Mavs League Recaps: Volcanoes maintain second place position

Thursday, Aug. 5: Mavericks 10 Volcanoes 1

Garrett Alvarez threw seven innings of shutout baseball and five players had multi-hit games for the Mavericks as they completed the dominant 10-1 win over the Volcanoes in the series opener. 

Alvarez only allowed four hits and one walk while striking out seven. 

After an RBI-single by Mavericks first baseman Matt Holiday gave his team a 1-0 advantage, the Mavericks struck for four more in the bottom of the third, three of which coming on a three-run blast by Andrew Castano.

The Mavericks took a 6-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Holiday knocked in his third run of the game on an infield single. 

Three more runs in the bottom of the eighth gave the Mavericks their largest lead of the ballgame at 10-0.

Saturday, Aug. 7: Campesinos 13 Senators 1

The Campesinos continued their dominance over Salem by beating the Senators 13-1.

Colby Nealy picked up his league-leading 10th win of the year after going seven innings and giving up no runs on two hits while striking out eight. Rick Phillips and Eric Whitfield each had four hits and three RBIs in the win.

The game went scoreless for four innings, but the Campesinos went off for five runs in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to an error, an RBI-double by Phillips and a two-run homer from Whitfield. 

Phillips picked up two more RBIs in the sixth inning to extend the Campesinos lead to 7-0.

After scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh, the Campesinos scored five runs on four hits in the eighth to lead 13-1.

Saturday, Aug. 7: Volcanoes 10 Mavericks 4

Six Volcanoes players had multi-hit games as Salem-Keizer evened up the series by beating the Mavericks 10-4. 

Jared Bell picked up his second victory of the year, pitching six innings and giving up two earned runs while striking out seven. Gabriel Cotto went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in the victory.

The Volcanoes scored in the first four frames to take a 6-0 lead before the Mavericks responded with two runs in the top of the fifth on an error.

But in the bottom half of the frame, Landen Barns and David Kyriacou each had RBI-doubles to help extend the Volcanoes lead to 9-2, putting the game out of reach.

Sunday, Aug. 8: Volcanoes 10 Mavericks 8:

The Volcanoes had 16 hits on the night in their 10-8 win over the Mavericks to pick up the series win. Kevin Jordan Jr. led Salem-Keizer with a 4-for-5 day at the plate. 

RBI-hits by Landen Barns and David Kyriacou gave the Volcanoes a 2-0 advantage after the first inning. 

Jordan Jr. got in on the action in the second inning with an RBI-triple to extend the Volcanoes lead to 3-0. 

The Mavericks got one back in the top of the third on an RBI-groundout from Matt Holiday. But in the fifth frame, the Mavericks got their first lead of the game thanks to a solo homer from Leomar Jiminez and back-to-back RBI-groundouts by Drake Zarate and Julian Hunt.

In the bottom of the fifth, however, the Volcanoes responded with three runs of their own to take a 6-4 lead.

The Volcanoes extended that lead to 10-4 thanks to four runs in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by a two-run blast by Nick Adgar.

A two-run homer by Zarate in the top of the seventh brought the Mavericks within four. Then, in the top of the eighth, Rodny Rodriguez and Andrew Castano were each hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, making the score 10-8.

But closer Jake Lialios came to the hill in the top of the ninth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning to pick up his second save and conserve the victory for Salem-Keizer.

Sunday: Aug. 8: Campesinos 4 Senators 0

Although the Campesinos had an off-day at the plate, their pitching staff picked up the slack,

Austin Crowson, Andrew Baxter and Luke Laurita threw a combined two-hitter as the Campesinos defeated the Senators 4-0 to earn the series sweep. 

The Senators did draw five walks, but only got one runner into scoring position for the entire game. 

Nick Ybarra, Collin Runge and Eric Whitfield each hit solo homers in the win.