EVERETT, Wash. – Phillips Castillo, he of the .172 average entering play Friday, was 0-3 despite hitting the ball hard twice. In the ninth inning, he picked up his first hit on a dribbler to third and, more importantly, scored pinch runner Ian Miller from third base to give the Everett AquaSox a 3-2 walk-off win over the Vancouver Canadians before 3,324 fans at Everett Memorial Stadium. Everett swept the three-game series and took the season series with Vancouver eight games to four.
Castillo’s infield hit capped a two-run ninth inning that saw the Frogs rally from a 2-1 deficit against Vancouver closer Chuck Ghysels. The inning did not begin promisingly, as Kyle Petty struck out swinging and then was ejected by home plate umpire Kirk Struble. But Austin Wilson drew a walk to get the tying run aboard. Christian Carmichael then lined a ball to center field. Chaz Frank attempted to make a sliding catch, but the ball got by and went to the wall, allowing Wilson to score from first to tie the game as Carmichael motored into third with a triple. Miller came in to run for Carmichael, setting the stage for Castillo to touch off another celebration in Everett.
The Canadians dominated for eight innings of the game, but were unable to take a bigger lead against Everett ace Lars Huijer as they stranded 12 men on base, including 10 in scoring position. Vancouver scored twice against Huijer in the first inning but could manage nothing else. Three straight seeing-eye singles loaded the bases for Justin Atkinson, who crushed a two-run double off the left field wall. Huijer escaped further damage by striking out David Harris and Dawel Lugo to end the inning.
Austin Wilson got a run back for the Frogs in the second with his fifth home run of the year and his third of the homestand. He crushed a line drive over the left field wall on a 1-1 pitch from Vancouver starter Colton Turner.
The score remained 2-1 until the ninth. Huijer did not have his best stuff, but he was able to work out of trouble as the Canadians had at least one base runner in every inning. The righty from the Netherlands worked five innings, scattering seven hits and two walks. He struck out seven and walked two.
But the AquaSox could not gain any ground against Turner, as the Frogs didn’t have a hit between the third and eighth innings. Turner hurled six innings, allowing just the one run on four hits while striking out two and walking one. Scott Silverstein came on in the seventh and worked 1.2 scoreless innings before giving way to Ghysels (0-3), who blew his second save.
Richard White (2-2) got one huge out to earn the win for Everett. In the top of the ninth, Vancouver’s Mike Reeves doubled and advanced to third with two outs. White relieved Nick Valenza and struck out Atkinson to retire the side and keep the ‘Sox within one run.
The Canadians dropped their final five games at Everett Memorial Stadium after winning 13-1 on July 17th. Brenden Kalfus had two key base running mistakes. Kalfus led off the fourth with a double, but was caught off second on Ian Parmley’s comebacker and tagged out. In the eighth, Kalfus hit a one out triple, but was again caught off-base on a comebacker to the mound and was tagged out in a rundown between third and home.
Parmley extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a single up the middle in the second, the longest streak by a Canadians player this year and tied for second longest in the NWL in 2013. Parmley also stole his league-leading 19th and 20th bases.
With their fourth straight win, the ‘Sox moved back above .500 in the season’s second half at 15-14 and are 38-29 overall. The Canadians’ third straight loss drops Vancouver to 12-17 in the second half and 34-33 overall. The loss puts the Canadians into a tie with the Spokane Indians, who won Friday, in the overall standings. The Frogs are headed to Pasco tomorrow to wrap up their season series with the Tri-City Dust Devils in a three-game set at Gesa Stadium. First pitch is at 7:15 PM as the ‘Sox go for their fifth straight win. Tom Burns (1-1, 7.31) will get the start for the Frogs against the Dust Devils’ Logan Norris (0-2, 4.00). The Frogs come home for the final regular homestand of the regular season on August 31st against Spokane. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.