Quiet bats plague Salem-Keizer

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The struggling Volcanoes showed signs of improvement but not enough to have a winning week. June 24: Hillsboro 7, Volcanoes 2 Jared Miller’s pitching and Stephen Dezzi’s bat led the Hops to their second straight win over Salem-Keizer. Hillsboro led all the way, starting with three runs in the first inning. The runs came on two singles, two walks and two sacrifice flies. In the fourth, a double and three singles gave the Hops three more runs. They scored in the seventh when Dezzi singled Zach Nehrir home. Miller got his second win against no losses. He and two relievers scattered seven Volcano hits. In the Volcano fourth, Chase Compton doubled, went to third base on a single by Miguel Gomez and scored on a sacrifice fly by Shilo McCall. Salem-Keizer’s other run came in the eighth, when Richard Amion, who had reached first on an error and stolen second, came home on a Gomez single. June 25: Hillsboro 4, Volcanoes 1 Salem-Keizer suffered its first series sweep of 2015, taking a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the third inning only to give up four runs in the Hops third. The Volcanoes’ run came on a third-inning homer by a newcomer, center fielder and leadoff batter Ronnie Jebavy. Starting and losing pitcher Nathanael Santiago gave up all four of the Hillsboro runs....

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