BOISE, Idaho – “Napolean Dynamite night” lived up to its billing as everything AquaSox starting pitcher Eric Carter threw to the plate seemed to blow up in his face Friday.
Carter gave up six runs in the first two innings and the Boise Hawks cruised to a 12-4 win.
The Boise fireworks weren’t limited to Carter’s efforts. Hawks batters did to AquaSox pitching what the Sox had done to Boise’s over the previous four games, pounding out 18 hits on Friday.
Much of the damage was done by Kyle Reynolds who was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple, five RBI and three runs scored.
Each time the AquaSox had an opportunity to score, the offense fizzled out like a dud. Everett had the tying run in scoring position in the fourth and sixth innings but couldn’t come up with a timely hit either time.
Everett had several opportunities for big innings, leaving 12 men on base. The first inning set the tone for the AquaSox.
Everett left fielder Casey Craig, who was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, laced the first pitch of the game into the outfield for a leadoff single. Second baseman Luis Valbuena then smacked a hard-hit ball to the second baseman who booted it into the outfield allowing Craig to advance to third base.
With nobody out in the first, Everett’s Jeff Flaig walked to load the bases. Ron Prettyman’s sacrifice fly to score Craig was all the AquaSox could muster in the first.
In their half of the first inning Boise scored four times on three singles and a home run to make the score 4-1.
Boise added two runs in the bottom of the second inning on two singles, a double, a wild pitch and a hit batsman to make the score 6-1. That was all the scoring the Hawks needed.
Men were left on second and third in the sixth inning too. In the seventh inning, the AquaSox did themselves one better, leaving the bases loaded.
Each time the AquaSox got in position to score, the Hawks came up with a big pitch or play on defense.
The AquaSox return home to play the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes at 7:05 p.m tonight at Everett Memorial Stadium.