EVERETT — The Everett AquaSox are still in postseason position.
But their hold on a playoff spot has shrunk to a razor-thin margin, and their grasp on first place has disappeared.
The Vancouver Canadians scored five runs in the third inning and hung on late for a 9-8 win over Everett on Tuesday night at Funko Field.
With the Eugene Emeralds’ 6-5 win over the Hillsboro Hops and the Spokane Indians’ 4-2 win over the Tri-City Dust Devils, the AquaSox’s lead in the High-A West standings evaporated as Everett dropped a half-game behind Eugene and remained only one game up on Spokane for second place with 16 games remaining in the season. The top two teams in the standings at the end of the regular season will play for the league championship.
Tanner Morris hit a two-run home run, and Orelvis Martinez had a run-scoring double in the big third inning for Vancouver (48-55). Martinez added a solo home run in the fifth inning.
The AquaSox rallied in the eighth with four runs to cut the Canadians’ lead to one. Connor Hoover and Victor Labrada had RBI doubles and Jose Caballero added a run-scoring single in the inning.
Everett (58-45) put two runners on in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, but Labrada grounded out to second base to end the game.
Kennie Taylor went 2-for-3 with two RBI, and Cade Marlowe hit his 15th home run of the season to lead the AquaSox offense.