AquaSox snap Volcanoes’ four-win streak

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Volcano catcher Jared Deacon loses control of the ball as a runner for the Eugene Emeralds slides into home plate. He was ruled safe, but Salem-Keizer took a 5-3 win Monday, July 28. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Volcano catcher Jared Deacon loses control of the ball as a runner for the Eugene Emeralds slides into home plate. He was ruled safe, but Salem-Keizer took a 5-3 win Monday, July 28. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

July 23: Volcanoes 5, Spokane 3

Salem-Keizer trailed 2-0 after 2-1/2 innings but scored once in the third and then took over.

Starter Jason Forjet won his third game against no losses and struck out 11 in his 6-2/3 innings. Shilo McCall, still pushing his offensive figures upward, hit a solo home run in the third inning.

The Volcanoes’ big inning was the fourth. Skyler Ewing led off with a walk, and Sam Mende doubled him home. A single by Travious Relaford scored Mende. Relaford moved to third base on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly by Fernando Pujadas.

Both of the Indians’ runs came on solo homers, one by Zach Cone and one by Saquan Johnson.

Eury Sanchez had his fifth save. Andrew Barnett was the losing pitcher.

July 24: Volcanoes 8, Spokane 2

Shilo McCall’s third-inning grand slam and one of Drew Leenhouts’ stronger starts made Salem-Keizer the winner of a series that had two games to go. The Volcanoes went over the .500 mark overall for the first time this season.

Each club had seven hits, but an eight-inning rally and Leenhouts’ ability to scatter hits gave the Volcanoes a six-run victory. Spokane’s Marcus Greene also homered, but it was a bases-empty shot in the fourth.

In the Volcano third, Jonathan Jones walked, Jared Deacon singled, and both moved up on Brett Kay’s sacrifice bunt. T Relaford doubled both runners home. A balk moved Relaford to third, and Will Callaway singled him home. Skyler Ewing was hit by a pitch, Sam Mende walked, and McCall hit the ball over the left field fence. Jones was hit by a pitch, moved up as Deacon walked, and scored on a single by Kay.

Leenhouts pitched seven innings and Dusten Knight and Ian Gardeck one each. Indian starter Nick Gardewine took the loss.

July 25: Volcanoes 5, Spokane 3

A four-run second inning and three double plays helped Jose Reyes obtain a winning record (4-3).

The victory gave Salem-Keizer its first four-game winning streak of the season, and a crowd of 3,968 was there for a Striking Out Meth in Marion-Polk Counties promotion and watched fireworks after the game.

In the Volcano second, Travious Relaford singled, Shilo McCall walked, an error on Jared Deacon’s sacrifice bunt put him on first base, Brett Kay singled Relaford home, and McCall scored as Tyler Hollick grounded out. Christian Arroyo drove in Deacon and Kay with a single.

There was one home run, by Spokane’s Seth Spivey in the third with Saquan Johnson on base.

Eury Sanchez had his sixth save, and Indian starter Richelson Pena was the losing pitcher.

July 26: Spokane 4, Volcanoes 1

The breaks went the other way, but Salem-Keizer ended up with four wins for the five game home series with the Indians.

The one Volcano run came in the first inning. Johneshwy Fargas singled, reached second base on a single by Christian Arroyo and scored on a single by Skyler Ewing.

Spokane outhit the Volcanoes but only by 12-10. No one hit a home run, and there were no errors.

Volcano starter Nick Gonzalez saw his record drop to 1-3 but came out of the game with a 2.72 earned run average. Spokane starter Derek Thompson got the win and John Fasola a save.

July 27: Volcanoes 9, Emeralds 1

Ethan Miller allowed the Emeralds only the first run of the game as his teammates pounded them for 17 hits, including a two-run homer by Will Callaway.

Skyler Ewing got four of those hits, including two doubles, and newcomer Austin Slater three. Three other Volcanoes had two hits each.

Salem-Keizer’s big inning was the sixth, with four runs. Slater singled and stole second base, and Callaway knocked the ball over the left field fence. Jared Deacon and Tyler Hollick singled, and Seth Harrison drove them in with a triple.

Miller went eight innings, and Cameron McVey pitched the ninth. Eugene’s Brandon Fry was the losing pitcher in relief.

July 28: Volcanoes 5, Eugene 3

Christian Arroyo and Jason Forjet were the stars of this one.

Salem-Keizer’s all-star shortstop had four singles and drove in two runs. Forjet ran his record to 4-0, striking out seven in his six innings and walking none.

The Volcanoes’ big inning was the first. Seth Harrison led off with a triple, newcomer Ryder Jones walked, and Arroyo singled Harrison home. Skyler Ewing grounded into a force out, and Austin Slater drove Jones in with a single.  Ewing scored as Will Callaway grounded into a force out.

Eury Sanchez got his seventh save. Emerald starter Walter Weickel took the loss.

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