With Alvaro Ramirez out of the lineup and manager Jody Davis still under suspension, the Boise Hawks (6-11) had to look elsewhere for both leadership and production Saturday night against the Everett Aquasox.
Second baseman Arismendy Alcantar and center fielder Kyung-Min Na – with the help of four Everett errors – gladly filled the gaps. Alcantara’s two run home run in the sixth inning gave the Hawks a 6-4 lead, just as it seemed the game was slipping away from, while Na’s double in the seventh increased Boise’s lead by two after an Everett run in the top of the inning. Together the pair totaled six hits and three RBI in the club’s 7-6 victory over the Aquasox.
Pierre LePage and Jeff Vigurs also had two hit ball games, while three other Hawks finished with one hit.
Eric Jokisch got the start for the Hawks, but it was Dustin Fitzgerald who received the win for his four innings of work down the stretch, allowing one earned run on five hits and four strikeouts. Home-grown pitcher, Jordan Latham earned his first save on the season for his work in the ninth inning to close out the revolting Aquasox.
With radio announcer Mike Safford taking advantage of his off day, media relations assistant Chad Bates took over the mic and highlighted his skills as a future play-by-play man.
Sunday, the Hawks take on the Aquasox in the second game of a five game series against Everett, as they look to escape their East Division worst 6-11 record.