EVERETT — A baseball season represents an exercise in maintaining an even keel.
There are simply too many games and too many at-bats to dwell on specific performances, and that is the approach Bobby Honeyman is taking this summer.
“Every day is a new day,” Honeyman said. “I don’t think about yesterday too much.”
Honeyman, the hottest hitter on a team that is collectively swinging the bat well, had his eight-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-4 showing Thursday. He bounced back with a three-hit night Friday, including his second professional home run in Everett’s 9-4 win. Honeyman had a 5-for-5 performance on Wednesday and is hitting .523 with two home runs, 11 runs, and eight RBI in his last 10 games.
“I’m just seeing the ball well right now,” Honeyman said. “I just made a little adjustment with (hitting coach Eric Farris) and I’ve been feeling good ever since.”
Honeyman is leading the Northwest League with his .382 average. He is third in on-base percentage (.412) and second in on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.949).
Collectively the AquaSox have 93 hits and scored 58 runs in their last seven games.
“One guy gets a hit and it seems like everyone else gets a hit right after,” Honeyman said, “but we’re playing well as a team and hitting well. It’s definitely a lot of fun.”
With the All-Star break looming after the current homestand against Boise concludes Sunday, the AquaSox are hoping to continue the momentum from their first-half regular-season title.
“I feel like we’re definitely playing our best right now, and hopefully (we’ll) keep it up leading into the playoffs and bring it home,” Honeyman said.
Hoover moved up
Former AquaSox infielder Connor Hoover was promoted to Class A Clinton (Wisc.) earlier last week following Everett’s trip to Salem-Keizer. Hoover was slashing .227/.355/.386 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 29 games with Everett. He also had 18 walks and was one of Everett’s top on-base threats.
Hoover had one hit in six at-bats in three games at Clinton prior to Saturday.
At Clinton he joined reliever Joey Gerber, who was promoted after the homestand prior to the trip to Salem-Keizer. Gerber had six saves and a 1.93 earned-run average with Everett. Gerber allowed two runs in his first outing at Clinton before throwing a scoreless inning on Wednesday.
AquaSox award check to Hilinski’s Hope
Kym Hilinski, the mother of former Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, was at the AquaSox game Saturday as the Frogs hosted “Coug Day” at Everett Memorial Stadium.
In conjunction with Coug Day the AquaSox made a $1,503 donation to “Hilinski’s Hope,” the foundation created in the wake of Tyler’s suicide in January.