Offense no problem for Salem-Keizer as vets take field

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Members of an artillery unit deliver the game ball July 5.  (KEIZERTIMES/ Eric A. Howald)

Members of an artillery unit deliver the game ball July 5. (KEIZERTIMES/
Eric A. Howald)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

July 1: Vancouver 8, Volcanoes 4

The Canadians hammered Salem-Keizer for seven runs on eight singles, two doubles, two walks and three steals in the first four innings.

Volcano starter Ethan Miller allowed six runs on two hits in three innings to take the loss. Dusten Knight followed him on the mound and gave up a run in two innings; then Armando Paniagua allowed a run in three.

Christian Arroyo and Shilo McCall were the only productive Volcanoes, each with three hits.  Arroyo hit his second home run of the season with the bases empty in the ninth inning and had two singles, driving in two runs and scoring one. McCall hit a double and two singles and scored twice.

McCall doubled and scored on Arroyo’s single in the third. Brett Kay singled Geno Escalante home in the eighth.

Yeyfry Del Rosario was the winning pitcher in relief.

July 2: Volcanoes 6, Vancouver 1

The Volcanoes, especially Geno Escalante, found their bats and kept the Canadians from sweeping the series.

It was a 1-1 game until the fifth inning, when Salem-Keizer scored three times. Will Callaway singled, Craig Massoni walked, and Callaway scored on an error that put Travious Relaford, who had bunted, on first. Escalante singled Massoni home and was thrown out trying to make it a double, but Relaford went to third on the play and scored on a sacrifice fly by Shilo McCall.

Escalante had three hits including a double, drove in two runs and scored one. Starting pitcher Jason Forjet got the win, and the loss went to Starlyn Suriel, also a starter. EJ Encinosa, Eury Sanchez and Raymundo Montero pitched in relief for the Volcanoes.

July 3: Vancouver 6, Volcanoes 4

A five-run rally in the Canadian eighth inning wiped out a 5-1 Salem-Keizer lead.

Volcano starter Drew Leenhouts had nine strikeouts in his 6-2/3 innings, allowing eight hits but not one walk. Cameron McVey was the losing pitcher and Vancouver reliever Jose Hernandez the winner.

Christian Arroyo and T Relaford had three hits each for the Volcanoes.

The Canadians scored their eighth-inning on four hits and a walk, the big blow being a bases-loaded triple by Roemon Fields.

The ninth inning featured three ejections. A pitch by Vancouver’s Brett Barber hit Geno Escalante on the helmet. Plate umpire Matt Snodgrass ejected Barber, and an argument by manager John Schneider got him run out. After Escalante was called out at second base on a force play, the Volcanoes stormed the field, and batting coach Ricky Ward got the thumb.

July 5: Volcanoes 7, Hillsboro 6

Salem-Keizer scored the first six runs of the game and Hillsboro the next six, forcing a bottom of the ninth inning.

Nick Gonzalez, the Volcanoes’ starting pitcher, allowed three runs, none earned, in his 5-2/3 innings. Three relievers followed before EJ Encinosa, pitching one-third of an inning in the ninth, got the win. Austin Platt was the losing pitcher in relief.

First baseman Skyler Ewing, brought in because Craig Massoni was promoted to the Augusta Greenjackets, was one of the Volcanoes’ big hitters with a home run, a single and four runs batted in. Also starring offensively were Christian Arroyo and Will Callaway with three hits each.

The Volcanoes outhit the Hops 14-9.

July 6: Hillsboro 11, Volcanoes 9

A four-run fifth inning gave the Volcanoes a 5-3 lead, but the Hops scored five runs in the sixth.  Salem-Keizer added two each in the seventh and eighth, but Hillsboro scored three times in the ninth.

The Hops outhit the Volcanoes 14-7, so for a while Salem-Keizer did a better job of making hits count. The one home run of the game was a two-run shot by Pedro Ruiz in the ninth inning.

Ethan Miller, Salem-Keizer’s starting pitcher, allowed three runs, two earned, in five innings. The first reliever was Jake McCasland, who gave up five runs in one-third of an inning. Steven Neff and Cameron McVey pitched scoreless ball, and in the ninth Dusten Knight became the losing pitcher.

Hillsboro’s sixth-inning rally came on three hits, a walk, an error, a fielder’s choice and a wild pitch. For the Volcanoes, Christian Arroyo and Jonathan Junes had two hits each, and Will Callaway knocked in three runs.

Cody Geyer was the winning pitcher in relief.

July 7: Volcanoes 4, Eugene 3

Jason Forjet won his second game of the season against no losses as Salem-Keizer ended a scoreless 3-1/2 innings with a run in the fourth and added three in the fifth.

Tyler Hollick, who had walked, stolen second base and reached third on a grounder, started the Volcano scoring by coming home as Skyler Ewing grounded out. In the fifth, Hollick singled Jared Deacon home, Brett Kay scored on a wild pitch, and another wild pitch brought in Johneshwy Fargas.

For the Emeralds, Jason Goree doubled two runners home in the fifth and Yale Rosen hit a solo home run in the ninth.

Eury Sanchez, who despite the homer struck out three in his one inning, got his first save.

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