Volcanoes ride hot bats to series victory

The Volcanoes win their home series of the season with 14 to 5 victory

(Benjamin J. Ammon)

By Traven Tapson / Salem-Keizer Volcanoes | August 18, 2017 12:37 AM



KEIZER, Ore. -- The Volcanoes clinched their first series victory since July 10th with a win against the Boise Hawks on Thursday night. For the second consecutive night, the Volcanoes set a season-high in runs, pushing 14 across the plate tonight.

After Volcanoes starting pitcher Jason Bahr got out of a jam in the top half of the first, the offense used that momentum to get out to early lead in the bottom of the inning. Center fielder Malique Ziegler led off the inning with a walk, but was eventually thrown out at the plate trying to score on a double steal. Northwest League RBI leader Ryan Kirby picked up his teammate by lining a single to center which scored right fielder Logan Baldwin, giving the Volcanoes a 1 to 0 lead.

In the top of the third inning, designated hitter Aubrey McCarty roped a leadoff double to the right center gap and then moved to third on a wild pitch by Bahr. McCarty later scampered home on a passed ball, tying the score. The passed ball was the 25th of the season for Volcanoes' catchers, which ties the franchise record. Later in the inning, second baseman Brett Boswell laced an RBI single to right field to give the Hawks a 2 to 1 lead.

The scoring got started in the fifth when shortstop Kevin Rivera singled home catcher Rob Calabrese on a flare to left field. The Volcanoes scored their second run of the inning when Hawks' second baseman Bret Boswell committed his second error of the inning on a ground ball off the bat of Kirby. Left fielder Bryce Johnson followed with a blooper over the third baseman's head for the third run of the game. Second baseman Orlando Garcia then singled to left field, which would chase Ryan Luna from the game after giving up his fourth run.

In for Luna was right hander Ty Hanson, but unfortunately for the Hawks, he would not fare much better. The first batter Hanson faced was third baseman Michael Sexton, who blasted a long three run homer to right center field for his first professional big fly. Before it was all said and done, the Volcanoes would send twelve batters to the plate and score eight runs, taking a 9 to 2 lead.

The Volcanoes would end up winning by a score of 14 to 5 to win their first home series of the season.

The series finale will take place at Volcanoes Stadium at 6:35 p.m. tomorrow night as Salem-Keizer looks to sweep the three game set.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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