Tri-City Dust Devils

Podorsky hits 1st pro homer, Dust Devils erupt late to top Hillsboro in 11

Robbie Podorsky
Robbie Podorsky

Robbie Podorsky hit a three-run homer in the five-run top of the 11th inning on Saturday as part of a 3-for-6 day to lead the Tri-City Dust Devils to an 8-3, extra-innings win over the host Hillsboro Hops in the opener of a five-game series, keeping them tied atop the NWL North standings.

Hillsboro trailed 3-1 going into the bottom of the eighth, but scratched across two runs on back-to-back sacrifice flies to tie the game and chase Tri-City starter Ben Sheckler (7IP-5H-3R-1ER-3K). However, Sheckler got off the hook with Evan Miller, Andres Munoz (3-0) and Wilmer Torres dealing four innings of no-hit relief behind him.

Matthew Batten walked to lead off the 11th, then scored the eventual game-winning run on a triple by Tre Carter, his 11th of the season. Josh Magee drove in Carter with a sacrifice fly, and Jalen Washington and Bryant Aragon created traffic on the basepaths for Podorsky’s first professional big fly.

The Vancouver Canadians lost to the Boise Hawks early Sunday, which gave the Dust Devils a half-game advantage in the North Division’s second-half standings going into the second of their five-game series against the Hops on Sunday afternoon.

Dust Devils 8, Hops 3 (11)

Dust Devils

AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg

Podorsky lf

6

1

3

3

0

1

.309

J.Lopez ss

6

0

2

0

0

2

.248

Melean 3b

5

0

0

0

1

0

.226

Asuncion rf

5

0

0

0

0

2

.268

Batten 2b

3

2

1

0

2

0

.235

Carter cf

5

2

2

2

0

2

.228

Washington c

4

1

1

1

1

1

.187

Aragon 1b

4

2

1

0

1

2

.218

Magee dh

3

0

1

2

1

1

.225

Totals

41

8

11

8

6

11

Hillsboro

AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg

Dobson ss

4

1

2

0

0

1

.203

Grotjohn 2b

3

0

0

1

1

1

.264

Lara 1b

4

0

0

1

0

1

.232

Susnara c

4

0

0

0

0

1

.209

Ellis 3b

5

0

0

0

0

2

.222

Varsho dh

4

1

1

0

0

0

.316

Holmes cf

4

0

0

0

0

1

.205

Swain rf

4

0

1

1

0

0

.213

J.Perez lf

4

1

1

0

0

0

.207

Totals

36

3

5

3

1

7

Dust Devils

020

010

000

05–

8

11

1

Hillsboro

000

010

020

00–

3

5

4

E–Washington (5); Lara (3). LOB–Dust Devils 7; Hillsboro 5. 2B–Aragon (7); Dobson (4). 3B–Carter 2 (11). HR–Podorsky (1) off Castillo. RBIs–Carter 2 (30); Washington (8); Magee 2 (9); Podorsky 3 (13); Swain (15); Grotjohn (23); Lara (6). SB–Podorsky (14) 2B. CS–Podorsky (5) 2B. S–Dobson. SF–Magee; Grotjohn; Lara. RISP–Dust Devils 3-for-13; Hillsboro 1-for-10. Runners left in scoring position–Washington; Podorsky; Batten; Melean; Susnara; J.Perez; Ellis 2. GIDP–Melean. DP–Hillsboro 2.

Dust Devils

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Sheckler

7

5

3

1

0

3

2.64

Miller

1

0

0

0

0

0

1.65

Munoz W,3-0

2

0

0

0

0

3

3.80

W.Torres

1

0

0

0

1

1

3.00

Hillsboro

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Badamo

6

7

3

3

1

2

5.13

Watson

1

1

0

0

1

2

0.00

Ward

1

0

0

0

1

1

0.00

Williams

1

0

0

0

0

3

3.38

Brill L,1-1

1 1/3

1

2

2

1

3

0.98

L.Castillo

 2/3

2

3

3

2

0

2.97

Sheckler pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.

E–Dust Devils Dust Devils Manager Ben Fritz ejected by HP umpire Tanner Moore (8th). GS–Sheckler 66; Badamo 53. HBP–Susnara (Sheckler). Pitches-strikes–Sheckler 75-57; Miller 9-5; Munoz 23-15; W.Torres 19-11; Badamo 78-52; Watson 25-18; Ward 16-9; Williams 15-11; Brill 42-22; L.Castillo 22-10. WP–Brill. Inherited runners-scored–Miller 2-2; L.Castillo 1-1.

T–3:34. A–3,935.

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