Cousino off to good start with AquaSox

EVERETT — After joining the Everett AquaSox on June 15, Seattle Mariners third-round draft pick Austin Cousino played 15 games in his abbreviated first month— and he did not disappoint.

Cousino, who played college baseball at the University of Kentucky, hit safely in 12 of the 15 games he played and batted a team-best .295 (18-for-61) in that span. He stole seven bases in his first 15 games, also a team-best.

Cousino’s batting average is down to .260 after just one hit in 12 at bats in the AquaSox first three games of July.

What a difference year makes

In the first month of the 2013 Northwest League season, the AquaSox jumped out to a blistering 14-3 record.

This season, they have done quite the opposite.

Everett finished June with a record of 5-13, dropping them to the cellar in the North Division with the league’s worst record. Everett had lost all three games it has played so far in July going into Friday’s game to fall to 5-16 and had lost seven of its last eight overall.

Castillo continues to produce

One of the bright spots so far in a disappointing season has been outfielder Phillips Castillo. Castillo has reached base in 12 straight games dating to June 22.

Castillo, who is batting .260, has been Everett’s most productive hitter, leading the team in doubles (7), home runs (3) and RBI (11). He is third in the league in extra-base hits with 10.

Short hops

Mariners 14th-round draft pick Chris Mariscal is off to a fast start with the AquaSox, collecting a hit in 15 of his first 17 games. He batted .314 during an eight-game hitting streak that began June 18 and ended on June 27. Jordan Cowan is showing signs of life at the plate in his past 10 games. His .343 (12-for-35) batting average in that time is third in the league, however, all 12 hits have been singles.

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