The Eugene Emeralds spanked the Salem Keizer Volcanoes with their bats last night… putting up 13 hits in a 13-7 win to capture the two teams’ three game series. Zach Kometani started the scoring for the Ems with a two-run home run in the second inning. The win leaves Eugene, at 8-and-6, a game behind Everett in second place in the West Division. The Emeralds are in Boise this evening where they’ll open up a five game series against the Hawks.
Typical of low-key coach Mike Riley, the Oregon State Beavers opened up fall practice in a ‘workmanlike’ manner this week. There was no big “media day” with speeches and prognostication about the upcoming season. Instead, the Beavers just got to work. All eyes are on senior flanker James Rodgers, who is coming off two surgeries. He was cleared to practice in “limited fashion”. Instead of his usual jersey number eight… he was on the field Monday wearing #1… the former number of his younger brother Jacquizz, who left the Beavers a year early and is now with the Atlanta Falcons. The Beavers open the season at home September 3rd against Sacramento State.