VANCOUVER, B.C. — Reinforcements for the short-handed Everett AquaSox pitching staff arrived just in time for Saturday’s game against the Vancouver Canadians.
Four new pitchers, including Jackson High School graduate Nick Kiel, combined to hold the Vancouver offense in check until the Sox broke open the game with seven runs in the ninth to earn an 11-4 Northwest League victory.
Kyle Petty doubled twice and scored two runs to lead Everett’s 11-hit attack. Every Sox hitter had at least one hit, except for Sheehan Planas-Arteaga, who walked three times and scored two runs.
Everett (8-21) sent 11 men to the plate in the ninth and took advantage of two errors and two wild pitches by Vancouver (17-12). Wilton Martinez hit a two-run double and Jordan Cowan had two hits in the inning, scoring the first run and driving in a run with his second single.
Visa and passport issues prevented seven Everett pitchers from crossing the United States/Canada border, which prompted Jake Zokan (who started nine games for the Sox in 2013), Andrew Kittredge, Kiel and Logan Seifrit to be sent to Everett from various teams in the Mariners’ farm system.
Zokan and Kittredge (1-0) combined to limit the Canadians to just two hits in five shutout innings as Everett built a 3-0 lead with single runs in the third, fourth and sixth off Canadians starter Zak Wasilewski (2-2).
Kiel then made his Everett debut in the sixth and failed to retire the first three batters to load the bases. But the Mill Creek native induced Tim Locastro to ground into a double play and retired Franklin Barreto on a fly ball to escape with only one run allowed.
Vancouver’s Chris Carlson batted 2-for-4 and hit a two-run double off Seifrit in the bottom of the ninth. Seifrit couldn’t close out the game and Cowan, Everett’s starting second baseman, came on in relief to record the final two outs.