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LANGLEY, B.C. — The Everett Merchants baseball team split a Pacific International League doubleheader with the Langley Blaze on Sunday, winning the opener 5-0 before dropping the second game 4-2.
Everett pitchers Kevin Sheets, Jo Jo Howie and Chris Kerwood combined for a five-hit, seven-inning shutout in the opener. Offensively, the Merchants (4-2) collected 10 hits. They were led by designated hitter Aaron Gates, who had three hits and an RBI, and third baseman Nate Mullins, who hit a two-run home run over the left-field fence and also doubled. Left fielder Ryan Sells singled across a run and first baseman Sam Parris contributed two singles.
The nine-inning nightcap belonged to Langley starter Jesse Peters, who recorded all but one out before being relieved in the ninth with the tying run at the plate. He scattered five hits, struck out 11 and walked one. Merchants head coach Harold Pyatte praised Peters’ performance.
“That was some of the best pitching we’ve seen in quite a while,” Pyatte said. “He had a good, effective mix of sliders and fastballs. Hopefully, our guys learned something from the experience. We started to get to him toward the end, but then it was too late.”
Designated hitter Ethan Yeo, who has signed to play at Arkansas State next season, drove in both of Everett’s runs — with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and an RBI single in the ninth. Merchants center fielder Ty Holm stole two bases.
Everett plays the Northwest Honkers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Washington.