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Day: March 25, 2014

Baseball team starts 1-1






KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald McNary’s Tristin Mistkawi rushes to make a stop in the Celtics game with Reynolds High School Monday, March 17.
McNary’s Tristin Mistkawi rushes to make a stop in the Celtics game with Reynolds High School Monday, March 17.


Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School varsity baseball team stumbled a bit in its first outing Monday, March 17. The Celtics lost 3-1 to Reynolds High School.

McNary struggled to put runners on the bases in the early going. Senior Connor Suing made it to first on a walk in the bottom of the third and stole second but ended the inning stuck there.

“We had too many balls that were not squared up and, as a result, we had way too many weak ground balls,” said Larry Keeker, McNary head coach.

Travis Klampe started the day on the mound and had Reynolds on the ropes with two on and two out in the first, but a line drive to the fence scored two on a triple. Another line drive to the right center outfield scored the third run and Reynolds never looked back. Three defensive errors on the part of McNary in the first didn’t help the cause.

“The seventh inning was a major disappointment at the plate. With a lead-off walk we had a chance to put some pressure on them, but we struck out looking three times in a row,” Keeker said.

Suing got the only McNary run of the game on a RBI by Mickey Walker in the sixth inning.

Klampe pitched four innings with seven strikeouts. Suing closed the contest from the mound allowing just one walk.

Keeker said the game with Reynolds was only a snapshot of the team and there’s lots of ball left to play, but there were lessons they could use moving ahead.

“It was only the first game, and I still believe we have a solid defense,” Keeker said. “We will have to be better at the plate. We need all nine guys contributing with quality at bats. Our mental approach must get better.”

The Celts found their swing in a follow-up game with Silverton High School Tuesday, March 18. McNary had seven hits in a 6-2 win.

Silverton had a 1-0 lead at the bottom of the first, but the Celts returned to the plate for a three-run third inning. The Keizer team padded the lead with two runs in the sixth and one in the eighth.

Tim Hays scored two runs and hit a double. Cole Thomas, Ben Cummings and Hayden Gosling all had RBIs. Walker was the winning pitcher and had eight strikeouts in 5.1 innings.

S-K school board extends search for new head honcho



Salem-Keizer-SchoolsBy HERB SWETT

For the Keizertimes

The two finalists for superintendent of the Salem-Keizer School District met with members of the public two weeks ago at two middle schools.

The Salem-Keizer School Board decided, after interviewing the finalists for superintendent, to extend the search and interview more candidates.

“In the next few days,” chair Jim Green announced, “we will establish the timeline for the interview process with the goal of having our new superintendent in the district on July 1.”

However, the school board has indicated that it is not close to deciding on a hire. One finalist, Michael Sorum, answered questions at Claggett Creek Middle School on March 10. The other, Janet Schulze, spoke with an audience at Parrish Middle School on March 11.

Sorum, an Oregon native, is chief academic officer of the Fort Worth (Texas) Independent School District. Schulze is assistant superintendent for high schools in the San Francisco Unified School District.

An executive session of the school board followed Schulze’s presentation. Board Chair Jim Green said no decision on the candidates was likely to come very soon.

The board also held a special meeting on personnel actions because it is the time of the year for renewing contracts.