AquaSox notebook: Zunino calls his shot

EVERETT — In a sense, Sox catcher Mike Zunino called his shot in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s 6-3 victory over Boise.

The count was 2-2 when Zunino got an inside fastball from Hawks reliever Su-Min Jung. Zunino crushed the pitch, but he pulled it foul over the fence in left.

But that was a harbinger for what was to come. On the next pitch Zunino straightened it out and belted a two-run homer to left, putting the ball well within the foul pole.

“It was the same pitch, just a little bit more over the plate,” Zunino said. “I was sitting on a fastball — I didn’t want to get beat by a fastball — but he left the same pitch close to the same spot, so I was just able to react to it.”

Finding the handle

Everett’s errorless game Tuesday ended a not-so-happy streak for the Sox. Everett had made at least one error in 13 straight games prior to that. The previous time the Sox played error-free ball was in a 3-1 victory at Yakima on July 23, which was the final game of the first half.

Tuesday’s clean game couldn’t have come at a better time as Everett committed four errors in an ugly 11-7 loss to Boise the previous night.

Musical chairs

Everett’s current shortage of position players — the Sox have just 11 on the roster, with outfielder Mike Faulkner laid up with a hamstring injury — has Everett manager Rob Mummau getting creative with positions. On Monday catcher Marcus Littlewood played first base for the first time this season as Taylor Ard was given a day at DH. Wednesday it was third baseman Patrick Kivlehan’s turn at DH, so Ard moved over to third for the first time this season, while Littlewood made his second start at first.

Today’s Game

Opponent: Boise Hawks

When: 7:05 p.m.

Where: Everett Memorial Stadium

Radio: KRKO (1380 AM)

Probable startering pitchers: Everett left-hander Steven Ewing (2-1, 6.07 ERA) vs. Boise right-hander Tayler Scott (4-1, 1.90)

More in Sports

Former QB on Schottenheimer: ‘He’s a win-first’ OC

Kellen Clemens has had the new Seahawks’ play-caller as his coordinator for 7 of his 11 NFL seasons.

Huskies men overcome slow start to beat Colorado

Jaylen Nowell scores 19 points and Matisse Thybulle adds 18 in UW’s 72-62 win.

No. 13 Gonzaga bounces back to beat Santa Clara

After suffering their first conference loss of the season, the Bulldogs beat Santa Clara 75-60.

Lake Stevens girls show grit in 66-58 win over Glacier Peak

The Vikings rally from 13 down at half to take over sole possession of 1st place in Wesco 4A.

Friday’s prep basketball scores, recaps

Once again, a variety of local high school basketball players turned in… Continue reading

Bearcats pull away from Jackson in 79-67 win

Monroe’s Colby Kyle scores 24 points in his return from injury and Spencer Davidson tacks on 21.

Silvertips set to host pair of East Division powerhouses

Brandon and Swift Current make rare appearances in Everett this weekend.

‘Fear’ drives UWs Carter III back to the gym every single day

The freshman PG tries to get in 500 shots a day on his quest to be a success on the floor and in life.

LIST: 100-Season Club members and those in the vicinity

Here’s a list of local high school coaches who have coached 100 seasons, and those who are close.

Most Read