AquaSox Winning Streak Comes to an End at Lucky 7

The Everett AquaSox just finished a 3-game road trip with a sweep of their neighbors north of the border. They out-scored the Vancouver Canadians 10-6 as they completed their first season sweep of their young season and extended their winning streak to 5 games. They entered Saturday night “Star Wars Night” with a 5-3 record, tied for first place with their opponents the Tri-City Dust Devils. These young kids were on the ride of their life, wondering if they can continue this amazing run.

Saturday night was the always popular “Star Wars” theme night. The stands were filled, the sun was out. The AquaSox were going for their sixth straight win. There were going to be fireworks after the ballgame. What could go wrong? Right hander Jheyson Caraballo was on the mound coming off an impressive start and win in his last outing. Pitching for the Dust Devils was Cole Bellinger, brother of Los Angeles Dodger phenom Cody Bellinger. All signs with the force was telling these young Frogs that they could sense that sixth victory. Why not!

The Dust Devils would go scoreless for the first four innings as Caraballo was dominating, giving up only 2 hits. The Frogs would quickly score 2 runs in the first on a two-run double by 3b Ryne Ogren. In the second inning, RF Ronald Rosario would double in another run to increase the lead to 3-0. Bellinger would be chased after only 2 innings. In the fourth, the Frogs would increase their lead to 7-0, which means “Free Pancakes” for all Frog fans with tickets to the ballgame.

The fans only got louder after that. The 4th inning consisted of errors and walks given out by the Dust Devils. In the fifth, it ended up being Caraballo’s last inning as he gave up 2 runs on 3 hits. It was still another solid performance by the right hander. AquaSox relievers would pitch the last 4 innings and would give up another two runs as the Frogs would counter with one more run. The final Score was 8-4 as the AquaSox extended their winning streak to 6 games. The Frogs would go to 6-3 as the fireworks lit up the night sky.

On Sunday the Frogs entered the game looking for the their 7th straight win, tying their record. The starting pitcher for the Frogs was Michael Plassmeyer. He would go 2 innings striking out four Dust Devils. Ivan Fortunato came in the ball game, as he did in his last performance, for the starter and would go the next 4th innings striking out 4 batters and allowing only 2 more hits as they held the Dust Devils scoreless for the first four innings. The AquaSox would go scoreless until the 2nd inning. Shortstop Ryne Ogren would continue his hot start with his first triple of the season. He would score on a sacrifice fly by 1B Ryan Garcia as the Frogs took an early 1-0 lead. In the 3rd inning, CF Josh Stowers belted a double into the gap to increase the lead to 2-0. Two batters later, SS Ryne Ogren would drive Stowers in with a single to increase the lead to 3-0. The fifth inning would see the AquaSox increase their lead to 5-0. Mariner’s draft picks Josh Stowers and Jake Anchia would hit back to back doubles to make it 4-0 and draft pick Ryne Ogren would finish the scoring with his 3rd hit of the ballgame and his 2nd RBI. The game would remain scoreless as Fortunato would leave after the sixth. In the 7th inning, the Dust Devils would plate their first run. That didn’t matter as Everett scored three more runs in the bottom half to go up 8-1 as the fans went crazy!

The highlight of the 7th inning was SS Ryne Ogren who secured his 4th hit of the day to raise his early season average to .500. Josh Stowers was the other star as he recorded his 3rd hit of the ballgame. The bullpen would fail for Everett but only for one more inning. Final score 8-5 as the Frogs raised their record to 7-3 and remained in 1st place.

Monday night we would see the AquaSox try for eight wins in a row to break a franchise record. Their starting pitcher was Max Roberts, who was coming off and absolute dominating performance in his previous outing where he threw six innings of perfect baseball. He would not disappoint in the rain, as he went five innings giving up only run. The Frogs would take an early lead as they plated one run in the 1st inning as C Jake Anchia would driver in Connor Kopach with a RBI single. In the 4th inning, they would increase their lead to 3-0 on a RBI single by 3b Bobby Honeyman and a sacrifice fly by 2b Matt Sanders. In the fifth, the Dust Devils would cut the lead to 3-1. The bullpen took over in the sixth. Relief pitcher Ulises Perez would allow a two-run home-run and suddenly the game was tied. In the 7th, returning Frog David Ellingson came into the ballgame and shut down the Dust Devils over the final 3 innings. The AquaSox bats would suddenly run out of magic as they went scoreless over the final 3 innings as well.

The game went into extra innings tied at 3. This year they are trying to speed up baseball so we all got to see how it worked. Each team gets to start off the inning with a base-runner on 2nd inning with no outs. The Dust Devils would score one run off Frog pitcher Jamal Wade to take the lead 4-3. The Frogs would tie it in the bottom of the 10th on a RBI single by Josh Stowers. In the 11th inning, the Tri-Cities would plate 2 runs and the Frogs tried to stage a comeback but only would score 1 run. Final score 6-5 Dust Devils as the Frogs Record would drop to 7-4, maintaining their lead in the division.

Everett heads on the road for an 8-game road trip versus Spokane and Eugene before returning home for a brief 3-game home stand on July 4th. The Frogs are already creating havoc in the Northwest league. The talent is phenomenal on this ball club composed of many 2018 Seattle Mariner draft picks. If you want to see some of this talent on display, I suggest you come out and cheer on these young men. I promise you will not regret it.

See you on the fourth of July!

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.