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Indians end season with a bang!

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SPOKANE, Wash. - What a way to end the 2009 season for the Spokane Indians! With fireworks already scheduled for after the game, the Indians decided to start early as they defeated the Yakima Bears 11-2 Sunday night in front of 5,327 fans at Avista Stadium. The Indians 11 runs came on 11 hits against the Bears.
 
The game started off with solo home runs by both teams in the second inning. Yakima's Matt Helm went yard in the top of the inning and Spokane's Tomas Telis sent one over the right center field wall in the bottom.
 
Tied 1-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth, Spokane exploded for seven runs as they batted around the order and then some. With the bases loaded and no outs, Clark Murphy singled to score Jason Ogata from third. Danny Lima and Michael Ortiz then turned in singles of their own, scoring two more runs and Edward Martinez popped out to left field to score Murphy.
 
After Kyle Rhoad hit into a double play, Yakima pitcher Rafael Quezada threw a wild pitch allowing Ortiz to score from third base. Joe Bonadonna went on to single, followed by an Ogata triple that scored Bonadonna. The Bears got out of the inning after Jared Prince flied out for the final out.
 
Yakima scored their final run of the evening in the sixth inning, but Spokane wasn't done as they added three more runs in the eighth inning. Lima tripled to right field to score Murphy and then Lima ended up scoring on a passed ball by the Bears catcher. The Indians scored their final run of the night on a wild pitch by Yakima's Alex Thieroff for the final score of 11-2.
 
Lima finished the night 2-for-4 with two hits, including a triple with two RBIs. Martinez went 2-for-3 with two singles and two RBIs. Ogata turned in a 2-for-3 night, which cemented his spot as the Northwest League batting champion of 2009, finishing the year with a .366 batting average.
 
While the offense had a big night, so did Indians starter Trevor Hurley. Hurley went seven innings, allowing just three hits and two runs while striking out 10 Bears batters. Johnny Gunter closed out the final two innings, allowing no hits and fanning three batters.
 
Tonight's game concluded the 2009 season for the Indians. Spokane finished 37-39, which is good for second place in the Northwest League East division. Three Indians players (Robbie Ross, Vincent DiFazio, and Miguel Velazquez) were named Northwest League All-Stars and for the tenth year in a row, the Indians led the NWL in attendance.
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