Frogs Return to Everett Hoping for some more “Honey”

The Everett AquaSox returned home Wednesday night under the hot sun of Memorial Stadium in Everett, Washington. The Frogs were returning from a 5-game road trip where they went 2-3 versus Salem-Keizer. They were set to begin a 5-game series against the Boise Hawks before the All-Star break.

Game one had the always reliable Max Roberts taking the mound. The game would remain scoreless until the 2nd inning. Boise would plate one run on 2 hits as they took the early 1-0 lead. The Frogs would go scoreless and just net one hit over the first couple of innings. In the 3rd inning, Max would quickly get into trouble with runners on and third with only one out. Manager Jose Moreno had seen enough so he went to righthander Cody Brown who came in and stopped the bleeding. In the bottom half of the third, AquaSox fans were treated to possibly their most productive inning of the 2018 season. The first nine batters reached base by hit and the Frogs scored 8 runs to take an 8-1 lead. The highlights of the inning were 3 home runs by Cal Raleigh, Ryan Garcia and Jansiel Rivera. The Frogs would increase their lead to 10-3 in the 4th inning. The game would remain 10-1 as Cody Brown pitched into the 7th. He quickly got two outs but eventually gave up two runs and would be replaced by Cody Mobley. He would quickly retire the Boise Hawks with the last out and would shut out the Hawks over the final two innings. The Frogs would remain scoreless but would come away with the 10-3 victory on a season high 20 hits!! There could have been many stars of the game, but we will go with Bobby Honeyman, who went 5-5!!!

Thursday night the AquaSox had Carlos Hernandez on the hill. After a shaky start he didn’t disappoint as his starts have dictated that most of the season. The problem has been run support. In the top half of the first the Hawks plated two runs on two hits and one big error. In the bottom half of the 2nd inning, the Frogs cut the lead to 2-1 on a RBI single by Ryan Ramiz. Carlos Hernandez was dominant after inning one. He kept the game in check an pitched a dominating 5 innings, only allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and struck out six. The bullpen took over the final four and gave up 2 more runs as the AquaSox could only muster up 1 more run on Cal Raleigh’s 4th home run of the year. The Boise Hawks would tie the series 1-1 as they pulled out the 4-2 victory.

Friday night brought the fans Harry Potter Night, AquaSox trading card night and Mr. Consistency Orlando Razo on the mound for the Frogs. Razo got into an early jam in the top half of the first, but he worked his way out of it. The Frogs would go scoreless. In the second, the Hawks would score a rare 3 runs off Razo as they took the lead 3-0. The score would remain 3-0 until the bottom of the 4th inning until the Frog took over. They scored 3 runs on 4 hits. The highlights were a solo home run by Bobby Honeyman and a 2-run blast by Ryan Ramiz, his 1st professional home run as an AquaSox. The 3-3 tie wouldn’t last long as the Hawks plated a lead-off home run in the fifth to take the lead 4-3. It would be Razo’s last inning as we went to the bottom half of the fifth. The Frogs would score 5 runs on 5 hits, the highlight a RBI single by Bobby Honeyman. Bobby would end up with 3 more hits on the night with 3 RBIs. Everett would increase their lead to 9-4 after the 6th inning and the bullpen would close it out to preserve the win for Razo and the Everett AquaSox.

Game 4 of the series was on Saturday night. It was the always popular “Frog Stock” and all the Frog’s jerseys were auctioned off during the ballgame. It was also Washington State Cougars night benefiting Hilinski’s Hope. With a sold-out crowd of over 5,000 emotional fans, AquaSox all star Jheyson Carabello took the mound. He would quickly retire the side around one walk. In the bottom half of the first, Ryan Ramiz continued his hot hitting with a lead-off triple. He would later score on a RBI ground out by Bobby Honeyman as the Frogs took an early 1-0 lead. The lead would increase by one as 1b Nick Rodriguez lead off the 2nd inning with a solo home-run. The lead would be 2-0 as we went to the 4th inning. Jheyson would implode as the Hawks would take a 3-2 lead. It turns out it would be his last inning of the evening. Jansiel Rivera would double home Bobby Honeyman in the 4th to tie the ballgame at 3. Everett would score 2 more runs over the final 4 innings and the bullpen would hold off the Boise Hawks. Everett would take a 3-1 lead in the 5-game series as we went into Sunday’s finale.

The finale of the 5-game series saw RHP Ivan Fortunato take the mound versus Boise in a rare unimpressive performance. He would last 4 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks. The Frogs bats would go silent was Ivan left the ballgame only down 2-0. Boise would plate a run in the 6th inning to take a 3-0 lead as the game went to the bottom of the 6th inning. The Frogs would finally break into the scoring on a sacrifice fly by Matt Sanders as the lead was cut to 3-1. Boise would score another run in the 7th inning to increase their lead to 4-1. As the fans were slowly exiting the ballgame, the AquaSox would finally wake up in bottom half of the 7th inning. They would score 4 runs on 5 hits to take a 5-4 lead as the fans returned to their heats with the feeling that the game was won. The lead would be 5-4 going into the 9th inning. Nolan Hoffman would come in to try and close out the game. He came unprepared as the Hawks would tie the game at 5. In the 10th, the Hawks would score 2 more runs off Hoffman. Everett would score only 1 run as Boise came out on top 7-6 as both teams headed into the all-star break.

Bobby Honeyman was the breakout star of the series as he batted 12-24 with a .500 average and 4 RBIs as he increased his season average to .386 with a few more weeks to go. The quest for .400 average is there AquaSox nation, I kid you not. This kid can play, both on offense and on defense. He was snubbed from the All-Star team, but he continues to do what is needed on and off the field. Keep it up Bobby, the Mariners will reward you for your efforts.

Everett goes into the All-Star break on a high note with a first half title on their resume and they are only a game behind Vancouver in the race for the 2nd half title. Michael Plassmeyer, Connor Kopach, Jheyson Caraballo and Josh Stowers head to the All-Star game on August 7th in Colorado to represent our Everett AquaSox. The Frogs will being the last part of their season this Thursday against Eugene for a 5-game series. We hope that you will journey up into Everett to witness these young men play. There is something special about the 2018 Everett AquaSox. Don’t miss out before the summer is over. These young men are a special group of men. If you want to see some real baseball, Everett is the real deal. Hope to see the fans fill the park for this 5-game series versus Eugene.

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.