EVERETT — The Spokane Indians tied the game with four runs in the top of the ninth inning, added another run in the 10th and held on for a 5-4 win over the Everett AquaSox in the first of a crucial six-game series on Tuesday night at Funko Field.
With the loss, Everett fell to 3.5 games behind Spokane for second place in the High-A West standings with five games remaining in the season. The AquaSox dropped to four total games behind first-place Eugene, which was idle after having its game with the Tri-City Dust Devils postponed. Everett will likely need to win all five of its remaining games to earn a playoff berth. The top two teams at the end of the regular season will play for the league title.
The score of Tuesday’s game was tied 0-0 through six innings, with the AquaSox held hitless. But Matt Scheffler broke up the no-hitter and the shutout with a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to give Everett a 2-0 lead.
Victor Labrada pushed the lead to 4-0 with a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth, before the Indians responded with the huge ninth inning to tie it up.
After Spokane scored a run in the top of the 10th to take a 5-4 lead, the AquaSox put runners on first and third with nobody out in the bottom of the inning. But Connor Hoover flew out to short right field and Cade Marlowe grounded into a double-play to end the game.
Taylor Dollard started and was dominant on the mound for Everett (61-53). Dollard allowed no runs on three hits in 6.1 innings while striking out 11 and walking only one.
Helcris Olivarez was almost just as good for Spokane, allowing two runs on zero hits in 6.2 innings with eight strikeouts and four walks.