EVERETT — It took longer than the Everett AquaSox would have liked, but they finally earned their first victory of the season.
Jheyson Caraballo pitched six innings of two-hit, one-run ball to earn the victory as the AquaSox defeated the Hillsboro Hops 7-1 before 1,710 fans Monday at Everett Memorial Stadium
Caraballo (1-0) struck out two and walked two as Everett improved to 1-3 on the young season. Tyler Jackson struck out three and allowed a pair of hits in three innings of scoreless relief to earn his first save of the season.
The AquaSox took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Connor Kopach singled with two outs, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Jansiel Rivera.
Hillsboro’s Andy Yerzy tied the game 1-1 with an opposite-field home run to left field in the top of the fourth inning.
That was Caraballo’s lone mistake of the contest.
The AquaSox regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Keegan McGovern led off with a double and scored on Ryne Ogren’s sacrifice fly.
Everett added to its lead in the bottom of the fifth when Jake Anchia belted a long home run that cleared the net above the fence in left field for a 4-1 lead.
The Frogs made it 6-1 when Matt Sanders had a one-out double and scored on an RBI single by Cash Gladfelter. Gladfelter came home on an RBI double by Ogren.
Everett’s final run came in the bottom of the seventh when Anchia scored on a two-out error.
McGovern and Sanders each finished with two hits while Anchia and Ogren each drove in a pair of runs.
The teams conclude their season-opening five-game series Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.