GRAND FORKS, British Columbia — The Everett Merchants lost to the Alaska Goldpanners 1-0 Monday in the semifinals of the Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament.
The loss eliminated the Merchants from the eight-team tournament. Everett went 4-2 in tourney play.
Four Alaska pitchers combined on the four-hit shutout. Cameron Walker pitched the first seven innings to earn the win.
Everett’s starting pitcher, right-hander Koby Blunt, took the loss despite allowing just one run and striking out five in his five innings of work. Trevor Quinn and Mickey Coyne combined to shut out the Goldpanners over the final four innings.
Alaska scored the game’s lone run in the second on an RBI single by Tony Riley.
The Merchants nearly tied the game in the sixth, but Austin Hauck was thrown out in a close play at the plate.
Hauck had three of the Merchants’ four hits in the game.