By HERB SWETT
Of the Keizertimes
The Volcanoes lost a lead in the opening game of a Fourth of July home series with the Hillsboro Hops, who won 6-3.
A crowd of 5,223, after watching pregame ceremonies that included cadets from the McNary High School Junior ROTC, saw Salem-Keizer take a 2-1 lead in the second inning and a 3-2 lead in the third before giving up four runs to the visitors in the eighth.
Hillsboro scored the first run of the game in the first. Bryan Araiza, who had bunted a single and gone to third base on a single by Eudy Ramos, crossed the plate as Tim Susnara hit into a force out.
The Volcanoes answered with two runs in the second. After Ryan Kirby walked and Manuel Geraldo singled down the left field line, both advanced as Dalton Combs grounded out. Kirby scored as Shane Matheny struck out but reached first base on a passed ball by Susnara. Orlando Garcia drove Geraldo home with a sacrifice fielder’s choice.
The Hops tied the score in the third. Camden Duzenack was hit by a pitch from starter Julio Benitez and went to third on a double to right by Araiza. Ramos’s sacrifice fly to right in foul territory drove in Duzenack.
Salem-Keizer went ahead by a run in the third. Rob Calabrese singled to center and went to third on Kirby’s single to center. Geraldo, who was to have a 4-for-4 night, scored Calabrese with a single to left.
In the Volcano fifth, after Geraldo bunted a single with two out, Hops starter Tyler Keele was relieved by Junior Garcia. Geraldo then was caught stealing.
Luis Pino replaced Benitez on the mound at the start of the sixth.
Dalton Combs led off the Volcano sixth with a walk. Matheny then bunted for a hit but was called out for interference, umpire Pete Rivera ruling that he had run out of the path to first base. Jolbert Cabrera argued the call hotly and was ejected from the game. A fly, a walk, and a force out followed, and the inning was over.
Jason Bahr replaced Pino to start off the eighth. Araiza walked, and Ramos scored him with a double to center. Ramos doubled to left center following a pitch that many people in the crowd thought was a third strike, driving in Araiza. Ramos then tagged on a fly to right and went to third. Ellis singled to left, batting in Ramos. Tra’mayne Holmes singled to right, sending Ellis home, and went to second on an outfield throw.
Nick Deeg relieved Pino and allowed a single to left by Ryan Grotjohn, which scored Holmes. Deeg then hit a batter and retired the next one for the third out.
In the bottom of the eighth, Geraldo led off with an infield single, Combs and Matheny were then retired, and Erbert Gonzalez replaced Junior Garcia on the mound. Orlando Garcia singled to left, but the next two batters were retired. The Volcanoes could not muster more than one walk in the ninth.
“One bad call” was Cabrera’s answer to the question of what went wrong with the game.
Junior Garcia was the winning pitcher at 2-0, and Gonzalez had his fourth save. Bahr took the loss for an 0-1 record. Benitez allowed two runs, both earned, and six hits in his five innings but struck out three and walked none.
A fireworks display followed the game.
Wednesday, June 28: Boise 8, Volcanoes 3
Walks and errors contributed to three of the Hawks’ runs as Boise took the rubber game of this road series.
A Salem-Keizer run in the top of the first inning was followed by a four-run rally in the Boise half of the first. Three walks, two errors, and a single produced the runs.
The Volcanoes scored one run each in the second and fourth and were behind only 4-3 until the Hawks scored three times in the fifth. Their final run came in the seventh on a home run by Daniel Jipping.
There were two errors as well as eight hits on each side. In the Volcano first, Malique Ziegler reached first base on an error and second on another error and scored as Kevin Rivera was thrown out on a steal attempt.
Both starters were the pitchers of record. Jose Marte, who was pulled after two innings, took the loss at 0-1. Breiling Eusebio, who had seven strikeouts in his five innings, was the winner at 3-0.
Thursday, June 29: Volcanoes 2, Tri-City 0 (12 innings)
Pitchers kept bats on both sides quiet until the 12th inning of this first of a five-game series in Pasco, Washington.
In the top of the 12th, Kevin Rivera led off with a single and Manuel Geraldo singled him to third base. Ryan Kirby singled Rivera home, and Geraldo went to third on an outfield error. A single by Juan Rodriguez scored Geraldo.
The Volcanoes ended up outhitting the Dust Devils 8-6.
Salem-Keizer starter Julio Benitez went five and two-thirds of an inning with six strikeouts.
Luis Pino then struck out three in two and one-third of an inning and Heath Slatton pitched the next three, striking out six and getting the win with a 2-1 record.
Vic Black, continuing his rehabilitation, fanned three in his one inning and got his first save.
Friday, June 30: Volcanoes 7, Tri-City 2
Salem-Keizer scored three times in the first inning, and the Dust Devils never caught up.
In the Volcano first, one-out singles by Kevin Rivera and Manual Geraldo were followed by a double from Ryan Kirby that brought both home. Kirby went to third base on a wild pitch by Henry Henry and scored on an error.
Tri-City’s two runs came in the second and third. The Volcanoes added two runs in the fifth as Geraldo drove in Malique Ziegler with a triple and scored on an error.
In the Volcano eighth, Dylan Manwaring doubled and scored on AJ Ramirez’s first home run of the season.
Geraldo and Ziegler stole one base each, remaining tied for the club lead. It was No. 10 for both.
Alejandro De La Rosa was the winning pitcher with a 1-0 record, and Nick Deeg had his first save. Henry took the loss at 0-2.
Saturday, July 1: Volcanoes 2, Tri-City 1
Garrett Cave, one of seven newcomers to the Volcanoes, lost no time in getting his first professional save.
Salem-Keizer came from behind in this game, the Dust Devils having scored their run in the second inning. The first Volcano score was a leadoff home run by Gustavo Cabrera in the fifth.
In the Volcano eighth, Jeffry Parra hit a one-out double and Mikey Edie ran for him. With Malique Ziegler batting, a wild pitch by Jordan Guerrero sent Edie to third. Ziegler was then hit on the hand by a pitch and left the game.
Edie scored on a sacrifice fly by AJ Ramirez.
Logan Webb was the winning pitcher in relief at 1-0. Guerrero was the loser at 0-1.
Sunday, July 2: Tri-City 4, Volcanoes 2
This first Dust Devil win of the five-game series was decided by Chris Mattison’s two-run homer in the eighth inning.
Six Volcanoes played their first professional game: Outfielders Logan Baldwin, Dalton Combs, and Bryce Johnson; third baseman Michael Sexton; and relief pitchers Aaron Phillips and John Russell. Catcher Rob Calabrese and second baseman Orlando Garcia played their second professional game.
Salem-Keizer scored a run each in the first and eighth, and Tri-City scored two each in the fifth and eighth.
Volcano starter Stetson Woods, although not pitching to a decision, had eight strikeouts in his six innings. Russell took the loss. Dust Devil reliever Fred Schlichtholz was the winner at 1-0.
Monday, July 3: Volcanoes 3, Tri-City 2 (10 innings)
Salem-Keizer played yet another extra-inning game to take this series four games to one.
Kendry Melo, pitching the last two innings, got his first win for a 1-0 record, hitting one batter but retiring the other three. Jose Marte, the starter, allowed no runs and struck out three in his five innings.
The Volcanoes got their first two runs in the third inning. Malique Ziegler led off with a single and reached second base on a wild pitch by Thomas Cosgrove, who had taken over from starter Travis Radke.
A throwing error by Cosgrove on a pickoff attempt sent Ziegler to third. Rob Calabrese walked, and John Riley doubled both runners home.
The Dust Devils, who had only two hits in the game, scored once in the sixth and once in the seventh.
In the 10th, Michael Sexton led off with a single, and Mikey Edie ran for him. Calabrese singled, and an outfield error put him on second and Edie on third.
Edie scored as Ryan Kirby reached first on a fielder’s choice.
The losing pitcher was Evan Miller at 2-2.