Frogs Leap Back into Funko Hoping to Sweep Their Neighbors from the North!

Pictured: Deivy Florido (Shari Sommerfeld/Everett AquaSox)

The Everett AquaSox returned home Saturday night to close out their 2019 season.  The Frogs took a giant leap backwards on their recent road trip and the result of that was elimination from the playoffs.  The first place Spokane Indians had been their nemesis all season long and they once again sent our beloved Frogs back to their lily pads.  Everett AquaSox took this as motivation as they returned home Saturday night to take on the Vancouver Canadians from the north.  The Frogs had their number all season long, there was no reason they couldn’t sweep the Canadians back into Canada.

Brayan Perez, the 18-year old left-handed sensation, took the mound for the Frogs and pitched another dominant performance.  In the first inning, Connor Hoover belted a RBI triple to put the Frogs up early 1-0 as the fans at Funko Field went nuts!  Vancouver would come right back in the 2nd inning to tie it up.  Cade Marlowe would go yard in the third inning to put Everett up by a run.  In the 4th inning, Trent Tingelstad would once again come through in the clutch driving in Carter Bins.  Just like that Everett was up 3-1.  Brayan Perez was so dominant that he would pitch six quality innings allowing one run on 6 hits.  He left after 75 pitches, 54 for strikes and with the lead.

Would that lead stand (the bullpen had problems all season long late in the game) so Brayan would pick up the victory?  Only time would tell as it would take three Frogs to close out the game, but would it be enough?  In the 8th inning, the pen collapsed and allowed the Canadians to tie it at 3.  In the bottom of the 8th, the offense returned from their sleep as they plated two runs to go up 5-3.  Luis Joseph and Cesar Izturis Jr. came up with the big RBI hits.  In the ninth, new closer Mr. Villaarreal came in and shut them down with 2 strikeouts in the process.  Final score out of Everett, Frogs 5-Canadians 3!

Sunday afternoon was a 4pm start under the sunny skies at Funko Field in Everett.  Deivy Florido took the hill, looking to build on his performance exactly 6 days earlier in Everett where he pitched 8 shutout innings.  Deivy would not disappoint the 3,000 fans in attendance.  The Frogs went up early 3-0 after one inning.  The highlight of the 3-run first was a triple by Cade Marlowe that plated two runs.  Deivy would encounter trouble in inning two (and only inning two).  Vancouver would plate two runs to cut the lead to 3-2.  Florido would be in shut down mode after that as he would pitch seven innings allowing 2 runs on 3 hits while walking a single batter.  Deivy would only allow 80 pitches with 53 strikes.  As Florido was coming into his own, would the offense be able to hold off the Canadians and hand it over to the bullpen late in the game?

The answer was yes as the Frogs would plate four more runs to go up 7-2 after four innings.  Some of the highlights were home runs by CF Miguel Perez and 2B Utah Jones.  The lead would increase to 10-2 after seven innings on RBI doubles by Cade Marlowe and Luis Joseph.  Travis Kuhn would take over in inning number eight and allow a single run, but that would be all.  Connor Hoover would come right back with a RBI single to put the Frogs up 11-3 and that would be the eventual final.

Game three was on Monday afternoon, Labor Day, at Funko Field to close out the 2019 season.  Damon Casetta-Stubbs took the mound for the Frogs.  Damon had been the ace of the Frogs the entire season (there were others just as qualified but didn’t throw as many innings) and Frog Nation expected another spectacular performance from the youngster from Vancouver.  Damon didn’t disappoint the AquaSox crowd as he pitched another quality performance.  Both teams would remain scoreless until the third inning.  Vancouver would plate one run to take the lead, but Everett would come right back an inning later to tie it at 1 on a solo home run by Utah Jones.  Casetta-Stubbs would leave after six innings tied at one as both teams had trouble plating runs.  Damon’s final stats were as follows: 66 pitches, 6 innings, and 6 base runners allowed (1 hit, 1 HBP, and 4 hits).  He also struck out four batters, a spectacular conclusion to his 2019 season, a season with lots of memories and fans that Damon had an impact on (the future is bright)!

The final three innings were nothing short of spectacular.  Kipp Rollins came in for the Frogs and pitched into trouble but, not like earlier in the season, he worked his way out of it and didn’t allow a run. Garrett Westberg would come in to pitch the 8th inning and strike out two batters.  The Frogs bats came alive in the bottom of the 8th.  With two runners on, local boy and RBI leader Trent Tingelstad, would plate the go ahead runs on a 2-run double.  Newcomer Jarod Bayless would close it out with the Frogs sweeping the Canadians and winning 3-1.  In perhaps the best series of the season, the Frogs won it in dominating fashion to finish with a record of 37-39, a mere 8 games out of first place.

It was a great year in Everett, and we are pleased with the outcome.  It was a season filled with changes from management to players being rotated up and down on a weekly basis.  Several draft picks from the Seattle Mariners were assigned to Everett this year and we were blessed to see them play most of the year with the Frogs.  We had a 25-year old take over as manager in mid-season (and did outstanding) and a first-round pick survive the season with Everett.  Infielder Patrick Frick and outfielder Cade Marlow (both 2019 draft picks) finished the year in 3rd and 4th place in batting average.  Trent Tingelstad finished 2nd in the league with 41 RBIs while Carter Bins and Robert Perez tied for 4th place in home runs with seven. Damon Casetta-Stubbs finished 2nd in strikeouts.  Many Frogs made an impact for the Seattle Mariners organization this summer, a summer of many positives.  There were no playoffs, but so what.  There was progress made this summer by the Everett AquaSox.  The Frogs should be proud.  A team that could have fallen apart when a 25-year old took over the ballclub in midseason, decided to stick together and come darn close to qualifying for the playoffs.

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Seattle Sports Union wants to thank the Everett AquaSox organization for allowing us to cover their team in 2019.  Thank you for the experience that we encountered, and we look forward to our continued friendship.  We can’t wait until 2020, what do you think Frog Nation?

 

How bout them 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.