Frogs drop season finale

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Everett AquaSox departed the 2007 Northwest League baseball season quietly.

Everett ended its season with a loss Wednesday afternoon, falling 4-1 to the Vancouver Canadians.

Five Vancouver pitchers limited Everett to six hits. Jermaine Brock, who went 2-for-3, was the only Everett player to manage more than one hit.

The loss prevented Everett from finishing the season with a series sweep. The Sox finished the season 35-41, well behind West Division champion Salem-Keizer.

Greg Desme went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs for Vancouver, which finished its season 37-38. Bryan Collins earned the win with 223 innings of scoreless relief. Leonardo Espinal earned the save, his 12th of the season.

Everett starting pitcher Edward Paredes took the loss. Voted the Northwest League’s all-star left-handed starting pitcher, Paredes gave up four runs on nine hits and one walk in five innings. He struck out two and finished the season 7-6.

Vancouver starter Pedro Figueroa gave up one run in 313 innings before coming out of the game because of an injury.

Vancouver jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first when Desme doubled to left, driving in two runs to give the Canadians a 2-0 advantage.

Everett cut the difference in half in the top of the fourth. Kalian Sams hit a one-out double to left, advanced to third, then scored when Jeff Dunbar also doubled to left, making it 2-1.

But Vancouver got that run back in the bottom half of the inning. Dusty Napoleon led off with a double to right, then scored when Justin Frash followed by grounding a single up the middle, making it 3-1.

The Canadians tacked on an insurance run in the fifth. Danny Hamblin hit a two-out double to left, then scored on Desme’s single to left, sliding home safely when catcher Blake Ochoa couldn’t handle Brock’s throw to the plate.

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