Day: April 30, 2014

Celtics win two by skin of teeth

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After being dealt a 4-1 loss by the West Salem High School Titans on Tuesday, April 15, the McNary High School varsity baseball team rebounded to eke out two wins in tight contests. “When you win close games, it builds confidence. It’s up to our team to remember what that feels like so we can overcome when those situations happen again,” said Larry Keeker, McNary head coach. The Celts got the first run of the game with West, but it was also the team’s only one. Jacob Wood was walked to start the game and advanced to second on a sacrifice fly by Mickey Walker. Wood rounded the bases on a single by Hayden Gosling and McNary went up 1-0. Despite 17 first-pitch strikes in a complete-game effort, the Titans made the most of their five hits on pitcher Jordan Barchus and walked away with the win. McNary returned to the field the following day to host the Sprague High School Olympians and the teams duked it out for 12 innings before Barchus singled to left field driving in Jacob Vasas for the 3-2 win. “We were just trying to battle up and compete the best we could and that’s what we did,” said Celt Travis Klampe. “We had good defense down the stretch and shut them out after their last run.”...

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There’s no such thing as too much cowbell

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes There are plenty of events for runners next month. But if running isn’t your thing, there is still an opportunity for live music – provided by you. Christine Dieker, executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, gave an update on the 27th annual Iris Festival presented by Silverton Health at the April 10 West Keizer Neighborhood Association (WKNA) meeting. Iris Festival officially kicks off May 1 with the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, with most events taking place May 15 to 18. In addition to the parade on May 17, there will be runs galore. Over the course of two days there will be a Kidz 3K, a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon and a full marathon. “Starting at 7 a.m. there will be a full marathon,” Dieker said. “This is the first time in the region we’ve had a full marathon. I expect probably 100 participants. If we had that many, I would be happy.” Dieker said the runs will go down Windsor Island Drive, with the full marathon going down 13 miles before turning around and coming back along the same route. “These participants will be on the road,” Dieker said. “It would be helpful if cars are not on the road. If you care to and have skills as a musician or want to play your favorite music, it’s great...

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