EVERETT, Wash. – The Boise Hawks scored a 10-5 win over the Everett AquaSox in a back and forth game at Everett Memorial Stadium Sunday afternoon. Rony Rodriguez hit a pair of home runs and Jacob Rogers drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth to put Boise ahead for good. Boise had 11 hits and clubbed three homers off the Frogs’ bullpen.
The Hawks’ quickly grabbed the lead against reliever Nate Koneski on a solo home run by Rodriguez to straightaway left in the third inning. Koneski was working in relief of ‘Sox starter Lars Huijer, who left the game after 2.2 innings in order to give him a chance to pitch in the NWL All-Star Game on Tuesday. The Dutchman extended his scoreless streak to 26 innings and struck out three while giving up four hits in the no decision.
The ‘Sox rallied in the home half of the third to take the lead against Hawks’ starter Rob Zastryzny, a second round pick this year. Everett loaded the bases with no outs on a pair of singles and a hit batter. Justin Seager then put the Frogs out in front with a double off the base of the wall in right field that scored Lonnie Kauppila and Michael Faulkner. Kyle Petty followed with a deep fly ball to left field. Trevor Gretzky, battling the sun, could not make the catch and the ball fell for an RBI double to give the AquaSox a two-run lead. After a strikeout, shortstop Carlos Penalver misplayed Chantz Mack’s slow roller, allowing Seager to score the fourth run of the inning and ending Zastryzny’s day. Carlos Martinez came on with runners at the corners and one out and got an inning-ending double play.
The Frogs tacked on a run in the fourth. A couple of singles by James Zamarripa and Faulkner put men at first and second with one out. Bryan Brito then just missed a three-run homer, crushing a ball off the very top of the manual scoreboard in right center field to bring home Zamarripa for a 5-1 lead. Ironically, Brito ended up with only a single as the runners tagged on the play, preventing him from advancing to second base.
But Boise scored five runs over the fifth and sixth innings to come roaring back and take a 6-5 lead. The Hawks cut the lead in half in the top of the fifth when Cael Brockmeyer, who continued to mash Everett pitching, lined a base-loaded, two-RBI single down the right field line to make the score 5-3. Brockmeyer went 11-24 (.458) with eight RBI against the AquaSox this season.
Boise snatched the lead in the sixth after loading the bases with no outs against Cameron Copping (0-1). Kris Bryant grounded a single just inside the line at third base to score Jordan Hankins and Gretzky and tie the game. Rogers then greeted new pitcher Tyler Olson with an RBI single to plate the go-ahead run.
The AquaSox got the tying run in scoring position with one out in the eighth, but could not score. The Hawks then added some valuable insurance runs in the ninth on a pair of two-run homers off Min-Sih Chen by Rodriguez and Hankins. Tyler Bremer pitched the ninth to seal the victory for Boise.
Huijer’s scoreless inning streak looked like it would come to an end in both the first and the second, but the righty twice benefitted from good fortune. In the first, Rodriguez laced a two-out single to left with a man on second, but Penalver slipped as he rounded third and was unable to score, retreating safely back to the bag and Huijer got the next hitter, Brockmeyer to ground into an inning-ending fielder’s choice. With two out in the second, Penalver hit a soft liner to center for base hit with men on first and second, but David Bote was thrown out at third before Jordan Hankins could cross the plate, keeping the game tied at 0-0.
Zastryzny pitched past the second inning for the first time this year after throwing over 90 innings during the college season. He worked 2.1 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and striking out five. Bryant was 3-5 with a couple of doubles and two RBI and Rodriguez was 3-4 with three RBI as the Hawks pounded out 15 hits as team. Sam Wilson (3-0) picked up the win in relief.
Two of the hottest hitters in the NWL extended their hitting streaks Sunday. Boise’s Bryant doubled off the left field wall in the fifth to push his streak to ten games. AquaSox right fielder Chantz Mack’s streak reached eight games with a single in the home half of the fifth.
After managing just eight hits in two games Saturday, the AquaSox had 13 hits Sunday, with eight of the nine starters picking up hits. Brito had three hits, Seager, Mack, and Zamarripa had two each. Christian Carmichael was 0-4 with four strikeouts.
Everett fell to 8-5 in the second half and 31-20 overall and dropped just their fourth one-run game of the year. Boise moved to 6-7 and 27-24 and took the season series six games to four. A crowd of 3,717 fans took in the last contest before the NWL All-Star Game. The Frogs are off for three days for the NWL All-Star break before resuming play on the road at Salem-Keizer on Thursday, August 8th at 6:35 PM. Tom Burns (0-0, 7.88) is expected to go against Andrew Leenhouts (6-1, 2.56). The AquaSox return home August 16th for an eight-game homestand against the Eugene Emeralds and Vancouver Canadians. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.