Volcanoes win series with Ems, fall to Canadians

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Salem-Keizer’s Tyler Hollick takes a cut in a game earlier this season. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Salem-Keizer’s Tyler Hollick takes a cut in a game earlier this season. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

June 25: Volcanoes 5, Everett 4

A three-run walk-off homer by Shilo McCall overcame an Everett lead.

The AquaSox led most of the way, scoring once in the first inning and once in the third. Salem-Keizer answered with a run in the bottom of the third. Tyler Hollick, who had grounded into a force out, scored when McCall did the same.

In the sixth, Jared Deacon doubled and scored as Brett Kay did the same.

After Everett added two runs in the top of the ninth, Hollick hit into a force out, Travious Relaford singled, and McCall knocked the ball over the left field fence.

EJ Encinosa was the winning pitcher in relief and Cruz Pereira the loser.

June 26: Volcanoes 5, Eugene 2

A five-run fifth inning brought Salem-Keizer back to the .500 mark in the opening game of this road series.

The Volcanoes’ Jonathan Jones hit a one-out double in the fifth and scored on a double by Brett Kay. Christian Arroyo singled Kay home, went to second base on a passed ball and scored as Ryan Jones singled. Craig Massoni singled, and Shilo singled both runners home.

Eugene scored once in the first, on a balk by Ethan Miller, and once in the fifth, on a double and a single.

Miller, who struck out five in his six innings, got his first win, and Raymundo Montero had his first save. For the Emeralds, Walter Lockett was the losing pitcher in relief.

June 27: Volcanoes 5, Eugene 4 (14 innings)

It looked like a hitters’ game in the first inning, when Salem-Keizer scored three runs and Eugene two, but pitching dominated the game from the fifth through the 13th.

Craig Massoni homered with Tyler Hollick and Christian Arroyo on base in the Volcano first. The Emeralds responded in that inning with a home run by Franchy Cordero with Cory Spangenberg on.

In the top of the fourth, Brett Kay singled Will Callaway home. Eugene tied the score in the fourth when a double by Jose Carlos Urena drove in Marcus Davis and Trae Santos.

Then came the goose eggs. Volcanoes’ starter Jason Forjet had eight strikeouts but was removed after five innings, and Eugene starter Tony Wieber left after four. Four Salem-Keizer pitchers and six Eugene pitchers followed.

Fernando Pujadas hit a solo homer in the 14th. Dusten Knight was the winning pitcher and Cory Bostjancic the loser.

Sunday: Vancouver 5, Volcanoes 3

Salem-Keizer scored first, but Vancouver took a 5-3 lead and the Volcanoes never caught up.

In the first of two road games with the Canadians, the Volcanoes scored in the first inning when Craig Massoni doubled to drive in Will Callaway.

Vancouver responded with two runs in the bottom of the first and added two in the third on a two-run homer by Ryan McBroom.

Christian Arroyo tripled in the sixth for Salem-Keizer and scored on a wild pitch. Vancouver scored again in the seventh.

The last Volcano run came in the eighth, when Tyler Hollick, who had doubled and reached third on a ground out, scored on another ground out.

Canadian starter Daniel Lietz was the winning pitcher, and Justin Shafer had a save. Volcano starter Jose Reyes took the loss.

Monday: Vancouver 10, Volcanoes 2

It was Vancouver’s night, with the Canadians outhitting the Volcanoes only 8-6 and drawing only one more walk than Salem-Keizer but making the hits and walks count.

Christian Arroyo hit the only home run of the game, his first, in the first inning, but Vancouver scored four runs in the first, one in the third and five in the fourth before the second Volcano run was scored in the seventh.

Chris Carlson led the Canadian offense, driving in five runs on two hits.

Both starters were the pitchers of record, Miguel Castro the winner and Nick Gonzalez the loser. Gonzalez was pulled after hitting two batters and giving up a single and a walk in the first inning.

Kirk Singer, Jake McCasland, Steven Neff and Cameron McVey followed, with McCasland giving up all five fourth-inning runs. Neff pitched three shutout innings and McVey one.

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