Everett, Wash. - Phillips Castillo's bottom of the tenth inning walk off home run dashed Salem-Keizer's Northwest League South Division first-half championship aspiration as Everett took the game 5-3 in front of 2,641 at Everett Memorial Stadium.
The Volcanoes will not be a factor in the title chase with just three games left as the Hillsboro Hops and Boise Hawks (both 20-15) will duel for the crown.
In the bottom of the eighth inning and the game tied at two, the AquaSox lead off the inning with a walk to Nelson Ward. The next batter Austin Cousino was hit by a Ian Gardeck pitch, putting two on with no outs in the inning. Adam Martin laid a sacrifice bunt down to put the two runners in scoring position. A wild pitch then scored Ward while Cousin was out at the plate trying to score from second base.
Down 3-2, the Volcanoes tied the game immediately with a Fernando Pujadas top of the ninth inning leadoff home run, his second of the season.
With the game tied at three, the AquaSox loaded the bases with two outs during the tenure of Dusten Knight. Kirk Singer came on in relief, and forced a line out from Ward, caught on an amazing climb from Volcanoes second baseman Brett Kay.
Salem-Keizer got a chance in the top of the tenth inning as Christian lead off the inning with a right field single. He reached third stealing second and then down to third on a throwing error from catcher Martin on the steal attempt. Castillo's home run sealed the win for Everett the next half inning.
The AquaSox struck first in the bottom half of the opening frame with a Adam Martin power blast to left field off of starter Jason Forjet. The AquaSox would have six hits through the first two innings against the right-hander.
But, the Volcanoes would tie the game in the top of the fourth inning as Jonathan Jones launched his first home run over the season deep to right field to knot the game at two a piece.
Forjet wrapped up his outing the bottom of the fifth inning by striking out leadoff AquaSox hitter Austin Cousino. At that point, the Volcanoes starter had retired nine straight and 11 of 13 Everett hitters.
The Volcanoes are now 17-18, and have been above .500 just once at 8-7 after a June 27th win over Eugene.
Up next: Salem-Keizer travels to Boise to take on the Hawks for a three game series in the Treasure Valley. Catch all the action on AM 1490 KBZY or KBZY.com with Rob Schreier. The Bullpen starts at 5:15 p.m. and first pitch coming at 6:15 from Boise Saturday night