EVERETT — The Everett AquaSox found themselves in a huge hole early in their game against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Saturday, managed to climb out of it, but later succumbed in a wild 10-8 loss in front of 3,789 at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Salem-Keizer (11-13) batted around in the first inning against AquaSox starter Andres Torres, scoring five runs. The Volcanoes added two more in the second against Torres and reliever Matt Clancy, and the rout seemed to be on.
That is, until the AquaSox (9-15) got up off the canvas to the tune of an eight-spot in the bottom of the third that gave them the lead back.
Thirteen Everett batters came to the plate in the frame, and the big blows included a two-run homer from Mariners first-round draft pick Evan White, a bases-clearing triple by Austin Grebeck and a two-run single by White later in the same inning.
Clancy and JP Sears held the fort on the mound for Everett until the sixth. With one out in the inning, Michael Sexton singled for Salem-Keizer and advanced to second on a base hit by Manuel Geraldo.
After the second out, an RBI single by Shane Matheny scored Sexton and chased Sears, who was saddled with the loss to fall to 1-1 on the season.
Adonis De la Cruz entered for the Sox with the game tied at eight, but Salem-Keizer executed a double steal that worked to perfection, as Geraldo stole home on the front end while Matheny advanced to second.
The second error in the inning by Everett third baseman Johnny Adams allowed Matheny to score and make it 10-8.
Garrett Cave and Peter Lannoo kept the Sox off the scoreboard in the latter innings to preserve the victory.
White and Joe Venturino each had three hits for the AquaSox, while Matheny, Sexton and Geraldo each posted three-hit games for the Volcanoes.
Everett and Salem-Keizer will play the fourth game of their five-game series on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 4:05 p.m.