By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
A 3-2 victory over Hillsboro opened the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes’ 2013 season Friday night, June 14.
Chris Johnson, one of the San Francisco Giants’ top prospects, was the starting and winning pitcher, with right field newcomer Tyler Hollick leading the offense before a crowd of 3,421.
Although he had only three strikeouts, Johnson held the Hops to two hits and one walk in his six shutout innings. The hit was a first-inning single by Ryan Gebhardt.
The Volcanoes’ first run came in the second on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Ryan Jones, scoring Geno Escalante.
Ben Eckels, Hillsboro’s starting pitcher, held the Volcanoes scoreless in the next two innings. His control started to slip in the fourth, when he hit leadoff hitter Shilo McCall. Gabriel Cornier then singled to right center field, moving McCall to second base. Hollick singled to right, driving in McCall, and a throwing error by right fielder Yogey Perez-Ramos allowed Cornier to score. Eckels then hit Jeremy Sy with a pitch but struck out Jones to retire the side.
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