Merchants split doubleheader in Alaska

KENAI, Alaska — The Everett Merchants split a doubleheader with the Peninsula Oilers on Tuesday, losing the opener 4-2 in 10 innings before winning the nightcap 3-1.

A rainout of Monday’s game forced back-to-back games in the Merchants’ final series in Alaska.

The Oilers’ Jordan Hein hit the game-winner in the first game, a two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th.

Everett’s Brooks Roy got the win in the seven-inning nightcap, allowing one run, six hits and a walk with three strikouts. First baseman Sam Parris hit an RBI single in the second inning, Ryan Sells had an RBI triple in the third inning and Aaron Gates singled in Sells for the Merchants’ third run.

With a 5-4 overall record against three of the Alaska Baseball Leagues’ six teams, Everett coach Harold Pyatte was pleased with the team’s trip.

“This Alaska trip has really brought our club together, the competition level we have seen has shown us that we can compete with the elite clubs,” said Pyatte. “We were able to compete at this level — we are looking for good things to happen down the road.”

Everett lost its first series in Alaska 3-1 to the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks, won a series 2-0 over the Anchorage Bucs and took the series with Peninsula 2-1.

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