Three losses follow huge comeback for Salem-Keizer

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Volcano Skyler Ewing catches a foul ball for an out in a game earlier this season. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

July 30: Volcanoes 8, Tri-City 7

It was one of Salem-Keizer’s biggest comebacks. After trailing 6-1 at the end of six, the Volcanoes scored three times in the seventh inning and four times in the ninth.

The win started a road series in Pasco, where the Volcanoes have seldom won lately. The Dust Devils outhit Salem-Keizer 9-8, one of the hits a home run by Ryan Garvey, son of Steve, but the Volcanoes timed their hits well.

In the top of the seventh, Travious Relaford doubled Skyler Ewing and Austin Slater home and scored on an error.

Relaford and Will Callaway walked in the Volcano ninth, and Johneshwy Fargas doubled Relaford home. Seth Harrison scored Callaway with a single, and Fargas scored on a ground out. Slater singled to score Harrison.

Cameron McVey was the winning pitcher in relief, and Eury Sanchez had his eighth save. Jerad McCrummen took the loss.

July 31: Tri-City 4, Volcanoes 3 (13 innings)

A two-out wild pitch by Salem-Keizer reliever Armando Paniagua gave the Dust Devils the win.

The wild pitch scored Miguel Dilone, one of two baserunners at the time. Tri-City’s John Sheehan was the winning pitcher. Nick Gonzales started for the Volcanoes, Blake Shouse for the Dust Devils.

Each club had eight hits. The only Volcano to have two hits was Christian Arroyo, who also starred at shortstop.

The loss evened the five-game road series at one win apiece.

Aug. 1: Tri-City 4, Volcanoes 3 (10 innings)

Salem-Keizer led 3-1 through seven innings, but Dust Devil pitchers kept Volcano bats subdued and Dust Devil hitters came up with three walks and a single in the bottom of the 10th after adding two runs in the eighth.

In the top of the first, Seth Harrison walked, stole second base and went to third on a wild pitch. Austin Slater singled him home. Skyler Ewing walked, and an error on a pickoff attempt moved Slater to third. Hunter Cole drove Slater in with a double, and Ewing scored as T. Relaford grounded out.

Tri-City outhit the Volcanoes 10-5. Slater had three of Salem-Keizer’s hits, all singles.

Josh Michalec was the winning pitcher and Cameron McVey the loser.

Sunday: Tri-City 5, Volcanoes 3

The Volcanoes lost a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning and never caught up, losing the rubber game of the series.

Two of Salem-Keizer’s runs were scored in the second. Ryder Jones led off with a single, and Austin Slater doubled, sending him to third base. Shilo McCall grounded out, driving in Jones. Leo Rojas scored Slater with a double.

Tri-City outhit the Volcanoes 14-9. The Dust Devils’ Jordan Parris got three hits and drove in two runs.

EJ Encinosa was the losing pitcher and John Sheehan the winner. Josh Mihalec earned a save.

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