SPOKANE, Wash. - The Everett AquaSox got a late solo home run to defeat the Spokane Indians 4-3 on Fireworks Night & Nurse Appreciation presented by WGU - Washington, KXLY 4 News, Rock 94 ½, The Big 99.9 Coyote Country, and The Liberty Lake Splash Newsmagazine, along with a Pre-Game Leo's Youth Clinic.
Everett jumped ahead of the Indians right away. The AquaSox strung together three straight hits, including an RBI double from Cal Raleigh, to go ahead 2-0 in the first inning. Raleigh tormented the Indians all night, going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
Spokane starter Seth Nordlin gave up another run in the third, but settled in from there. He finished the night giving up three runs in five innings while striking out five. He leads the NWL in strikeouts with 66 on the season.
The Indians chipped away at the 3-0 deficit in the bottom of the third. With a runner on second and two outs, Curtis Terry blooped one in between the shortstop and left fielder that fell for an RBI knock. Terry has reached base seven of the eight times he's come to the plate this series.
In the bottom of the fourth, Spokane strung together a trio of singles, the final one being an RBI from Tanner Gardner. Later in the inning, Starling Joseph would come in to score on a double play grounder to tie the game at three apiece.
The score remained at three until the eighth inning, thanks to a couple scoreless innings from Bobby Eveld. Everett would strike the final blow in the top of the eighth. Ryne Ogren lined a two-out shot off of Austin Pettibone (L, 0-1) that snuck over the left field wall to give the AquaSox a 4-3 lead.
Spokane had a chance to respond in the bottom half. Julio Pablo Martinez represented the tying run on third with only one out, but the Indians could not drive him in. They went down quietly in the ninth.
The rubber match between the two squads takes place tomorrow night at 6:30 pm on Superhero Night & Lawton Team Photo Giveaway presented by US Linen & Uniform and Alt 96.1. It's a bird…it's a plane…it's all your favorite superheroes at Avista Stadium! Fans are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero, and join Superman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, and more! All fans in attendance will also receive a 2018 Spokane Indians Team Photo courtesy of Lawton Printing. Stick around after the game to participate in the Taco Ball Toss benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Spokane and Kootenai County. Gates open at 5:30 PM with first pitch at 6:30 PM. Tickets for all Spokane Indians home games are available to purchase at the Avista Stadium Ticket Office or at spokaneindians.com. Reserve your seats today by calling (509) 343-OTTO (6886) or TicketsWest at 1-800-325-SEAT.
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