Volcanoes get 2-1 win in 13 innings

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Volcano Rafael Rodriguez pops a fly ball to the infield during the game Tuesday, Aug. 28. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

Aug. 22: Volcanoes 3, Spokane 0

Salem-Keizer followed its first shutout win of the season with its second, blanking Spokane in the first game of its series there.

Volcano starter Joe Biagini allowed five hits but no walks and struck out eight in his six innings. Tyler Mizenko, closing for his second straight night, got his 11th save.

The Volcanoes had only four hits to the Indians’ five, but two of those hits provided insurance runs in the ninth inning. Joe Rapp singled, and Mac Williamson hit a two-run homer.

In the fifth, Rafael Rodriguez reached first base on an error, stole second, went to third on another error and scored on a double by Chuckie Jones.

Aug. 23: Spokane 3, Volcanoes 0

The host Indians reversed the score of the previous night’s game, getting their runs on four hits and holding Salem-Keizer to two.

It was a game full of strikeouts. Starting and winning pitcher Jose Valdespina had 10 in his six innings, and Cameron Lamb, who started and lost for the Volcanoes, had five in his five innings. He allowed two of Spokane’s runs, but neither was earned.

The biggest blow was a first-inning triple by Patrick Cantwell, who drove in Gabriel Roa. Ryan Rua singled Cantwell home.

The Volcanoes had the bases loaded with two out in the third, but Valdespina struck out Mitch Delfino.

Aug. 24: Volcanoes 2, Spokane 1 (13 innings)

A game that featured bases on balls and excellent fielding plays ended with the Volcanoes on top after four extra innings.

Spokane outhit Salem-Keizer 12-5, but the Volcanoes got their hits at the right times after Connor Sadzeck, the Indians’ starting pitcher, left with a no-hitter going after six innings.

Andrew Cain scored the winning run as Kentrell Hill walked with the bases loaded.

Matthew Graham was the winning pitcher in relief, and Tyler Mizenko had his 12th save.

Aug. 25: Volcanoes 5, Spokane 2

Chris Johnson started on the mound for Salem-Keizer and struck out six in his six innings, giving up both Spokane runs, only one earned.

Salem-Keizer started the second inning trailing 2-0 and tied the score. The Volcanoes scored three more times while Johnson and relievers Randall Ziegler and Stephen Johnson allowed no Indian to reach third base and only one to reach second.

Stephen Branca led the offense, hitting a single and a double in four times at bat, driving in two runs and scoring one. Playing shortstop, he also started a double play.

Chris Johnson ran his record to 2-3, and Stephen Johnson got his second save. Abel De Los Santos was the losing pitcher in relief.

Aug. 26: Spokane 10, Volcanoes 4

Each club had nine hits, but Spokane had six extra-base hits to one for Salem-Keizer.

Two of the Indians’ hits were home runs, by Joey Gallo in the second inning and Joe Maloney in the sixth. Spokane’s big inning was the fifth, with five runs.

Mac Williamson and Stephen Yarrow had two hits each for the Volcanoes. Chuckie Jones scored two runs, and Ryan Jones drove in two.

John Kukuruda, Spokane’s starter, was the winning pitcher. Starter Joan Gregorio took the loss.

The Volcanoes had Monday off.

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