Daily sports news, including Seattle Mariners and Hillsboro Hops game results and college notes.
FRIDAY, JUNE 24
OSU Hall of Fame — In recognition of the 50th anniversary of Title IX, Oregon State will induct women from the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women era (1971-1981) into its athletics hall of fame on Saturday, Nov. 5.
Teams inducted will be 1974 women’s golf, 1980 gymnastics, 1979, 1980 and 1981 softball teams and women’s track relay teams from 1972 and 1979.
Among the individuals inducted are multi-aport athletes Joan Heeter (basketball, softball volleyball, field hockey and track and field), Shirley Lagestee (track, basketball, field hockey, soccer and softball), Sherry Sevall (tennis, volleyball and basketball) and Lyla Voth (gymnastics, track, basketball, bowling, softball, volleyball, field hockey and tennis).
Track and field athletes Beth Smith and Linda Winter, 15 women rowers and women’s rowing coach Astrid Hancock also will join the hall of fame.
More OSU baseball honors — Oregon State pitchers Ben Ferrer and Cooper Hjerpe and outfielder Jacob Melton have all been named All-Americans by D1Baseball.com. Hjerpe and Melton have been named first team, and Ferrer is a third-teamer.
That is six first-team selections to both Hjerpe and Melton. Both are first-teamers by Collegiate Baseball, the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, the American Baseball Coaches Association, the College Baseball Foundation and Perfect Game. This is the first All-American honor for Ferrer.
Mariners 4, Angels 3 — At Anaheim, Seattle stranded 16 runners but found a way to win.
The Mariners (33-39) won their fourth in a row to match their season-long streak.
Julio Rodriguez had a home run and scored twice, Jesse Winker had four hits and Eugenio Suarez three hits and an RBI.
Mike Trout hit his sixth homer this season against Seattle. Chris Flexen (3-8) pitched into the sixth to win for the first time since May 27.
Canadians 5, Hops 3 — A three-run seventh carried visiting Vancouver to the Friday win at Ron Tonkin Field.
A single, a walk and two doubles — all with two outs — produced the seventh-inning rally for the Canadians (31-33). Addison Barger hit a two-run double to cap that rally.
Garrett Spain homered twice for Vancouver.
Hillsboro (29-36) stranded eight runners, five in scoring position, and managed six hits.
Pickles 9, Pippins 7 — At Yakima, Washington, Portland won a West Coast League game that featured 11 hits for both teams.
Evan Cloyd went 3 for 3, for the Pickles. Payton Allen, one of three Portland players with two hits, knocked in four runs.
A four-run fourth gave the Pickles a lead they held.
THURSDAY, JUNE 23
USA Track and Field — Oregon sophomore Micah Williams ran the ninth fastest time in Thursday’s first round of the men’s 100 at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Eugene.
The Benson High grad ran third in his heat with a time of 10.11 to advance to Friday competition. The semifinal heats of the men’s 100 are scheduled for 5:50 p.m. with the final at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The top three finishers in each event at this meet advance to the World Athletics Championships next month at Hayward Field.
Also Friday, Sandy native Ryan Crouser (Barlow High) will compete to repeat as national champion in the men’s shot put. The world-record holder, he will continue a rivalry with two-time world champion Joe Kovacs. That competition is scheduled to start at 6:42 p.m.
Friday’s TV coverage is from 7 to 9 p.m. on CNBC.
Oregon fires track coach — Oregon announced late Thursday that track and field/cross country head coach Robert Johnson will not be retained when his contract expires June 30.
It is a surprising development. During Johnson’s 10 season as head coach — which followed seven years as a top assistant coach — the Ducks won 14 national team titles.
But the program has faltered post-COVID 19. The Oregon men did win the 2021 NCAA Indoor title. But the last outdoor national title was won by the women’s team in 2017. Under Johnson, the Oregon men won consecutive outdoor titles in 2014-15.
But, neither the men nor the women were a factor in the recent NCAA Championships at Hayward Field.
In October of 2021, the Oregonian/OregonLive.com reported that six former members of the Oregon women’s program were body shamed by Oregon coaches, which they said resulted in eating disorders.
In a brief statement late Thursday, the UO announced that associate head coach Helen Lehman-Winters will serve as the interim head coach during a national search for the next head coach.
Mariners 2, A’s 1 — In one of the crazier games so far this season, Seattle won Thursday at Oakland thanks to a pair of wild pitches in the top of the ninth after they were no-hit until two outs in the eighth inning.
Three walks loaded the bases in the ninth and Oakland’s A.J. Puk threw two wild pitches to score Dylan Moore then Jesse Winker.
Seattle (32-39) finished with only two hits, the first a clean single by Adam Frazier with two down in the eighth to end a no-hit bid for Oakland starter Frankie Montas.
Seattle starter Robbie Ray allowed a run on four hits and struck out six over six innings. Diego Castillo pitched the eighth for the win and Paul Sewald the ninth for his fifth save.
Canadians 10, Hops 7 — Hillsboro scored six times in the bottom of the ninth, but came up short after falling behind 8-0 early.
A seven-run second inning sent Vancouver to a win at Ron Tonkin Field. Five hits, including a home run, and three walks contributed to the big second inning for the visitors.
Hillsboro’s big ninth was fueled by four walks and a hit-by-pitch. The Hops had three hits in the inning, including a two-run double from Caleb Roberts, who went 2 for 4 and scored twice.
A.J. Vukovich had two hits including a double and two RBI for the Hops.
Jamison Hill allowed seven runs in 1.2 innings with four hit and three walks to suffer the pitching loss.
Pickles 5, Raptors 0 — In West Coast League play at Walker Stadium, Portland scored four runs in the third inning and got strong pitching to blank visiting Ridgefield.
The four-run third featured four Pickles hits, a walk, an error and a wild pitch.
Dalton Mashore was 2 for 3 with an RBI single in the fourth and two runs scored.
Portland starter Nathan Shinn pitched five innings with four strikeouts, three hilts and no walks to earn the win. Kolby Kmetko (two innings, one hit), Tommy Snyder (one hitless inning, one strikeout) and David Morgan (a hitless ninth with two strikeouts) kept the Raptors off the board.
The Pickles play their next six on the road in Washington state, visiting Yakima Valley (June 24-26) and Ridgefield (June 28-30).
Timbers award grants — The Portland Timbers announced $60,000 in grants awarded to 10 educational, environmental, and community-focused nonprofit organizations in the greater-Portland area through the Portland Timbers Community Fund. Portland Timbers Community Fund Advisory Board awarded grants to Adelante Mujeres, Centro Cultural del Condado de Washington, Girls on the Run Greater Oregon, KairosPDX, Northwest Outward Bound School, Oregon Zoo Foundation, Portland Audubon, Portland Fruit Tree Project, SMART Reading and Zenger Farm.
Since joining Major League Soccer in 2011, according to a club announcement, the Timbers have given more than $7.2 million in cash and in-kind donations through the PTCF, the club’s field-grants program and various charitable activities.
Raptors 6, Pickles 5 — In a late Wednesday result, Ridgefield (10-6) scored in the top of the 10th on Wednesday to win at Walker Stadium. A two-out single from Travis Welker plated the go-ahead run.
Portland (7-5) rallied with two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to force extra innings.
Michael Campagna homered for Portland and Drake Anderson and Keith Jones II each had two hits for the Pickles.
Ridgefield and Portland conclude their three-game series at 7 p.m. Thursday at Walker Stadium.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22
Ionescu a WNBA all-star — Former Oregon standout Sabrina Ionescu is one of 10 starters for next month’s WNBA All-Star Game.
Ionescu, who leads the New York Liberty in points (16.7) and assists (6.1), is an all-star for the first time in her third WNBA season.
The starters were determined by a vote of fans (50%), media (25%) and current players (25%). Ionescu was third in the voting among guards behind Las Vegas Aces guards Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young. Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm, fourth in the voting for guards, will make her 13th All-Star Game appearance.
The WNBA All-Star Game on July 10 at Chicago. A vote of league coaches will select 12 reserve all-stars. A’ja Wilson and Bird will captain one team while Brianna Steward and Sylvia Fowles will captain the other. The captains will draft their teams an ESPN broadcast at noon on Saturday, July 2.
WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert named Brittney Griner, a seven-time WNBA all-star who remains detained in Russia, as an honorary starter.
Koepka official for Portland LIV Golf event — Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka announced earlier this week he would be leaving the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf, and Wednesday it was announced his first event will be the upcoming tournament hosted by Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains. The tournament runs from June 30-July 2.
Ducks alumni team to compete — The annual The Basketball Tournament is back with its $1 million prize with 64 teams competing, one of them being team Always Us, made of former Oregon hoopers. The team is organized by former student managers Robbie Ellis and Brian O’Reilly, and will be coached by Oregon assistant coach Mike Mennenga.
The roster includes: Tajuan Porter (2006-2010), Garrett Sim (2008-2012), EJ Singler (2009-2013), Johnathan Loyd (2010-2014), Jalil Abdul-Bassit (2013-2015), Dwayne Benjamin (2014-2016), Casey Benson (2014-2017), Shakur Juiston (2019-2020), Brian Conklin (Saint Louis) and Michael Finke (Grand Canyon/Illinois).
Always Us is the No. 4 seed in the Omaha regional and will play No. 5 Jackson TN Underdawgs. The game is set for 3 p.m. July 16 with the winner advancing to play at 3 p.m. July 17 against either No. 1 Gutter Cat Gang or No. 8 The Cru (Valparaiso alumni). The tournament will be broadcast by ESPN networks with exact details still to come.
Vancouver 4, Hillsboro 3 — Vancouver (29-33) scored a run in the top of the ninth and held Hillsboro (29-34) off the board in the bottom half to take the 4-3 win. John Carver pitched well for the Hops, going six innings allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits with one walk and nine strikeouts.
Mariners 9, A’s 0 — Seattle (31-39) pitched well to shutout visiting Oakland (23-47) behind starter George Kirby. The right-hander went six innings, giving up no runs on five with one walk and six strikeouts. Tommy Milone pitched the last two innings and gave up only one hit. Jesse Winker hit a two-run home run in the third and finished with three RBI.
Design team announced for Ron Tonkin Field — The city of Hillsboro announced Mortenson, along with SRP Partnership and Populous, to expand Ron Tonkin Field to meet the new MLB standards for High-A baseball. Mortenson and Populous have helped other stadium projects such as Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle and Target Field for the Minnesota Twins. SRG and Populous are also the leaders of the current renovations being done to Reser Stadium in Corvallis.
TUESDAY, JUNE 21
Hillsboro 6, Vancouver 2 — Hillsboro (29-33) out hit visiting Vancouver (28-33) en route to a 6-2 win to open their six-game set Tuesday. Lyle Lin brought home two runs on a sac fly in the second and then a single in the fourth. Fox Semones also brought home two runs, both in the eighth inning to help seal the game on a two RBI single to center.
Mariners 8, A’s 2 — Back-to-back-to-back home runs by Julio Rodriguez, Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez were the highlight of the night in Seattle’s (30-39) win on the road against Oakland (23-46). Those four shots brought in four of the eight runs on the night. Marco Gonzales pitched well also, going seven innings allowing two runs on seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
PSU football opener moved up — Portland State football’s season opener against San Jose State has been moved to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1 at CEFCU Stadium. No television or streaming options have been announced for the game yet. The only other game on the Vikings schedule with a set kickoff time is the following week at Washington. The game is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.
More honors for OSU duo — Oregon State baseball’s Cooper Hjerpe and Jacob Melton were named First-Team All-Americans by the College Baseball Foundation, bringing their total to five first-team selections this summer.
MONDAY, JUNE 20
Blazers summer league slate — The NBA released the schedule for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The Trail Blazers’ games: 6 p.m. July 7 vs. Detroit (ESPN); 4 p.m., July 9 vs. New Orleans (ESPN2); 5 p.m. July 11 vs. the New York Knicks (ESPN2); and 3:30 p.m. July 14 against Houston (NBA TV).
A fifth game to be announced will be played July 16 or July 17.
Winterhawks add forward, announce home opener — Portland acquired forward Reid MacKay from the Lethbridge Hurricanes for a conditional eighth-round pick in the 2024 Western Hockey League Draft. MacKay (listed at 6-foot, 176 pounds) is entering his 18-year-old season. He appeared in 22 games over two seasons for Lethbridge, tallying two assists.
The Winterhawks first 2022-23 home game is Saturday, Oct. 1 against Tri-City.
PSU runners at track championships — Former Portland State runner Katie Camarena will race in the women’s 1,500 on Thursday at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene. If she qualifies, the finals are scheduled for 1:40 p.m. Saturday.
Additionally, Jordan MacIntosh will run in the men’s steeplechase and Jalen Marcil in the women’s steeplechase in the Canadian Track & Field Championships.
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