The Tri-City Dust Devils couldn’t stop the red-hot Everett AquaSox, who won their fourth consecutive Northwest League game to start the season Monday at Memorial Stadium, beating the Dust Devils 5-4.
The Dust Devils showed some fight, twice erasing two-run deficits in the third and seventh innings before Alfredo Morales scored the go-ahead run for Everett (4-0) while Tri-City turned its second double play of the night in the bottom of the seventh.
The Dust Devils (2-2) threatened to score in the top of the ninth, as Ben Waldrip hit a one-out single, and Michael Benjamin followed that with a double to right field. But Richard Vargas relieved AquaSox reliever Reggie Lawson and retired the next two batters in order to preserve the win.
Benjamin, an 11th-round draft pick out of Arizona State, had an impressive night, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored.