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Boise finds enough fire to melt snowballing start.

Byline: Shawn Miller The Register-Guard

An inauspicious start never improved for the Eugene Emeralds on Wednesday, when visiting Boise picked up its first win of the season 5-1.

Two pitches into the game, Eugene starting pitcher Jeremy McBryde plunked Boise leadoff hitter Jonathon Wyatt.

McBryde lost his footing because of a wet mound, prompting Eugene manager Greg Riddoch to call for the grounds crew to put down diamond dry on the front of the mound.

Wyatt scored on a two-out RBI double by Ty Wright and added the game's final run in the fifth when he was plated on a sacrifice fly by Marquez Smith.

"It snowballs sometimes," said Boise coach Tom Beyers, whose team began the season 0-8.

"When it gets to five, six, seven, now they start pressing. You don't want that at this level, at this point. These guys are just stepping into pro ball and (the win is) just like getting something off our back."

Eugene (6-3 overall), which had averaged more than five runs per game to start the season, was held to five hits in front of a crowd of 2,708. However, they had numerous opportunities to score.

The Emeralds had runners on second and third with two outs in first before Robbie Blauer struck out on a full count.

In the fourth inning, Brian Lauderdale toed the plate with the bases loaded and two outs - the previous three batters having walked. Lauderdale launched the first pitch foul down the left-field line and, two pitches later, hit a groundout to end the inning.

In his next at-bat, Lauderdale accounted for the Emeralds' lone run with a solo home run to left field on the first pitch of the seventh inning.

"That's just one run, and we're still behind by a lot," Lauderdale said. "I wish it could have come one at-bat earlier."

The Ems also failed to drive in a runner in scoring position in the eighth and ninth innings.

"That's where you want to be, to get an opportunity to score," Riddoch said. "That is why the game is so wonderful. It is totally unpredictable."

Boise scored a run on a two-out broken bat single by Drew Rundle - a graduate of Bend High School - in the second and added two more runs in the fourth on a two-run home run by Billy Mottram.

"Teams like that are kind of dangerous," Lauderdale said. "They've been down, they've been beaten by team after team, game after game. Their sticks were alive and ours were just a little flat today."

On a positive note, with two strikes and two outs in the ninth inning, Danny Payne's walk put him on base for his 85th consecutive game dating back to college when he had 77 in a row.

Notes: Opening day starter Pablo Menchaca has been sent down to Peoria.

BOISE EUGENE

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Wyatt cf 4 2 1 0 Payne cf 4 0 0 0

Johnston ss 5 0 0 0 Parrino ss 5 0 3 0

Smith 3b 3 0 0 1 Kulbacki dh 4 0 0 0

Wright lf 3 0 1 1 Martinez c 3 0 1 0

Sawyer 1b 4 0 0 0 Blauer 1b 3 0 0 0

Mercedes c 4 2 3 0 Joynt 3b 3 0 0 0

Mottram dh 4 1 1 2 Conlon lf 3 0 0 0

Moss 2b 4 0 1 0 Buschini rf 3 0 0 0

Rundle rf 4 0 1 1 Lauderdale 2b 4 1 1 1

Totals 35 5 8 5 Totals 32 1 5 1

Boise... 110 210 000 -5

Eugene... 000 000 100 -1

E - Joynt. LOB - Boise 6, Eugene 11. 2B - Wright, Moss, Martinez. HR - Mottram, Lauderdale. SF - Smith.

IP H R ER BB SO

Boise

Ashwood 3 1 0 0 2 3

Muller 1 0 0 0 3 0

Tolentino W,1-0 3 2 1 1 1 5

Santana 2 2 0 0 1 4

Eugene

McBryde L,0-1 3 2-3 5 4 4 0 2

McDaniel 1-3 0 0 0 0 0

Salazar 3 2 1 1 0 0

Hefner 2 1 0 0 1 2

PB - Mercedes, Martinez. WP - Ashwood. HBP - by McBryde (Wyatt).

T - 2:45. A - 2,708.

NWL

STANDINGS

WEST DIVISION

W L Pct. GB

Salem-Keizer ... 7 2 .778 -

Vancouver ... 7 2 .778 -

Eugene ... 6 3 .667 1

Everett ... 6 3 .667 1

EAST DIVISION

Spokane ... 4 5 .444 -

Yakima ... 3 6 .333 1

Tri-City ... 2 7 .222 2

Boise ... 1 8 .111 3

WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS

Boise 5, Eugene 1

Salem-Keizer 5, Spokane 3

Vancouver 9, Yakima 7

Tri-City 5, Everett 1

TODAY'S GAMES

Boise at Eugene

Spokane at Salem-Keizer

Vancouver at Yakima

Everett at Tri-City
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Date:Jun 28, 2007
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