Fly the Flag, Hawks Win / What is Crater?

images.jpgI could hear the late Harry Caray in my mind – “Cubs Win, Cubs Win” or Ron Santo saying, “Yes” after tonight’s game, as the Hawks rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the final two innings to pull out a 5-4 win over Salem-Keizer.

It was a gutty performance by the Hawks on Don Larsen night in the Willamette Valley, as the former Yankee great to tossed the only perfect game in World Series history was on hand.  Jon Nagel did his part on the bump, retiring nine of the ten men he faced without a hit – making it five quality starts by Boise pitchers in six games.  However, it was with the bats that helped the cause, Logan Watkins lacing a two-run single in the eighth, then Greg Rohan launched a solo homer in the ninth (listen to the call here –
homerun.wma) to tie the score, then Jae-Hoon Ha chopped an RBI double to left to score Matt Cerda with the winning run.

The mood of the team was upbeat after the game – especially Rohan, who had been robbed a pair of times earlier this year of hits.  He will join me on Hawk Talk tomorrow to talk about his time in Boise and about the home run.

THE BACON – Franklin Font’s days as Boise’s interim skipper will come to an end on Saturday, as Casey Kopitzke arrived in the Treasure Valley on Thursday and will take over the helm of the Hawks ship in Sunday’s series opener with Yakima…Font will return to Mesa, Ariz., where his family from Venezuela is waiting to spend some time with him

A SLICE FROM KEIZER – Boise fans, you make the call on who has the better mascot – our Humphrey the Hawk or Salem-Keizer’s Crater (see video).  Honestly, I don’t know what Crater is?

HEADED HOME EARLY – My time in the Willamette Valley has been cut short due to a family situation back home, as I will be returning to Boise early Friday morning – but will be on the air Friday night for Hawk Talk (J Bates and Will Hoenike will join us for an Around the Horn segment and will chat with Don Larsen about his perfect game in the World Series).  Longtime Fox Sports broadcaster Tod Pickett will have the Play-by-Play on Friday and Saturday night – while I’ll be back in the saddle on Sunday at Memorial Stadium.


It seems as though the theme of your blog entries is focused on the negative aspects of each team and city you travel to. Mix it up a bit, throw in some optimism and look at the upside of things. Fans don’t want to constantly read negative, but hear positive about other teams in the NWL in which the Hawks compete in.

likenoother – I guarantee you, there will be plenty of praises as the year goes on – but it is hard to find something to praise at S-K – especially when player tickets are standing room only when there are 2,000 empty seats, the broadcast booth is cramped, and the hotel is in no-man’s land. I will say this, S-K’s radio man, Mark Gilman bend over backwards to help me while we were there (which I will talk about in today’s blog) and I did like the fact that games started at 6:35 local time. We head to Tri-City next (and yes, you will see pics of the infamous, yet phenomenal sun-shade).

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