By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
Aug. 20: Volcanoes 5, Tri-City 2
Salem-Keizer turned five double plays in the first game of this home series.
Although the Dust Devils scored the first run in the first inning, the Volcanoes got all they needed (three) in the third. They also hit two home runs, solo shots by Hunter Cole and Dylan Davis.
Jason Forjet, the Volcanoes’ starter, ran his record to 7-1 and had four strikeouts in his six innings. Eury Sanchez had his 12th save. Tri-City starter Ryan Castellani took the loss.
In the Volcanoes’ big inning, Cole walked, Austin Slater singled, and Seth Harrison singled Cole home. A double by Christian Arroyo scored Slater. Ryder Jones drove in Harrison with a single.
Shane Hoelscher hit a bases-empty homer for the Dust Devils.
Aug. 21: Volcanoes 12, Tri-City 7
The Volcanoes led this one all the way, with several offensive stars and with the dramatically improved reliever Jake McCasland winning his first game of the season.
Salem-Keizer scored in each of the first six innings, with home runs from Dylan Davis, Aramis Garcia and Travious Relaford. Starting pitcher Keury Mella, who is on rehab, went four innings this time, allowing four hits and a run but striking out six.
The biggest inning was the five-run fifth. Skyler Ewing singled, Ryder Jones walked and Garcia hit the ball over the left field fence. Davis singled, and Relaford hit his first homer of the season, over the right field wall.
Sean Dwyer hit a home run for the Dust Devils.
McCasland was the first of three Volcano relief pitchers. Tri-City starter Joel Payamps was the losing pitcher.
Aug. 22: Tri-City 9, Volcanoes 5
Salem-Keizer not only could not bankroll the previous day’s runs but also could not beat a club that made six errors.
In charge from the start, the Dust Devils outhit the Volcanoes 13-5. They gave Ethan Miller one of his rougher starts, battering him for 10 hits and seven runs, six earned. Reliever Dusten Knight’s eight strikeouts in 3-1/3 innings were not enough to stop Tri-City.
The Volcanoes’ only extra-base hit was a seventh-inning double by Seth Harrison.
Starter Helmis Rodriguez was the winner. He has had a non-support problem, running his record to only 4-7 despite coming out of the game with a 2.11 earned run average. Josh Mihalec got his seventh save.
Aug. 23: Tri-City 6, Volcanoes 2
It was a contest until the visiting Dust Devils scored three runs in the ninth inning to even the series.
Salem-Keizer scored once in the first, Tri-City once in the second and the Volcanoes once again in the fifth to take the lead. Tri-City got the lead with two runs in the seventh.
In the top of the ninth, reliever Donald Snelten allowed the three runs in two-thirds of an inning. Chris Rabago walked, Marcos Derkes singled, and each stole a base. A wild pitch scored Rabago, and Shane Hoeltscher doubled Derkes home. Sean Dwyer drove in Hoeltscher with a single.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, a two-base error made Seth Harrison the only Volcano baserunner of the inning. The next two batters were retired.
Blake House was the winning pitcher and Nick Gonzalez the loser. They were the starters.
Aug. 25: Spokane 4, Volcanoes 3
A three-run walk-off home run by the usually weak-hitting Fernando Vivili took the lead away from Salem-Keizer and made closer Eury Sanchez the losing pitcher to start this road series.
The Volcanoes scored one run in the first inning, and a Spokane run tied the score in the sixth. In the eighth, the Volcanoes got singles from Brett Kay and Johneshwy Fargas before T. Relaford reached first base on a force out of Kay. Austin Slater was intentionally walked, and Skyler Ewing walked, forcing Vargas home. A sacrifice fly by Ryder Jones scored Relaford.
Jose Trevino doubled for the Indians in the ninth and went to third on a wild pitch. Josh Morgan walked, and Vivili hit the ball over the left field fence.
Jason Forjet, the Volcanoes’ starter, allowed only one run, unearned, in his seven innings. Spokane’s starter, Nick Gardewine, gave up the same in five. Kevin Matthews got the win.
Aug. 26: Spokane 10, Volcanoes 5
Salem-Keizer lost again to a club it beat four games to one in their earlier series.
As they did the night before, the Volcanoes took an early lead. Two home runs by Hunter Cole and one by Skyler Ewing provided most of the five runs they scored through four innings before the Indians answered with one run in the bottom of the fourth.
From the sixth through the eighth innings, Spokane’s bats were too hot for the Volcanoes to handle. Luke Tendler, 3 for 4 for the game, hit two homers and took the Northwest League lead with 11.
Tyler Beede, a Vanderbilt pitching star before the Giants recently signed him, was the Volcanoes’ starting pitcher and gave up five hits but only one run in his 3-2/3 innings. Steven Neff, the second of four relievers, took the loss. The win went to Reed Garrett, the first of three Indian relievers.