LANGLEY. B.C — The Everett Merchants used timely hitting and strong pitching to shut out the Langley Blaze in both games of a Pacific International League baseball doubleheader Sunday night.
The Merchants won the first game 6-0 and captured the nightcap 5-0.
In the first game, Everett scored all six of its runs with two outs. Dan Schmidt had two RBI and Seafth Howe faced two more batters than the minimum 21 on his way to improving to 3-0 this season.
Howe allowed just three hits, struck out five and issued no walks in a complete-game performance. The contest lasted just 90 minutes.
In the second game, the Merchants’ offense was stalled until the top of the final inning. In the top of the seventh, Everett scored five runs off a combination of four hits, three Langley errors and a hit batsman to clinch the perfect day.
Pitcher Kyle Swannack (2-0) picked up the win for the Merchants, striking out seven batters. Bobby LeCounte hit an RBI triple and David Amberson and Greg Monson added RBI singles in the seventh inning that put Everett up for good.
Everett improved to 10-1 in the PIL and 13-2 overall.
The Merchants take on the Bellevue Honkers in another PIL doubleheader Wednesday at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle.