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JULY 28, 2013 – BURNABY, BC: Thanks to a four game sweep against the Burnaby Collegiate Bulldogs over the
weekend the Everett Merchants clinched the 2013 Pacific International League championship finishing just percentage points
ahead of the Seattle Studs. This is the third time the Everett Merchants have won the PIL championship, it also stopped the
Studs nine year run as the league champion.
In the opener on Sunday, the Merchants cruised to a 12-3 victory as Aaron Hatch pitched a seven inning complete game
scattering six hits and allowing three runs. He got early run support from Ben Ruff's two out, three run home run in the first
inning and never looked back. Ruff later doubled in another run. Jason Lotzer finished just short of hitting for the cycle as
he had a two run home run, a triple and a single. Nate Mullins added four RBIs to the rout.
In the second game Everett broke away early and then had to out slugged the Bulldogs 14-9 in the final game of the season.
Starter Conner McKeever pitched 5 innings for the win and Zack Garrett relieved the final two frames. Catcher Colt Savage
and left fielder Ty Holm drove in four runs apiece, and Zack Garrett knocked in two.
On Saturday, the Merchants took a double header from the Burnaby prevailing by scores of 8-1 and 4-2.
In the opener Jason Lotzer threw a complete seven inning one-hitter, allowing just one unearned run while picking up the
win. He received plenty of long ball support as Chris Osborne, Ben Ruff and Ty Holm each hit two run home runs.
In the nightcap Ricky Holm pitched 6 innings for the victory, with JoJo Howie closing out the seventh and final frame for
the save. Everett scored two runs in the first inning and never trailed. Sam Brown led off with a double and was then tripled
in by Ty Holm. Keenan Forch brought Holm across with a sacrifice fly. Zack Garrett had a RBI single in the fourth. After
the Bulldogs closed the gap to just 3-2 in the sixth, Sam Brown singled in an insurance run in the bottom of the frame.
Howie then retired the Bulldogs in order in the seventh.
The series then shifted across the border on Sunday as the Merchants once again won both games of the doubleheader to
clinch the championship.
The Merchants finished the year with an overall mark of 28-8.
|MERCHANTS WIN 2013
PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
|THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER GREAT SEASON OF MERCHANT BASEBALL