The Tri-City Dust Devils captured Game 1 of the Northwest League North Division playoffs, beating the Everett AquaSox 2-1 in 16 innings on Monday at Memorial Stadium.
Kodie Tidwell drove in both runs for the Dust Devils, which will play host to Game 2 at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Gesa Stadium in Pasco. Tri-City needs just one win in the next two days to earn their first trip to the NWL championship series since 2011. Everett will have to win both games to advance.
Tidwell drove in Carlos Belen with a single to left field with two outs in the seventh inning, tying the game at 1. He came up again in the top of the 16th, with pinch-runner Mason Smith at third base, and delivered his second hit of the game to put Tri-City up 2-1.
The Dust Devils used seven pitchers to hold Everett to just eight hits and one run. Both teams combined for 17 strikeouts. Tri-City starter Brett Kennedy struck out seven batters over four innings and was relieved by Will Headean, who allowed the only AquaSox run in the fifth following a pair of throwing errors on defense.
Sanuel Holland, Nathan Foriest, Phil Maton, Luis Hernandez and Wilson Santos pitched the final 10 innings, holding Everett to just five hits and giving up just two walks. Santos got the win, allowing two hits over two scoreless innings.