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Celts doubled up by Titans
in conference dust up
Taylor Ebbs
For the Keizertimes
An early double play and
later home run hit by Ethan
Patterson were highlights of
the June 13 game against the
West Salem Titans. Patterson’s
bat connected solidly with
the ball sending it deep into
right fi eld shocking the Titan’s
fi elder and sending him
The Celtics controlled the
home fi eld during the top of
the fi rst inning preventing
the heavy hitting Titans from
scoring. The team’s potential
was on display but they were
unable to get past the Titan’s
strong offense to score any
runs though the bases stayed
West Salem gained eight
runs in the second inning by
loading the bases and slipping
past McNary’s defense taking
advantage of the team’s
youthful simple mistakes.
This early show of strength
by West Salem dominated the
game and undermined the
Celtics’ confi dence for the rest
of the evening which ended
with the Celtics losing 16-8.
“We didn’t pitch as well as
we have lately. We also didn’t
play defense as well as we have
earlier this summer and as a
result we gave West Salem a
pretty big lead. I thought we
battled back with the play.
We had some pretty good at-
bats up and down the lineup.
Ethan Patterson’s home run
was certainly a highlight. We
turned a double play early in
the game that was really, really
good,” said head coach Larry
“But, the fact of the matter
is when you give up 16 runs
it’s diffi cult to win a baseball
game. We had to use a lot of
young pitchers today against
a pretty good team. It was a
good experience for them.
They are going to learn that
against good hitters you’re
going to have to keep the ball
in a good location, you can’t
throw it over the middle of
the plate belt high or they are
going to hit it and West Salem
is good enough that they are
going to make you pay for not
pitching well,” Keeker said.
Hayden Kaiser put the
Celtics on the board with
their fi rst run in the bottom
of the second and Erik Mayer
adding a second run to the
Celts total for a 2-7 score.
Zane Aicher brought in a
third run bringing the second
inning to a close with 3-7
“That’s the fi rst time we’ve been
beat all summer, so we’ve had a
really good summer so far.”
— Larry Keeker, Head Coach
McNary took the mound
at the top of the third only
3 down but West Salem
continued to broaden its
lead over the course of the
next four innings thanks to
several defensive mistakes and
youthful pitchers. Though the
Celtics continued to compete
and slowly increase their runs
on the board, the Titan’s had a
choke hold on the game.
“I was proud of our guys.
They competed. They got
down quite a bit and they’d
keep battling and everybody
got a chance to get in the
game tonight, so that was
good. We are a pretty young
team and there’s still a lot of
growing. That’s the fi rst time
we’ve been beat all summer,
so we’ve had a really good
summer so far, it’s just that
today the team we were
playing was a little bit higher
caliber and we are pretty
young program right now. It’s
going to be a learning curve
for them,” Keeker said.
Ebbs and Cepeda
earn fi rst-time
all-state honors
Sophomore shortstop Taylor Ebbs and junior outfi elder
Alexa Cepeda received fi rst-team all-state recognition after
both having outstanding seasons for the McNary softball
Ebbs batted an incredible .628 with seven homers and 60
RBIs. She also had 22 extra-base hits on the year and only
struck out three times. She was also was recognized as the
player of the year in the Mountain Valley Conference.
Cepeda led the team in runs scored (48), and was second
on the team in batting average (.495), on-base percentage
(.560) and doubles (10). She also proved to be one of the top
defensive center fi elders in the MVC.
ABOVE: McNary pitcher Danny Okada. TOP: Erik Sorenson makes it home.
Alexa Cepeda
Volcanoes go 3-2 versus
Spokane to open season
Of the Keizertimes
A 12-inning 7-6 win over
Boise opened the season Friday
for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.
Ricardo Genoves was the
star of the game, getting four
hits, driving in the fi rst run, and
scoring the last run. He caught
six pitchers, who combined for
12 strikeouts.
The Volcanoes started the
scoring in the fi rst inning after
Yorlis Rodriguez walked and
went to second base as Sean
Roby grounded out. Genoves
singled to right fi eld, scoring
In the bottom of the third,
Marcos Campos led off with a
single to left, stole second base,
and scored as Roby singled to
Kervin Castro, the Volcanoes'
starting pitcher, went fi ve
innings and allowed the Hawks
their fi rst lead, but only one of
their three runs in the fi fth was
For Boise in the fi fth, Isaac
Collins led off with a bad-hop
double, and Shael Mendoza was
hit by a pitch. They advanced
on a sacrifi ce bunt by Bryant
Quijada, and an errant throw
from Castro scored Collins and
Mendoza and moved Quijada
to second. Quijada, after
reaching third on a single by
LJ Hatch, scored on a sacrifi ce
fl y by Ezequiel Tovar, and the
Hawks led 3-2.
Tyler Schimpf relieved
Castro to start the sixth and
retired the Hawks in order.
With Reagan Todd replacing
Boise starter Frederis Parra
in the bottom of the sixth,
Franklin Labour hit a leadoff
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Yorlis Rodriguez rounds third base to score the Volcanoes fi rst run of the season.