Salem-Keizer snaps losing streak

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Shilo McCall makes tracks for third base as a Spokane player rushes to make a play at second in the game Thursday, July 11. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Shilo McCall makes tracks for third base as a Spokane player rushes to make a play at second in the game Thursday, July 11. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

July 10: Spokane 4, Volcanoes 3

The losing streak continued for Salem-Keizer, back at home and facing a Spokane club that had won seven of its eight July games.

The Volcanoes scored the first run of the game in the first inning and were answered by two Indian runs in the second and two in the third. Salem-Keizer scored twice in the fifth.

Although Chris Johnson, the Volcanoes’ starter, had 11 strikeouts and no walks in his five innings, three doubles and single by the visitors produced four runs and evened his record at 2-2. David Ledbetter, Spokane’s starter, was the winning pitcher.

Sam Eberle hit the only home run of the game, his fifth, with Elliott Blair on base. The first Volcano run came when Brandon Bednar, who had singled and reached third base on an error, scored as Jeremy Sy grounded out.

July 11: Volcanoes 9, Spokane 1

The game was a pitchers’ duel through three innings, and then Spokane starter Kelvin Vasquez threw the game away in the fourth.

Walks to Shilo McCall and Sam Eberle and a single by Ty Ross loaded the bases, and Justin Sprenger came in to pitch. After he struck out John Polonius, a passed ball scored McCall. Tyler Hollick walked, a walk to Jeremy Sy scored Eberle and a walk to Brian Ragira scored Ross. A wild pitch scored Hollick. Tyler Horan singled Sy and Ragira home.

Drew Leenhouts, Salem-Keizer’s starter, had six strikeouts and no walks in his five innings, running his record to 4-0. Indian pitchers totaled 13 walks.

Ross, a new catcher who was a defensive specialist at Louisiana State, had two singles and two doubles and scored twice in his first game with the Volcanoes.


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