By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
Salem-Keizer has had an inconsistent record lately, hitting well and usually pitching well but giving away runs with holes in infield gloves.
July 15: Volcanoes 5, Boise 4
Ronnie Jebavy’s walk-off home run gave Salem-Keizer its sixth win in a row to start the home series with the Hawks.
Boise scored first with two runs in the second inning, but the Volcanoes tied the score in the bottom of the second and added a run each in the third and the fifth. After Boise tied the score with two in the eighth, Jebavy led off the bottom of the ninth with his homer.
The Volcanoes had another home run, also leading off an inning, by Chris Shaw in the fifth. Boise had one homer, a two-run shot by Carlos Herrera in the eighth.
Logan Webb was Salem-Keizer’s starting pitcher, giving up two runs, both unearned, in his five innings. Cory Taylor was the winning pitcher, with Christian Quintin the loser in relief.
July 16: Boise 11, Volcanoes 8
Four errors cost the Volcanoes their second win of the series.
Of the Hawks’ 11 runs, only six were earned. Boise outhit Salem-Keizer 14-11, but the Volcanoes made their hits count enough to win were it not for those errors.
Each club scored four times in the first inning, but Boise added two runs each in the second, third and fourth and one in the fifth before the Volcano offense came back with a run in the fifth and three in the sixth.
There was only one home run, by the Hawks’ Hamlet Marte in the fifth. CJ Hinojosa’s three hits and Chris Shaw’s three runs batted in led the Volcanoes.
Dylan Thompson was the winning pitcher in relief, with Taylor Black getting a save. Starter Nolan Riggs took the loss.
July 17: Boise 9, Volcanoes 5
The Volcanoes’ error problem continued and was a factor in the Hawks’ taking the rubber game of the series.
Boise scored the first run of the game in the second inning. Salem-Keizer tied the score in the bottom of the second with a solo home run by Jose Vizcaino Jr. The Volcanoes added a run in each of the next two innings for a 3-1 lead. The Hawks tied the score in the fifth.
It was still tied, this time at 5-5, after nine innings. In the Boise 10th, a hit batter, a force attempt that involved an error, three singles, a stolen base and walk resulted in four runs. The Volcanoes got only one man on base, on a walk, in the 10th.
Each club had 12 hits, but Salem-Keizer made three errors to one for Boise. Vizcaino was the Volcanoes’ offensive leader, with a single and a steal in addition to his home run. The Hawks had three homers, two by Scott Burcham and one by Kevin Padlo.
Cristian Quintin was the winning pitcher and EJ Encinosa the loser.
July 19: Tri-City 5, Volcanoes 4
Three errors and wild pitching evened the first two of the five-game series in Pasco.
After Tri-City scored one run each in the third and fourth innings, Salem-Keizer tied the score in the fifth and went ahead by two runs in the seventh. In the bottom of the ninth, things fell apart.
Nick Vilter went from the batter’s box to second base on an error by Miguel Gomez at third. Kodie Tidwell singled Vilter home and went to second as pitcher Caleb Smith balked.
Peter Van Gansen’s sacrifice bunt moved Tidwell to third, and Austin Allen doubled Tidwell home.
All five of the Dust Devils’ runs were unearned. Corey Kimber was the winning pitcher and Smith the loser.
Gomez and Shilo McCall each had two hits for the Volcanoes.
Volcanoes 8, Tri-City 5
Salem-Keizer came from behind, went ahead in the seventh inning and added three insurance runs to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
This time the Volcanoes had 15 hits including three home runs and played errorless ball. Shilo McCall hit his fourth homer of the season with John Riley on base in the seventh, CJ Hinojosa hit the first of his professional career in the eighth and Chris Shaw hit a solo shot in the ninth.
As in the previous night’s game, the last Volcano pitcher faced pressure in the ninth. Ryan Halstead, however, got tough after the first two hitters singled and McCall helped him with two running catches in left field.
Halstead was the winning pitcher. Louis Distasio was the losing pitcher, also in relief. The Dust Devils had one home run, a two-run shot by Carlos Belen in the third.
Tri-City 15, Volcanoes 8
Volcano errors were not the whole story of this one, but they may have rattled the Salem-Keizer players enough for the Dust Devils to even the series.
Tri-City led 3-2 after one inning, but the Volcanoes scored three times in the fourth and once in the fifth. The Dust Devils tied the score in the sixth and added three runs in the seventh and four in the eighth.
The Devils had 19 hits, with each man in the lineup getting at least one and Carlos Belen hitting two home runs and Mason Smith one. Jose Vizcaino Jr. homered for the Volcanoes in the fifth.
New pitcher Charles Owen, who had flown into Pasco just in time to suit up, was the losing pitcher in relief. Tri-City reliever Luis Hernandez got his first win of the season. Four Dust Devils had three hits each, with Steven Duggar the only Volcano with three.