EVERETT — Three teams. Two spots. Fourteen games remaining.
The Everett offense mustered just four hits and the AquaSox fell to the Vancouver Canadians 5-2 on Thursday night at Funko Field as the High-A West standings became a virtual three-way tie at the top.
The Spokane Indians beat the Tri-City Dust Devils 7-5 on Thursday — their 18th win in the past 21 games — to pull even with Everett in first place. The Eugene Emeralds lost to the Hillsboro Hops 6-5 and remained a half-game back, but even in the wins column with both the AquaSox and Indians.
The top two teams at the end of the regular season will play for the High-A West championship.
Adam Hill started on the mound for the AquaSox and allowed four runs, three earned, on three hits in 5.2 innings. Hill struck out seven and walked two. Bernie Martinez allowed a run in 1.1 innings of relief before Fred Villarreal closed the game with two scoreless frames.
Victor Labrada hit a solo home run and Tyler Keenan had two hits for Everett (59-46).
Spencer Horwitz drove in two runs for Vancouver (49-56).
The AquaSox have three more games with the Canadians before closing the season with five games against the Emeralds on the road and six against the Indians at home.