Dominating offense makes for Salem-Keizer win streak

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A Boise runner tags up at first narrowly ahead of a pick-off attempt by Jonathan Jones.

A Boise runner tags up at first narrowly ahead of a pick-off attempt by Jonathan Jones.

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

June 26: Volcanoes 5, 

Eugene 1

Salem-Keizer outhit and outpitched Eugene for a third consecutive win.

Jose Reyes continued the string of shutout innings by Volcano starters, allowing three hits in his five innings. He struck out only two, but relievers Jake Smith and Arturo Maltos-Garcia had five and three strikeouts respectively.

In the second inning, Shilo McCall singled, Jonathan walked, and both advanced on a bunt by Gabriel Cornier. A single by Cristian Otero scored McCall and Jones. Jeremy Sy walked in the third, moved to second on a grounder and scored on another McCall single.

The remaining Volcano runs came in the fifth. Kentrell Hill doubled, went to third on a wild pitch by Justin Livengood and scored on a double by Brandon Bednar. Sam Eberle singled Bednar home.

The Emeralds’ run came in the eighth. Fernando Perez doubled and scored on a single by Trae Santos.

Reyes ran his record to 2-1. Eugene’s starter, Erik Schoenrock, was the loser at 0-1.

June 27: Volcanoes 9, 

Eugene 3

Ryan Jones had three hits and drove in three runs after being sidelined for a while, and Volcano starter Joe Kurrasch got his first win of the season.

It was the first Salem-Keizer sweep in Eugene since September 2009, and the big inning was the five-run third. Kentrell Hill doubled and scored on a single by Jones. Tyler Hollick walked, and Brandon Bednar moved both runners up with a bunt. Jeremy Sy singled Jones home, and a triple by Sam Eberle scored Hollick and Sy. Jonathan Jones singled Eberle home.

Kurrasch had five strikeouts in his five shutout innings. A ground out and a double produced two of the Emeralds’ runs in the sixth.

Jeffrey Enloe was the losing pitcher.

June 28: Volcanoes 10, Hillsboro 4

The winning streak went to six as the Volcanoes took care of their Hillsboro hosts.

Salem-Keizer’s big inning was the four-run third. Brandon Bednar and Sam Eberle walked, and an error put Shilo McCall on first base. Ryan Honeycutt singled Bednar and Eberle home. Gabriel Cornier and Ryan Jones walked. Randy Ortiz singled to score Honeycutt and Cornier.

The Hops got eight hits to the Volcanoes’ 14, but Salem-Keizer pitchers scattered them enough to hold Hillsboro to four runs.

Lorenzo Mendoza was the winning pitcher in relief, striking out four in four innings. Starter Jose Martinez was the loser.

June 29: Volcanoes 7, 

Hillsboro 2

Chris Johnson ran his record to 2-1, allowing no runs in his six innings and striking out seven.

Johnson and three relief pitchers scattered 10 hits. Salem-Keizer made much better use of its 12 hits, which included a home run by Jeremy Sy.

The Volcanoes’ big inning was the first, when they scored three runs off their hosts. Tyler Hollick and Brandon Bednar singled, and Sy hit his home run to left center field.

Sy led the Volcanoes with four runs batted in, Bednar with three hits, and Hollick and Geno Escalante with two runs each.  Hollick stole his eighth base.

Jonathan Pulley was the starting pitcher for the Hops and took the loss.

June 30: Volcanoes 4, 

Hillsboro 3

It was close this time, but the Volcanoes stayed ahead all the way for a series sweep.

Andrew Leenhouts got his second win against no losses and Raymundo Montero his third save. Salem-Keizer pitchers gave up six hits, and their teammates got eight.

The first run of the game came in the top of the second inning. Jeremy Sy walked, stole second base and went to third on a grounder. Newcomer John Polonius drove him in by grounding out. Neither club scored more than once in an inning.

There were two home runs, both by Hillsboro. Tyler Linton led off the bottom of the fifth with one, and Jordan Parr hit one in the ninth.

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