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Day: July 30, 2014

Volcanoes rout Indians 10-4

Salem-Keizer’s Johneshwy Fargas rounds third and contemplates stealing home on a passed ball Tuesday, July 22, in a game against Spokane. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Salem-Keizer’s Johneshwy Fargas rounds third and contemplates stealing home on a passed ball Tuesday, July 22, in a game against Spokane. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

For the Keizertimes

The Volcanoes made their hits count Friday, whipping the Spokane Indians 10-4 in the first game of a long home stand.

Many fans missed an exciting win, with Salem-Keizer leading all the way before a crowd of 1,633, tied for the second smallest of the season so far.

Christian Arroyo was the star of the game, driving in four runs on three hits and participating in a double play.

Ethan Miller was the Volcanoes’ starting and winning pitcher, striking out five in his six innings and allowing seven hits but only one walk.

The first two runs came in the bottom of the first inning. Johneshwy Fargas walked on a 3-and-2 count, Seth Harrison singled to center field, and both advanced on a wild pitch by Reed Garrett, the starting and losing pitcher. Arroyo batted both runners in with a single to left.

Spokane answered with one run in the second. Zach Cone walked and went to third base on third baseman Sam Mende’s error on a force play attempt that let Fernando Vivili reach second. Saquan Johnson singled Cone home.

The Volcanoes added a run in the third. Harrison hit an infield single, went to third on a single to center by Skyler Ewing and scored as Travious Relaford hit into a force out.

Seven more Salem-Keizer runs came in the fifth, all with two out. Arroyo led off with a single to right, Ewing struck out and Relaford grounded out, with Arroyo reaching second. Mende scored Arroyo with a single to center and went to third on a throw home. Jonathan Jones singled to right, driving in Mende.   Ryan Ledbetter came in to pitch.

Shilo McCall singled to center, moving Jones to second. Jared Deacon, who was to be the only Volcano without a hit for the game, walked, loading the bases. With Fargas at the plate, a wild pitch scored Jones and moved the other runners to third and second. Fargas walked, reloading the bases.

McCall scored as an error by third baseman Profar put Harrison on first. Arroyo singled Fargas and Harrison home.

In the Spokane sixth, Cone singled to left, Vivili hit an infield single, and Johnson singled to left, scoring Cone. Charles Moorman hit a sacrifice fly to center, driving in Vivili.

Kirk Singer relieved Miller in the sixth. Isiah Kiner-Falefa led off with a single, reached second on a wild pitch and third on a ground out, and scored as Jose Trevino singled.

Jake McCasland pitched the top of the eighth and David Perez the bottom of the eighth.

In the top of the ninth, Ian Gardeck followed a ground out and a walk with two strikeouts, and the game was over.

Salem-Keizer outhit Spokane 13-10. The only extra-base hit of the game was an unproductive double by Vivili in the fourth.

“They missed a good one tonight,” manager Gary Davenport said of the fans who did not come to the game.

Arroyo, asked about the comeback from Monday’s loss in Boise, said, “The biggest thing is key hits.”

Before the Northwest League season started, he had played both shortstop and second base for Augusta. He said he expects his future to be at short.

Miller, who had one of his better starts, said: “I’ve been throwing a two-seam fastball a lot and staying more focused on keeping the ball low.”

Showing support for OSU Extension Service


Of the Keizertimes

By a unanimous vote, Keizer City Councilors on Monday agreed to support an effort by the Citizens for Marion County Extension to form a new 4-H service district.

The request came from Derek Godwin of the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Godwin was present Monday evening along with several local supporters in Kelly Walther, Bob Zielinski, Bill Griffiths and Rick Gaupo.

Earlier this year, the Marion County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution for a petition to form a Marion County Extension and 4-H Service District. Godwin and others are looking to get each of the 20 cities in Marion County to agree to be included in the new district’s boundary.

The goal is to have the matter on the May 2015 ballot.

As proposed, the tax base for the district would be $.05 per $1,000 of assessed value, beginning in July 2015. For a $160,000 home, that would be about $8 a year.

“We’re here because state and federal dollars have been declining,” said Godwin, who noted Marion County first had an extension agent in 1911. “Since I’ve been here since 1999, we’ve lost 30 percent of our folks. That’s 13 different people. That stretches out the remaining people and means less service. We got the support from commissioners for a service district, to help build back some of these programs.”

Godwin said OSU Extension helps farmers with crops, master gardeners, 4-H programs, family community health and forestry.

Walther, a Marion County representative for OSU Extension, voiced her support for the program.

“I really believe in Marion County Extension,” she said. “I spend a lot of time with it and I love it.”

Zielinski noted the district would add stability to the program.

“I’m thinking this is a great opportunity for you to buddy up with the No. 1 economy in the state of Oregon,” he said. “I think it’s time to bridge that gap. Why has the money been going away? Because OSU found another spot for it…I use a lot of the people that come through the system. We do a lot of things to help one another. This is your opportunity to help us back.”

Zielinski emphasized how badly the district is needed.

“This is a last ditch effort to save this organization and what it does,” he said. “We need to keep this organization. This is an inheritance we need to pass on.”

Griffiths, who completed the master gardener program in 2009, noted the impact of office staff being lost over the years due to budget cuts.

“The cutback is significant,” he said. “I’m speaking out of concern of the cutback of program staff. I think the community, without knowing what a master gardener does, would feel the loss of the contributions being made.”

Gaupo, CEO of Marion-Polk Food Share, noted his organization partners with OSU Extension.

“Our top mission is to make sure people are not hungry,” he said. “The second mission is to make sure people don’t need emergency food in the future.”

Council directed staff to draft a letter of consent and to bring back a resolution. City attorney Shannon Johnson said the resolution will be brought back at the next council meeting on Aug. 4.