By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
Aug. 8: Volcanoes 9,
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,
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.Print