Frogs close out reg­u­lar sea­son with walk-off win

Ev­erett out­fielder Eric Filia is named the North­west League’s MVP.

The Daily Herald - - SPORTS - By Jesse Ge­leynse Her­ald Writer

EV­ERETT — The big­gest news from Mon­day’s Ev­erett AquaSox reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale came be­fore the game even started.

Out­fielder Eric Filia — who ear­lier in the day was named the North­west League’s Most Valu­able Player — was called up to Class AAA Ta­coma for the Rainiers’ reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale and pos­si­bly their first-round play­off se­ries against El Paso.

Mean­while on the field, Bryson Brig­man’s walkoff RBI sin­gle gave the Frogs a dra­matic end to the reg­u­lar sea­son as Ev­erett de­feated Spokane 6-5 be­fore 2,497 fans at Ev­erett Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

The AquaSox (27-11 sec­ond half, 45-31 over­all) loaded the bases with one out in the bot­tom of the ninth. Brig­man fell be­hind 0-2 be­fore belt­ing a curve­ball over the head of drawn-in cen­ter­fielder Dar­ius Day to score Yo­jhan Quevedo with the gamewin­ning run.

“I knew that he was prob­a­bly go­ing to go to a curve­ball on that last pitch … be­cause I swung at the first two,” Brig­man said. “So I was kind of sit­ting on that and luck­ily I found one that was up in the zone and was able to hit it pretty well.”

The walkoff vic­tory was Ev­erett’s sec­ond in its reg­u­larsea­son-end­ing three-game home­s­tand. The Frogs took a 5-4 lead into the top of the ninth, but back-to-back sin­gles and a twoout wild pitch scored Spokane’s Luis Ter­rero to tie the game in the top of the ninth.

“That’s not how we script it out be­fore the game, but the guys have done a re­ally good job of just bat­tling to the very end,” Ev­erett man­ager Rob Mum­mau said. “I think our team just doesn’t quit no mat­ter what the sit­u­a­tion.”

The AquaSox scored their first four runs off re­hab­bing ma­jor­lea­guer Colby Lewis. The Texas Rangers right-han­der threw 48 of his 66 pitches for strikes. He struck out three and al­lowed eight hits in his five-in­ning stint.

The In­di­ans took a 2-0 lead in the top of the sec­ond. Chad Smith’s RBI sin­gle scored Seth Spivey, and Charles LeBlanc came home when Car­los Garay grounded into a dou­ble play.

The AquaSox drew even in the bot­tom of the in­ning when Quevedo drove in David Greer with a ground­out and Di­mas Ojeda sin­gled in Nick Thur­man.

Quevedo also drove in the goa­head run with a two-out sin­gle in the fourth, and Brig­man’s in­field sin­gle plated Austin Gre­beck in the fifth as Ev­erett forged ahead 4-2.

The In­di­ans drew even in the top of the sev­enth against re­liever El­liot Sur­rey as Garay sin­gled in Ter­rero and LeBlanc with two outs.

Nick Zam­marelli’s RBI sin­gle scored Brig­man to give Ev­erett a 5-4 lead in the bot­tom of the eighth.

The AquaSox square off against the first-half cham­pion In­di­ans in a first-round North Di­vi­sion se­ries. The best-of-three set starts Wed­nes­day night at Ev­erett Me­mo­rial Sta­dium. The se­ries shifts to Spokane for games Thurs­day and Fri­day. The NWL cham­pi­onship se­ries be­gins Sun­day at the home of the North Di­vi­sion se­ries win­ner.

Notes

Filia was one of three AquaSox play­ers to make the NWL post­sea­son All-Star team af­ter a sea­son in which he won the bat­ting ti­tle with a .362 av­er­age and put to­gether a .362/.450/.496 slash line with four homers and 46 RBI. … First base­man Kris­tian Brito and third base­man Nick Zam­marelli also were named to the squad. Filia was also a mid­sea­son All-Star and par­tic­i­pated in the home run derby and NWL-Pi­o­neer League All-Star Game on Og­den, Utah. … Filia is the sec­ond AquaSox player to win the MVP award in as many sea­sons. Short­stop Drew Jack­son earned the nod last sea­son af­ter lead­ing the league in hit­ting with a .358 av­er­age.

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