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Eugene Emeralds win High-A West championship against Spokane Indians

The Register-Guard logo The Register-Guard 9/25/2021 Ashley Conklin, Register-Guard
Eugene Emeralds players celebrate their win over the Hillsboro Hops in their first home game of the 2021 season at PK Park in Eugene. © Andy Nelson, Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard Eugene Emeralds players celebrate their win over the Hillsboro Hops in their first home game of the 2021 season at PK Park in Eugene.

The Eugene Emeralds' first season as a San Francisco Giants High-A West affiliate was a rousing success.

The Emeralds capped their first season as a Giants affiliate by winning the High-A West championship Friday night with a 5-0 win over the Spokane Indians to wrap up the best-of-five series in four games at Avista Stadium.

Eugene won the first two games of the series 15-7 on Tuesday and 3-0 on Wednesday before a 6-1 loss in Thursday's third game.

Friday's game was all Emeralds.

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Tyler Fitzgerald's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second inning gave Eugene a 1-0 lead, and three homers later helped Eugene wrap up the championship.

Marco Luciano homered in the fifth inning to score Fitzgerald as the Emeralds increased their lead to 3-0. Ismael Munguia and Brett Auerbach hit back-to-back solo homer in the eighth inning to seal the win and the championship.

Ryan Murphy went the first five innings on the mound for Eugene, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out seven Spokane batters.

Taylor Rashi followed by striking out three in two hitless innings with Austin Reich striking out two more batters in the eighth and Chris Wright closing it out in the ninth. Wright allowed a two-out triple to Brenton Doyle but got Grant Lavigne to ground out to second to end it.

The five pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts while allowing three hits.

Luciano and Munguia both had two hits to lead Eugene's seven-hit attack. Two Spokane pitchers struck out 11 Emeralds and walked one.

Contact Ashley Conklin at aconklin@registerguard.com or 541-338-2337, and follow him on Twitter @Ashleyrgsports

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