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Day: May 13, 2010

Girls go undefeated in league play

The Lady Celts celebrate a perfect regular season following Wednesday's win at West Salem. The girls, 18-0 in league play, open the playoffs at home on Friday, May 21. Photo submitted by Martin Bennett.

McNary put the finishing touches on a perfect Central Valley Conference season with a 6-0 blanking of West Salem in varsity softball action from Wednesday.

Starting pitcher Erin Hento went the distance, allowing just three hits in seven innings.

Courtney Castronovo sparked the offense with two hits, two runs scored and a run.

The Lady Celts open the playoffs on Friday, May 21, against a team from the Mt. Hood Conference.

See next week’s Keizertimes for more information.

Woman, child hurt in morning crash

A rollover crash on Tuesday, May 11, sent a woman and child to Salem Hospital.

Of the Keizertimes

A woman and child were taken to Salem Hospital after a single-vehicle crash on Tuesday, May 11.

According to Salem Police Lt. Dave Okada, 31-year-old Raven M. Gough of Keizer was driving southbound in a 2004 Lincoln Sedan when authorities believe her car went up on the curb in the raised median at the River Road split just south of Keizer and hit a tree at Broadway and Stark Street. It then landed on its roof.

The accident was reported at 7:27 a.m.

Crews had to extricate Gough and a 10-year-old boy from the vehicle, and both were taken to Salem Hospital. An initial call to LifeFlight was eventually canceled.

Okada didn’t know if the two were wearing seatbelts, he said.

Man catches relative burglarizing home

Police said a homeowner caught a burglar in the act – his own niece – Friday, May 14.

According to Keizer Police, officers responded to a burglary that had just occurred in the Cherry Avenue and Clearview Drive area at about 5:06 p.m. They were told the homeowner, a 62-year-old man who lives in the 700 block of Bever Drive NE, was chasing the suspect on foot.

Officers shortly after located the suspect and took her into custody. The homeowner said he wasn’t hurt, and said he had come home to see his niece running from the front of the home. He also said the front window had been pried open.

Police said the suspect had some 35 prescription pill bottles, which had drugs that included Vicodine and other prescribed painkillers and sleep aids. She also had aerosol spray designed for dusting. Users can get high by huffing this substance, Sgt. Greg Barber of Keizer Police.

Arrested was Matallica F. Paulk, 18, of Keizer, for burglary, possession of a controlled substance, and a probation violation warrant for a previous robbery charge.

Check out the fire engines on Monday

The Keizer Fire District will hold its annual Emergency Medical Services Open House and Safety Fair on Monday, May 17, at the station, 661 Chemawa Rd. NE in Keizer from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Open House and Safety Fair will feature the equipment and services provided by the Keizer Fire District along with 25 other agencies and organizations that provide emergency services and safety messages to area residents.

Visitors can receive safety information on a variety of subjects, meet people with expertise in many life safety fields and enjoy free refreshments.

Activities include the opportunity to get in a Keizer Fire District ambulance and/or other. There will be free blood pressure checks, information on the safe installation of infant and child car seats, and information on Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).

Team Safety will display the Capitol Auto Group Racing Dragster. Safety information will be provided on electrical safety, disaster preparedness, boating safety and water safety. A Life Flight helicopter is scheduled to land behind the station at 7 p.m. and will be on display. The Keizer Bike Advisory Committee will have a bike obstacle course.

Agencies and organizations participating in this year’s Open House include the American Red Cross, Salem Electric, Keizer Police Department, Willamette Valley Communications Center (9-1-1) and Salem Hospital.

Other exhibitors include the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Marion County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol, US Bank and Chemeketa Community College. Several organizations will be on hand to provide awareness information about cancer, diabetes, and traffic safety information.

Visitors to the EMS Week Open House will also be able to walk across the parking lot to the City of Keizer shops and participate in its open house as it celebrates National Public Works Week

Public Works will offer displays, games, equipment displays free hot dogs provided by NW Natural.

Perfection one win away for Lady Celts

Of the Keizertimes

Let’s just say that the McNary batters zeroed in on the McKay pitcher.

The Lady Celts improved to 17-0 with another rout of the Royal Scots. This time by a 13-2 score.

This marked the teams’ third meeting of the season, and none of these games lasted more than five innings.

What made this game memorable was McNary’s display of power. Hannah Bouska, Hailey Decker, Courtney Castronovo and Nichole McDonald – just call them the Bash Sisters – launched rockets over the outfield fence. Three of the home runs came in the same inning.

McDonald, who has been batting an injured thumb, also made some noise on the mound by pitching a three-hitter for the win.

The girls, ranked second in the state, have clinched the top seed in the Central Valley Conference. They will host a team from the Mt. Hood Conference next Friday (May 21).

Before the playoff opener, the Lady Celts traveled to West Salem Thursday, May 13, to take on West Salem. Win this one and the Lady Celts’ goal of a perfect regular season will be realized.

See next week’s paper for more information.

McNary 18, McKay 0

Monday, May 10

The Celts walloped McKay, 18-0, on Monday, May 10.

Hento, the team’s starter, picked up another win by striking out six while allowing only one hit.

Hento didn’t walk a batter and faced only 16 batters.

Decker  led the offensive onslaught with three runs and two RBIs on two triples and a single. But Decker got plenty of help as Deven Hunter, Castronovo, Brooklyn Ross and Hento each added two hits.

McDonald, Ross and Castronovo each drove in three runs.

McNary 6, Redmond 3

Friday, May 7

It was one of the closer games of the season, but the Lady Celts varsity softball team prevailed, 6-3, against Redmond in league action from Friday, May 7.

The game originally scheduled for earlier in the week was postponed because of rain.

The close score notwithstanding, McNary never trailed.

The Lady Panthers outhit McNary, 9 to 8, and played better defense, committing one error to the hosts’ three, but couldn’t score more than one run against Hento in any inning.

Hento helped her cause by not walking a batter and striking out three. One of the runs against her was unearned.

The top of McNary’s order, Bouska and Olivia Yarbrough, combined for four hits, two runs and two RBIs. Genetta Bennett added two RBIs and double.