By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
Aug. 7: Volcanoes 9, Boise 5
The first 2014 home run by a left-handed Volcano hitter started a lead that Salem-Keizer never lost.
Ryder Jones’ two-out shot in the third inning with Christian Arroyo on base broke a 1-1 tie. The Volcanoes needed more runs to stay ahead of the visiting Hawks and got them.
A two-run homer by Boise’s Mark Zagunis in the seventh cut the lead to 6-4 and the Hawks added a run in the top of the eighth. With two out in the bottom of the eighth, singles by Johneshwy Fargas and Seth Harrison, a stolen base by Fargas, a double by Arroyo and two wild pitches added three runs.
Nick Gonzalez was the winning pitcher, relieving after starter Keury Mella was injured in the first inning, while Cameron McVey got his first save. Joshua Conway was the losing pitcher.
Aug. 8: Volcanoes 4, Boise 3
Salem-Keizer had a 4-0 lead going into the sixth inning, but Boise, known for fighting back, didn’t make the Volcanoes’ win an easy one.
In the Volcano first, Christian Arroyo singled and moved up on a wild pitch and a passed ball before Skyler Ewing walked. Ryder Jones singled Arroyo home and Aramis Garcia singled Ewing home. A fourth-inning double by Seth Harrison drove in Hunter Cole and Johneshwy Fargas.
The Hawks scored a run each in the sixth, seventh and ninth.
Starter Jose Reyes won his fifth game. Steven Neff relieved him, striking out three in 1-1/3 innings. Eury Sanchez, who closed, did not have one of his better appearances but got his ninth save.
Saturday: Volcanoes 16, Boise 3
Volcano bats went wild while Jason Forjet tamed those of the Hawks.
It was Salem-Keizer’s first series sweep of the season, ending with the Volcanoes’ most lopsided victory of 2014 so far.
A crowd of 3,493 saw the Volcanoes score three runs in the first inning, two in the second, five in the third and six in the fourth. Salem-Keizer’s 13 hits included two home runs, a three-run shot by Christian Arroyo in the third inning and a solo homer by Skyler Ewing in the fourth.
Arroyo had three hits and Austin Slater, Ryder Jones and Leo Rojas had two each
Forjet went six innings, allowing one of the runs on three hits and striking out seven. His season record went to 6-0. Relievers were Kirk Singer, Dusten Knight and Jake McCasland.
Sunday: Volcanoes 7, Hillsboro 1
Ethan Miller’s pitching and a five-run Salem-Keizer third inning extended the Volcanoes’ winning streak.
Miller ran his record to 5-1, allowing five hits in his eight innings and striking out eight. It was the first of a three-game series with the Hops, played in Hillsboro, but the next two games were at home.
In the Volcano third, singles by Hunter Cole, Travious Relaford and Seth Harrison loaded the bases. Austin Slater drove in Cole and Relaford with a double. Christian Arroyo singled Harrison home, and a sacrifice fly by Skyler Ewing scored Slater. Brett Kay doubled and scored on a single by Aramis Garcia.
The only home run of the game was one of the five hits off Miller, a fifth-inning line drive by Stryker Trahan.
Hillsboro starter Kyle Anderson was the losing pitcher.
Tuesday: Volcanoes 14, Hillsboro 11
This was wilder than Monday’s game, but Salem-Keizer came out on top, winning the series.
Trailing 8-2 after two innings, the Volcanoes scored four runs in the third, one in the fourth, four in the fifth and three in the eighth.
Dylan Davis and Hunter Cole of the Volcanoes had their first professional home runs and teammate Ryder Jones hit his second for Salem-Keizer. Stryker Trahan, Jordan Parr and Kevin Cron homered for Hillsboro.
Nick Gonzalez had an uncharacteristic start for the Volcanoes, leaving after 1-1/3 innings, having given up eight runs, seven earned. EJ Encinosa was the winning pitcher in relief, running his record to 4-1. Eury Sanchez got his 10th save. Tyler Toifair took the loss in relief.