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08/21/2007 1:23 AM ET
Volcanoes clinch Northwest League West
Cranston fans seven, scatters four hits over five frames in victory over Yakima
Matthew Downs' run-scoring single extended his hitting streak to 14 games. (Patrick Ostrander/


Jared Cranston hurled five shutout innings as Salem-Keizer clinched the Northwest League's North Division title with a 5-1 win over host Yakima on Monday.

Cranston (3-1) yielded four hits and a walk while fanning seven. The 22-year-old left-hander, who gave up one hit over six scoreless innings in his previous start, lowered his ERA to 2.45 over 10 appearances with the Volcanoes (48-12).

Sean VanElderen hit a solo homer, his fifth, in the second and Brock Bond went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for Salem-Keizer. Matthew Downs had an RBI single in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.

Bears starter Chase Christianson (4-5) gave up four runs -- one earned -- on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts over seven frames for his second straight loss.

Joseph Batten walked and scored on Konrad Schmidt's sixth-inning single for Yakima (25-35).

Michael Blinn is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.