Volcanoes top Emeralds 8-4 in first of three

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John Polonius makes a throw to Brian Ragira at first base for an out in the Volcanoes’ game with Spokane Thursday, July 11. Salem-Keizer won the game 9-1. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

John Polonius makes a throw to Brian Ragira at first base for an out in the Volcanoes’ game with Spokane Thursday, July 11. Salem-Keizer won the game 9-1. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

An 8-4 victory opened the Volcanoes’ home series with Eugene on Monday.

Chris Johnson’s pitching and a first-inning bases-loaded triple by Ryan Tuntland were the big reasons. Johnson, now 3-2, settled down after giving up a first-inning home run by Hunter Renfroe. He had five strikeouts and allowed no walks and four hits in his six innings.

Renfroe’s homer over the left field fence came with two out and no one on base. All three outs in the Emerald first inning were on grounders to second baseman Brandon Bednar.

Salem-Keizer lost no time in getting ahead, answering Eugene’s run with four runs. With one out, Bednar hit an infield single and stole second base, Brian Ragira and Tyler Horan walked, and Tuntland tripled to center. Shilo McCall drove Tuntland in with a single to left.

After a ground out and a walk, Eugene’s manager, Jim Gabella, replaced starting and losing pitcher Erik Cabrera with Kyle Lloyd, who retired the next batter for the third out.

The next four innings were scoreless.  Eugene scored one run in the sixth when Ronnie Richardson, who had doubled and reached third on a grounder, came in on a wild pitch.

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