AquaSox Return Home in 1st Place on Independence Day

The Everett AquaSox came into the 4th of July maintaining 1st place in the Northern division.  They just finished an 8-game road trip with a record of 4-4 and a two-game lead over their opponents, the Vancouver Canadians. The only thing in their minds for this 3-game homestand was maintaining their hold on 1st place. 

Game one versus the Canadians took place on the 4th of July.  The Frogs were hoping to ignite the fireworks early as starting pitcher Michael Plassmeyer took the mound.  He would go two innings giving up 1 hit and striking out 4 Canadian hitters.  In the bottom half of the inning, Jansiel Rivera would crush his 4th home run of the season as the Frogs took an early 1-0 lead.  In the top half of the third, AquaSox pitcher Cody Mobley took the mound.  The Canadians would quickly tie it up at 1-1.  After that, both teams went silent at the plate as both teams were tied up going into the bottom half of the 6th inning as the Frogs woke up.  Everett would score three runs in the inning; the highlight was a RBI double by Matt Sanders.  AquaSox pitcher Cody Mobley would secure two outs before the call to the bullpen in the 7th inning.  He would finish the night with 6 strikeouts and allowed 2 runs.  Noah Zavolas would come in and give up a 2-run home run as the lead was cut to 4-3.  The bats would continue their silence, but Noah would hold the Canadians in check.  Final score was 4-3 as the Frogs took a 3-game lead in their division.

Game 2 saw Ivan Fortunato take the mound for the Frogs.  While previously he had been pitching out of the bullpen, tonight we saw his 1st start on the mound.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t his best performance.  Each team would exchange goose eggs in the 1st inning.  In the top of the second, Ivan had his worst inning of his minor league career. He gave up a whopping 7-runs. The weird thing was, they were all unearned. The Frogs had 2 early errors.  After that, Ivan’s night was over. He allowed 7 runs, which included a grand slam home run.  He survived the inning as we went to the bottom half of the 2nd.  The Frogs would quickly score 3 runs, the highlight of the inning was a 2-run double by catcher Troy Dixon.  After 2 innings, the score was 7-3. This is minor league baseball, so there was still hope.  Both teams would struggle at the plate as the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 6th inning. Everett would plate one run on a base hit by Ryne Ogren. Going into the 7th inning, the score was 7-4. The bullpen and the offense couldn’t produce any results after that.  Vancouver would score one more run as they held on and won game two of the series by the score of 8-4.

Friday night lights brought us game 3 of the series.  The theme of the night was the 25th anniversary of the movie, “The Sandlot”.  What could go wrong on “Sandlot” night.  The results were unfortunate as the Canadian would score 9 runs and shut the Frogs out on 6 hits.  Final score was 9-0 as the Frogs lead in the division was cut to one game.  It seemed it was the perfect night for baseball.  The weather wasn’t too hot, it was “Sandlot night” and the Frogs had a triple AAA starter on the mound followed up by early ace Max Roberts.  What could go wrong?

Rob Whalen took the mound for the Frogs.  He would proceed to pitch 2 innings and allow two solo home runs.  He left the game behind 2-0.  Max Roberts came into the ballgame.  He had been the AquaSox most consistent starter all year.  Tonight, he was not even close.  He would last the next 3 2/3 innings. Newcomer Ryan Ramiz went 2 for 3 with the Frogs reaching base three times on the night. 

The AquaSox finished the homestand at 1-2.  They will hit the road against Tri-Cities for 3 games before coming home for an 8 game homestand.  The offense is struggling right now but the pitching is making up for it.  Let’s hope the road trip is good for them.  They will return home Tuesday again Salem-Keizer for 5 games and Spokane for 3 games.  Hope to see you all at the next homestand.

Go Frogs!!


(Sorry for the delay in posting, this was caused solely by the editor. He will be flogged appropriately, don’t worry.)

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Brian joined the SSU in 2017 and covers the Everett AquaSox. I'm a graduate of Washington State University and I'm a die-hard baseball fan.