Tangent Fire District honors two at awards

TANGENT — Brice Walters received the EMS First Responder of the Year award and Jake Royer was named Firefighter of the Year during the recent Tangent Fire District annual awards dinner at the Central Electrical School.

Pac-12 football media days begin this week

– The 2015 Pac-12 Football Media Days begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. with conference commissioner Larry Scott’s press conference.  Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich will answer questions Friday at 12:25 p.m., and running back Royce Freeman and linebacker Rodney Hardrick will follow at 12:38 p.m. The two-day event be held at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif.

– GoDucks.com released an interactive video on Tuesday in which viewers experience a 360-degree perspective of what it’s like to walk onto the field at Autzen Stadium on game day. The “360 Autzen Player Experience” features Duck players in yellow uniforms walking out into and out of the tunnel at the start of last year’s game against Michigan State.

– Despite beating the Boise Hawks 9-5 Monday night, the Eugene Emeralds lost 5-1 on Tuesday. With the loss, the Emeralds have now dropped their fifth consecutive series as well as 14 out 0f 18 games. Check out these photos from Monday night’s game.

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Eugene Emeralds Show Some Offense in Win over Everett


After splitting the first two games of the five game series with the Everett AquaSox. Many times this season the Ems would jump out to score first and they did it again, plating five runs en route to an 8-4 victory and a 2-1 series lead on Thursday night in Washington.

Nick Torres and Marcus Davis led the charge for the Emeralds hitting a combined six for nine. Torres finished three for five with a homerun, two RBI’s and three runs scored and Davis went three for four with two doubles. There was also some bad news as the injury bug hit the Emeralds on Thursday night during the game.

Two middle infielders were forced to leave the game including Franchy Cordero after being hit in the hand by a fastball and Jalen Goree left the game in the ninth after a throw to first base and experiencing some ‘discomfort’ in his throwing arm. These two are keys to the playoff run for the Eugene Emeralds and their situation bears watching moving forward.

The fourth game of the series at Everett is Friday at 7:05 with the series finale on Saturday, also at 7:05. The Eugene Emeralds will then return home to PK Park to host Vancouver for a five game series next week.

Everett Shuts Out Ems on One-Hitter

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EUGENE, Ore.– The Emeralds were facing a left-handed starter for the 2nd straight game and they were hoping to greet Ryan Yarbough with a 5-run 1st inning as they had Luiz Gohara the night before. Instead, Yarbough came out dealing retiring the side in order with a couple of strike outs.
Eugene starter, Zech Lemond, allowed a leadoff double in the 2nd inning to 3B Kyle Petty. After striking out the next hitter, LF Corey Simpson picked up an RBI single and Everett was ahead 1-0. Lemond would complete 5 innings while collecting 5 strike outs and allowing just that 1 run on 3 hits.

Yarbrough is on a 3 inning limit for each of his outings after pitching a full season at Old Dominion University this spring. On Friday night he retired all 9 batters he faced including 7 punch outs. He would turn the ball over to right hander Brett Ash to start the 4th inning and Ash kept the perfecto going with a strike out and a pair of ground outs.

Eugene would finally get a base runner when Jalen Goree drew a one-out walk in the 5th. On the very next pitch, Nick Vilter hit into a round-the-horn double play to end the inning. In the 6th inning with two down River Stevens broke up the no-hitter with a single up the middle. After Stevens swiped 2nd base, Auston Bousfield grounded out to end the threat. The Ems would get another two-out base runner with a walk in the 7th but that would be all the offense the Ems would must Friday night.

Everett added a run in the 8th inning off All-Star reliever Aaron Cressley utilizing a leadoff single from 1B Kristian Brito. After a strike out and a ground out, Cressley induced a comebacker that should have ended the inning. However, the throw was out of the reach of 1B Marcus Davis and Brito came into score. In the top of the 9th, Seth Lucio came in out of the Ems pen and allowed 2 doubles to the first 3 batters making it 3-0 Aquasox.

Everett used their 3rd pitcher of the night, Kody Kerski, to finish off the 8th and 9th. Kerski retired all 6 batters he faced including 5 by way of the strike out in picking up his 3rd save of the year. Lemond took the tough luck loss and Brett Ash was the winning pitcher.

The series continues Saturday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm.

Goree’s Walk-Off Helps Ems Win in Extras

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EUGENE, Ore.– The Emeralds clinched at least a series split with a walkoff win against Spokane. In the top of the first it looked like the Indians might get on the board when they used a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases with one out. Thomas Dorminy, Eugene’s lefty starter, induced a round-the-horn double play to end the threat.

The Emeralds would eventually score first in the bottom of the 4th inning when Franchy Cordero belted a solo shot off the batters eye for his second homer of the season. Eugene had scoring chances in the 5th with two on and one out but could not score. Spokane starter Andrew Barnett finished five innings allowing three hits and just that one run while striking out eight.

In the top of the 6th, Colby Blueberg came on from the Ems bullpen and retired the first two batters he faced. When he struck out Jose Trevino swinging it looked like a quick 1-2-3 inning, but catcher Jose Ruiz dropped the 3rd strike and Trevino reached first. Then with Luke Tendler batting, Trevino took off for second on a 3-2 pitch. The pitch was a ball outside but Ruiz threw to second anyway and when the ball sailed into center field it setup runners on 1st and 3rd with 2 out. With Marcus Green batting a pass ball got by Ruiz and allowed the runner from 3rd to score and tie the game.

Both offenses would have few scoring chances until the 12th inning. In the top half, Spokane recorded back-to-back two out hits off Cory Bostjancic before Saquan Johnson struck out to end the threat.

In the bottom of the 12th, lefty Nick Dignacco came in and went to a 3-2 count to Ems 2B Jalen Goree. After fouling off multiple pitches he ripped one over the left field wall for a walk-off win. The Ems are now 2-1 in extra inning contests. Eugene remains 4 games back in the southern division after Hillsboro defeated Everett 8-7.

The Emeralds wrap up this 9-game, 8-day homestand Thursday night with a July 3rd fireworks extravaganza. Box seats and bleachers are sold out, standing room only $4 per ticket. As always you can tune in live to 95.3 the Score for the broadcast starting at 6:50pm.

Tri-City Ends Ems’ Win Streak at Four

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PASCO, Washington: The Eugene Emerald’s 4-game win-streak came to an end Sunday, as Tri-City rallied to win 6-4 in Pasco.

Rain Delay During Ems Game at PK Park Creates Some Creativity


A rain delay at PK Park made for some pretty interesting interactions between the Ems mascots and some of the players. Take a look at the silliness that ensued.

All images are via the Eugene Emeralds Instagram account.

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Cold Streak For Ems Offense Continues In 3-0 Loss To Volcanoes

(Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

If the Emeralds plan on competing for a playoff berth, they’re running out of time.

Jim Gabella‘s squad fell to Salem-Keizer by a 3-0 score on Saturday, the fifth straight loss for the Emeralds. It was the tenth time this season the Emeralds have been blanked–most in the Northwest League.

Fernando Perez and Edwin Moreno had Eugene’s only hits on the night on an evening where the home side was struck out ten times. Pat Young got the start for Salem-Keizer and allowed just one hit in six innings while striking out six. Tyler Rogers pitched the seventh and the eighth for the Volcanoes before Raymundo Montero notched his 13th save of the season.

The Volcanoes scored all three of their runs in the third inning off Eugene starter Coby Cowgill. Brian Ragira had an RBI triple and Tyler Horan and Blake Miller added RBI singles.

Outside of the third inning Eugene was strong on the mound. Cowgil struck out seven in just 4.2 innings and the bullpen allowed just one hit in the final 4.1 innings of the game

Eugene is now six games back of co-leaders Hillsboro and Boise, who are both 18-12. With eight games remaining the Emeralds aren’t mathematically eliminated from playoff contention yet, but they could be by the middle of the week.

The Emeralds offense has struggled mightily since Hunter Renfroe was called up to single-A Fort Wayne. In nine games with the TinCaps, Refnroe is hitting .235 with a home run and 4 RBI.

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Eugene Emeralds Open Hometand With 2-1 Loss To Hops

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(Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

George Roberts hit a two-run home run into the Eugene Emeralds’ bullpen in the eighth inning and it was enough to give Hillsboro a 2-1 win over the home Ems.

The Emeralds’ run came in the bottom half of the inning courtesy of an error by Ryan Gebhardt. The Ems loaded the bases and Wynton Bernard hit a double play ball right at the shortstop but Gebhardt couldn’t field the ball cleanly allowing the run to score.

With the bases still loaded and two outs, Donnavan Tate grounded out to end the inning and strand the bases loaded, three of seven men the Emeralds left on base all night.

“That’s one thing about this team,” Eugene Emeralds manager Jim Gabella said. “We’ve always kept fighting. We’ve never given up and always kept battling.”

Erik Schoenrock started the game on the hill for the Emeralds and turned in a solid outing despite being limited to three innings.

“Twenty five pitches in three innings is phenomenal, and he’s done that a lot of times.”

The Ems had a new face at the top of the order as Bernard took over the leadoff spot for Ronnie Richardson, who has been called up to Class A-advanced Lake Elsinore.

“Good for Ronnie,” Gabella said. “He played well for us, did a lot of good things and hopefully he can help Lake Elsinore.”

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