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Day: July 31, 2014

Volcanoes take two off Everett, one from Boise

Salem-Keizer's Ethan Miller delivers a pitch in the game Tuesday, July 22, with Spokane. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Salem-Keizer’s Ethan Miller delivers a pitch in the game Tuesday, July 22, with Spokane. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

July 16: Volcanoes 1, Everett 0

Nick Gonzalez gained his first win of the season as he and relievers Dusten Knight and Eury Sanchez combined for Salem-Keizer’s first shutout win of the season.

The lone run came in the first inning. Seth Harrison doubled, went to third as Tyler Hollick grounded out and scored on a ground out by Christian Arroyo.

The Volcanoes, who had eight hits, threatened in the fourth, when Will Callaway reached third after hitting a double, and in the sixth, when Callaway singled and went to second on a single by Travious  Relaford.

Everett was held to singles in the third, fourth and eighth.

Sanchez gained his fourth save. All three Salem-Keizer pitchers in the game have earned run averages below 3.

July 17: Volcanoes 6, Everett 4

Salem-Keizer didn’t quite let Everett catch up.

The Volcanoes hit three of the five home runs in the game, guaranteeing a win of the series with one game to go.

Sam Mende hit a solo homer in the second inning and Will Callaway hit one in the sixth for the Volcanoes, and Skyler Ewing homered with Callaway on base in the eighth.

In the AquaSox eighth, Austin Cousino hit a three-run shot and Corey Simpson cleared the fence with the bases empty.

Starter Ethan Miller was the winning pitcher, and EJ Encinosa got his first save. James Paxton took the loss.

July 18: Everett 5, Volcanoes 3 (10 innings)

It was close all the way, but the Volcanoes never led.

There were two home runs on each side, with Jonathan Jones and Fernando Pujadas connecting for Salem-Keizer and Adam Martin and Phillips Castillo for the AquaSox.

Phillips’ blow was a walk-off shot in the 10th inning with a runner on.

Kirk Singer was the losing pitcher, and Kodi Kerski got the win.

July 19: Boise 12, Volcanoes 9

A wild one opened the three-game series at Boise.

Salem-Keizer led 2-0 until the Hawks tied the score in the bottom of the second inning. The tie was broken by a five-run Boise rally in the fifth, and the Volcanoes fought back but never caught up.

Boise outhit the Volcanoes 16-11, and Salem-Keizer left 10 runners on base to the Hawks’ six. The only home run of the game was by Boise’s Jesse Hodges in the second.

Christian Arroyo, T Relaford, Jonathan Jones and Shilo McCall had two hits each for the Volcanoes. Jones led with three runs batted in and Ewing with three runs scored.

The pitchers of record were the starters, Boise’s Ben Wells and Salem-Keizer’s Drew Leenhouts.

July 20: Volcanoes 6, Boise 1

This was a pitchers’ duel through six innings, with the only run scored by Salem-Keizer’s Johneshwy Fargas during a double play. Volcanoes starter Jose Reyes went eight innings for the first time this season.

Then the Volcanoes scored five times in the seventh. They did it on two doubles, two singles, an error, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly. Shilo McCall and Fernando Pujadas provided the doubles. Seth Harrison, who had three hits, also hit a double in the game.

Reyes, the winning pitcher, had five strikeouts and allowed two walks and only one hit. EJ Encinosa pitched the ninth, in which Danny Canela singled Rashad Crawford home for the lone Boise run. Tyler Ihrig was the starting and losing pitcher for the Hawks.

July 21: Boise 7, Volcanoes 6

Salem-Keizer blew a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Hawks scored five runs.

Johneshwy Fargas hit the Volcanoes’ first first-inning leadoff homer of the season, and starter Nick Gonzalez allowed only one run, which was unearned, in his five innings, but then two hits, two walks, a hit batsman, two stolen bases and a sacrifice fly turned the game around.

Although the Volcanoes outhit Boise 13-4, with Fargas and Christian Arroyo getting three hits each, they left 10 men on base to four for their hosts.

Eury Sanchez was the losing pitcher and Sam Wilson the winner, both in relief.

Parks Board members avoid taking stance on cows issue

Photo courtesy public domain
Photo courtesy public domain

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Eamon Bishop made the interested citizens part of a recent meeting live up to its name.

What he was interested in, however, members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board weren’t.

Bishop, who in recent weeks has been among those advocating for city leaders to look at purchasing the “cow park” Herber family property on Verda Lane to prevent apartments from being built, came to the July 8 Parks Board meeting to discuss the issue.

The issue was the topic of a public hearing on June 12 that attracted approximately 100 people to council chambers at Keizer Civic Center, with most people speaking against plans to convert the land where cows currently are to about 120 apartments.

During the appearance of interested citizens – or public comment – portion early in the Parks Board meeting this month, Bishop wanted to know if board members would support a possible petition to ask the city to make a purchase.

“A lot of people are wanting to save that,” Bishop said in reference to the property with cows. “Some of us want to know where to focus our attention as far as support. I want to do a simple yes or no poll on your feelings if a group of citizens came forward to preserve the whole – or a piece – of that property.”

Parks Board chair Brandon Smith quickly answered.

“I need to interrupt here,” Smith said. “I don’t think putting board members on the spot and polling is appropriate.”

Board member Robert Jones wanted to know more about what was being proposed.

“I don’t have a whole lot of information,” he said.

Board member Richard Walsh agreed with Smith that polling wasn’t appropriate.

“This board is to be impartial,” Walsh said. “Besides, I haven’t heard any proposals.”

Bishop said the proposal has been to either keep the cow pasture or to allow development.

“If there is a proposal for parks with plans, it could be an agenda item to look into,” Walsh said.

Bishop tried to push his case again.

“I wanted to know, as individuals, what you think,” he said.

Smith again shot him down.

“I have spoken before on this, but that’s not the point,” Smith said. “This is the interested citizens portion of the meeting. I don’t believe it is appropriate to put board members on the spot and ask them point blank. If this is something to add to the agenda, we’d be happy to add that.”

Board member Roland Herrera was willing to reach out to Bishop.

“I would be happy to talk to you afterwards,” Herrera said. “I don’t think this is the correct forum. I went to the hearing and listened to people. I will let you know after this meeting how I feel.”

Herrera didn’t get that chance, however. Shortly after speaking, Bishop left the meeting.