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Day: July 1, 2014

Salem-Keizer falls to AquaSox in 13 innings

The Volcanoes’ Craig Massoni makes a catch for an out at first in Salem-Keizer’s game Monday, June 23.  (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
The Volcanoes’ Craig Massoni makes a catch for an out at first in Salem-Keizer’s game Monday, June 23. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

A 13-inning home game with Everett ended with the Volcanoes on the losing side Tuesday, 6-5.

Salem-Keizer performed well in some ways, including a rebound from starting pitcher Jose Reyes, allowing no AquaSox player to reach base in five innings following a three-run top of the first for Everett.

In the AquaSox first, Chris Mariscal walked, Kyle Petty doubled down the right field line, and Adam Martin scored both with a double down the left field line.  After a wild pitch sent Martin to third base, Phillips Castillo drove him in with a single to right.

Reyes said after the game that an adjustment in his mechanics made the difference between the first inning and the rest of his time on the mound.

The next hit of the game was a bunt single by Johneshwy Fargas, leading off the bottom of the fourth. However, Everett starter Blake Holovach retired the next three batters.

In the Volcano sixth, Jonathan Jones reached first base when Bryan Brito, Everett’s third baseman, made a high throw toward first. Two outs followed, and Randy Jones singled to left center, moving Fargas to third. Craig Massoni brought both runners home with a double to right, and Everett’s lead was cut to 3-2.

Steven Neff relieved Vargas and pitched a scoreless seventh inning. Dusten Knight pitched the eighth and ninth for Salem-Keizer, allowing no one to reach first. Everett put Dylan De Meyer on the mound in the seventh.

The Volcanoes tied the score in the ninth. Shilo McCall hit a one-out double to left, and Kody Kerski came in to pitch. After one more out, a wild pitch moved McCall to third, and an infield single by Fernando Pujadas scored him. One more out sent the game into extra innings.

Ian Gardeck pitched the 10th inning and Eury Sanchez the 11th and 12th for the Volcanoes.

Jake McCasland took the mound in the 13th. Austin Cousino led off with a single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bryan Brito. Smart singled to center, scoring Cousino, and went to second on a throwing error by center fielder Vargas. Mariscal singled to left, driving in Smart. Two walks loaded the bases, and a walk to Brett Thomas forced in Mariscal.

The crowd of 1,633, second smallest of the season at Volcanoes Stadium thus far, then saw another late-inning refusal to quit. Facing a new pitcher, Leoncio Munoz, Travious Relaford led off with an infield single, the ball bouncing off the pitcher’s foot. Brett Kay, who had replaced Ron Jones defensively at second base because Jones had a sore hamstring, singled to center. Massoni struck out, but McCall singled to right, loading the bases. Will Callaway singled to center, scoring Relaford. Newcomer Jared Deacon, who had replaced Pujadas behind the plate, drove in Kay with a sacrifice fly to left.

Munoz then struck out Geno Escalante, ending the game.

Kerski was the winning pitcher and McCasland the loser.

“He’s better than his record shows,” Volcanoes manager Gary Davenport said of his starting pitcher. Davenport added that he was glad to see his players “picking up each other.”

Knight, who starred at the University of Texas Pan American, before going professional, said his curveball was the main reason he was able to retire six straight batters in relief. He sees his long-term role as a long reliever.

Making a run for the (Keizer) border

An artist’s rendition of the design for the new Taco Bell to be built later this year at Keizer Station. (Submitted)
An artist’s rendition of the design for the new Taco Bell to be built later this year at Keizer Station. (Submitted)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Taco Bell may have changed its advertising slogan, but the old one would be appropos in this case.

The California-based fast food restaurant subsidy of Yum! Brands is expected to open a new location in Keizer Station either late this year or early next year.

In other words, Taco Bell is making a run for the Keizer border.

“It’s projected to open between November 2014 and January 2015,” said Johanna Albertsson, a public relations intern with Yum! Brands. “This Taco Bell will be a new location, owned by a franchisee.”

Albertsson said the store will be the same size as the current Taco Bell location at 4690 River Road. A permit applied for on Tuesday listed the size as 2,671 square feet with a valuation of $450,000.

Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, said the restaurant will be on Jorie Lane, next to Burger King.

The permit listed an address of 2635 Jorie Lane.

What does this mean for the future of the current location?

“There will now be two Taco Bells in Keizer,” Albertsson said. “There are no talks of demolishing that location.”

The look of the new Keizer Station location represents a change made at the corporate level.

“This is our new facade up and running,” Albertsson said. “It’s a new design being rolled out. Our new restaurants will have this design from here out.”

Albertsson said the new location is due to demand.

“We want to keep adding locations,” she said. “There’s a big demand for it. We’re really excited. It’s going to be exciting to have it up and running.”

Brown confirmed permits have been applied for in regards to the new restaurant.

“Permits have been received and sent to the county for Gustav’s and Taco Bell at Keizer Station,” he said. “We are still requiring some upgrades to the Taco Bell before we sign off on the building.”

On Tuesday, Brown said those upgrades included the elevations of the building, slightly altering what it will look like in part because the city’s master plan doesn’t allow for square buildings.

“We had to have them beef it up a bit,” Brown said. “It needed to incorporate different materials, a variation in the height of the building and awnings over sidewalks. Those have been addressed.”

Brown said plans were submitted last week and he worked out details with the architects.

“It’s just been going back and forth with them,” he said.

Neither Albertsson nor Brown had a date for groundbreaking or the actual start of building construction, but Brown expects the architects to start the process soon.

“They are chomping at the bit,” he said.