By HERB SWETT
Of the Keizertimes
The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes opened their season with a 4-3 home victory over the Tri-City Dust Devils.
Opening-day ceremonies included throwing of the first ball by Joe Egli, Keizer’s First Citizen of 2018, and an announcement by Jerry Walker, co-owner of the Volcanoes, that the club has extended its contract with the San Francisco Giants through 2020.
It never was more than a one-run game. The first run came when Tri-City’s Tre Carter led off the top of the third inning with a home run over the right field fence.
Stetson Woods, the Volcanoes’ starting pitcher, then retired the next three batters. The last of the three, Dwayna Williams-Sutton, hit another drive to deep right, but Mikey Edie caught it.
Jose Layer led off the Salem-Keizer third with a double to left field and reached third base on Kyle McPherson’s single to left. Layer then scored as an error by shortstop Owen Miller put Ricardo Genoves on first. The inning ended with the score 1-1.
In the bottom of the fourth, Robinson Medrano put the Volcanoes a run ahead by leading off with a home run to left.
The Dust Devils’ Kelvin Alarcon singled to center to lead off the fifth. After Woods retired the next two batters, Miller brought Alarcon home with a double down the left field line.
Woods then left the game with two runs on four hits, two walks, and two strikeouts in four of two-thirds of an inning. Alejandro De La Rosa relieved him and retired the side.
After scoring just four goals his first season, Williams scored 46 as a sophomore, including a game-winning goal in overtime to defeat rival Sprague.
“I still go back and watch that video to this day, especially when we’re about to play them and I still think about it and hold it over their coach’s head because I keep in touch with him,” Williams said.
Williams scored 46 more goals as a junior and then led the league with 70 as a senior, including seven against Ridgeview, to finish his career with 166.
He was named First Team All-Conference and selected to the Oregon high school all-star game three years in a row.
“It’s a bunch of kids from Portland and the Eugene area and then me,” Williams said of the all-star game. “There’s not a lot of kids from my area that make it to that kind of stuff. Playing with those kids it was basically a little glimpse of what I’m sure it will be like at the next level and it was a lot more fun for me to be able to, not that I don’t trust the guys on my own team, but to know that a pass is going to be a little more perfect, I guess, at that level.”
Western Oregon, a Division-II program, plays in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association.