By HERB SWETT
For the Keizertimes
The Volcanoes had a 3-3 record for the week just before the Keizertimes went to press, ending with a shutout of the Hillsboro Hops.
Aug. 6: Volcanoes 3, Eugene 2
Salem-Keizer opened this road series with a well-pitched game that ended with a great bit of fielding.
Eugene came close to tying the score in the bottom of the ninth with Ian Rice on third base and Tyler Alamo on first. Helping Caleb Smith get his sixth save, third baseman Jose Vizcaino Jr. deflected a grounder toward second baseman Junior Amion, who fired the ball to first baseman John Riley.
Michael Connolly, the Volcanoes’ starting pitcher, became the winner at 3-1 by pitching six innings and striking out three. Cory Taylor pitched two innings with four strikeouts before turning the ball over to Smith.
Eugene scored in the third when Kevonte Mitchell came home on a double play and in the sixth when Alberto Mineo’s sacrifice fly drove in Frandy Delarosa.
The Volcanoes scored twice in the fifth, with Amion singling Riley home and coming in on an error. In the seventh, Miguel Gomez tripled Vizcaino home. Mark Malave was the losing pitcher in relief.
Aug. 7: Volcanoes 9, Eugene 2
Eugene led 1-0 until the sixth inning, when Salem-Keizer went ahead by a run. Then came the eighth.
In the eighth, the Volcanoes came to bat 14 times and scored seven runs. They went through three Emerald pitchers for a rally that featured two stolen bases by Ronnie Jebavy and one by Jose Vizcaino Jr., who had hit a two-run homer in the sixth.
Eight Volcanoes had at least one hit, with John Riley getting three and Miguel Gomez two.
Andrew Suarez, Salem-Keizer’s starting pitcher, went four innings, allowing three hits and one run and striking out three. He was removed because of his pitch count limit. Rayan Hernandez, the first of four relievers, got the win, his first. Eugene starter Jose Paulino took the loss.
Aug. 8: Eugene 1, Volcanoes 0
It was a series win but no sweep.
Emerald pitchers silenced Salem-Keizer bats, with starter Oscar De La Cruz striking out seven and allowing only four hits in his six innings, running his record to 6-4. Pedro Araujo got his first save.
Logan Webb had one of his best starts for the Volcanoes, giving up the one run and allowing six hits but striking out six in his six innings. Jaret Leverett pitched the last two innings.
Eugene’s run came in the second inning. Alberto Mineo tripled and scored on a single by Adonis Paula.
For the Volcanoes, CJ Hinojosa had one of his best games of the season with three hits, two of them doubles, in addition to fielding expertly. There were no errors in the game.
Aug. 9: Hillsboro 4, Volcanoes 2
Salem-Keizer pitchers gave up only one earned run, and the Volcanoes’ Shilo McCall hit a home run, but it was not enough for a home series-opening win.
Both Volcano runs came in the third inning. John Riley singled,and McCall knocked the ball over the fence. Salem-Keizer was ahead 2-0 then, but the Hops scored twice in the fifth and twice in the sixth.
In the fifth, Sergio Alcantara singled Nate Robertson home and scored on a sacrifice fly by Fernery Ozuna. By then there had been two outs and an error by Steven Duggar in right field.
Josh Anderson reached first base on an error by shortstop CJ Hinojosa in the sixth. Trevor Mitsui singled, and with two outs both scored on a single by Alcantara.
Hillsboro starter Carlos Hernandez was the winning pitcher with a 4-1 record, and Cameron Gann had his first save. Nathanael Santiago was the losing pitcher in relief.
Aug. 11: Volcanoes 7, Hillsboro 0
The Volcanoes decided they preferred a third shutout win for the season to getting swept in a series.
Salem-Keizer’s big inning was the four-run first. Steven Duggar singled and was on base when Miguel Gomez hit his fourth home run of the season. The second out followed, and then CJ Hinojosa hit his third homer of the year. Fernando Pujadas doubled, went to third base on a wild pitch by Hillsboro starter and loser Tyler Mark, and scored on a single by Junior Amion.
Hinojosa had three hits for the night.
Nolan Riggs, the Volcanoes’ starting pitcher, went six innings and allowed the Hops their total of three hits, running his record to 3-1. Rayan Hernandez pitched in relief.