PASCO, Wash. – Austin Wilson, the Mariners’ second round pick in 2013, is heating up at the right time after struggling for most of the season. Wilson extended his hitting streak to a season-high seven games when he singled to start a three-run second inning and later hit an RBI double as the Everett AquaSox won their fifth straight game, 5-1, over the Tri-City Dust Devils at Gesa Stadium Saturday.
Wilson opened the second inning with a line drive single to left off Tri-City starter Logan Norris and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Phillips Castillo singled to left to score Wilson and Reggie Lawson was hit by a pitch. With two outs, Norris threw away Ian Miller’s ground ball, allowing Castillo and Lawson to come around and score. The ‘Sox tacked on a run in the third when Wilson doubled down the left field line to bring home Jack Reinheimer from second base.
That would be all Frogs’ starter Tom Burns (2-1) would need to earn his second win. Burns tossed six innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out five. The only Tri-City run came in the fourth when Michael Benjamin walked and scored on a double by Sean Dwyer.
Norris (0-3) settled in after the third, pitching six innings and allowing only three hits after Everett’s four-run outburst. For the night he surrendered four runs, three earned, on ten hits and struck out five.
The ‘Sox picked up a fifth and final run in the ninth. Miller drew a walk from Tony Bryant, went from first to third on a single by Michael Faulkner and scored on a wild pitch.
Wilson finished 2-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. The outfielder has hit safely in nine of his last ten games and is batting .342 (13-38) with two doubles, a triple, four homers, and 12 RBI over that span. Miller, Faulkner, and Reinheimer each had two hits for the Frogs.
The AquaSox moved to 16-14 in the second half and 39-29 overall. The Frogs have now won seven of their past 11 following a six-game losing streak and trail Salem-Keizer by just one game for the best overall record in the NWL. Tri-City dropped its second straight game and is now 12-18 and 31-37. The Dust Devils trail the Spokane Indians, who would go to the playoffs if the season ended today, by four games in the overall standings. The teams continue their three-game series tomorrow at 7:15 PM. Nate Koneski (1-1, 6.30) will get his second straight for the Frogs as they attempt to take a fourth straight series from the Dust Devils in 2013. NWL All-Star Johendi Jiminian (3-3, 3.08) will take the mound for Tri-City. The AquaSox head to Spokane following the series before coming home for the final homestand of the regular season on August 31st. AquaSox 2013 season and individual game tickets are available now online at www.aquasox.com and by phone at 425-258-3673.