EVERETT, Wash. – The AquaSox hitters put the ball in play and let the Canadians take care of the rest Thursday night. Everett capitalized on three errors by Vancouver for a six-run third inning en route to an 8-4 win before a crowd of 2,215 fans at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the third, Phillips Castillo led off with a double down the left field line off Vancouver starter Jeremy Gabryszwski. Canadians left fielder Ian Parmley misplayed the ball for an error and Castillo advanced to third. An error by third baseman Andy Fermin then put runners at the corners. Lonnie Kauppila tied the game with a line drive single to center and Michael Faulkner grounded a single through the right side of the infield to load the bases. James Zamarripa brought home Bryan Brito with a sacrifice fly to give the ‘Sox a 2-1 lead. A single by Jack Reinheimer reloaded the bases and a wild pitch allowed Kauppila to score. Then things really fell apart for Vancouver as Kyle Petty hit a chopper to third base and Fermin attempted to cut down Faulkner at home plate. His throw sailed wide for an error as Faulkner slid home safely and Petty and Reinheimer moved to second and third respectively. Austin Wilson plated Reinheimer with a ground ball and Christian Carmichael scored Petty with an RBI double to make it 6-1 AquaSox.
The Canadians chipped away with a couple of runs against Everett starter Jake Zokan. David Harris singled and came around to score on Dawel Lugo’s double in the fourth inning and Fermin doubled and scored on Harris’ sacrifice fly in the sixth to make it 6-3.
But the Frogs snuffed out any thought of a comeback with two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. Wilson led off the inning with a triple, a line drive into the right field corner, and Carmichael followed with an RBI single. Another single chased Matt Johnson and brought in Alvido Jimenez to face Brito. Jimenez induced a fielder’s choice, but then Kauppila drove in Carmichael with a sac fly.
Vancouver got a run in the top of the ninth off Emilio Pagan after Lugo doubled and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Melvin Garcia, but Pagan got Seth Conner to ground out to end the game.
Zokan turned in a quality start to improve to 4-3. He worked six innings and gave up three runs on eight hits. He struck out seven and walked none. Jose Valdivia worked a scoreless seventh and eighth. Gabryszwski (5-2) took the loss, despite allowing just two earned runs. He finished with five innings pitched and six runs allowed on six hits. He struck out three and walked none.
Vancouver grabbed an early lead on L.B. Dantzler’s NWL-leading ninth home run, a solo blast off Zokan in the top of the first to straightaway center field.
With the win Everett now sits at .500 in the season’s second half at 14-14 and moved 37-29 overall. The ‘Sox moved ahead of the Spokane Indians, who fell to Tri-City 7-2 Thursday, to the top of the second half standings. Meanwhile, the loss drops Vancouver to 12-16 in the second half and 34-32 overall, but the Canadians maintained their one-game lead over Spokane in the overall standings. With their seventh win against Vancouver this season, the AquaSox took the season series.
The AquaSox conclude their three-game series with the Canadians tomorrow at 7:05 PM at Everett Memorial Stadium. Lars Huijer (8-1, 2.09) will attempt to become the first NWL pitcher with nine wins this season. Colton Turner (3-5, 3.11) will oppose him for the Canadians. After the game, the Frogs will be headed to Pasco to wrap up their season series with the Tri-City Dust Devils in a three-game set at Gesa Stadium. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.