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Volcanoes inch closer to title
09/10/2006 3:29 AM ET
Nestor Rojas scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning Saturday as the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes edged the Boise Hawks, 2-1, in Game 3 of the Northwest League Championship Series.

Rojas singled, advanced to third on Brad Boyer's two-out double and came home on a wild pitch by reliever Rocky Roquet (0-1) to give the Volcanoes a 2-1 lead in the best-of-5 series.

Robert Felmy's RBI groundout in the first gave Salem-Keizer an early lead, but a run-scoring single by Matt Camp in the fifth forged the deadlock for the Hawks.

After the fifth, four Salem-Keizer relievers combined to keep Boise scoreless. Paul Oseguera replaced starter John Odom with two outs in the fifth and tossed 3 1/3 perfect frames, fanning seven. Juan Trinidad (1-0) struck out two in a perfect 11th for the win.

Hawks starter William Muldowney pitched five solid innings, giving up one run on five hits and two walks while fanning three. Jayson Ruhlman followed with 4 1/3 scoreless innings and Roquet recorded the last two outs of the 10th before surrendering the run in the 11th.

Salem-Keizer can clinch its third Northwest League championship in seven years on Sunday when it hosts Game 4 at 8:05 p.m. ET.

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