Merchants Win West Coast World Series Opener
August 7, 2021 – Lincoln, CA: The Merchants kicked of the first annual West Coast World Series with a familiar foe in the Alaska Goldpanners. The two teams had squared off six times earlier this summer in Alaska with the Goldpanners winning all six games but this time it was Everett who was victorious with a 9-8 win. The Merchants recorded 11 hits with eight different players had at least one hit.
With two outs in the second inning, Max Nealon singled to right field on a 2-2 count scoring Riley Quinton and Teddy Bishop for a 2-1 lead. With the game tied at 2-2 in the fifth inning, Cole Cramer tripled and then Jordan Justice walked to set up Jaxsen Sweum who doubled to deep center field to score two more runs off of Ian Torpey. A couple batters later Quinton also doubled to drive in two more runs for the 6-2 lead.
Making his first appearance for the Merchants, ex-professional, Stephen Boucher went 5.2 innings before being chased by the Panners who put up four runs in the sixth inning to tie the game up. Boucher struke out the side in the second and the fourth and at one point, he had retired 11 straight hitters.
Brody Ponti gave the Merchants the lead for good in the seventh inning launching a three run home run.
Devin Koester came out of the bullpen for the win.
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