Merchants Sweep DH Against Bears

July 24, 2021 – Seattle, WA: With the two-game sweep of the Highline Bears the Merchants improve to 12-6 in league play, trailing the Seattle-Cheney Studs by just one game.

Riley Quinton pitched his second straight complete game as the Merchants took game one 6-3. He scattered six hits in the game while striking out five while not walking anyone.

The Merchants flexed their power early in the game. Jordan Justice gave Everett a 1-0 lead in the first with a solo home run. Andy Atwood and Aiden Van Rensum went back-to-back in the second to extend the lead to 3-1. Atwood making his 2021 debut finished the game with three hits.

Andy Atwood and Aiden Van Rensum go back-to-back

Pitching was the name of the second game as both teams received solid pitching. Aidan Hammersmark, making his first start of the season, kept the Bears hitters off balance allowing only two hits and no runs in 4.0 innings of work as the Merchants took the second game 2-0. It was his longest outing in two years and was reward with the win.

The Merchants first run came on a pass ball in the fourth inning and the second run was scored on a bases loaded walk.

Cole Cramer and Austin Ohland both had two hits.

As good as Hammersmark was, Shane Melrose was almost as good going three innings of two hit ball for the save.