By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
A 6-5 loss at Boise Monday night ended the Volcanoes’ season with an overall 37-37 mark.
The Hawks, South Division champions of the Northwest League, won the series two games to one and advanced to the league championship series against the Hillsboro Hops.
Salem-Keizer trailed 2-0 after five innings, tied the score in the top of the sixth, and added two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth before Boise rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Neither club played all of its best players. Gary Davenport, the Volcanoes’ manager, kept Christian Arroyo on the bench because he was not fully recovered from a recent case of the flu, and he wanted to see how some of his reserves would play toward the end. Manager Gary Van Tol of the Hawks was resting top players for the series with Hillsboro.
Keury Mella, Salem-Keizer’s starting pitcher, had a rougher start than usual. In 4-2/3 innings, he gave up seven hits, three walks and two runs. Armando Paniagua replaced him and pitched through the sixth.
Boise’s Jason Vosler walked in the second inning with two out, moving Alex Tomasovich to second base. Mark Malave singled to left field, scoring Tomasovich.
In the Boise fifth, Kevin Brown grounded into a force out and Justin Marra drove him in with a double to center.
Hawk starter Joshua Conway, after holding the Volcanoes scoreless for three innings with four strikeouts, was replaced on the mound by Alberto Diaz.
Brett Kay walked to lead off the Volcano sixth. Seth Harrison doubled to center, moving Kay to third. Travious Relaford grounded out, driving in Kay and sending Harrison to third. Austin Slater singled to center, bringing Harrison home.
With Yomar Morel pitching for Boise in the eighth, Harrison hit a one-out double to center. Relaford drove him in, also doubling to center. A wild pitch moved him to third, and he scored as Slater singled to right. Salem-Keizer was ahead 4-2.
Steven Neff took the mound for the Volcanoes in the seventh. Kirk Singer replaced him with two out in the eighth.
For the top of the ninth, Charles White moved from right field to the mound for his second relief pitching appearance of the season. Hunter Cole struck out but reached first base because a wild pitch on the third strike kept him from being thrown out. Shilo McCall singled to right and Jonathan Jones to left, loading the bases. Fernando Pujadas scored Cole by grounding into a force out.
Dusten Knight came in to pitch the Boise ninth. Rashad Crawford reached first on an error by Kay at second base and went to second on a wild pitch. White walked, and Gleyber Torres doubled to right, scoring Crawford and White. Brown singled to center, driving in Torres to tie the score with no one out. Charcer Burks was hit by a pitch. Knight then struck out Jesse Hodges and got Tomasovich to ground out, with Brown going to third. Vosler sent Brown home with a single to right.
White, in only his second pitching appearance, became the winner with a 2-0 record. Knight was the loser at 1-3.
By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
There are side effects to delaying the Big Toy playground project.
Among them: having to renew a contract with project consultant Leathers and Associates.
As originally planned, the play structure was going to be built this month at Keizer Rapids Park, shortly before the one-year contract with the New York-based consultant expires.
“The original contract ended 30 days after the community build was going to be done,” said Mark Caillier, general coordinator for the project. The Community Build Task Force is still meeting the first Tuesday of each month.
However, pushing the project back nine months means an extension for the contract has to be executed.
Bill Lawyer, Keizer’s Public Works director, expects a new contract to be signed soon. Lawyer, who has been working extensively with Kyle Cundy from Leathers, noted the company doesn’t have projects delayed much.
“It is unusual for them,” he said of the nine-month delay. “Leathers has provided the task force and the city a design for the Big Toy. There have been some modifications to their design as requested by the task force, moving this and that here and there.”
Lawyer feels a contract is needed from the city’s point of view.
“We believe it is,” he said. “It’s very common for us to deal with contracts. This is a pretty straightforward contract.”
As part of the contract, Leathers had designer Jane Lewis Holman and assistant Steven Meyer come to Keizer last November. She looked at potential sites and recommended the ‘big tree’ site near the amphitheater. Holman led the meetings with 3,000 Keizer students and came up with the design for the Big Toy.
In late January, however, mayor Lore Christopher asked about using some of the orchard space at KRP for the play structure, which in turn led to a decision to master plan for additional 28 acres of land at the park. That, in turn, led to the project being delayed nine months.
Caillier noted Holman wasn’t given complete site option information.
“When they were out here, they asked about the ability to use an alternative site such as the orchard,” Caillier said. “They were told at the time it was not an option. The design they came up with can be put into any of the locations people have mentioned.”
Per conversations with Cundy from Leathers, Caillier said people seeing a finished design could want to add a component.
“That’s not too unusual,” Caillier said. “People see it and want to be a part of it. One concern is the current (big tree) site could not accommodate much more in square footage. If we were to add a volcano or a castle, we will have to redesign most of it since we’re using the same square footage, or we’d have to add square footage. That’s one problem with the current site.”
Lawyer noted any changes to the design would have to be incorporated by Leathers. Some ideas have been talked about at task force meetings, but have not been formally approved yet.
“There has been discussion about adding volcano, or going to a concrete pillar and a castle,” Lawyer said. “Those have not been addressed by Leathers. If they are going to be done, (Leathers) would have to do it and they haven’t done it yet.”