EUGENE, Ore. — Everett’s offense struggled once again Thursday and the AquaSox were swept in a series for the first time this season, losing 4-2 to the Eugene Emeralds in the final game of a three-game set.
Lack of offense has been an issue that has plagued the Frogs in the early portion of the second half. Everett, winners of the Northwest League’s first half but just 4-5 to start the second, extended its scoreless inning streak to 20 innings before ending that drought in the seventh inning Thursday.
AquaSox third baseman Patrick Kivlehan singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Designated Hitter Marcus Littlewood followed by drawing a walk and right fielder Janelfry Zorrilla reached on a throwing error that allowed Kivlehan to score, making it 4-1.
Everett managed one more run in the inning on a ground out by center fielder Michael Faulkner that scored Littlewood from third base.
AquaSox first baseman Taylor Ard went 2-for-4 and stretched his hitting-streak to eight games.
Eugene (6-4 second half) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom on the second inning. Second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum reached base on an Ard throwing error and later scored from third base on a wild pitch by Everett starting pitcher Rusty Shellhorn.
The Emeralds tacked on another run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and added two more in the sixth on two singles, two walks — one intentional and one that forced in a run — and a fielder’s choice.
The series sweep gives the AquaSox their second series loss of the season, both of which have been to the Emeralds.