AquaSox skid hits five games

HILLSBORO, Ore. — Back-to-back doubles by George Roberts and Tyler Baker in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday gave the Hillsboro Hops a 4-3 win over the Everett Aquasox in Northwest League baseball action.

The game was the opener of a five-game series.

After Grant Heyman struck out leading off the bottom of the 10th, Roberts doubled to center field off Everett reliever Vinny Nittoli. Baker then drove a double off the right-field wall to score Roberts and extend Everett’s losing streak to five games.

The Aquasox (4-13) tied the game 3-3 in the top of the seventh thanks in large part to the legs of designated hitter Austin Cousino.

Cousino, the Seattle Mariners’ third-round pick in this year’s draft, led of the inning with a single to left field and advanced to second when Phillips Castillo was hit by a pitch. Cousino then stole third when Brett Thomas squared to bunt and Hillsboro third baseman Nate Robertson charged, leaving the third-base bag open. A wild pitch by Hops reliever Mason McCullough allowed Cousino to score, tying the game.

Hillsboro had snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth off Everett starter Blake Holovach. An error by Holovach allowed one run to score and Yorman Garcia drove in the second run with a double that scored Baker from third and extended the Hillsboro lead to 3-1.

Everett right fielder Wilton Martinez cut the deficit to one with a home run off Hops starter Ryan Doran in the top of the sixth.

The Hops struck first, scoring a run in the bottom of the first off Holovach, who allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings. Holovach struck out five but did not figure in the decision.

The Aquasox tied the game in the top of the second when back-to-back singles by DeMello and shortstop Luis Caballero scored Kyle Petty, who was hit by a pitch with one out.

Everett reliever Ryan Yarbrough kept the Hillsboro bats silent for three innings, allowing just two hits and striking out five in just his second appearance of the season.

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