AquaSox bring out their brooms as they sweep the Boise Hawks

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AquaSox center fielder Austin Grebeck watches his ball fly against the Boise Hawks (Photo Credit: SSU/John Rainwaters)

The Frogs just finished off a road trip which saw them go a poor 3-5. The hot hitting Boise Hawks came into town with the Frogs having something to prove as the first half of the season was winding down. They are still struggling to find their identity with recent trades within the organization which included Frog CF Brayan Hernandez being traded to the Miami Marlins organization earlier in the week. Little did the Frogs know that this would be the series of the summer that may just change their season.

In game one we saw starter Oliver Jaskie take the mound for the Frogs. Unfortunately, he was quite ineffective as he lasted only two innings and gave up five runs. The Frogs scored 3 in the second to cut the lead to two, including David Banuelos hitting an RBI double. Over the next three innings, Boise continued to pile on runs and took a 9-3 lead through 4 ½ innings. After that, it was all Frogs. Ronald Rosario went yard in the fifth and in the six they added two more runs, including a home run by 1b Onil Pena. In the seventh, the Frogs batted around for 7 more runs. Catcher David Banuelos had a 2-run double and SS Johnny “Awesome” Adams had a 2-run single as the Frogs leaped to a 13-9 lead. Pitcher Adonis Cruz pitched the final 3 innings into the ninth inning to pick up the victory. He ran into trouble in the ninth but new closer submarine-style pitcher David Gerber, stopped the bleeding and the Frogs ended with a 13-11 win.

Game two the Frogs came out to play and truly didn’t disappoint. Anjul Hernandez started for the Frogs and he pitched a strong five innings, giving up 4 runs but he battled well. David Banuelos continued his hot hitting with a 2-run double in the 2nd inning. The Frogs continued to pile on the hits and runs and led Boise 6-4 as the bullpen took over in the 6th. They shut down the Hawks with 3 hits and 0 runs over the final 4 innings. The Frogs scored 3 runs in the 7th inning with David Banuelos hitting another 2-run double for his 3rd hit of the evening. They finished off the night with Johnny “Awesome” Adams hitting an RBI double in the 8th. The final score was 10-4 as the AquaSox won their 2nd straight.

Rolling into game three with momentum, the Frogs did even better than the previous night. Starting Pitcher Randy Bell took the mound for the Frogs. He gave up a run in the first inning on two hits. The Frog’s bats continued to be on fire as they scored 3 in the bottom of the first. 3b Eugene Helder came up with an RBI double and C David Banuelos came up with another 2-run double to close out the scoring. In the 2nd, new Frog Jansiel Rivera sent the first pitch he saw in Memorial stadium over the right field fence increasing our lead to 4-1. Former starting pitcher Michael Suarez took over in the 4th inning and he pitched his best game of the season so far. He gave up 4 runs and 7 hits while striking out 10 batters over the final six innings. He only made one mistake on the evening, a bad pitch that resulted in a 3-run home run. 1b Onil Pena hit a 2-run home run and C David Banuelos hit a solo home run as the Frogs won their 3rd straight game 8-5.

Sunday, starting pitcher and Ace Andres Torres took the mound for the AquaSox. Once again, he pitched like a warrior and never looked back. The Frogs took an early 6-0 lead after 2-innings and never let up. Joseph Rosa lead off the 1st inning with a triple and Austin Grebeck drove him in with another triple. Eugene “Mr. Clutch” Helder drove in Grebeck with an RBI single. In the top of the second, CF Austin Grebeck threw the ball from deep center field and nailed a Boise Hawk trying to score, all in one motion as he got a well-deserved standing ovation. Catcher Juan Camacho hit a solo home run in the 2nd and the Frogs got RBI single from Joseph Rosa and a 2-run single from Eugene Helder. In the fifth inning, the Hawks scored 2 unearned runs off Andres Torres as the Frogs had some unfortunate errors that allowed this to happen. Seattle U graduate Ted Hammond came into pitch in the sixth inning and gave up 1 unearned run and pitched a solid 2 innings. The AquaSox scored 5 more runs over the next 3-innings by piling up timely hit after hit. David Banuelos was the star with an RBI single and an RBI double. The Hawks scored what would ultimately be a meaningless 2 runs in the 9th inning. The Frogs won their 4th straight by a score of 11-5 as the first half of the season ended.

The 2nd half of the season started out in winning fashion as the AquaSox closed out their five-game series with the Boise Hawks. Starting pitcher Jose Santiago took the mound and pitched the game of his season. He held the Hawks in check over the first 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits. The bad news was, the Frogs bats went cold over the first four innings, failing to score a single run. In the bottom of the fifth, it was a different story as they sent 8 batters to the plate, scoring 5 runs on 4 hits. There were several highlights of the inning. Joseph Rosa hit a solo home run, Johnny “Awesome” Adams hit a 2-run home run and David Banuelos also hit a 2-run home run. Jose Santiago pitched into the sixth but failed to get an out as the bullpen came on and let one run come in but shut them down after that. One stat that stood out for Santiago was that he faced 23 batters and threw 16 first pitch strikes. In the sixth, the Frogs sent 9 men to the plate scoring 4 more runs. The Hawks scored 5 runs over the next two innings as the Frogs lead 9-8 as we went to the bottom of the 8th. The AquaSox rose to the occasion and piled on 4 more runs as the Hawks pitching went wild on them. The highlight was a RBI single by David Banuelos as the Frogs only got 2 hits during the inning. Pitcher Paul Covelle shut them down in the ninth for his first save of the season.

SSU Player of the Series: Starting catcher David Banuelos had a series to remember. He went 11-20 with 6 doubles, 2 home runs and 15 RBIs as he raised his average nearly 100 points. He was named the NWL player of the week for his amazing performance.

Manager Jose Moreno and his staff also get nominated for their outstanding efforts. They continue to teach these young kids to play hard all nine innings and the team is turning into a contender because of Moreno and his staff.

The Frogs head off to Spokane for a 3-game series before returning home Friday July 28th for a 3-game series with Spokane before the All-Star break. Hope to see all you Frog fans come out and fill Memorial Stadium. These guys are truly fun to watch and they should be considered favorites to win the 2nd half if they continue to play the way they are. Go Frogs!!!

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