AquaSox Return Home Tied for 1st Place After 5-1 Road Trip!

Miguel Perez takes a swing. (Shari Sommerfield/Everett AquaSox)

Everett arrived in Eugene looking forward to July 4th fireworks.  Little did they know that they would be the ones to ignite those fireworks.  By game’s end, the Frogs would belt out 14 hits and plate 13 runs both season highs.  Pitcher Juan Mercedes would go six innings for the AquaSox, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out six Emeralds.  It was another quality start for Mercedes as he saw his record go to 2-2 on the season.  After two innings Everett was up 4-0 because of a 2-run single by Austin Shenton and a RBI single by Izturis Jr. who opened the scoring.  In the 4th inning, the Frogs opened up their offense by plating six more runs.  Cash Gladfelter belted a bases clearing triple.  Just like that the Frogs were up 10-0.  Later in the ballgame when Everett was up 11-2, outfielder DeAires Moses would belt a 2 run home run to close out the scoring for the AquaSox.  Austin Shenton would get three hits on the night to continue his torrid hitting.  Austin currently is hitting .354 for the 2019 season.  Izturis would also get three hits on the night to help lead the attack on the Emeralds. 

Friday night the AquaSox looked to reach .500 on the season if they could take game two of the series.  By the end of the game, the Frogs would reach base 20 times!  Would that be enough to pull out a victory?  In the top of the first, Everett would go up 3-0.  The highlight of the inning would be a 2-run double by Robert Perez to put the Frogs up by 3.  Pitcher Tim Elliott would start for the Frogs.  After giving up a 1st inning run after a lead-off triple, he would settle down and pitch 3 complete innings giving up only 2 hits and one run.  In inning two, the Frogs would score two more runs to go up 5-1.  Austin Shenton would continue to make contact at the plate with a RBI double.  Pitcher Tim Elliott would leave with Jorge Benitez taking over in the 4th inning.  After six innings, the score would increase to 10-1.  Cade Marlowe would drive in 2 runs and Trent Tingelstad would drive in one to highlight the fifth and sixth innings.  Meanwhile, Jorge Benitez would continue to show why he’s a top prospect in the Mariner’s organization.  He would pitch 4 innings allowing 5 hits and striking out 6 Emeralds.  Eugene would eventually score three late runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Frogs increased their record to 11-11 and remained in 2nd place.  Cade Marlow would get 2 hits for the 2nd straight game and SS Utah Jones would also secure two hits in the win for the Frogs. 

Saturday the Frogs looked to sweep the Emeralds.  By game’s end they had gone through 4 pitchers and 3 position players, all who pitched on the mound.   It left AquaSox fans wondering how they ran out of pitchers!  Everett took an early 1-0 lead on a Robert Perez double.  Damon Casetta-Stubbs started for the Frogs and lasted only 1 inning, allowing 2 base-runners.  AquaSox nation was wondering if their star RH was perhaps hurt?  In the 2nd inning, Miguel Perez belted a solo shot to put Everett up 2-0.  After a crazy bottom of the 2nd inning, the Emeralds would manage only one run off of Luis Curvelo of the Frogs to cut the lead to 2-1.  Cade Marlowe would belt a RBI double in the 3rd inning to put Everett up 3-1.  Things seemed to be going Everett’s way or so it seemed?  Eugene reeled off six runs over innings three and four to go up 7-3 and to take the lead for good.  Everett position players Luis Joseph, Cash Gladfelter and Carter Bins would combine to allow six runs over innings 7 and 8 to put the Emeralds up 13-3.  Everett would score four runs in the 9th inning, but it wouldn’t be enough.  They fell to Eugene 13-7 as their record fell to (11-12).  Perhaps the craziest game of the season had come to an end as the Frogs packed their bags and headed to Vancouver, Canada for a 3-game series starting Sunday. 

Evan Johnson took the mound on Sunday against the Canadians.  He would pitch 4 shutout innings to keep the Canadians in check.  Carter Bins would open the scoring for the Frogs in inning four with a solo home run.  Four batters later, Miguel Perez would single in Cesar Izturis Jr. to make it 2-0.  Kip Rollins would take over in the 5th inning and he would have perhaps his best outing of the season showing the reason why the Mariners drafted him in 2019.  Kip would pitch 2 shut out innings to keep the Canadians scoreless.  In the 5th inning the Frogs would go up 3-0 on a RBI single by Cash Gladfelter.  The game remained 3-0 until the 8th inning.  Cesar Izturis Jr. would single in Cash to go up 4-0.  Vancouver would get on the scoreboard by plating 2 in the bottom of the 8th to cut the lead 4-2. 

In the 9th inning, the Frogs would put the game away for good on RBI doubles by Austin Shenton and Trent Tingelstad.  Vancouver would rally in the bottom half of the inning but they would come up short.  Final in Vancouver was 6-4 as Everett reached (12-12) on the season and remained in 2nd place.  Austin Shenton had three hits in the game to increase his batting average to .377. 

Nate Fisher would start game two on Monday night.  He would dominate from the start.  Nate would give up an unearned run in the first but after that he would pitch 5 innings giving up 5 hits and only the one unearned run.  In the sixth, the Frogs would finally wake up with three runs.  Cash Gladfelter would score one on a RBI double.  The bullpen (Ivan Fortunato) would blow the lead to tie it at three after six innings.  In the 8th inning, Miguel Perez would clear the bases on a 3-run double.  Everett would add one more run in the 9th inning to close out the scoring.  Logan Rinehart would pitch three scoreless innings to close it out for Everett after a bad outing three nights before and secure the victory.  Everett would take game two of the series to increase their record to (13-12), one game out of first. 

Tuesday night Damon Casetta-Stubbs would take the mound again for the Frogs and he was the dominating force that he has been most of the season.  Everett would reach base a whopping 27 times during the ballgame.  Would they pull out the brooms for the sweep and perhaps a tie for first place in the division?  Everett would score 3 times in the 4th inning to take the early lead.  Vancouver would plate one in the bottom half of inning four.  Damon would leave after five innings.  He would allow two hits and one run while striking out eight batters.  Damon would also walk only one batter in the game, another quality start. 

Matt Martin would take over and pitch the final four innings allowing two hits and zero runs while striking out four batter.  Meanwhile the Frogs offense would continue their torrid weekend.  They would score six runs over the final three innings to win the ballgame 9-1.  One highlight was a 2-run double by Austin Shenton.  At games end, the Frogs (14-12) would realize that they were now tied for first with the Spokane Indians! 3B Patrick Frick would be the star of the ballgame with 3 hits and 2 walks, reaching a whopping 5 times!! 

Everett finishes the road trip with a 5-1 record.  After a rare day off, they open up a 3-game home series versus the Vancouver Canadians and fans will get to see the return of the  Everett Conquistadors for the entire series.  They will then hit the road for a 6-game trip including against the Spokane Indians in a pivotal 3-game series, with the 1st half division title possibly on the line.  Friday night is the return of Funko Friday!!  Hope to see those seats filled all three games.  Mariners 1st round pick George Kirby will be pitching on Saturday night and Brandon Williamson, the M’s 2nd round pick, will pitch on Friday night.  These are several reasons why you should all journey north to Funko Field in Everett.

Go Frogs!

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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.