Emeralds starting pitcher Will Scott allowed just two hits and struck out five through six innings as Eugene shut out Everett 2-0 Wednesday night at PK Park.
Ronnie Richardson provided some clutch offense and defense for the Ems who now lead the West Division second half standings with a 5-4 mark.
In the top of the seventh inning, the AquaSox had two on and nobody out after a Taylor Ard infield single and a walk by Patrick Kivlehan. But Ems relief pitcher Chris Nunn struck out the next two batters. Then Janelfry Zorrilla looked to have a basehit to center field, but Richardson robbed Zorrilla with a diving catch to end the threat.
Richardson came through at the plate in the eighth inning. Following a two-out walk by Alberth Martinez, Richardson drove a fly ball to deep left-center. Zorrilla couldn't make the catch at the wall as the ball squirted away, rolling away from the wall. Martinez scored to give Eugene a 1-0 lead on the Richardson triple.
Jonathan Roof then brought Richardson home with a single to right field. That was all the scoring in the game as three Ems pitcher combined for a three hit shut out. Roman Madrid came in in the ninth to close the game.
The Emeralds and AquaSox finish their three game series Thursday night with a scheduled 7:05pm first pitch.