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Day: August 13, 2014

Three losses follow huge comeback for Salem-Keizer

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Volcano Skyler Ewing catches a foul ball for an out in a game earlier this season. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes

July 30: Volcanoes 8, Tri-City 7

It was one of Salem-Keizer’s biggest comebacks. After trailing 6-1 at the end of six, the Volcanoes scored three times in the seventh inning and four times in the ninth.

The win started a road series in Pasco, where the Volcanoes have seldom won lately. The Dust Devils outhit Salem-Keizer 9-8, one of the hits a home run by Ryan Garvey, son of Steve, but the Volcanoes timed their hits well.

In the top of the seventh, Travious Relaford doubled Skyler Ewing and Austin Slater home and scored on an error.

Relaford and Will Callaway walked in the Volcano ninth, and Johneshwy Fargas doubled Relaford home. Seth Harrison scored Callaway with a single, and Fargas scored on a ground out. Slater singled to score Harrison.

Cameron McVey was the winning pitcher in relief, and Eury Sanchez had his eighth save. Jerad McCrummen took the loss.

July 31: Tri-City 4, Volcanoes 3 (13 innings)

A two-out wild pitch by Salem-Keizer reliever Armando Paniagua gave the Dust Devils the win.

The wild pitch scored Miguel Dilone, one of two baserunners at the time. Tri-City’s John Sheehan was the winning pitcher. Nick Gonzales started for the Volcanoes, Blake Shouse for the Dust Devils.

Each club had eight hits. The only Volcano to have two hits was Christian Arroyo, who also starred at shortstop.

The loss evened the five-game road series at one win apiece.

Aug. 1: Tri-City 4, Volcanoes 3 (10 innings)

Salem-Keizer led 3-1 through seven innings, but Dust Devil pitchers kept Volcano bats subdued and Dust Devil hitters came up with three walks and a single in the bottom of the 10th after adding two runs in the eighth.

In the top of the first, Seth Harrison walked, stole second base and went to third on a wild pitch. Austin Slater singled him home. Skyler Ewing walked, and an error on a pickoff attempt moved Slater to third. Hunter Cole drove Slater in with a double, and Ewing scored as T. Relaford grounded out.

Tri-City outhit the Volcanoes 10-5. Slater had three of Salem-Keizer’s hits, all singles.

Josh Michalec was the winning pitcher and Cameron McVey the loser.

Sunday: Tri-City 5, Volcanoes 3

The Volcanoes lost a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning and never caught up, losing the rubber game of the series.

Two of Salem-Keizer’s runs were scored in the second. Ryder Jones led off with a single, and Austin Slater doubled, sending him to third base. Shilo McCall grounded out, driving in Jones. Leo Rojas scored Slater with a double.

Tri-City outhit the Volcanoes 14-9. The Dust Devils’ Jordan Parris got three hits and drove in two runs.

EJ Encinosa was the losing pitcher and John Sheehan the winner. Josh Mihalec earned a save.

Arts Commission gets going

Nate Brown (far left) with the City of Keizer talks with Arts Commission members Lore Christopher, Beth Melendy, Heather Weathers, Kathy Haney and Jill Hagen. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Nate Brown (far left) with the City of Keizer talks with Arts Commission members Lore Christopher, Beth Melendy, Heather Weathers, Kathy Haney and Jill Hagen. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

A vision for a new city commission was painted in broad strokes recently.

Members of the new Keizer Arts Commission met for a second time in council chambers at Keizer Civic Center on July 22, with plans to meet on a monthly basis.

Among other items, commission members introduced themselves and shared some things they would like to see the commission take on. Commission members are Mayor Lore Christopher, Rick Day, Jill Hagen, Beth Melendy, Heather Weathers and Kathy Haney. One more seat is currently open.

“This is a big step in establishing an arts commission,” Christopher said. “About 100,000 people come through this building each year. It’s a wonderful venue for art. The lighting is spectacular and there is a lot of space.”

Christopher noted two art groups currently are scheduled to have their work on display at the civic center for three months each. She would like to see art in the building all year. Groups wanting to display art are asked to commit to at least 60 days, with 90 days preferable.

In addition to seeing more sculptures around town, the mayor noted the former Charge house at Keizer Rapids Park is proposed to become an outdoor education center, with classrooms for youth.

“We could do murals inside that building as well,” she said.

Hagen, a member of the Keizer Arts Association board, wants outreach done.

“I would encourage us to encourage the young people in school,” Hagen said. “Have them come talk about doing something with a display. You want them to get the experience without the intimidation. This is a great place to begin.”

While the art that has been displayed thus far at city hall has been hanging along the walls, Hagen said the display case in the lobby could be utilized as well.

“A lot of artists do things other than hanging art,” she said.

A key event leading to the formation of the Arts Commission is the current mural project being done on the west side of Keizer Florist. Local artist Colleen Godwin-Chronister and her family have been busy recently working on the mural.

“They are looking at an October 1 completion date,” said Haney, one of the main people involved with the project. “We need to set an unveiling date. We want to promote this as the first outdoor mural in town.”

Christopher, whose conversation with Hagen helped get the mural idea going, feels more murals will be done once the first is completed.

“Once this mural goes up, I think that will create interest in other building owners,” the mayor said. “Maybe we’ll want to have a VIP party here. We want it to be a big deal.”

In other business July 22:

• A regular meeting time has been set for the Arts Commission. Meetings will take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month, starting at 6 p.m. in council chambers at Keizer Civic Center.

• Day nominated Christopher to serve as chair of the commission, which was unanimously approved. Christopher returned the favor by nominating Day as vice chair, another action that was unanimously approved.