Complete game leads Honkers to top Merchants, 4-1

Keenahn Coyle had the Everett Merchants wistfully looking to get their stagnant bats going. But, Coyle made it unfeasible for them on Wednesday night.

He threw a complete game, allowing just one earned run, one walk, three hits and seven strikeouts to lead his team to a 4-1 victory.

Coyle retired his first 12 batters until the top of the fifth, Jake Tilley of the Merchant’s would hiatus the momentum with Everett’s only run of the game–a leadoff homer to cut the Honkers lead to two. Coyle surrendered a single after, but retired his next three batters to get out of the inning.

He added three more consecutive innings of retiring the side, until the ninth, Coyle allowed Gavin Rork to advance with a hit-by-pitch and later–a wild pitch had Everett in scoring position. The next two batters would be putout to end the game.

Coyle improved his record to 5-1, representing a 2.25 ERA.

On the other side of the mound, Alex Aumick had a hiccup in the bottom of the second. His command went amiss, allowing his first three batters to reach safely. He walked another to give the Honkers their first run and a fielders choice–along with an error by Andy Atwood–gave Northwest a 3-0 lead without even obtaining a hit.

He settled down after that debacle to finish his night with six innings pitched, three runs (two earned), three hits, two strikeouts, and four walks–all coming in the second inning.

Evan Gilliam’s used his speed to get Northwest in position to score after a lead off walk in the bottom the eighth. He stole two bases and scored on Josh Snider’s putout to give them a 4-1 advantage.

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