Bryce Jarvis, Hillsboro Hops Down Aquasox 7-2
Bryce Jarvis (W, 1-1) sparkled through seven innings while striking out 11. Nick Snyder (S, 3) finished the last two innings equally well for the save. Jarvis allowed two runs, both on solo shots early in the game. But, the bats of his fellow Hillsboro Hops were more than enough for the win, 7-2.
Power From Plate
Hops batters sprinkled seven hits amongst themselves with no batter smacking more than one hit. Nick Dalesandro and Spencer Brickhouse both rapped doubles and scored. The rest of the hits were singles but all Hops batters managed to reach base at least once.
Six batters scored at least one run with Dalesandro the only one to score twice. While most of the offense spread out almost evenly, only three batters successfully brought a runner home. Tristin English and Cam Coursey both brought two runners home. Reece Hampton bright home another run. For the other two scores, Nick doubled and scored on a wild pitch by losing pitcher Michael Limoncelli (L, 0-2). Spencer doubled and came home on a fielding error by Aquasox third baseman Austin Shenton.
Bryce Jarvis Sails Through Seven Innings
If you kept score, you noticed a lot of blank spaces on the scoresheet when Bryce pitched. Jarvis spread 25 Everett batters across those seven innings, four batters above the minimum. Of those 25, Jarvis struck out 11. As mentioned before, two of those extra batters smacked solo shots for the Aquasox only scores of the game. The other two hits came from Zach DeLoach and Patrick Frick who both singled.
Nick Snyder came on for the last two innings and kept the bar up equally high. He added three more K’s to the Hops’ totals and faced seven batters, only one above the minimum. That extra batter for Nick came in the ninth when Austin Shenton led off with a double.
Except for the two home runs, all other base runners remained on base. Both pitchers teamed up on the Aquasox making the five run winning margin seem more comfortable than normal.
The win added to the two game winning streak after losing the series opener on Tuesday. The Hillsboro Hops (12-15) gained a game on the league leading Eugene Emeralds and are now five games back of their in-state rivals. With their loss, the Everett Aquasox (16-11) remained one game behind Eugene. Both teams return Friday night for game four of their series. The Hops currently lead 2-1.
The Hops increased their season total to 81 stolen bases so far this year, easily leading the MiLB rankings. In second place are the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers with 62 stolen bases.
Catching Up To Do
As you probably noticed, I have been absent for the last few days. I am now back with a clearer head both from the bug that tackled me and the medication the doctor prescribed to fight it. I’ll get the last four days worth of game recaps up over the next couple of days. Along with last week’s column that didn’t make it to Tuesday morning. Until then, please check out some of my recent columns like the weekly wrap ups or the pre-season looks at the new, incoming coaches.