EVERETT — The AquaSox rallied from four runs down and took a late one-run lead after Juan Camacho hit a clutch two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh.
But it was all for naught.
Everett reliever David Hesslink couldn’t close the game in the top of the ninth, and for the second game in a row Salem-Keizer’s Ryan Kirby burned the Frogs.
A night after going 5-for-5, Kirby drilled an eventual game-winning two-out, two-run homer over the right-center field wall to hand Everett a 9-7 loss Friday night at Everett Memorial Stadium in front of a crowd of 2,359.
Volcanoes pitcher Jason Bahr retired Everett in order in the bottom of the ninth to seal the win.
Everett (9-14) trailed 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth after struggling to get much offense going against Salem-Keizer starter Stetson Woods.
The Volcanoes scored four runs off Everett pitcher Jose Santiago, who relieved starter Randy Bell in the fourth inning. Santiago gave up six hits during four innings of work.
The Frogs finally chased Woods in the sixth after stringing several hits together and began chipping away at the Volcanoes’ lead. Aaron Stroosma logged his first professional hit, which scored Eugene Helder and trimmed Everett’s deficit to 6-3. A bases-loaded walk from Austin Grebeck later in the inning cut Salem-Keizer’s lead to 6-4.
Everett cut the lead to 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh after a sacrifice fly from Helder scored Joseph Rosa from third. After Johnny Adams reached on an error, Camacho crushed a shot over the right-center field wall.
Adams had two of the AquaSox’s four hits, and Mariners first round pick Evan White picked up an RBI single in the first.