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Game Three Recap

June 22, 2021 – Fairbanks, AK: Tonight Everett CC’s Kenji Miller took the mound in game three of the Merchants six game series against the Goldpanners. Kenji allowed only two earned runs will striking out seven batters over 5.0 innings but that wasn’t enough at the Merchants fell 8-3.

The Merchants finally got on the board in the sixth inning, following the ejection of Goldpanners starting pitcher Javyn Pimental for the use of an illegal substance, with a pair of runs. Brody Ponti tripled down the right field line to score Max Nealon then Cole Cramer followed up with an RBI ground out. Nealon had a pair of hits in the game.

Dylan Matsuoka made his first appearance on the mound to finish the game off. He did not allow a hit over 1.1 innings

Merchants Fall in Midnight Sun Game

June 21, 2021 – Fairbanks, AK: For the second straight night, the Merchants and the Goldpanners had a pitching dual in the 116th Midnight Sun Game, which the Goldpanners took 3-0.    Jared Maxwell started the game and allowed only two runs (both earned) over five innings.  He only walked one while striking out seven. Goldpanners starter, German Fajado scattered two hits over seven innings while striking out nine.  The Merchants threatened several times but several hard-hit balls turned into double players.

Defensively the Merchant fans saw some outstanding defensive plays from Ethan Doshi, Cole Cramer and Jaxsen Sweum. 

Cramer led all Merchants with two hits while Doshi, Max Nealon and Sweum all having singles. 


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Announced attendance was over 4,100. Photo credit: Hart Pisani/News-Minor



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Merchants Rebound with 11-1 win

June 16, 2021 – Everett, WA: The Everett Merchants rebounded from Monday’s night loss with a 11-1 victory over the Redmond Dudes. The Merchants pounded out 14 hits and took advantage of four errors by the Dudes. Charlie Wright was masterful on the mound allowing only one hit through 7.1 innings of work for his first win of the season and second quality start in two appearances.

Jordan Justice continued his hot hitting going 5-5 to raise his average to .467 on the season. Over the past two games he is 9-10. He also homered for the second time this year and scored four runs. Brody Ponti hit a grand slam and drove in 6 runs while Jaxsen Sweum had three hits including a triple.

Everett is now 5-2 and will finish up the homestand on Thursday night with a 7:05 game against the Highline Bears before departing to Alaska.

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Merchants Sweep Studs in DH

June 12, 2021 – Tacoma, WA: The Merchants finished off a strong week on Saturday sweeping the Seattle-Cheney Studs 9-5 and 7-5.  Everett is now 5-1 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in league play.

In the first game, Kenji Miller (Everett CC) picked up the win in his Merchant debut going 5.0 innings.  Bryce Lindberg (Bellevue College) had a strong overall game collecting a pair of hits and having an outfield assist.  Riley Quinton (Arizona Christian) also had a pair of hits while driving in three.  All 10 Merchant hitters had at least one hit and Jordan Justice (Everett CC) hit his first home run of the summer. 

In Game Two, the Merchants held on for a 7-5 victory.  Calvin Kirchoff (Bellevue College) got that start and went a strong 6.0 innings for the win.  Everett exploded for a six runs in the sixth inning and the Merchants turned the game over to Jake Suyla (Olympic College) who came in for the 3.0 inning save.  Jaxsen Sweum (Whitworth) had a pair of doubles while Max Nealon (Pacific University) and Cole Cramer (Linn-Benton) each had a pair of hits. 

Everett has three home games this coming week (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday) at Funko Field before heading up to Alaska for six games. As a reminder that fans are allowed at Funko Field and to please use the north entrance of the stadium.

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Merchants Move to 2-0 In League Games

June 9, 2021 – Bellevue, WA: When a team gets strong pitching and hot hitting, they are hard to beat. On Wednesday night, the Merchants came to play as the moved to 2-0 in league play with a 16-1 win over the Northwest Honkers at Bellevue College. The Merchants pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of six Honker errors. Eight different Everett hitters had at least one hit.

Jackson Sweum and Max Nealon continued their hot hitting. Sweum launched his third home run of the season and drove in six runs. In three games he now has 13 RBI’s. Nealon had three hits, and scored four times, to raise his batting average to .500 on the season.

Eumir Sepulveda got the start and went 3.0 innings and Cole Cramer picked up the win in his Merchant debut on the mound striking out 10 batters over 4.0 innings allowing just one hit.

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Sweum Powers Merchants Past Dudes

June 7, 2021 – Redmond, WA:  Right fielder Jaxsen Sweum led the Merchants offensive attack tonight going 4-5, with two home runs and seven RBI as the Everett defeated the Redmond Dudes 10-1 in the season opener. Everett pounded out 12 hits while the pitching staff didn’t walk a batter.

Everett received a strong starting performance from Jered Maxfield who struck out seven and scattered two hits over 5.0 innings of work. 

Ethan Doshi, Max Nealon and Jordan Justice each had multiple hits.  Doshi also had four stolen bases. 

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Merchies Set To Open 2021 Season

For the first time in nearly 20 months, the Everett Merchants will finally get to take the field on Monday, June 7th,  as they kick off their 2021 season with a league game against the Redmond Dudes with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 at Hartman Park.  

The Merchies will also play a non-league game on Tuesday against Next Level Baseball, a U-18 showcase team with several D-1 commitments, at Heritage Park.

 Everett will then return to league play against the Northwest Honkers at 6:05 on Wednesday at Bellevue College and then will travel to the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma on Saturday for a double header against the Seattle-Cheney Studs.  First game is scheduled for 1:05 PM.

Don’t forget to join Shawn O’Connor on the call as all the games are scheduled to be broadcasted on the teams YouTube channel (Tuesday’s game may not be broadcasted to the facility but we are going to try).    YouTube channel click here

Live stats are also available via PointStreak by clicking here

WELCOME TO THE MERCHANTS WEDNESDAY: Dylan Matsuoka

June 2, 2021 – Everett, WA: Dylan Matsuoka (Sammamish, WA) from Everett Community College is the newest Merchant for 2021.  Schedule to be the Everett Community College closer in 2021 before an early season injury (hamstring) caused him to miss the majority of the season.  Besides pitching, he can also play centerfield.  He spent his freshman season at Spokane Falls CC. 

He played in the 2013 Little League World Series representing Eastlake Little League.

Merchant Alumni Earns All-WAC Honors

MAY 31, 2021 – Everett, WA: Merchant alumni, Andy Atwood (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) has been named to the All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) First Team.

During WAC play this year, Atwood hit .362/.439/.630 with eight home runs, eight doubles, one triple, 22 RBI, 31 runs scored and seven stolen bases. In 35 WAC games, he ranked second in the WAC in total bases (80), third in home runs and slugging percentage, tied for sixth in hits (46), ninth in runs scored, and 10th in hitting and on-base percentage.

He was also an All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament honoree, hitting .368 (7-19) with one home run, one triple, five RBI, six runs scored and one stolen base. The Vaqueros fell 5-4 in the tournament championship to Grand Canyon University.

In 2018 with the Merchants, Andy hit .348.

CRAMER NAMED TO EVERETT HERALD’S ALL-AREA TEAM

May 30, 2020 – Everett, WA: Cole Cramer (Arlington High School) was selected to the Everett Herald’s All-Area team after batting .488 with two home runs, two triples, six doubles, a .529 on-base percentage and a .878 slugging percentage. He was a perfect 7-for-7 on stolen-base attempts and had a .970 fielding percentage.

He also posted a 0.00 ERA in 8 1/3 innings pitched, with 15 strikeouts and no walks. He helped lead the Eagles to a 12-1 record.

Austin Ohland Picks up Honors

May 28, 2021 – Everett, WA: Austin Ohland (Central Washington University) was recently named the Freshman of the Year in the GNAC, first team all league selection and was a NCBWA All-Region second team selection.

Ohland closed out the regular season with a .356 average alongside twenty-four RBI’s and twenty runs. He also hit ten doubles and four home runs this year. His ten doubles tied him for sixth in the GNAC this season. Ohland also landed himself the ninth spot in the GNAC conference with a slugging percentage of .611 and tenth in the GNAC for on base percentage at .446. Defensively, he posted a .982 fielding percentage with only three errors all season.

Austin will be in his first summer with the Merchants.

JAXSEN SWEUM NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-NWC

MAY 27, 2021 – Everett, WA: Jaxsen Sweum has been named first team All-Northwest Conference for his performance this season at Whitworth University. 

Sweum batted .346 during the regular season and led the Pirates in home runs (10) and runs batted in (43).  He also led the team in slugging average (.639) while starting all season in right field.  He was one of two Pirate players to appear in all 39 games.

JARED MAXFIELD NAMED TO WHAC All-Academic Team

May 26, 2021 – Everett, WA: RHP Jared Maxfield (Lynnwood, WA) has been named to the WHAC All-Academic team.  Jared is a mechanical engineering major at Indiana Tech and will be returning for his second season with the Merchants.

This year for the Warriors, he was 3-0 with a 3.47 ERA appearing in 14 games (second most on the staff).  He struck out 42 batters while only walking 7.

WELCOME TO THE MERCHANTS WEDNESDAY: Shane Melrose

May 25, 2021 – Everett, WA: Melrose Place is coming to Everett this summer in the form of Seattle University left handed pitcher Shane Melrose (Redmond, WA). Shane made his college debut on 04/24/2021 at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, striking out two hitters in 1.0 inning of work. Ironically, the first batter he faced was former Merchant Andy Atwood. A three-year letter winner at Redmond High School, he helped the Mustangs to state playoff appearance in 2018.

Baseball Northwest Pitching Video 06/26/2019

WELCOME TO THE MERCHANTS WEDNESDAY: Cole Cramer

MAY 19, 2021 – EVERETT, WA: Arlington High School senior Cole Cramer has signed with the Merchants for 2021. He had a .488 batting average, 10 extra-base hits, 19 RBI, 19 runs scored and seven stolen bases for the Eagles. Cole is the second high school senior to sign with the team and will play college baseball next year at Linn-Benton College. 2019 All Wesco Honorable Mention selection as a sophomore.

Baseball Northwest Hitting Video 07/07/2020
Perfect Game Showcase Video 06/23//2020

WELCOME TO THE MERCHANTS WEDNESDAY: Eumir Sepulveda

APRIL 28, 2021: Everett, WA: The Everett Merchants today announced that they have signed right handed pitcher Eumir Sepulveda for the 2021 season. Eumir is a native of Rosales, Mexico. He has been training at Base By Pro’s in Lynnwood working on a comeback. Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an 18-year old, Eumir has appeared in over 100 professional games over six seasons.

2021 SCHEDULE RELEASED

April 27, 2021 – EVERETT, WA: We are excited to announce that we have released our 2021 schedule. We will kick off the season on Monday, June 7th against the Redmond Dudes with our home opener schedule for Monday June 14th against the Northwest Honkers. In addition to traveling to Alaska (June 20-25) to participate in the 2021 Midnight Sun game we will also be attending the West Coast World Series (August 7-13) in Lincoln, CA.

We are still working on adding some games.. Please visit the schedule section of our website for the full breakdown.

WELCOME TO THE MERCHANTS WEDNESDAY: Jackson Ramstead

MARCH 31, 2021 – Everett, WA: Today we are excited to announce that we have signed Cascade High School alumni and current freshman outfielder at Olympic College, Jackson Ramstead. Jackson is a 6-2 left handed hitter who went 1-3 in his college debut with a double. He can play both corner spots in the outfield and came highly recommended to the Merchants from his high school coach, and PIL legend, David Benson.

WELCOME TO THE MERCHANTS WEDNESDAY: Aiden Van Rensum

MARCH 10, 2021 – EVERETT, WA: Aiden Van Rensum a senior corner infielder from Arch Bishop Murphy who has signed a NLI to play at the University of Oregon in 2022 will be playing for your Everett Merchants in 2021. He put together a strong junior campaign for the Wildcats. His .465 average was a league-best and he only struck out twice all season.  The Wildcats are coached by former Merchant, Max Whitt. He was a 2019 Wesco South All Conference 1st Team selection

WELCOME TO THE MERCHANTS WEDNESDAY: Charlie wright

FEBRUARY 24, 2021 – EVERETT, WA: We are excited to Welcome Back Charlie Wright a sophomore at Franklin & Marshall College. He was a second team All-PIL in 2019 going 4-1 with a 2.72 ERA in 11 games. A native of Seattle, he played for Lakeside High School. As a freshman at Franklin & Marshall in 2019 he was 3-1-2 in 12 appearances all out of the bullpen and made one appearance in 2020 before the season ended due to COVID-19

WELCOME TO THE MERCHANTS WEDNESDAY: Max Nealon

JANUARY 13, 2021 – EVERETT, WA: Infielder Max Nealon (Redmond, WA) is back with the Merchants for another season. In 2019 with the Merchants, Max provided solid defense up the middle appearing in 28 games and had 6 extra base hits while stealing 5 bags. He is currently a sophomore at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. As a college freshman, he appeared in 27 games at short stop and third base for the Boxers. 

WELCOME TO THE MERCHANTS WEDNESDAY: Ethan Doshi

JANUARY 6, 2021 – EVERETT, WA: The Everett Merchants are excited to announced that we have signed Ethan Doshi, a red-shirt freshman at Everett Community College. Ethan was at the University of Portland in 2020 prior to transferring to Everett. He was a 2x All-Metro League first team selection while at Ballard HS. He hit .351 as a senior and .402 as a junior.

WELCOME TO THE MERCHANTS WEDNESDAY: Bryce Lindberg

DECEMBER 13, 2021 – EVERETT, WA: Today we announce our first singing from Bellevue College, freshman Bryce Lindberg  (Shoreline, WA).  In addition to playing the outfield for the Bulldogs, he is also anticipated see time on the mound as two-way player in 2022. A graduate of Shorewood High School, he was named to 2019 Everett Herald “All Area Team.” He played select ball with Rush Baseball

WELCOME TO THE MERCHANTS WEDNESDAY: Jordan Mello

DECEMBER 9, 2020 – EVERETT, WA: Today’s signing announcement comes from the sunny state of California, infielder Jordan Mello from Chico State University. He can play both third base and second base. Jordan has an advance hitting approach, constantly driving the ball to the opposite field. Jordan is a sophomore who previously played at Ohlone College and Monterey Peninsula College.

WELCOME TO THE MERCHANTS WEDNESDAY: Teddy Bishop

DECEMBER 2, 2020 – EVERETT, WA: We are excited to sign our first Division-1 player for 2021, sophomore catcher Teddy Bishop (Bothell, WA) from St. Bonaventure University ( A-10 conference). Teddy played at Everett Community College in 2019 and 2020 prior to transferring. Hit .313 as a senior at Inglemoor Hight School with 17 RBIs in 22 games played and was a KINGCO 4A Honorable Mention selection.

MERCHANTS TO PLAY IN 2021 MIDNIGHT SUN GAME

NOVEMBER 13, 2020 – Everett, WA: Today the Everett Merchants announced that they will be making their third trip to Alaska to take on the Alaska Goldpanners and will play in the 116th annual Midnight Sun Game in 2021. They were schedule to participate in the 2020 game but due to COVID-19, the season was cancelled. 

In total, the Merchants will play 6 games in Alaska from June 20-25th.  With the Midnight Sun Game taking place on the 21st. 

The Midnight Sun Game is one of the most iconic events in all of baseball. Baseball America has declared the game one of the “10 Must-See Baseball where as ESPN The Magazine called the event the “#8 Ultimate Baseball Experience Events.

The game is played every summer solstice at historic Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks, Alaska. Because the sun is out for almost 24 hours a day, the game starts at about 10:30 at night and completes around 1:30 the next morning. However, because Fairbanks’s summer time zone differs by about an hour from local solar time, coupled with the state’s observance of daylight saving time, the game may not actually last until solar midnight, at about 1:53.

amous players who have appeared in the game include Tom Seaver, Dave Winfield, Barry Bonds, Bob Boone, Brett Boone, Terry Francona, Harold Reynolds, Jason Giambi, and Bill “Spaceman” Lee.

The first game was in 1906. Artificial light has never been used. The sun does dip below the horizon for about an hour. Since 1960, the game has been hosted by the Alaska Baseball League’s Fairbanks-based Alaska Goldpanners.

“This is one of the most iconic events in amateur baseball, and a tremendous opportunity to participate in the game.  It’s something that our players and coaching staff will never forget,” said Merchants coach Mike MacCulloch.

The Merchants previously played in the MidNight sun game back in 2012 falling 7-5 to the Panners.

Team travel dates have yet to be announced.

For information about when tickets for the event will go on sale, please contact the Goldpanners at 907-451-0095 or visit their websitehttp://goldpanners.pointstreaksites.com/view/goldpanners

WELCOME TO THE MERCHANTS WEDNESDAY: Riley Quinton

October 28, 2020 – Everett, WA: We are proud to announce that infielder Riley Quinton (Mukilteo, WA) will be back with the team for 2021 having signed to play with us in 2020.  He is currently playing at Arizona Christian University after transferring from Everett Community College.  He has previous playing experience in the PIL after hitting .333 (23-69) for the Redmond Dudes in 2019.

Josh Berry Named Pitching Coach

October 25,2020 – Everett, WA: The Everett Merchants are proud to announce that Josh Berry has been named pitching coach.  

Josh will replace pitching coach Brandon Mahovlich who had to step down from the staff due to work commitments. He is very familiar with the Pacific International League having played for the Seattle-Cheney Studs beginning in 2003.  Following the 2005 season, he signed with the Ohio Valley Redcoats (Frontier League) where he had a 3.18 ERA in five games.

After being released from pro ball, he would return to the Studs and go onto win two NBC World Series championships before retiring as a player at the age of 33. During his time with the Studs, he also signed professional contracts three more times in his but each time he required arm surgery before reporting to the teams.   

Josh graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 1999, where he was a teammate of Merchants hitting coach Beau Blacken. During high school, he made the All-WesCo team twice, and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 25th round after playing just one game his senior year due to injury.  

He was the pitching coach at Lake Stevens High School from 2007 to 2009 and then spent three seasons as a player/coach with the Studs.  He was also the head coach of the 16U Club Nine baseball and most recently was the pitching coordinate for Aces Baseball Club.