boise wasn’t able to plate him as Clay Helvey came in to earn the save for the Volcanoes.
Michael Toglia had an RBI single in the fourth inning to put Boise up 1-0, but Salem-Keizer scored runs in the sixth and seventh to take the lead.
STEELHEADS RESIGN MITCH MOROZ: Mitch Moroz is returning for a third season in Boise.
The Idaho Steelheads announced that they had resigned the forward for the 2019-20 season on Thursday. Moroz is the seventh player to sign with Idaho for the upcoming season, all of whom are returning players.
“I’m excited for the same faces to have new experiences and push a little deeper in the playoffs,” Moroz said in a release. “The ultimate goal is to bring home a Kelly Cup back to Boise, and I think that’s in the forefront of our minds on day one of training camp. We’re on the right track.”
He was an assistant captain for the Steelheads last season, scoring five goal and recording 16 assists in 42 games. He also had 214 penalty minutes. He was also named the team’s Bill Campbell Community Service Award winner at the end of last season.