Vavra Blasts Walk-Off Grand Slam to Beat Vancouver 6-5
In one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of Memorial Stadium, Terrin Vavra delivered the knockout punch on a walk-off grand slam to center field giving the Boise Hawks (15-11) a 6-5 win over the Vancouver Canadians (13-13).
The home run was the first of Vavra's career and he finished the evening with all six-RBI for Boise.
It was Vancouver who struck first, an RBI single for Griffin Conine after the Canadians Yorman Rodriguez doubled with two outs off Boise starter Pearson McMahan.
Vancouver led 1-0. The Hawks only needed two batters to get their first run. It was an error on Vancouver's shortstop Vincent Capra to allow Matt Hearn on first base and after Hearn stole second, Vavra got his 5th RBI of the year to make it a 1-1 game.
After the first, it was a pitchers duel until the 5th when McMahan ran into some trouble. After McGregory Contreras singled to start the inning and a throwing error on Luke Morgan allowed Contreras to get to third base. McMahan would go on to walk Jesus Severino and it was an RBI single for Tanner Kirwer to make it a 2-1 Vancouver lead.
Otto Lopez followed it with a single for himself and the Canadians had a 3-1 lead and would knock Pearson McMahan out of the game. Shelby Lackey entered and came up big for the Hawks. With men on first and second, and nobody out, Lackey got a flyout in foul territory and then got a 4-6-3 double play to get Boise to the dugout.
McMahan finishes his night going 5+ inning allowing three runs.
The Hawks had an answer in the bottom of the 5th. Boise got two-out singles from Daniel Jipping and Matt Hearn. It was Vavra again who came up with the big-hit. The lefty doubled down the right field line to make it 3-2 and Boise was trailing by just a run.
Shelby Lackey finished his night on the mound going two innings of scoreless baseball. He turned it over to Mike Bunal. Bunal came into the game in the 7th and gave up a run on an RBI single for Otto Lopez to make it a 4-2 Canadians advantage.
Hunter Williams came on for Boise in the 8th inning and gave up his first run of the season on a sacrifice fly from Jake Brodt to make the score 5-2 Vancouver. PJ Poulin worked a scoreless 9th for the Hawks. Poulin has an ERA of 0.00 in nine innings-pitched this year.
The Hawks came up in the bottom of the 9th and it was a base-hit for Willie Maciver to start the inning. After Cade Harris struck-out, Daniel Jipping drew a walk. Vancouver decided to bring in Will McAffer to take over for Justin Watts. Matt Hearn battled and singled up the middle to load the bases.
Then it was Terrin Vavra with a blast to center-field and the Hawks walked it off on the grand slam. Vavra finishes with all six-RBI on the night. Boise goes to 15-11 on the season and takes over sole possession of second place in the Northwest League South.
The Hawks return tomorrow on Thirsty Thursday presented by Coors Light. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Get your tickets at BoiseHawks.com or call 208-322-5000.
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