The Volcanoes downed the Everett AquaSox 8-5 in 12 innings in front of 3,653 at Everett Memorial Stadium.
The teams combined for 24 hits, 9 errors and 19 runners left on base in the 3:54 contest.
The AquaSox took the lead 2-0 scoring in both the first and third off the bat of Jack Reinheimer. Reinheimer was 4-for-6 with two runs scored.
Ryan Honeycutt hit his first homerun of the year, a two-run blast, in the top of the fourth off of Andrew Carraway to tie it up 2-2. Honeycutt's homer was the first allowed by Carraway in the Northwest League. He is currently playing with Everett on a rehab assignment from the AAA Tacoma Rainiers.
The AquaSox scored two more in the fourth when Reinheimer and D.J. Peterson each singled to score Carlton Tanabe and Bryan Brito, assisted by errors on Gabriel Cornier and Jeremy Sy. The Volcanoes tied their franchise high with seven errors on the game.
The visitors tied it up at four by scoring a run in both the fifth and sixth, both being assisted by AquaSox errors.
With the game tied 4-4, Ryan Jones had an RBI single in the ninth to give the Volcanoes a 5-4 lead. Raymundo Montero (2-1) took to the mound in the 9th for the win. With two strikes, two outs and the bases empty, Peterson doubled off of Montero and scored later in the inning on a Brandon Bednar error.
With the game tied at 5-5, Montero and AquaSox reliever Nick Valenza (3-1) pitched shutout baseball through the 10th and 11th.
In the top of the 12th Valenza walked three of the first four batters to load the bases with one out. Shilo McCall entered the game for designated hitter Ryan Honeycutt after Randy Ortiz pinch ran for Honeycutt in the 10th. McCall then hit a bases-clearing double over the head of Michael Faulkner in his only at-bat of the game.
Armando Paniagua closed out the game for the Volcanoes by retiring the first three batters of the 12th in order on consecutive grounders. The 12 inning marathon was the longest game of the season for the Volcanoes who are now 2-0 in extra inning contests.
Both teams are now 15-6 and tied for the best record in the NWL.
The Volcanoes and AquaSox play again Friday in game two of their five-game series. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.
About the Volcanoes: The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are a minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Home games are played at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer from mid-June through early-September. Tickets start at just $7. For more information call the Volcanoes at (503) 390-2225.
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