By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
Salem-Keizer won the series from Everett four games to one, going into the all-star break with a 5-2 second-half record and the South Division lead.
July 29: Volcanoes 5, Everett 4 (10 innings)
It was the first win, against two losses, in an extra-inning game for Salem-Keizer this season.
A walk-off single by Miguel Gomez with Ronnie Jebavy on third base ended the game. The winning pitcher, Caleb Smith, struck out four and walked one with no hits for his two innings.
The AquaSox, in town to start a five-game series, scored all their runs in the first inning. The Volcanoes came back with one run in the first and scored twice in the fourth before tying the score in the seventh with a home run, his first of 2015, off the rapidly improving bat of John Riley.
Kyle Wilcox, who has been one of the top closers in the Northwest League, took his first loss of the season.
July 30: Volcanoes 8, Everett 2
The Volcanoes led all the way, scoring a run in each of the first four innings before Everett scored its two in the fifth.
Ronnie Jebavy was Salem-Keizer’s hitting star, getting three hits including his fourth home run. Julio Pena also hit his fourth and John Riley his second.
Each club went through five pitchers, with Volcano starter Andrew Suarez leaving after four innings because of a pitch count limit. He allowed five hits but no walks and struck out two. Nathaniel Santiago got the win, his first. AquaSox starter Luiz Gohara was the losing pitcher.
Salem-Keizer’s big inning was the four-run sixth. The runs came on four singles, a walk and a fielder’s choice.
Aug. 1: Everett 11, Volcanoes 7
AquaSox bats got hot, providing six runs in the first inning and never letting Salem-Keizer even tie the score.
Everett had 17 hits in all, four by Drew Jackson and three by Everett Mejia. The Volcanoes had 12 hits, three by Christian Lichtenthaler, and scored three times in the ninth inning.
Logan Webb was the starter and loser, evening his record at 3-3. Everett starter Jose Santiago got the win, running his record to 3-3.
Aug. 2: Volcanoes 3, Everett 2
Drew Leenhouts won his sixth game against only one loss and left the game with an earned run average of 1.99. Caleb Smith got his fifth save, Scott Price hit his first professional home run.
The Volcanoes scored the first two runs of the game in the third inning and added a run in the fourth before the AquaSox scored in the seventh and eighth.
In the Salem-Keizer third, Junior Amion singled, stole second base and went to third on a throwing error, and scored on a double by Steven Duggar. Ronnie Jebavy singled Duggar home. Price’s homer provided the fourth-inning run.
Everett’s runs were scored when Connor Hale singled Luis Liberato home in the seventh and Drew Jackson scored on an Erick Mejia single in the eighth.
The Volcanoes’ ninth-inning runs came on four singles and a wild pitch.