Kasey Basley’s two-out three-run blast in the bottom of the fifth inning broke up a 1-1 tie, and the Everett Merchants baseball team fell 4-1 to the Northwest Honkers at Fall City Community Park on Saturday.
The Merchants (7-2) got on the board first when Andy Atwood roped a line-drive double into left field to drive in Jack Kennelly in the top of the third inning.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth, the Honkers put runners on first and second after a dropped fly ball in right field and a walk. Then, with two outs, Basley delivered his game-changing swing.
Keenan Coyle picked up the loss on the mound for Everett, allowing four runs, one earned, and four walks over five innings while fanning five batters.
Eli Hill pitched three scoreless innnings of relief for the Merchants, giving up only one hit while striking out three.
Everett will play a doubleheader against the Seattle Studs on Sunday at Logger Field at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.