Everett, Wash. – The Everett AquaSox grabbed an early lead and rode the arm of Jake Zokan to a 3-1 win over the Boise Hawks before 3,225 fans in the nightcap of Saturday’s twin bill at Everett Memorial Stadium. A Hawks error in the first inning led to a pair of AquaSox runs and Zokan held Boise to just one run on four hits to earn his third win.
After being shutout 4-0 in game one, the Frogs did not wait long to get on the board in the nightcap, scoring twice in the first inning. Hawks’ starter Michael Wagner retired the first two hitters easily, but Chantz Mack drew a two-out walk. Then, on a 3-2 pitch, Kyle Petty laced a single to right and the ball got by right fielder Yasiel Balaguert for an error, allowing Mack, who was moving on the pitch, to score from first and Petty to cruise into third. The next batter, Christian Carmichael, served a double down the right field line to put Everett up 2-0 after one.
The Frogs tacked on a run in the third. With one out, Jack Reinheimer singled through the hole into left. The hit snapped an 0-11 skid for Reinheimer, the AquaSox’ hits leader, who is just seven for his last 39 (.179). Mack followed with a double off the wall in right center field to put runners at second and third. Wagner fanned Kyle Petty to record the second out of the inning, but an error by third baseman Jordan Hankins on Carmichael’s broken-bat popup allowed Reinheimer to score. Wagner then hit Austin Wilson with a pitch to load the bases and end his night, but Juan Paniagua entered the game as a reliever and got Phillips Castillo to pop out on the infield to end the inning.
After the early scoring, the story of the night was Zokan (3-2), who was dominant most of the game and worked out of a jam when he had to. The lefty retired nine of the first 11 hitters he faced before Kris Bryant led off the fourth inning with a monstrous solo homer to center that cleared the video scoreboard. It was the third homer of 2013 for Bryant after he hit 31 at the University of San Diego this spring and cut the Frogs’ lead to 3-1. But that would be all the Hawks could manage against Zokan, who wriggled out of trouble in the sixth. Kevin Encarnacion and David Bote led off the inning with back-to-back singles, but Zokan rallied to strikeout Bryant and get NWL All-Stars Jacob Rogers and Balaguert to pop out to end the inning. Zokan tossed six innings, allowing just the one run on four hits while striking out seven and walking two.
Tyler Wright came on for Everett in the top of the seventh and worked around a double to finish off the win. After notching just three hits in game one, the Frogs had only five hits in game two. Just as they did in the first game of the doubleheader, defensive lapses proved to be the difference, as two of the Frogs’ runs were unearned. The win guarantees the Frogs a series victory over the Hawks.
Wagner (0-1) went 2.2 innings, allowing three runs, only one earned, on four hits. He struck out three and walked one in the loss.
Everett improved to 8-4 in the second half and 31-19 overall while Boise fell to 5-7 and 26-24. The AquaSox wrap up the season series with the Hawks Sunday at Everett Memorial Stadium with first pitch at 1:05 PM. Lars Huijer (7-1, 1.57) will go for his league-best eighth win against Rob Zastryzny (0-0, 0.75) and the Hawks. After the game the Frogs are off for the NWL All-Star break before resuming play on the road at Salem-Keizer on Thursday, August 8th. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673