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AquaSox rally, beat Hops in extra innings in series finale

Julio Rodriguez drives in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and Everett beats Hillsboro 8-7.

HILLSBORO, Ore. — The Everett AquaSox staged a ninth-inning rally and beat the Hillsboro Hops 8-7 in 10 innings Sunday afternoon in the finale of their season-opening series.

With the AquaSox trailing 5-3 in the top of the ninth, Connor Hoover launched a three-run opposite-field home run over the left-field fence to give Everett (4-2) a one-run lead.

Hillsboro (2-4) then forced extra innings with a game-tying solo homer in the bottom of the ninth by Corbin Carroll.

The AquaSox regained the lead with two runs in the top of the 10th. Julio Rodriguez, ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 overall prospect, grounded a hard single up the middle to drive in Zach DeLoach for the go-ahead run. Rodriguez then stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Keenan to give Everett an 8-6 lead.

Hillsboro scored in the bottom of the 10th and put the tying run on second with one out, but AquaSox reliever Kyle Hill retired the next two batters to seal the victory.

Kaden Polcovich went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and three runs scored for the AquaSox. Rodriguez finished 2-for-5 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Joseph Rosa added an RBI double for Everett and went 2-for-4. Hoover finished with four RBIs.

Isaiah Campbell, a 2019 second-round draft pick out of the University of Arkansas, allowed one unearned run in four innings of relief for the AquaSox. He struck out four batters, walked two and allowed two hits.

The AquaSox have an off day Monday. They kick off a six-game series against Tri-City with their home opener at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday at Funko Field.

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