By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
Hillsboro 9, Volcanoes 6
The home series with the Hops started with their first win over Salem-Keizer.
A one-run bottom of the first inning gave the Volcanoes their only lead of the game. Tyler Hollick singled, reached second base on an error and third on a grounder, and scored on a single by Jeremy Sy.
Hillsboro’s biggest inning was the third, when four runs scored on three singles, a walk and an error. The Hops scored three times in the sixth on two doubles, a single, a walk and an error.
In the Volcano fourth, Sam Eberle walked, Ty Ross doubled, and Eberle scored on a ground out. An error that put Brandon Bednar on first base allowed Ross to score. Bednar stole second base and scored on a single by Sy.
Joe Kurrasch was the losing pitcher with a 2-4 record. Austin Platt was the winning pitcher in relief.
Volcanoes 4, Hillsboro 1
Improved pitching and fielding stopped a five-game losing streak.
The Volcanoes broke a scoreless tie with a run in the sixth inning. After the Hops tied the score in the seventh, Salem-Keizer responded with two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth.
In the Volcano seventh, Geno Escalante hit an infield single, and Ty Ross moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt, reaching first on an error. A sacrifice bunt by Ryan Jones moved both runners up. Brian Ragira singled Escalante and Ross home.
Jake Shadle was the winning pitcher in relief, running his record to 2-0. Raymundo Montero got his seventh save. Patrick Smith was the losing pitcher in relief.
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