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Mother Nature throws Indians’ playoff series a curveball

EVERETT – The rain that moved through Snohomish County on Wednesday afternoon and evening was enough to postpone Game 1 of the Northwest League North Division Series between the Everett AquaSox and Spokane Indians at Everett Memorial Stadium.

The game was initially postponed to 8 p.m., but at 8:20 p.m. the word came down that there would be no game played Wednesday evening.

The opening game will now be played at 6:35 p.m. Thursday at Spokane’s Avista Stadium, according to the AquaSox.

In an interesting scheduling twist, Game 2, which was originally scheduled to be played in Spokane, will now be played Friday at Safeco Field in Seattle at a time yet to be determined.

If necessary, Game 3, which was also originally scheduled to be played in Spokane, will be played at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Everett Memorial Stadium.

The NWL Championship Series begins Sunday at the home of the North Division champion. Hillsboro and Eugene are competing for the South crown.

Meanwhile, the honors continued to pour in for Everett AquaSox outfielder Eric Filia. The former UCLA Bruin was named the NWL Player of the Month after he hit .424 with 42 hits, 24 runs and 10 doubles with an on-base percentage of .500 and an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of 1.045.

Filia had 13 multihit games in August including a five-hit game Aug. 27 against Vancouver. He was a midseason and postseason NWL All-Star and won the league batting title. Filia was called up to Triple-A Tacoma for the Rainiers’ regular-season finale before he was assigned back to Everett for the postseason. Filia was 0 for 1 with a walk and a run scored for Tacoma.

The Seattle Mariners and Everett announced a four-year extension to their Player Development Contract, ensuring the AquaSox will remain affiliated with the Mariners through at least the 2020 season.


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