Volcanoes implode in Series Opener

The Volcanoes were the best team not only in the 2006 season of the Northwest League, but perhaps of all time, setting a new league record for wins in a season. But that doesn't mean anything in the playoffs, and the Volcanoes fell in Game 1 of their 5 game series with Eastern Division Champion Boise.

Salem-Keizer began the playoffs unlike the regular season, with a loss in the first game of a five game series.

The Volcanoes fell to the Boise Hawks 5-1. Boise had no trouble beating the Volcanoes, because they beat themselves. They couldn’t hit, nor could they field. A poor all-around performance points to what went wrong for the Volcanoes. 

The Hawks got to Volcanoes starter Steven Calicutt early, striking for a run in the first inning. Matt Matulia doubled and reached third on Tyler Colvin’s base hit. Colvin was caught stealing second, and Matulia would score the first run of the game on the play.

Calicutt allowed two more runs in the fourth inning, a solo home run to Russell Canzler which would have counted for two runs if Colvin’s second attempt to steal had worked. He was caught stealing again, so the home run only counted for one run. Boise third baseman Joshua Lansford doubled and would later score to give the Hawks a 3-0 advantage.

Colvin and Canzler had three hits each and accounted for all the Hawks’ runs batted in, as well as three runs scored. Colvin scored on Bobby Felmy’s fielding error, one of three Salem-Keizer errors for the game.

Clayton Tanner and Adam Paul made appearances in relief and each gave up a run. Salem-Keizer avoided being shut out for only the third time since the Northwest League season began in June when they scored a run in the top of the eighth inning. Brad Boyer reached first base on a wild pitch for strike three. Emmanuel Burriss got on base via a botched force attempt on the Boise error. A walk to Christopher Todd loaded the bases, then Matt Weston grounded into double play, to score Boyer.

Boise’s win gives them a 1-0 edge over Salem-Keizer in the series. Game 2 is scheduled to begin at 6:15 PM Friday at Memorial Stadium in Boise. The Volcanoes send their ace Adam Cowart (10-1, 1.08 ERA in the regular season) to the mound to start Game 2. The series shifts to Salem-Keizer’s home park Saturday for the remainder of the series.

Chris has been a Giants fan since her days in utero. She loves baseball and writes about whatever she can get her hands on…even the Athletics. She's a Bay Area gal through and through. This is her 24th season of fandom. Love/hate mail can be sent to seasond_salt@yahoo.com, where the love mail gets top priority and the hate mail gets used for kindling.

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