Cowart shuts the Hawks down and out

Coming off of a surprising loss in Game 1 to the Hawks, the Volcanoes needed a lift. They got one, as Adam Cowart returned to his dominating form. S-K's star pitcher threw his first professional complete game, a shut out, as the Volcanoes tied the 5 game series at 1-1.

For a 35th round pick, Adam Cowart had done just about everything someone could expect out of him.  But in the playoffs, he still managed to do something new.

Cowart threw his first complete game of his professional career, and it was a shutout, as the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes beat the Boise Hawks 5-0 in Boise Friday night.  The win tied their best-of-5 series at a game a piece, as the teams will head back to Keizer for the remaining games.

Cowart had only gone beyond 6 innings once this season, a 7 inning start on July 18th.  He also rebounded after losing for the first time as a pro in his last start in the regular season.  Cowart gave up 5 hits, a walk, and got just one strikeout.  However, he dominated the Hawks hitter, giving up only two really hard hit balls in the later innings, both of which became outs near the warning track.

Meanwhile, Bobby Felmy had a 2 run home run to top of the Volcanoes scoring and help lead a Volcanoes offense that stalled on Thursday.  Felmy’s shot was to straight away center field after a Christopher Todd walk to seal the game, and chase Boise starter Jose Ceda from the game.  Ceda gave up all 5 Volcanoes runs in 4.1 innings.

The Volcanoes took the lead before Cowart even took the mound, with a one out rally in the first.  Todd singled and that was followed by back-to-back doubles by Felmy and Ryan Rohlinger to score 2 runs.

In the 2nd inning, Bradley Boyer doubled and scored on an Emmanuel Burriss single to give the Volcanoes a 3-0 lead.

But the rest of the game was Cowart.  Cowart seemed to do it all, making a couple of good defensive plays in the second inning, and even picking off Boise’s Matt Matulia at first after Matulia hit a leadoff single in the 4th inning.  That play would prove important, as the next batter, Tyler Colvin, also singled.  Although Colvin would steal second, Cowart was able to get out of the threat without a problem.  Cowart only gave up one more baserunner, a walk to Russell Canzler, for the final five innings.

The series will continue Saturday as the teams return to Keizer.  Gametime is 7:05 PDT.  Sunday’s Game 4 is scheduled for a 5:05 start, and Monday’s Game 5, if needed, will be at 6:35 in Keizer.

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