August 30, 2013 in Sports

Indians unleash bats, top AquaSox

By The Spokesman-Review
 
Indians one back

Even with the win, the Spokane Indians remained one game behind the Vancouver Canadians in the overall standings. Vancouver topped Tri-City to stay on track to face Everett in the North Division championship.

There’s some life yet in the Spokane Indians’ bats.

The Indians unleashed a season-high 16 hits and scored a season high for runs Thursday night while dismantling the Everett AquaSox 12-3 in the next-to-last Northwest League regular-season game at Avista Stadium.

The Indians’ home schedule wraps up tonight before they begin a three-game, regular season-ending series at Everett on Saturday.

The Indians snapped a three-game losing streak and ended the eight-game winning streak of Everett, which had been 6-1 against Spokane this season. Vying for a postseason spot, Spokane had lost eight of its last 11 games and scored three runs or less in eight of its last 10 games.

The Indians sent 11 batters to the plate and totaled seven hits during their seven-run second inning, and nearly batted around while scoring five runs on five hits in the fifth.

Evan Van Hoosier, Joe Jackson and Gabe Roa had three hits apiece for Spokane. Van Hoosier finished 3 for 3 with a triple, two singles, two walks, two runs and two RBIs. Jackson opened the big second with a single and added a two-run double during the inning.

Spokane (16-18 second half) needs to win its last four games, all against Everett (19-15), to capture the North Division second-half title and play the first-half champion AquaSox in the divisional round of the NWL playoffs.

The Indians can also advance to postseason by having a better overall record than Vancouver. Spokane (36-36) is one game behind Vancouver (37-35) after the Canadians blanked Tri-City 2-0 on Thursday. Vancouver’s final four games are against T-C.

“For us, we have to take of business every game here and hope Tri-City beats (Vancouver) a couple of times,” Indians manager Tim Hulett said. “But we just have to play these guys.”

The Indians’ outburst came against right-hander Lars Huijer, who entered the game tied for first in league wins and second in earned-run average behind Spokane’s Kelvin Vasquez (2.04), who will start tonight. The Indians lit up Huijer (8-2) for seven earned runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Van Hoosier’s two-run triple highlighted Spokane’s five-hit, five-run fifth.

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