KEIZER, Ore. – Andrew Leenhouts tossed six scoreless frames to improve to 7-1 and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes used a six-run seventh inning to turn a close game into a rout as they cruised to an 8-0 win over the Everett AquaSox Sunday at Volcanoes Stadium. Jake Zokan worked into the seventh, but was tagged for four runs as the Frogs dropped their fifth straight to drop below .500 in the second half. Leonardo Rojas was 2-4 with a home run and four RBI for Salem-Keizer.
Leenhouts, a lefty who started Tuesday’s All-Star Game for the South Division, one-upped Volcanoes’ ace Chris Johnson, who held the ‘Sox to two runs on Saturday. Leenhouts surrendered just three hits and struck out two as he lowered his ERA to 2.26 on the season. His seventh win tied him with Everett’s Lars Huijer for the league lead.
After the Volcanoes scored a run in the first and second to take an early 2-0 lead, Zokan settled down and kept the Frogs close. Everett had a chance to get back in the game after Jake Smith relieved Leenhouts in the seventh, getting the tying runs on-base with two outs, but were unable to score when Lonnie Kauppila grounded out to end the inning.
Salem-Keizer took that momentum swing into the home half of the inning and busted the game open. Shilo McCall doubled to lead off the inning and Blake Miller followed with an RBI single that chased Zokan. Jose Valdivia entered the game for the ‘Sox and gave up a single to Ty Ross and then issued back-to-back walks to John Polonius and Ryan Jones to force in a run and load the bases for Rojas. Rojas turned on a pitch from Valdivia, sending out to left field for a grand slam that capped the scoring and made it 8-0 Volcanoes. It was Rojas’ first homer of the season.
Zokan (3-3) took the loss after pitching 6.0 innings and allowing four runs on five hits. He struck out five and walked one. The runs charged to Valdivia were the first the right-hander has allowed since July 4th, also against Salem-Keizer. He had made seven straight scoreless appearances, working 9.0 innings during the streak. Jack Reinheimer was 2-4 for the Frogs and Chantz Mack picked up a hit in his second straight game after seeing his nine-game hitting streak end on Friday. Stanford teammates Austin Wilson and Kauppila were both 0-3 and are struggling as of late. Wilson is batting .182 (6-33) in his last ten games while Kauppila is hitting an even .100 (3-30) during that same span.
Blake Miller hit a solo homer off Zokan leading off the second inning, his second of 2013.
Everett fell to 8-9 in the second half and 31-24 overall while Salem-Keizer won their fourth straight against the ‘Sox to move to 11-6 and improve their NWL-best overall record to 34-21. With their sixth win in nine tries the Volcanoes earned a season-series victory over Everett. The teams will conclude their series tomorrow at 6:35 PM as Huijer (7-1, 1.49) goes against the Volcanoes’ Nick Vander Tuig (0-0, 7.20) The AquaSox then head to Vancouver for a three-game series before returning home August 16th for an eight-game homestand against the Eugene Emeralds and the Canadians. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at and by phone at 425-258-3673.