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Volcanoes finish first half 16-22

Of the Keizertimes

Two more big Boise innings gave the Boise Hawks a 10-4 win in Sunday’s rubber game of this Volcano road series, the last game played before Tuesday’s all-star contest.

Salem-Keizer scored the first run of the game during the four innings of Jason Bahr’s first start of the season. The Volcanoes got a run in the fourth and four in the fifth, followed by one each in the sixth and seventh and three in the eighth.

In the top of the first, Malique Ziegler singled to center field, went to second base as Bryce Johnson grounded out, reached third with his 20th stolen base of the season, and scored as Ryan Kirby singled to center.

Kevin Rivera hit a leadoff single to left for the Volcanoes in the third but was caught stealing second despite a pitch that was in the dirt.

Salem-Keizer leads the Northwest League in both steals and time caught stealing. A double play soon followed.

Bahr allowed Boise four hits in his four innings but struck out four and walked none.

The Hawks’ first run came when Bret Boswell, who had hit an infield single, scored on a double by Austin Bernard.

Tyler Schimpf pitched the fifth for the Volcanoes. He walked Cole Anderson with one out, and LJ Hatch singled Anderson home and went to second base as third baseman Junior Amion was called for an interference error. Steven Linkous was hit by a pitch, and JB Moss loaded the bases with a single to left. Bret Boswell reached first on a force attempt, with another Amion error allowing Hatch and Linkous to score. A sacrifice fly to left by Danny Edgeworth drove in Moss.

Ethan Johnson relieved starter Nick Kennedy to start the sixth and held the Volcanoes scoreless.

In the Boise sixth, Peter Lannoo took the mound. Cole Anderson grounded into a force out and scored on a double by Hatch.

Jared Westphal pitched to start the Volcano seventh and loaded the bases by walking Dalton Combs, hitting Rob Calabrese, and walking Rivera. Moises Ceja replaced Westphal, and Ziegler scored Combs with a sacrifice fly to right.

In the Boise seventh, Moss singled to center and scored on a double to right by Edgeworth.

Salem-Keizer scored twice in the eighth. Michael Sexton walked and went to third on a double by Amion. Combs drove in both with a single to right.

The Hawks answered with three runs in the eighth with Garrett Cave on the mound. Aubrey McCarty singled to left and reached second on a bunt single by Anderson. A sacrifice bunt by Hatch moved both runners up. Moss singled to left, driving in both. A double to center by Boswell scored Moss.

Mike Bunal replaced Ceja in the ninth and retired the Volcanoes in order.

Kennedy was the winning pitcher. Schimpf took the loss.

Thursday, July 27: Eugene 8, Volcanoes 5

The host Emeralds took a 2-1 lead in this road series, but Salem-Keizer continued the tradition of the ninth-inning fight.

Starter Matt Swarmer’s pitching, with six strikeouts in his six innings, and catcher Mike Cruz’s hot bat were the main reasons Eugene came out on top. Cruz had a two-run homer among his three hits, and his pitchers totaled 12 strikeouts.

The biggest Volcano hit was Rob Calabrese’s first professional home run, but it came with no one on base.

Trailing 8-3 going into the ninth, the Volcanoes took advantage of a wild-pitch third strike and a baserunning advance on defensive indifference to help two singles produce two runs.

Swarmer got the win and starter Alejandro De La Rosa took the loss.

Friday, July 28: Volcanoes 4, Boise 1

This three-game road series opened with Stet Woods allowing one unearned run in his 5-1/3 innings for a 3-0 record. Reliever John Russell got his second save, striking out eight.

Salem-Keizer had 11 hits, three by Logan Baldwin, to six for Boise.

The Volcanoes scored one run in the second inning and the Hawks one in the third, and the visitors scored twice in the fifth and once in the eighth.

Bryce Johnson, Manuel Geraldo, and Robinson Medrano had two hits each for the Volcanoes. Malique Ziegler stole his 18th base, Geraldo his 15th, and Logan Baldwin his sixth.

Boise starter Ryan Luna lost his second game.

Saturday, July 29: Boise 5, Volcanoes 3

A four-run Boise fifth inning was too much for Salem-Keizer.

Jose Marte, the Volcanoes’ starting and losing pitcher, had a no-hitter going through four innings and a 3-0 lead before the Hawks beat up on him. Two doubles, one single, two errors, a wild pitch, and a force out provided the four runs.

The Volcanoes had nine hits, including triples by Logan Baldwin and Kevin Rivera, to four for Boise, but the Hawks made their hits and Salem-Keizer’s mistakes count. Three Volcanoes were caught stealing.

Only one of Boise’s hits was for extra bases, a leadoff double by Austin Bernard in the fifth.