Everett AquaSox Return to Home as 1st Half Champions of the Northern Division!

The AquaSox returned home after a 5-game road trip to Boise where the Frogs came away with a 3-2 record. The highlight of the road-trip was the Frogs winning the northern division first half title. This is the sixth time in the last nine years that the Frogs have made the playoffs. They finished the 1st half of the season with a 20-18 record.

Tuesday marked the opening of a short 3-game home-stand with their neighbors from across the border. Everett Memorial Stadium was filled with dogs as they were celebrating the always popular “Bark in the Park” promotion. Vancouver was looking to start the 2nd half of the season on a winning note as they finished just a game behind Everett. The Frogs were also looking to start out strong to prove their 1st place was no fluke. In front of a couple hundred dogs barking and a few thousand fans, Orlando Razo took the mound for the AquaSox and he didn’t disappoint.

On a warm Tuesday evening, Orlando Razo quickly mauled the Canadians down in order striking out 2 and threw only 10 pitches. Razo came in ready to pitch and he got the crowd going. He would shut out the opposition for the 1st two innings. In the bottom half of the 2nd inning, the AquaSox took a 1-0 lead. 3B Bobby Honeyman belted his first professional home-run over the right-field fence. Over the next couple of innings, the Canadians fought back and scored two runs to take the lead 2-1. They scored on two misplayed doubles by AquaSox outfielders and a solo home-run by Griffin Conine, son of former major leaguer Jeff Conine. In the bottom of the 4th inning, the Frogs would manufacture two runs to take the lead again 3-2 on RBIs by Ryan Ramiz and Ryne Ogren. Razo would continue to dominate over the next 2 innings and would leave after the sixth inning with his final line being 6 innings, 2-runs, 5-hits and 6 strike-outs without walking a batter. Cody Mobley came in to pitch the 7th and give up the lead. The Frogs bats would go silent as Vancouver came away with the 4-3 victory.

Jheyson Carabello started on the mound for the Frogs for game two of the series. Santa Claus was in the crowd as the AquaSox fans were celebrating “Christmas in July”. Vancouver’s bats would be silenced as we went to the bottom of the 1st inning. After back-to-back walks to Mariner 2018 draft picks Josh Stowers and Cal Raleigh, another 2018 Mariner pick would come up with the big hit. As he did the previous night, Bobby Honeyman would drive in the 1st runs of the ballgame. He belted a triple down the left field line that was badly misplayed by the Vancouver left-fielder. Both teams’ bats would go dormant until the 4th inning where Vancouver would plate their first run of the game. Carabello would give way to the bullpen after 5 dominant innings. Jheyson would allow only 4 hits and one run. The lead would increase to 5-1 after six innings where the Frogs would manufacture 3 more runs, the highlight of the inning was Bobby Honeyman second extra base hit of the ballgame. In the 8th and 9th innings, the bullpen would blow the lead as they gave up 4 runs to tie the game. Everett would be playing their 2nd extra inning game at home as we went to the 10th. Dayeison Arias would shut down the Canadians as we went to the bottom half. In the bottom of the 10th inning, with runners on third and first, 1B Nick Rodriguez would win the ballgame for the AquaSox with a walk off single. The Frogs won the game 6-5. Christmas certainly came early for Nick Rodriguez.

The finale of the series was an 11:00am start under the hot skies of Everett. Michael Plassmeyer took the mound again and pitched another amazing performance. Michael’s final stats were 2 innings, 2 strikeouts and 1 hit given up. Ivan Fortunato took over in the 3rd, as he has done in almost all Plassmeyer’s starts and gave up a solo home-run as Vancouver took and early 1-0 lead. An inning later, the Frogs would score 2 runs and take the lead on rbi singles by catcher Troy Dixon and 2b Connor Hoover. The game would remain 2-1 as Fortunato would leave after the 7th after a solid five solid innings of four hit ball. Vancouver would tie it in the 8th inning on a solo home-run of pitcher Noah Zavalas. The game would remain tied until the bottom of the 9th as Troy Dixon would lead off for the AquaSox. Troy would launch a walk-off home run to right field as the AquaSox would win their 2nd straight game as the crowd went nuts.

Everett hit the road Friday for a 5-game series vs Salem-Keizer before they return home for a 5-game home-stand versus Boise before the All-Star break. Hope to see the fans come out and support the AquaSox next week and for the rest of the season. This team that they have constructed together is something special. Come out and see our future Seattle Mariners. Next week is filled with promotions including the always popular brew fest and Frog Stock to just name a few. Congratulation to the 1st half champions.

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.