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Volcano Ryder Jones takes a cut in a game earlier this season. Jones hit his third home run of the year last week. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Volcano Ryder Jones takes a cut in a game earlier this season. Jones hit his third home run of the year last week. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

For the Keizertimes

Aug. 27: Volcanoes 3, Spokane 2

The ninth-inning rally did not quite work for the Indians this time.

After scoring all three runs in the third inning, the Volcanoes survived a bases-loaded, no-out situation to win their first game of the series.

Brett Kay led off the Salem-Keizer third with a single and reached second base on a wild pitch and third on a single by Travious Relaford. Austin Slater then hit his first professional home run.

Volcano starter Keury Mella, progressing with his rehab, went five innings and struck out six to get the win. Eury Sanchez made his 13th save. Spokane starter Richelson Pena was the losing pitcher.

In the Spokane ninth, Seth Spivey singled, went to third on an error and scored on a single by Luke Tendler. With runners on first and third, Drew Leenhouts was replaced on the mound by Sanchez. Sanchez walked one man but retired the other three he faced.

Aug. 28: Spokane 5, Volcanoes 3

This one guaranteed a series win for Spokane.

The lead changed hands  twice, and each club had 10 hits, but the Indians put their hits together better. There were no home runs.

Salem-Keizer’s best inning was the fourth. Aramis Garcia singled, went to second on a single by Dylan Davis and reached third on a sacrifice bunt that put Hunter Cole on first thanks to an error.  Relaford singled Garcia and Davis home.

Ethan Miller was the Volcanoes’ starting and losing pitcher. Three relievers followed. For Spokane, Austin Pettibone was the winning pitcher in relief and John Fasola had a save.

Aug. 29: Spokane 11, Volcanoes 5

This final game between Salem-Keizer and Spokane for the regular season meant break-even for 2014 at six wins apiece.

The Volcanoes again lost a lead but showed in the late innings that they could still fight. They scored once in the seventh inning and twice in the eighth.

That early-game lead of 2-0 came before the Indians batted for the first time. They scored three runs in the bottom of the first and stayed ahead, scoring in each inning but the fifth and sixth.

There were two home runs, both for Spokane, by Fernando Vivili and Chuck Moorman. Salem-Keizer’s biggest hit was a triple by Tyler Hollick.