The Everett AquaSox defeated the Hillsboro Hops 6-0 Tuesday behind another dazzling performance from NWL all-star Lars Huijer. Huijer, who went eight shutout innings and allowed just one hit while striking out five, improved to 7-1 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.57.
The win marked Everett’s third consecutive 6-0 victory and their fourth in their last six games. NWL Home Run Derby participant Phillips Castillo launched a two-out, three-run homer (his fourth) in the fourth inning, and Christian Carmichael added a pair of hits and RBI. The AquaSox scored all six of their runs off of Ross Gerdeman in the fourth.
Huijer and Gerdeman appeared locked in a pitcher’s duel for the first three innings. Gerdeman retired the first nine AquaSox he faced, whereas Huijer only stumbled when he issues a one-out walk to Ryan Kinsella in the bottom of the third.
In the top of the fourth, however, the Frogs’ bats came alive. Gerdeman helped them by walking the first two batters of the inning, Brock Hebert and Jack Reinheimer. Justin Seager followed up with a single to left that scored Hebert and got Everett on the board. Chantz Mack singled to load the bases, and there were still no men out.
Carmichael followed Mack with the Frogs’ third straight single, and he delivered both Reinheimer and Seager to extend the Everett lead to 3-0. Austin Wilson grounded into a force out and James Zamarripa struck out, bringing up Castillo with two on and two out. Castillo blasted the game open with three-run shot to left, and the AquaSox were officially in the driver’s seat.
Now backed by a six-run lead, Huijer kicked it into high gear, allowing just one batter to reach from innings four through six (he plunked Jordan Parr with one out in the fifth). He took his no-hitter into the seventh, before surrendering a lead-off single to Hillsboro all-star Yogey Perez-Ramos. Unfazed, Huijer immediately erased Perez-Ramos with a double play.
Tyler Wright, the AquaSox leader in ERA at 1.45, allowed a leadoff single in the ninth but then sent the side down in order to preserve a combined two-hit shutout by Everett pitching.
The AquaSox return home Wednesday to open up a five-game series with the Boise Hawks before breaking for the All-Star Game at Everett Memorial Stadium on Tuesday August 6. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.