Day: April 22, 2014

Boys escape Saxons on strong defense, one run

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity baseball team was likely thanking its lucky stars for pitchers after the team’s Central Valley Conference opener Friday, April 11. The Celtics won 1-0. While junior Mickey Walker kept the Saxons at bay from the mound, McNary scored the only run of the game on a wild pitch by South’s Sam Tweedt. “Any time you can get a win against a pitcher like Sam Tweedt, you’ve got to be happy,” said Larry Keeker, McNary head coach. “But we were under duress a number of times and managed to get out of jams.” The critical inning for the Keizer team was the fifth. Jacob Wood led off at the plate with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice fly by Matt Aguilar. Walker struck out swinging on the next at bat, but Wood took third and then made it home on two wild pitches by Tweedt. On the defensive side of the game, the Celts had three double plays that proved crucial, Keeker said. McNary had only three hits in the game off the bats of Wood, Tim Hays and Hayden Gosling. “It was hard to see it in the stats, but we were battling at the plate and ratcheting up Tweedt’s pitch count,” Hays said. The team had 14 strikeouts. Walker allowed just two hits...

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REI set to open May 2

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Looking for new outdoor gear in Keizer? If so, here’s some good news: the REI store in Keizer Station is about to open. Washington-based REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) already has several stores in the region but none in the Salem-Keizer market. That will change early next month as Salem REI opens at 6035 Ulali Drive NE, the former Circuit City building. “The opening date is May 2 and we will have a variety of grand opening activities May 2 to 4,” said Bethany Hawley, senior public affairs associate with REI. Circuit City closed its store in March 2009. Since January 2010, the Keizer Soccer Club had been using the building as the Futsal Center, with the understanding they would leave if a new tenant came in. That finally happened last fall, as REI submitted plans to convert the building. The conversion included adding 1,735 square feet to the back of the building, making it 22,165 square feet total. A VIP community reception is taking place at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1, with the public opening the next day. Juan Quintero will be the store manager. “We are thrilled to open a store in Salem and look forward to partnering with your community,” Quintero and REI CEO Jerry Stritzke said in a statement. REI is a retail cooperative founded in 1938. The Keizer Station...

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