By Nick Patterson Herald Writer
EVERETT — Everett kept its perfect start to the season alive by beating Tri-City 5-4 in its home opener. The Sox have begun with four straight victories, and they have yet to trail this season.
The score was tied 4-4 going into the bottom of the seventh inning when the Sox used a walk by Alfredo Morales and a single by Martin Peguero to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Reggie Lawson followed by bouncing into a double play, but the go-ahead run scored on the play.
Tri-City threatened in the top of the ninth, putting runners on second and third with one out. However, Richard Vargas relieved and got the final two batters to ground out without the runners advancing, saving the game for the Sox.
Jack Reinheimer and Jamodrick McGruder each had two hits for Everett, including two-out two-run singles that snapped ties.
Ben Waldrip and Michael Benjamin both had two hits for Tri-City (2-2).
D.J. Peterson wasn’t the only new face with the Sox on Monday.
Everett had three high draft picks with the team Monday who were not with the team before it departed Friday for its season-opening series in Spokane. In addition to first rounder Peterson, the other newcomers were pitcher Ryan Horstman and shortstop Jack Reinheimer.
Horstman was Seattle’s fourth rounder out of St. John’s University. The 20-year-old left-hander from South Hadley, Mass., went 6-6 with a 2.33 ERA in 16 games (nine starts) this spring as a redshirt freshman.
Reinheimer was a fifth-round pick from East Carolina University. The 20-year-old resident of Charlotte, N.C., batted .271 with two home runs and 21 RBI in 56 games this spring as a junior. He made his Sox debut after joining the team in Spokane.
The Sox couldn’t have started the 2013 season any better.
Everett opened with a three-game sweep of the Spokane Indians to head straight to the front of the pack in the Northwest League’s North Division.
Although all three games were close — the first two were won 6-4, the third 4-3 — the Sox never trailed in the series. The sweep put the Sox into an early first-place position in the division.
“We scored early,” Everett manager Rob Mummau said of the key to the sweep. “We were up 5-0 in the first two games after four innings and that always helps. It let our pitchers get comfortable. It’s always easier to pitch with a lead than from behind.”