AquaSox Announce 2016 Schedule
AquaSox Open the 2016 Campaign on the Road June 17th
EVERETT, Wash. – The Northwest League released its 2016 schedule with the Everett AquaSox beginning the league’s 62nd season on the road. The season marks the 32nd year that Everett has fielded a team in the NWL.
The AquaSox will open the 2016 season on the road at the Tri-City Dust Devils in Pasco, WA on Friday, June 17th. After three games against the Dust Devils, the AquaSox will then travel to Vancouver for three games. The AquaSox will then host their first 2016 home game in Everett on Thursday, June 23rd against the Boise Hawks. The homestand will last five games before the team goes on the road for six days, and will return home again just in time to host the Eugene Emeralds for an Independence Day celebration on July 4th!
“We expect another fun and exciting season of AquaSox baseball in Everett,” said AquaSox General Manager Danny Tetzlaff, “After last year’s playoff appearance we are anticipating another strong season for the club.”
In the fourth season of the North-South Divisional alignment, the AquaSox will play two five-game series (one home, one road) against each team in the NWL South (Boise, Eugene, Hillsboro, and Salem-Keizer). The AquaSox will play four three-game series (two home, two road) against each North Division rival (Spokane, Tri-City, and Vancouver).
The AquaSox schedule will include 5 home games in the month of June, 14 home games in July, 16 home games in August, and 3 home games in September. The first half of the season will end on Monday, July 25, with the regular season winding down on Labor Day, Monday, September 5th. All eight teams in the Northwest League will have a three-day All-Star Break, August 1-3 when the 2016 NWL All-Stars will play the Pioneer League All-Stars on Tuesday, August 2nd at Lindquist Field in Ogden, Utah (home of the Ogden Raptors).
Game times and promotions will be announced in the coming months. The AquaSox are currently accepting deposits for 2016 full season tickets, press box suite, picnics, and group outings. For more information, visit http://www.aquasox.com or call 425-258-3673.
Alfonso’s Walk Off Homer Propels AquaSox To Win
Everett Prevails Over Eugene, 3-1
EVERETT, Wash. – James Alfonso had not played since last Thursday in Vancouver. He made the most of his return to the Everett AquaSox lineup Wednesday, belting a two-run homer off Seth Lucio with two-out in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Frogs to a 3-1, walk off win over the Eugene Emeralds at Everett Memorial Stadium. With the win, Everett is just a game and a half behind Tri-City in the Northwest League North Division second half standings.
Alfonso’s homer broke a 1-1 tie, and outside of his blast, pitching owned the day as both teams’ first run scored without the benefit of a hit. Ryan Yarbrough started for the AquaSox and extended his scoreless innings streak to 19.2 innings with four scoreless frames, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out six. The Emeralds got their only run when Brett Ash entered to pitch the top of the fifth. A hit batter and two walks loaded the bases with nobody out. Ash then got Jose Ruiz to ground into a 6-4-3 double play, but Trae Santos came in to score and give Eugene a 1-0 lead. Everett tied the game in the seventh when, with one out and runners on first and second, Kyle Petty hit a bouncer to second for what looked like an easy inning-ending double play, but Eugene shortstop Franchy Cordero could not convert the back end at first, throwing the ball into the stands and allowing Adam Martin to come around and score from second base.
Payton Baskette was solid in his rehab start for Eugene, pitching four shutout innings of one-hit ball, striking out six and walking one. Lucio (2-2) took the loss and Trey Cochran-Gill (1-0) picked up his first win with the AquaSox this season. Martin had two hits for the second straight night for Everett as the Frogs overcame 12 strikeouts to even the five-game series at 1-1.
Game three of the series at Everett Memorial Stadium between the AquaSox (12-15 second half, 23-42 overall) and Emeralds (12-15, 27-38) is Thursday at 7:05. Luiz Gohara (0-4, 8.78) starts for Everett while Logan Jernigan (0-4, 6.00) takes the mound for Eugene. AquaSox 2014 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.
AquaSox Overwhelmed By Emeralds, 9-4
Eugene Scores Four Times In First As Medina Can’t Record An Out
EVERETT, Wash. – For yet another night this season, the Everett AquaSox staked their opponent to an early lead and then could not mount a comeback. On Tuesday night at Everett Memorial Stadium, it was the Eugene Emeralds who jumped out in front with a four-run first inning en route to a 9-4 victory over the AquaSox in the series-opener that dropped Everett two and a half games behind idle Tri-City in the Northwest League North Division second half standings.
The AquaSox never got their footing in this one, as they dug themselves into a deep hole. Everett starter Jeffeson Medina did not retire a hitter as the first six Eugene batters reached base to start the game. The Emeralds put the first two men on via a couple of base hits before Franchy Cordero lofted an RBI single to left that brought home Auston Bousfield with the game’s first run. After an AquaSox error, Eugene’s Yale Rosen lined a single to right to score River Stevens. A bases-loaded walk to Jose Urena forced in another run and ended Medina’s day. Leoncio Munoz came on in relief and induced a sacrifice fly from Edwin Moreno to make the score 4-0 before getting Rosen out in a rundown between third and home and fanning Miguel Del Castillo to end the inning. Urena and Rosen then added solo homers in the third inning off Munoz and the fifth inning off Hawtin Buchanan, respectively, to extend the lead to six runs.
After being held hitless by the Emeralds’ Zech Lemond for the first four innings, Everett broke through for three runs in the fifth to cut the deficit in half. Phillips Castillo picked up the ‘Sox first hit of the game when he grounded a leadoff double down the left field line and Sheehan Planas-Arteaga followed with a single to put runners at the corners. Jordan Cowan scored Castillo with a sacrifice fly and Chris Mariscal reached on a single that deflected off Lemond’s leg before Adam Martin grounded an RBI single up the middle to score Planas-Arteaga. Corey Simpson then singled through the right side to drive in Mariscal. Lemond exited the game and Everett had the tying run at the plate, but Aaron Cressley came out of the bullpen and retired the next two hitters.
Eugene would then get one run in the top of the seventh on an RBI single by Rosen, and two more in the eighth on a triple by Bousfield and a single by Stevens to go up 9-3 and although the AquaSox scored on a ground-rule double by Mariscal in the ninth, he was doubled off second on a pop-up to end the game. Medina (2-6) took the loss after allowing four runs, one earned, in the first. Cressley (2-1) picked up the win after putting out the fire with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief for the Emeralds. Mariscal had three hits for Everett, while Bousfield, Cordero, and Rosen all chipped in with three hits for the Eugene, who had 16 knocks as a team. Bousfield was a homer shy of the cycle.
The AquaSox (11-15 second half, 22-42 overall) match up with the Emeralds (12-14, 27-37) Wednesday at 7:05 in game two of the five-game series at Everett Memorial Stadium. Ryan Yarbrough (0-1, 1.61) will look to extend his scoreless inning streak of 15.2 innings when he takes the mound for Everett. Payton Baskette (0-0, 0.00) will make a rehab start for Eugene. AquaSox 2014 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.
Brito, Petty Power AquaSox Past Canadians
Everett Rallies To Take Series Finale From Vancouver, 8-6
EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett AquaSox should be happy to be on the right side of yet another close game. After going 11-24 in games decided by two runs or fewer, Everett rallied from a three-run deficit to take a four-run lead and then held on to top the Vancouver Canadians by a final of 8-6 in the finale of their three-game series at Everett Memorial Stadium Monday. Kyle Petty and Kristian Brito combined to go 4-6 with five RBI for the Frogs.
Trailing 4-1 in the fifth, the AquaSox capitalized on some sloppy play by Vancouver to tie the game. After Everett managed just one base runner through the first four innings, Petty and Brito drew back-to-back walks to start the inning. Andy Peterson then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Chase Mallard, the Canadians starter, threw the ball away, allowing Petty to score and putting runners at second and third. Two batters later, Jordan Cowan poked a single to left that brought home Brito and Austin Cousino followed with a sacrifice fly that scored Peterson with the tying run.
Everett then took the lead in the sixth when Corey Simpson was hit by a pitch and scored from first on a double to center by Petty. The AquaSox added three insurance runs in the seventh to go up 8-4 on a pair of two-out RBI singles. Petty laced a two-run single to left with the bases loaded to score Cowan and Cousino and Brito followed with a base hit to right that plated Peterson. Vancouver made things interesting by scoring twice in the top of the eighth to cut the lead to two, but Trey Cochran-Gill set down the Canadians in order in the ninth to pick up his second save.
The early scoring Monday all came via the long ball. Brito hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second to put the AquaSox up 1-0, his fourth homer of the season and second of the series. Vancouver then got two-run homers from Ryan McBroom and Michael Reeves in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, to take a 4-1 lead. Both shots came off Everett starter Dan Altavilla (5-2), who won his fifth straight start after he allowed four runs on four hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked one. Mallard (3-3) was saddled with the loss.
With the win, the AquaSox (11-14 second half, 22-41 overall) salvaged the final game of the series and avoided a sweep at the hands of the Canadians (12-13, 37-26), but Vancouver took the season series from Everett, eight games to four. The AquaSox continue their final eight-game homestand of 2014 when they host the Eugene Emeralds Tuesday at 7:05 in game one of five at Everett Memorial Stadium. Jeffeson Medina (2-5, 3.57) will get the start for Everett and Zechariah Lemond (2-2, 3.77) will take the ball for Eugene. AquaSox 2014 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.
Canadians Surge Past AquaSox
Vancouver Scores Three Times In Eighth And Ninth To Top Everett, 5-2
EVERETT, Wash. – The Vancouver Canadians might have been tired after a long day of travel, but they found a way to beat the Everett AquaSox and win an important game at the start of a crucial series for both teams’ playoff hopes.
After the Canadians were stuck at the USA-Canada border for five hours, causing the start of the game to be delayed until 7:30, Franklin Barreto hit two doubles, the second of which drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, to lead Vancouver to a 5-2 win over the AquaSox in a tight, back-and-forth series opener at Everett Memorial Stadium Saturday night
With the game tied a 2-2 in the top of the eighth after both teams’ starters turned in quality efforts, Barreto put Vancouver on top with an RBI ground-rule double off Everett reliever Logan Seifrit. The Canadians shortstop hit a deep fly ball to right center field that went through one of the open slots of the hand operated scoreboard with two runners on, bringing home Alexis Maldonado from second base. One batter later, Vancouver appeared to have picked up a valuable insurance run when a pitch in the dirt got away from AquaSox catcher Luke Guarnaccia and Roemon Fields scampered toward home, but Guarnaccia’s throw to the plate hit the batter, Ryan McBroom, and McBroom was called out on interference and Fields was sent back to third base. Seifrit left the game after walking Chris Carlson to load the bases with two outs, but Kody Kerski came on and struck out Gunnar Heidt to end the inning and avoid further damage.
But the Canadians added two runs in the ninth on Tim Locastro’s two-RBI single to create some breathing room and Everett failed to do anything in the bottom of the inning. The win, combined with a loss by the Tri-City Dust Devils, moved Vancouver into a tie for first place in the Northwest League North Division second half standings. The AquaSox remained one-game off the pace for the last playoff spot.
The game was scoreless for the first three innings as both starters, Luiz Gohara for Everett and Dan Lietz for the Canadians, had their good stuff going. Gohara retired the first eight hitters he faced before issuing a two-out walk in the third while Lietz worked around two hits by striking out the side in the second. But both teams broke through in the fourth inning. Barreto got Vancouver’s first hit off Gohara when he laced a one-out double off the left field wall in the top of the fourth. After a costly strikeout that saw starting AquaSox catcher Adam Martin leave the game when he took a foul ball off his wrist, Carlson hit a two-out RBI single up the middle to plate Barreto and give the Canadians a 1-0 advantage.
Everett answered with a two-out rally in the bottom half of the inning to take a one-run lead. After Lietz retired the first two hitters, Kyle Petty doubled off the manual scoreboard in right and Kristian Brito followed by belting a two-run homer over the scoreboard to put the AquaSox up 2-1. It was Brito’s third home run of 2014.
Locastro tied the game for Vancouver in the fifth with an RBI base hit. Fields reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second base to move into scoring position before Locastro singled to left. Locastro was thrown out at second attempting to extend the single into a double to end the inning, but Fields scored the tying run before the third out was recorded.
Gohara had his best home outing of the season in the no-decision, working six innings of two-run ball. He allowed five hits and walked just one while striking out four. It was the first time Gohara had worked past the fourth inning since he threw six innings at Spokane on July 20. Seifrit (0-1) took the loss for Everett after giving up the go-ahead run. Petty had two doubles and Brito had two hits for the AquaSox, who managed just six base hits as a team and just two after the fifth inning.
Lietz matched Gohara pitch-for-pitch in the matchup of lefty starters. The 2013 fifth round pick also took a no-decision after he allowed two runs on five hits in six innings of work, striking out six and walking only one. Alberto Tirado (1-0) picked up the win after throwing two scoreless innings of relief and Phil Kish closed out Everett in the ninth to earn his first save. Locastro and Barreto each had two hits for the Canadians and Maldonado was 3-3 to help Vancouver to the win.
The AquaSox (10-13 second half, 21-40 overall) match up with the Canadians (11-12, 36-25) for the fifth straight game Sunday in the middle game of their three-game series at Everett Memorial Stadium. Ramire Cleto (2-2, 4.56) will get the ball for Everett against Vancouver’s Zak Wasilewski (3-5, 7.04). First pitch is at 4:05. AquaSox 2014 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.
Big Inning Leads AquaSox To Win Over Indians
Everett Takes Series Finale, 10-5
EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett AquaSox scored in four straight innings, including a five-run fourth, to snap a four-game losing streak to the Spokane Indians and take the finale of their three-game series at Everett Memorial Stadium by a final of 10-5 Tuesday.
The AquaSox had scored just two runs and collected only five hits through 21 innings in dropping the first two games of the series, but Everett avoided the sweep in emphatic fashion as the Frogs twice rallied from early deficits to run away with this one. Trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the fourth, the AquaSox sent nine batters to the plate against the Indians’ bullpen and tallied five runs to take a 7-3 lead. Adam Martin reached on a drop third strike to start the inning against Spokane’s Jason Hoppe and Chris Mariscal followed by grounding a double just fair down the left field line. Martin came all the way around from first to score the tying run on the play and Mariscal wound up at third after a throwing error. Two batters later, a wild pitch brought home Mariscal with the go-ahead run as the AquaSox took a 4-3 lead. Phillips Castillo and Jordan Cowan then hit back-to-back line drive singles to left before Austin Cousino stepped up to the plate and delivered a two-run double that put Everett ahead 6-3 and chased Hoppe. David Perez came on and walked Isaiah Yates before a passed ball with Sheehan Planas-Arteaga at the plate allowed Cousino to scamper home from third with the AquaSox seventh run.
Everett’s big inning came after the teams traded leads over the first three and a half innings. The Indians jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first. Eduard Pinto and Seth Spivey, the two leading hitters in the NWL, led off the game with back-to-back singles. Three hitter Jose Trevino, who entered the game ranked third in the NWL in runs batted in, then lined a ground ball just inside the bag at first for an RBI double as Pinto came around to score. The AquaSox answered with two runs in the third. Castillo led off with an infield single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cowan, and advanced to third on a ground ball. Castillo then scored with two outs on a wild pitch on ball four to Yates to tie the game. After another walk, Corey Simpson grounded a single to left to score Yates and pick up his team-leading 25th RBI. But Spokane responded with a two-spot of their own in the top of the fourth. Juremi Profar drew a one-out walk and Diego Cedeno doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Saquan Johnson followed with a two-run single to right center that scored Profar and Cedeno briefly put Spokane back up by one at 3-2.
Everett tacked on two more runs in the fifth on an RBI double by Taylor Smart and a run-scoring error by the Indians catcher, Trevino, and then added another run in the sixth when Cousino doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a ground ball by Planas-Arteaga. Dan Altavilla (4-2) allowed three runs in six innings to win his fourth straight start. He gave up seven hits and walked one while striking out four. Cousino, Mariscal, and Castillo each had two hits for the AquaSox. Logan Seifrit pitched the seventh, eighth, and ninth to earn his first save.
Spokane got two meaningless runs in the ninth on a two-run double by Charles Moorman. Hoppe (1-3) took the loss for the Indians after giving up five runs on four hits in just a third of an inning. Spokane starter Austin Pettibone, making his third start as a pro, went three innings and gave up two runs on three hits while striking out two and walking two. Cedeno was 4-4 and Pinto was 2-5 for the Indians. Pinto finished 8-13 in the series. Despite the loss, the Indians took the 12-game season series with Everett, nine games to three.
The AquaSox (9-10 second half, 20-37 overall) held on to first place in the NWL North Division second half standings and head north of the border tomorrow to begin the first half of a home-and-home matchup against their NWL North Division rivals, the Vancouver Canadians. First pitch at Nat Bailey Stadium is scheduled for 7:05. Everett returns home August 16 to kick off the final eight-game homestand of the year against Vancouver and the Eugene Emeralds. AquaSox 2014 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.
Indians No-Hit AquaSox, Win In 11
Tendler’s Three-Run Homer Leads Spokane To 3-0 Win
EVERETT, Wash. – Luke Tendler broke a scoreless tie in the top of the eleventh inning with a three-run homer and four pitchers combined to hold the Everett AquaSox hitless as the Spokane Indians took the opener of the three-game series at Everett Memorial Stadium Sunday by a final of 3-0.
Tendler’s homer came with one out in the inning after Seth Spivey had doubled and Jose Trevino was intentionally walked. Tendler got a high fastball from the AquaSox’ Cruz Pereira that he tomahawked over the wall in right to plate the game’s first runs. It was Tendler’s ninth home run of the season for the Indians, tied for the Northwest League lead.
The three runs were all Spokane would need to close out Everett in the series opener as the AquaSox could not collect a hit, even with the extra frames. Derek Thompson worked the first five innings and the southpaw dominated Everett for the second time this season as he allowed just a walk while striking out five. The AquaSox only real scoring chance came against Thompson in the fourth when they got runners at second and third with two-out after Taylor Smart walked and Adam Martin was hit by a pitch, but Sheehan Planas-Arteaga flew out to end the inning. Everett would only have two base runners the rest of the game, neither of whom advanced past first base. Shane McCain entered the game in relief to start the home half of the sixth and fanned five hitters over his three innings of work. Adam Parks, who earned the win (2-1), pitched the ninth and tenth, striking out three. Luis Pollorena picked up the save and capped the combined no-hit effort after he worked a scoreless eleventh. It was the first recorded extra-inning no-hitter in NWL history, according to the NWL record book.
Despite being no-hit, the AquaSox were still able to send the game to extras as they kept Spokane from converting their scoring chances. Spokane had ten hits, but just three runs in the game as the Indians left eight men on base. Everett starter Ryan Yarbrough worked another three-inning outing, this one perfect, as he did not allow a base runner. The lanky lefty struck out three before Brett Ash took over to start the fourth. Ash pitched four shutout innings, scattering five hits while striking out five. Kody Kerski continued his strong debut season, as he pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth. Pereira (0-3) took the loss after he gave up three runs on three hits in 2.0 innings of work.
Tendler and Spivey, the leading hitter in the NWL, had two hits for Spokane. Eduard Pinto, who entered the game batting .344, was 3-5. The AquaSox had 14 strikeouts as a team as Everett’s lead in the NWL North Division second half standings fell to a half game.
The AquaSox (8-9 second half, 19-36 overall) play their fifth straight game against the Indians (7-10, 32-23) when the two teams match up in the middle of the three games at Everett Memorial Stadium Monday at 7:05. Ramire Cleto (2-2, 4.82) will get the start for Everett against Spokane’s Richelson Pena (4-3, 3.40). AquaSox 2014 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.