EVERETT — Connor Hoover and Justin Lavey both homered to lead the Everett AquaSox to a 7-6 win over the visiting Eugene Emeralds in the rubber match of their seven-game series Sunday at Funko Field.
The High-A West-leading AquaSox (51-26) won four of seven games in the series, which included a makeup game from June. The tightly contested series featured four one-run games, with Everett going 3-1 in those contests.
Hoover hit a two-run homer in the second inning to give the AquaSox a 2-1 lead.
Lavey, a recent callup from Low-A Modesto, added a three-run blast in the fourth to give Everett a 5-3 advantage. It was his first homer in six games since being promoted to the AquaSox.
Everett added two more runs in the fifth inning on a Cade Marlowe RBI single and a Tyler Keenan sacrifice fly that stretched the margin to 7-3.
Eugene (44-34) scored one run apiece in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to cut the deficit to 7-6, but AquaSox reliever Ben Onyshko struck out the final two batters to seal the victory.
Taylor Dollard started for Everett and pitched five innings, allowing three runs and eight hits. He struck out five batters and walked one.
The AquaSox open a six-game road series against the Spokane Indians on Tuesday night.