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Dust Devils look to stay hot against the Hops

KENNEWICK, Wash - The Tri-City Dust Devils are looking to keep a good thing going. They return home winners of four out of five over the Boise Hawks.

And it was in convincing fashion. In the four wins the Dust Devils outscored the Hawks 24-12.

The Dust Devils say it was just a matter of relaxing and not pressing at the plate. And the hits and runs just started to happen.

"We took, you know, some steps forward in that Boise series. Had some big hits from a lot of different guys. It was nice to see. Usually it's a couple guys here a couple guys there getting a few hits and that's our offense. But that last series was definitely good. We put up 10-11 hits a night and it was spread out to the whole team so that was good to see," said Alec Mehrten who leads the Dust Devils in average.

"Offensively we just kind of let our hair down a little bit. We just kind of let things go instead of trying to force action, we kind of let it happen. That's what happens when teams relax and start to gel a little more," Dust Devils manager Drew Saylor added.

Wednesday night the Dust Devils open a fresh series with the Hillsboro Hops, AKA the team formerly known as the Yakima Bears. This past off-season Hillsboro built a new stadium and signed a twenty-year deal to bring over the Bears. Then they agreed to rename the team the Hops. Manager Audo Vicente is still with the team and says he likes the change.

"Unbelievable, you know, Hillsboro's a great baseball city. They really support us and it's really nice to see the support of the crowd given to our players, and you know, as a team they've been there every night no matter what. No matter what happens with the team. We really appreciate it being in a nice city like that," Vicente said.