Everett puts Salem-Keizer into losing skid

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Andrew Leenhouts delivers a pitch for the Volcanoes against the AquaSox July 5. He settled down after giving up a leadoff home run and got his third win of the season. (Photo by Herb Swett)

Andrew Leenhouts delivers a pitch for the Volcanoes against the AquaSox July 5. He settled down after giving up a leadoff home run and got his third win of the season. (Photo by Herb Swett)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

July 2: Boise 10, 

Volcanoes 5

A four-run first inning and home runs in the fifth and ninth made the visiting Hawks the winners of the three-game series.

It was expected to be Paul Blackburn’s night, but after three scoreless innings, the Volcanoes revised his earned run average from zero. A third-inning single by Sam Eberle scored Randy Ortiz and Tyler Hollick, Shilo McCall singled Elliott Blair home, and Boise’s lead was cut to 4-3.

Orbandy Rodriguez came in to pitch the fourth and retired Salem-Keizer in order. David Bote hit a solo homer in the fifth, but the Volcanoes came back with one in the sixth. Boise scored twice in the eighth, and Jacob Rogers hit a three-run homer in the ninth.

Rodriguez was the winning pitcher, with Tyler Bremer getting a save. Starter Joe Kurrasch was the loser.

July 3: Volcanoes 11, 

Boise 3

The bats of Sam Eberle and Tyler Hollick and the arm of Reyes Moronta finally reminded the Hawks of what Salem-Keizer can do.

For the Volcanoes, the big inning was the seven-run second. Eberle led off with the first of two home runs in the game. Shilo McCall and Elliott Blair walked, and John Polonius doubled them home. Randy Ortiz singled, and a single by Hollick brought Polonius home. Brandon Bednar singled, loading the bases. Jeremy Sy scored Ortiz with a sacrifice fly. Bednar went to second base on a wild pitch, and McCall drove in Hollick and Bednar with a single.

Moronta pitched the first five innings with only one of three runs earned and had six strikeouts. He received relief help from Lorenzo Mendoza, Jake Smith and Eduardo Encinosa. Loiger Padron, Boise’s starter, took the loss.

Hollick had four hits, scored two runs and drove in two.

July 4: Volcanoes 8, 

Everett 5 (12 innings)

Salem-Keizer overcame seven errors, tying a franchise record, to tie the host AquaSox for the best Northwest League record (15-6) to date.

The big blow was a three-run double by pinch hitter Shilo McCall in the top of the 12th inning. Tyler Hollick Elliott Blair and Sam Eberle were the baserunners.

Everett led 2-0 until a home run by Ryan Honeycutt with Blair on base tied the score in the fourth.  The AquaSox went back ahead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, but the Volcanoes scored a run in the fifth and one in the sixth. They went ahead by a run in the ninth, but Everett answered with a run.

Jack Reinheimer and DJ Peterson had four hits each for Everett. Ryan Jones’ three hits led the Volcanoes.

Raymundo Montero was the winning pitcher in relief, and Armando Paniagua had his first save. The losing pitcher was Nick Valenza, also in relief.

July 6: Everett 14, 

Volcanoes 6

A six-run Everett rally in the fourth inning wiped out a 5-1 Salem-Keizer lead, and the AquaSox bats stayed hot.

Three singles and three walks in the first, all with two out, produced four runs for the Volcanoes in the first.

Justin Seager led off the Everett fourth with his first home run of the season. Three singles, a pickoff, a run and a hit batter followed. Then Brian Brito hit a bases-loaded triple. Five singles in the Everett sixth produced four more runs.

Everett’s DJ Peterson hit his fourth and fifth homers and teammate Christian Carmichael his first. There was one Volcano homer, Brandon Bednar’s first.

Lorenzo Mendoza was the starting and losing pitcher. Jake Zokan was the winner in relief.

July 7: Everett 6, 

Volcanoes 1

The AquaSox made it two in a row over the Volcanoes, scoring four of their runs in the fourth inning.

With starter Joe Kurrasch pitching, Jack Reinheimer and Justin Seager singled, and a single by DJ Peterson scored Reinheimer. A triple by Reggie Lawson drove in Seager and Reinheimer. Carlton Tanabe singled Lawson home.

Salem-Keizer’s run came in the sixth. Tyler Hollick singled and stole second base, and newcomer Ryan Tuntland singled Hollick home.

Kurrasch had seven strikeouts but gave up five runs, all earned, and eight hits in his five innings; his record is now 1-3. Everett starter Rigoberto Garcia was the winning pitcher, running his record to 4-0.

Tuntland played third base. The Volcano lineup had two other newcomers, right fielder Tyler Horan and first baseman Brian Ragira.

July 8: Everett 3, 

Volcanoes 2

The AquaSox barely won the rubber game of the series.

Each club had seven hits, Everett scored all three runs in the third inning, and Salem-Keizer scored a run in the fifth and one in the ninth.

Phillips Castillo led off the third with a home run. Carlton Tanabe walked, went to second base on a bunt and scored on a single by Jack Reinheimer. Reinheimer reached second on a grounder and scored on a double by DJ Peterson.

In the Volcano fifth, Geno Escalante was hit by a pitch, went to second on a single by Ryan Jones and came home on a single by Brandon Bednar. John Polonius’ first homer in a Salem-Keizer uniform provided the ninth-inning run.

Everett starter Lars Huijer was the winning pitcher and is now 3-1. Reyes Moronta, the Volcanoes’ starter, took the loss but had five strikeouts, as did Huijer.

The Volcanoes had Tuesday off.

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