BOISE, Idaho – After clinching the NWL North Division first half title earlier in the day, the Everett AquaSox were routed by the Boise Hawks 7-0 before a crowd of 1,626 at Memorial Stadium Sunday. The Hawks had 16 hits and James Pugliese and the Boise bullpen shut down the Frogs’ bats to guarantee a series victory against Everett. Shawon Dunston was 4-5 with two RBIs for the Hawks in the win.
The AquaSox had clinched their second straight first half division title earlier Saturday when Eugene topped Vancouver 8-4 to eliminate the Canadians from the division race. It was Everett’s first title since the divisions realigned prior to this season and guaranteed the ‘Sox a playoff berth following the conclusion of the regular season.
The Frogs didn’t get to celebrate for long against the Hawks, however, as Boise scored in each of the first four innings against ‘Sox starter Tyler Olson to take a 6-0 lead. The Hawks loaded the bases with no outs in the first before Olson hit Cael Brockmeyer with a pitch, forcing in Lance Rymel with the first run of the game. David Bote followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Yasiel Balaguert and give the Hawks a 2-0 lead. Boise added two more runs in the second when Dunston singled to right to bring home Jordan Hankins and Balaguert lined an RBI double to score Rymel. Bote recorded RBI hits in the third and fourth, bringing home Brockmeyer both times, to push the lead to 6-0. Olson’s (1-3) night ended after four innings, taking his second straight loss after his one-hit shutout against Eugene on July 10th. He surrendered six runs on 10 hits and walked two. Tyler Wright came on and worked a scoreless fifth and sixth, lowering his ERA to 1.72.
While the Boise bats jumped on Olson, Pugliese silenced the Everett offense, allowing no runs and just two hits in five innings of work. Pugliese struck out three while running his scoreless innings streak to 13 as he improved to 3-2 with the win and lowered his ERA to 3.41. Tyler Skulina and Michael Wagner each worked two scoreless frames to finish off the shutout. Skulina struck out five of the eight batters he faced.
Boise tacked on another run off Ricardo Pereira in the seventh when Hankins singled and scored on Dunston’s base hit to right to make it 7-0 Hawks. Boise had 16 hits and seven starters checked in with at least one knock. Bote was 2-3 with three runs batted-in and Hankins was 3-4 with a pair of runs scored.
The ‘Sox managed just three hits Sunday and struck out a total of 10 times against the Hawk’s pitchers. It has been a disappointing showing offensively for the Frogs in the series thus far, as the AquaSox have been held to two runs or less in three of the four games by the Boise pitching staff, which ranks second in the NWL in ERA.
DJ Peterson left the game in the bottom of the first after appearing to injure his wrist while attempting to make a play on Rony Rodriguez’ infield single. Justin Seager replaced Peterson, who is ranked in the top five in the NWL in batting average, homers, and RBIs this season.
Boise improved 20-17 while Everett fell to 23-14. The ‘Sox are just 3-6 on the road in their last two series after starting 2013 7-2 away from Everett Memorial Stadium. The AquaSox will try to leave Boise with at least two wins in the series finale Monday that also marks the conclusion of the season’s first half. The start time for the game is 6:15 PM PST (7:15 PM local) and Thyago Vieira (3-1, 3.07) will take the ball for the Frogs against Boise’s Rob Zastryzny (0-0, 0.00). Pat Dillion will have the broadcast on 1380 AM KRKO. Everett begins the second half at home with a three-game series against the Tri-City Dust Devils starting Tuesday, July 23. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.