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Salem-Keizer notches first sweep of season

Volcano Nicholas Gonzalez winds up on the mound in the Volcanoes loss to Tri-City last week. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Volcano Nicholas Gonzalez winds up on the mound in the Volcanoes loss to Tri-City last week. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

For the Keizertimes

The Volcanoes completed a five-game series sweep, their first sweep of the season, and on the road. There were no Northwest League games Tuesday.

July 9: Volcanoes 9, Vancouver 3

Salem-Keizer started this road series like an active volcano, or an active bunch of Volcanoes.

The visitors led all the way, scoring two runs in the second inning, three in the third and three in the seventh before the Canadians scored all three of theirs in the bottom of the seventh. One more Volcano run came in the eighth.

Brad Moss had three hits in the victory and teammates Miguel Gomez, CJ Hinojosa and Julio Pena two each. Junior Amion and Moss drove in two runs apiece, and Amion, Hinojosa and John Riley each scored two.

Volcano starter Logan Webb won his third game of the season, striking out four and allowing five hits but no walks in his six innings. Newcomer Mac Marshall pitched three innings for a save.

July 10: Volcanoes 8, Vancouver 2

The Volcanoes were in command from the start, moving past the .500 mark for the season in their second straight win over the Canadians.

Everyone in Salem-Keizer’s starting lineup had at least one hit for a total of 17. Fernando Pujadas hit his third home run of the season; he, Miguel Gomez and Steven Duggar drove in two runs each. Ronnie Jebavy, who stole his fourth base, scored two runs, as did Pujadas and Mark Nelson.

Nolan Riggs, the Volcanoes’ starting pitcher, ran his record to 2-0 and had four strikeouts in his five innings. Nathaniel Santiago and Jarret Leverett pitched in relief. Vancouver starter Francisco Rios took the loss.

The Volcanoes scored four of their runs in the second inning and three in the third.

July 11: Volcanoes 4, Vancouver 2

Salem-Keizer clinched the series with its third straight win over the host Canadians.

The first Volcano run came in the third inning. After singles by Junior Amion and Ronnie Jebavy and a walk to Steven Duggar, Miguel Gomez drove in Amion with a sacrifice fly.

In the fourth, Jose Vizcaino Jr. tripled, Chase Compton walked and a sacrifice fly by Shilo McCall scored Vizcaino. Amion tripled Compton home, and Jebavy singled Amion home.

Vancouver scored once in the third and once in the fifth. Both runs came on errors, so Drew Leenhouts, the starting and winning pitcher, had no earned runs in his five innings. He ran his record to 3-1.

Cory Taylor relieved Leenhouts for three innings, and Ryan Halstead pitched the ninth for his third save. Ryan Borucki was the Canadians’ starting and losing pitcher.

July 12: Volcanoes 10, Vancouver 5

This made it four in a row for the road series. The Volcanoes came out of the game with a team batting average of .263 and a team earned run average of 3.82.

Salem-Keizer had to come from behind this time, trailing 3-0 before scoring a run in the fourth inning. The Volcanoes scored once in the sixth and twice in the seventh to take a one-run lead. The Canadians came back with two runs in the seventh, but the Volcanoes had two runs in the eighth and four in the ninth.

Vancouver’s three runs in the second inning came on three singles and a double by Earl Burl and were the only earned runs for the Canadians. The two in the seventh resulted from errors, a problem the Volcanoes have had in several recent games. Not all the same Salem-Keizer players have been making the errors, however.

The Volcanoes’ Julio Pena and Shilo McCall hit the only home runs of the game, both in the seventh. In the four-run ninth, Francisco Pujadas hit a double and Ronnie Jebavy, John Riley and Pena hit singles. A wild pitch scored Christian Lichtenthaler.

Michael Connolly, the starting Volcano pitcher, gave up all three of the earned runs in his six innings. EJ Encinosa relieved him and got the win, and Caleb Smith pitched the ninth. For the Canadians, Stuart Holmes was the losing pitcher in relief.

July 13: Volcanoes 7, Vancouver 3

The Volcanoes scored the first run of the game in the first inning, but the Canadians came back in the first to take a one-run lead. The visitors tied the score in the third and took a one-run lead in the fifth, going ahead for good.

The big inning was the Volcanoes’ four-run seventh. Brad Moss singled and went to third base on a double by Steven Duggar. Miguel Gomez drove both home with a single and went to second on a throw. CJ Hinojosa reached first on an error with Gomez going to third. Hinojosa moved to second as Chase Compton walked, and Julio Pena singled both runners home.

Vancouver’s Andrew Guillotte hit the only home run of the game with two out in the ninth, but that was as far as the Canadians got.

Nick Gonzalez, who was the opening day starting pitcher for Salem-Keizer, continued to have trouble and was relieved after one inning. Luis Pino, the second of four Volcano relievers, got the victory. Vancouver starter Clinton Hollon took the loss.