By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
Tom Trebelhorn’s strategy and practice sessions have changed little if at all from the last two seasons.
The Volcanoes, who made the Northwest League playoffs in 2008 and won them last year, have struggled in the second half of this year after going 17-21 in the first half. Their manager, however, said after the end of last week’s home series against Spokane that he is doing much the same things.
“Same old game,” Trebelhorn said. “Just haven’t done it as well.”
Trebelhorn has been able to get better early innings from his pitching rotation, and a few of his hitters, such as Ryan Scoma, have improved during the season. However, as he noted at the start of the season, he was starting with a mostly new roster as usual, with many question marks.
His players, even with their limited experience, know that the club has done much better in recent years. However, they have not seen changes in the way the Volcanoes are run.
Infielder Adam Duvall observed simply that the club has shown less talent than before. Stephen Harrold, a relief pitcher, said, “We just ran into a lot of bad luck.”