The Boise Hawks edged out the Everett AquaSox 3-2 Thursday night in the opening game of the final series of the season's first half. All five runs were scored in the seventh inning, with a two-run single by Cael Brockmeyer on which he came all the way around to score holding up as the game-winning hit.
Steven Ewing pitched 6.2 solid innings for the Frogs, throwing six shutout inning before getting charge with two runs in the seventh (only one was earned). Ewing allowed just five hits and walked none while striking out seven. Austin Wilson was the only Everett batter with multiple hits. He was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Both teams' offenses took a while to wake up. Through three innings, both had just one hit each. Everett started a threat in the second, when Justin Seager reached on a fielding error and Wilson singled with one out. However, Boise starter Rob Zastryzny retired the next two batters in order to end the threat.
Boise had singles in both the third and fourth innings for their first base runners against Ewing. However, Ewing's defense helped him out, turning double plays to immediately erase both runners. In the fifth, Brockmeyer hit a two-out double to center, but Jamez Zamarripa gunned the ball to Bryan Brito, who relayed the throw to D.J. Peterson to nab Brockmeyer stretching for a triple.
Both Ewing and the litany of Hawks' pitchers (they used five, none for more than two innings) cruised through the fourth, fifth and sixth unscathed. The seventh, however, presented a new challenge for both teams.
In the top half, Everett pushed across two runs by stringing together singles. Jack Reinheimer and Peterson led the inning off with singles to put runners at first and second. After Seager struck out, Wilson delivered the first run-scoring single, knocking in Reinheimer with a base hit to right. Next batter Chantz Mack came through as well, delivering Peterson with an infield single to the right side. That put runners on the corners with still just one man out, but the next two batters failed to score Wilson from third and the AquaSox settled for a 2-0 lead.
That lead would prove too fragile for a tired Ewing. The first two batters reached on a single and hit by pitch, and both moved up on a wild pitch. Rony Rodriguez then delivered a single to center which could have scored both runs, but Zamarripa came through with his arm again and hosed the second runner at the plate. Ewing struck out the next batter, but Rob Mummau pulled him for Min-Sih Chen before he could record the final out.
The first batter Chen faced was Brockmeyer, and he singled to center, moving Rodriguez to third. The throw came in from Zamarripa to Christian Carmichael behind the plate, and Carmichael attempted to pick off Rodriguez. Instead, Carmichael's throw escaped into left field, and both Rodriguez and Brockmeyer came around to score the tying and go-ahead runs.
That proved a shock to the AquaSox systems, as they went down in order in the eighth and ninth, striking out four times. Jasvir Rakkar struck out two in the ninth for his first save.
Everett now holds a two game lead in the NWL North Division with four games remaining in the first half, after Vancouver defeated Eugene 10-2 Thursday.
The AquaSox have four games left in Boise before they return home to kick off the second half of the season against Tri-City Tuesday night at 7:05. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.