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Frazier, Dust Devils turn things around

Impressive win tonight by the Dust Devils, a 4-1 win over Salem-Keizer.

And remember, it was the Volcanoes who had Tri-City’s number last season, winning nine of 10 regular season games. But already this season, the Dust Devils have taken 5-of-8 with two more to play.

And how about Parker Frazier, the young 19-year-old right-hander, who tossed seven shutout innings and only allowed two hits.

This is the same player who had an ERA over 10 with Casper (Wyo.) last season in rookie ball.

I won’t forget pointing that out to Volcanoes manager Tom Trebelhorn the night before facing Frazier for the first time. Told him what a disastrous season it had been for the youngster.

Trebelhorn, a very patient and compassionate man who has seen many players come and go, turned from his computer to face me, smiled and said, “I could tell you about a lot of major leaguers who had disastrous first seasons.”

Anyway, it’s good to see Tri-City turn around after losing 4-of-6. Now if the Dust Devils could only get Spokane to lose a few.