By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
July 17: Volcanoes 4,
Salem-Keizer edged Eugene in a game that was scoreless for 4-1/2 innings.
Chase Johnson, pitching five innings for the first time as a Volcano, got his first win. He allowed three hits, struck out three and walked one.
The Volcanoes started the scoring with three runs in the fifth. Sam Eberle walked, went to second base on a grounder and scored on a double by Ryan Jones. Randy Ortiz singled to right field, and Jones was thrown out at home. Ortiz stole second and scored on an error that put Jeremy Sy on first base.Brian Ragira doubled Sy home.
The Emeralds scored once in the sixth and the Volcanoes once in the seventh. Eugene, scoring twice in the eighth, never caught up.
Jake Shadle and Armando Paniagua followed Johnson on the mound, and Raymundo Montero got his sixth save. Eugene starter Erik Shoenrock took the loss.
July 18: Tri-City 5,
A four-run Tri-City rally was all the Dust Devils needed to beat Salem-Keizer in the first game of a series in Pasco.
Having given up a single, two doubles and a triple for the four-run top of the first inning, Volcano starter Joe Kurrasch was gone after the first. Relivers Cameron McVey, EJ Encinosa and Arturo Maltos-Garcia pitched well, but the Volcano offense fell short.
Salem-Keizer scored a run each in the fourth, seventh and eighth innings, the first run coming on Brandon Bednar’s fourth home run of the season. Tri-City starter Ryan Warner was the winning pitcher.
No Volcano had more than one hit.