EVERETT, Wash. – Northwest League All-Star Lars Huijer threw seven shutout innings and the Frogs scored four runs in the first inning to come away with a 6-0 win over the Tri-City Dust Devils in the rubber match of their three-game series before 2,361 fans at Everett Memorial Stadium. Huijer earned a win in his third straight start, as Everett remained undefeated in series played at Everett Memorial this season.
After falling out of first place in the North Division for the first time in 2013, the AquaSox matched their run total from the past four games in the first inning against Dust Devils’ starter Konner Wade. Bryan Brito led off with a walk, stole second, and came around to score on Chantz Mack’s double down the right field line to give the Frogs a 1-0 lead. Justin Seager scored Mack with a line drive single to left. Seager then came home on a first-and-third play, scoring as catcher Chris O’Dowd attempted to throw out Austin Wilson at second base. An error by shortstop Patrick Valaika on the play allowed Wilson to move to third and chased Wade. The play proved significant as Wilson scored on Kyle Petty’s infield single off reliever Jonathan Vargas to make the AquaSox lead 4-0.
But the Frogs weren’t done as they added two runs in the second inning. James Zamarripa singled and scored on Brito’s RBI double into the left center gap, with Brito advancing to third on an error by left fielder Wilson Soriano. Brito would then score on a wild pitch to make it 6-0.
That would be all the ‘Sox needed as they rode the arm of Huijer to a series win. After being named a NWL All-Star earlier in the day, the Dutchman turned in his best performance of the season as he carried a no-hitter into the seventh before Alec Mehrten reached on an infield single with one out. For the night, Huijer allowed one hit, walked three, and struck out seven to earn his league leading sixth win. Huijer set down 15 hitters in a row following a two-out walk in the first inning until Michael Benjamin reached on an error committed by Huijer himself with two outs in the sixth and extended his scoreless innings streak to 16. After recording just one win in his first two years as a pro, Huijer is now 6-1 with a 1.85 ERA this year with Everett.
Wade (0-4) took the loss after lasting just two-thirds of an inning. He surrendered four runs, all earned, on four hits and one walk. The game saw some sloppy defense as Everett made four errors and Tri-City committed five.
Carlton Tanabe started the game at catcher for the AquaSox, but left the game after the top of the first with a split nail on his middle finger. Christian Carmichael replaced him in the batting order and was 3-4 in the game. The ‘Sox had 11 hits as a team. Kyle Petty was 2-4 with an RBI in his AquaSox debut following his promotion from Peoria. Tyler Wright worked the final two innings for the ‘Sox to lower his ERA to 1.62.
The 2013 NWL All-Star Game rosters were announced Thursday, and seven AquaSox players were named to the North Division team. Relievers Aaron Brooks and Jose Valdivia joined Huijer on the pitching staff, while Tanabe and infielders DJ Peterson, Jack Reinheimer, and Seager were also named to the team, which was chosen through a combination of fan and manager voting. Reinheimer and Peterson were voted in as starters. Peterson will be replaced on the roster following his promotion to Clinton. Tri-City’s Trent Daniel, Johendi Jiminian, Ryan Warner, Mehrten, and Sean Dwyer were also named to the North Division team.
Everett improved to 2-1 in the second half and 25-16 overall while Tri-City fell to 1-2 and 20-21. With Vancouver’s loss at Spokane, the Frogs are again tied for first place in the division.
The AquaSox head to Hillsboro tomorrow for a five-game series with the Hops with first pitch slated for 1:35 PM. Tyler Olson (1-3, 4.67) will attempt to get back on track after a couple of rough outings. Diamondbacks’ 2013 first round pick (36th overall) Aaron Blair (0-0, 3.46) will get the ball for Hillsboro. The AquaSox return home July 31st for their last series before the All-Star break, a five-game set with the Boise Hawks, who took four of five from Everett to close the first half. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.