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T'jacks put end to skid

KEIZER-- The Southern Oregon Timberjacks reclaimed first place in the Northwest League's Southern Division Monday night when they defeated the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, 6-2.

The victory boosted the Timberjacks to 35-33, giving them a half-game edge over the Portland Rockies (35-34), who dropped an 8-0 decision to the Eugene Emeralds.

Southern Oregon has eight games remaining, while the Rockies have seven.

The real work begins tonight for the Timberjacks, who open a three-day, five-game series with the Emeralds at Miles Field. The teams play 6:05 p.m. doubleheaders tonight and Wednesday to make up games that were rained out earlier this month in Eugene.

The Timberjacks needed a dramatically different outcome than they got the previous time pitchers Nate Hilton and Jerome Williams squared off.

The Volcanoes scored four runs in the top of the first and Williams' wilted the TJ's bats as Salem-Keizer blasted Southern Oregon, 8-0, in the first game of a doubleheader sweep last Wednesday.

Southern Oregon got the jump on Williams this time around, scoring once in the top of the first inning. Miguel Declet singled to left, took second when first baseman Jeremy Luster threw Michael Lockwood's grounder into left field, then scored on Matt Howe's base hit to right field.

The Timberjackers upped their advantage to 3-0 in the fifth inning.

Declet got hit by a pitch, Lockwood doubled to left, scoring Declet and then Lockwood scored when Howe hit into a double play.

Salem-Keizer scored twice in the fifth off Hilton (2-4) on Scott Daeley's base hit and Micha Holst's sacrifice-fly.