Volcanoes back atop NWL on 6-win streak

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Leo Rojas sends a pitch to deep left field in the Volcanoes game with Everett Monday, Aug. 12.  (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Leo Rojas sends a pitch to deep left field in the Volcanoes game with Everett Monday, Aug. 12. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes


Aug. 8: Volcanoes 9,
Everett 6

The home series opened with a win that tied Salem-Keizer and Everett for the best overall Northwest League record at 31-21.

It was the Volcanoes’ game from the start, with three runs in the first inning. Tyler Hollick was hit by a pitch and went to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Bednar. Jeremy Sy walked, and Brian Ragira doubled both runners home. Tyler Horan singled to score Ragira.

Although the AquaSox had the highest-scoring inning, with four runs in the sixth, Salem-Keizer scored in the third through sixth innings.

The Volcanoes’ Brandon Bednar hit the only home run of the game, a solo shot in the fourth.

Jake Shadle (4-1) was the winning pitcher in relief, with Daniel Slania getting his first save. Tommy Burns (0-1) took the loss.

Aug. 9: Volcanoes 4,
Everett 1

New starter Pat Young pitched six scoreless innings for a 1-0 record.

The first runs came in the first inning, when Brian Ragira drove in Brandon Bednar and Jeremy Sy with a double. The Volcanoes had only four hits but held the AquaSox to four until the last inning.

Salem-Keizer had a shutout going until the ninth, when Raymundo Montero, not as stingy as usual, gave up a single to Justin Seager and an RBI double to Carlton Tanabe.

Thyago Viera, who started for Everett, was the losing pitcher at 3-4.

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