Volcanoes stymied by Ems, Hawks

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By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

Aug. 13: Volcanoes 2, Eugene 1

Drew Leenhouts, in a new role of reliever, was the winning pitcher in this road series opener that was nearly all pitching.

Leenhouts pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings after starter Jose Reyes went five with seven strikeouts. Eury Sanchez got his 11th save, and Wilson Santos was the loser in relief.

Salem-Keizer and Eugene were scoreless through six innings. The Volcanoes got both their runs in the top of the seventh.  Skyler Ewing singled and went to third base on a double by Ryder Jones. Hunter Cole singled Ewing home, and Jones scored on a wild pitch.

The Emeralds’ run came in the eighth. Nick Vilter doubled, went to third on a wild pitch and scored as Michael Miller grounded out.

Aug. 14: Eugene 1, Volcanoes 0

This time the Emeralds won a low-scoring game, giving Salem-Keizer’s Jason Forjet his first loss against six wins.

Forjet pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and striking out nine. However, Eugene’s Zechariah and two relievers gave up only three hits among them, with Zechariah getting the win and Colby Blueberg a save

The Volcanoes’ only hits were singles by Seth Harrison, Austin Slater and Ryder Jones

The only run came in the bottom of the sixth. River Stevens singled and went to second on a single by Auston Bousfield. Trae Santos singled Stevens home.

Aug. 15: Eugene 5, Volcanoes 4 (10 innings)

A wild pitch gave the Emeralds the extra-inning game win and the series win.

The Volcanoes had a 4-0 lead through 2-1/2 innings. Eugene scored once in the third and three times in the fifth.

Then it was all goose eggs through the top of the 10th.  Joseph Epperson led off the bottom of the inning with a walk, reached second base on a bunt and third on a grounder, and scored when EJ Encinosa made the wild pitch.

Eugene outhit Salem-Keizer only 7-6. Seth Harrison was the only Volcano to get two hits, and Christian Arroyo hit his fifth home run.

Dusten Knight took the loss, having put Epperson on base before Encinosa came in. Seth Lucio was the winning pitcher.

Saturday: Boise 4, Volcanoes 1

Salem-Keizer started the home series by outhitting Boise 9-6, but the Hawks did better at putting hits together.

The Volcanoes’ Skyler Ewing hit the only home run of the game in the fourth inning to cut Boise’s lead to 2-1, but the Hawks scored two runs in the seventh. Mark Malave and Bryant Flete singled, and Rashad Crawford drove them in with a triple.

Keury Mella, this time going three innings in his rehab assignment with the Volcanoes, allowed one hit and one unearned run and struck out two. He was the losing pitcher.

Hawk starter Erick Leal got the win and Sam Wilson a save.

Christian Arroyo, Ewing and T. Relaford had two hits each for the Volcanoes.

Sunday: Boise 7, Volcanoes 6

The Volcanoes blew the series as well as a six-inning 5-0 lead.

After starter Nick Gonzales went six innings with no runs and four strikeouts, Boise’s hard-hitting hawks got to Cameron McVey for four runs, EJ Encinosa for one and Eury Sanchez for two.

Five of the Salem-Keizer runs came in the first inning. Austin slater singled, Seth Harrison walked and Christian Arroyo drove them in with a double. Skyler Ewing walked, and Aramis Garcia singled, loading the bases. Arroyo scored as a double play followed. Shilo McCall walked, Brett Kay singled Ewing home and Tyler Hollick singled McCall home.

In the seventh, Boise scored four runs on a single, a walk, a double and a ground out. The Hawks tied the score in the eighth on a home run by Jesse Hodges.

Salem-Keizer went back ahead in the eighth when Brett Kay, who had doubled, scored on a bunt single by Hollick.  In the Hawk ninth, Charcer Burks led off with a triple, and Kevin Brown followed with a homer.

Sanchez was the losing pitcher. Daniel Lewis got his first win and Corbin Hoffner his first save.

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