Timberjacks win marathon, 11-10
By DAVE DAUGHERTYAfter 4 1/2-hour battle of attrition, Tuesday's NorthwestLeague matchup between the Southern Oregon Timberjacks and the Everett AquaSoxended in 30 minutes of excitement.
Victor Hernandez, a ninth inning replacement, smacked a bad-hop singleinto right field to give the Southern Oregon Timberjacks a come-from-behind11-10 victory in 11 innings.
The win coupled with Portland's loss to Yakima, moved the Timberjacksinto a first place tie with the Rockies in the Southern Division.
He tied this game with a heads up play, said Southern Oregonmanager John Kuehl of Hernandez. He contributed when he had the opportunity.He deserves the game winning hit.
The Timberjacks looked doomed heading into the ninth inning down 10-7,but some how, some way, they fought back to send the game into extra inningsoff Everett reliever Patrick Dunham.
With one out, Nicolas Sosa doubled. Catcher Ron Tegland kept things alivewith a single and with two outs pinch-hitter Ed Farris drove in Sosa withan RBI single.
Eddie Lara followed with a high-chopper to third, and when AquaSox firstbaseman Duan Johnson bobbled the throw, Hernandez, who was pinch-running,raced home with the tieing run ahead of the throw.
We had already died in this game and I was upset, said Kuehl.They woke up, but it was Victor Hernandez who took the bull by thehorns.
Southern Oregon relievers Rico Lagattuta, Tim Hudson and eventual winnerJared Jensen held the Everett hitters in-check for the final six innings.
We had everyone contributing tonight, said Kuehl. Welost our way and we found it. You have to credit Lagattuta, Hudson and Jensenfor keeping us in the game.
Early on, Everett wasted no time with Southern Oregon starter Jason Anderson,jumping to a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
After Anderson retired Jermaine Clark to opening the inning, Harvey Hargroveand Mike Marchiano followed with back-to-back singles. Anderson then unloadeda wild pitch that allowed Hargrove to score the games first run.
After a walk to Greg Conners, Fernando Espino and Patrick Williams followedwith back-to-back RBI singles that gave the AquaSox an early 3-0 lead.
It didn't take long for the Timberjacks to even the score as Nathan Haynes,who scored in the first inning on an RBI double by Adam Piatt, and RobertoVaz notched RBI singles in the bottom of the second inning off Everett starterChris Mears.
One inning later, Piatt gave Southern Oregon its first lead of the nightwith a solo home run off Mears. Later in in third, catcher Jose Figueroaclosed the scoring with an RBI single that gave the Timberjacks a 5-3 lead.
Everett cut the lead to 5-4 in the top of the fourth, but Vaz counteredfor the Timberjacks in the bottom half of the inning with a solo homer offAquaSox reliever Emerson Bello to keep the lead at two runs, 6-4.
Southern Oregon manager John Kuehl summoned Denny Wagner from the bullpento start the fifth inning, a move the Everett hitters seemed to like quitewell.
Marchiano (double), Espino (single), Duan Johnson (triple) and PatrickWilliams (two-run homer) combined to hit for the cycle as the AquaSox talliedthree runs with the first five hitters that came to plate in the inningwhich they reclaimed the lead.
A frustrated Wagner then hit Ramon Valera and Everett scored its fourthand final run of the inning when Johnson was safe at home on the front endof a double steal after colliding with Southern Oregon catcher Figueroa.A play in which an injured Figueroa would have to leave the game.
The two teams will play the third game of the five game series tonightat 7:05 at Miles Field.