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Weekly Recap- Dust Devils split the series 3-3 vs Everett Aquasox 4/23-4/28

Best Two Hitters Across All 6 Games

  1. Jadiel Sanchez

  • Jadiel Sanchez consistently provided crucial hits and RBIs, including a game where he drove in four runs. His performance at the plate was key in clutch situations, contributing significantly to the team's scoring opportunities and successes.

  1. Ben Gobbel

  • Ben Gobbel consistently put up good numbers with multiple hits and doubles throughout the series, contributing both to the offense with RBIs and scoring runs himself. His ability to hit effectively was a standout during this tight series.

Best Two Pitchers During the Series

  1. Joel Hurtado

  • Joel Hurtado, despite having ups and downs in terms of runs allowed across the games, managed to claim a win and put in several innings of work, keeping the game within reach for the Dust Devils. His improvement and resilience in later innings contributed to the team's performance.

  1. Brady Choban

  • Choban appeared multiple times in relief with consistent success, holding down the fort in critical late-game situations. His ability to prevent runs and strike out batters at crucial moments made him one of the most reliable arms in the bullpen during the series.

These players demonstrated significant contributions and were pivotal in their roles, impacting the series outcomes favorably for the Dust Devils. Game 1: Devils 2-Aquasox 15

Game Details:A tough game for the Dust Devils as they were overwhelmed early by the opposing team's offense. The game was dominated by a catastrophic second inning where the Dust Devils' pitchers struggled with control, leading to multiple runs scored by walks and a few timely hits.

Key Moment

Top 2nd Inning:A series of walks culminated in a disastrous inning for the Dust Devils, where the opposing team managed to score seven runs, primarily fueled by walks and a key double by Ben Williamson. This moment effectively set the tone for the remainder of the game.

Impactful Performance

Ben Williamson:His double in the second inning cleared the bases, bringing in three runs and breaking the game wide open early. His performance at that moment was crucial in securing the lead for his team.

Standout Player

Joel Hurtado:Although negatively impactful, Hurtado's performance was notable as his inability to control the game from the mound directly influenced the outcome, making his stint the standout in a decisive inning.

Main Team Takeaways

  1. Need for Pitching Stability: The pitching staff's struggle with control (numerous walks and wild pitches) was a critical factor in the game's outcome, highlighting the need for more consistent pitching performances.

  2. Resilience Needed: Despite an early setback, the team needs to find ways to bounce back and stay competitive throughout the remaining innings.

Areas of Improvement as a Team

  1. Control from the Pitching Mound: Minimizing walks and controlling the game tempo from the mound is crucial. The team must work on reducing the number of free bases given.

  2. Capitalizing on Scoring Opportunities: Improving the team's RISP average is necessary, as they struggled to convert scoring opportunities into runs.

Main Player-Focused Takeaways

  1. Jorge Ruiz's Contribution: Despite the team's struggles, Ruiz managed to triple and score, showing a spark of offensive capability that needs to be nurtured and expanded upon.

  2. Matt Coutney's Steadiness: Coutney’s performance, including a double, provided some offensive stability in a mostly struggling lineup.

Player-Specific Areas of Improvement or Concern

  1. Joel Hurtado’s Control Issues: His inability to find the strike zone effectively led to a disastrous inning. Focusing on mechanics and control during high-pressure situations could be areas for development.

  2. Alberto Rios's Offensive Output: As the designated hitter, more is expected from Rios offensively. Improving his approach at the plate to contribute more consistently could help the team’s offensive output.


Game 2- Dust Devils win 8-4 Game Details: The Dust Devils rebounded with a solid win in a game filled with timely hitting and crucial defensive plays. After trailing early, the team rallied in the middle and late innings to secure an 8-4 victory.

Key Moment

Bottom 7th Inning:Alberto Rios's double that drove in Matt Coutney and Werner Blakely was pivotal, extending the Dust Devils' lead to 6-4. This hit provided the necessary cushion and shifted the momentum firmly in their favor for the remainder of the game.

Impactful Performance

Alberto Rios:His crucial double in the 7th inning was a game-changer, driving in two runs. His performance at the plate was key to the Dust Devils' rally and eventual win.

Standout Player

Matt Coutney:Coutney went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and scored twice, including the go-ahead run. His consistent performance throughout the game made him a central figure in the team's offensive output.

Main Team Takeaways

  1. Clutch Hitting: The team demonstrated strong situational hitting, particularly with two outs, converting multiple scoring opportunities which has been a previous area of concern.

  2. Resilient Approach: The team's ability to bounce back from an early deficit and maintain pressure on the opposing pitchers was crucial for turning the game around.

Areas of Improvement as a Team

  1. Early Game Pitching: Starting pitching needs to be more effective early in the game to prevent early deficits and reduce pressure on the offense.

  2. Reduce Base on Balls: Reducing the number of walks issued can help minimize the opposing team's scoring opportunities.

Main Player-Focused Takeaways

  1. Alberto Rios's Key Contributions: Rios showed his ability to deliver in high-pressure situations, which is a valuable trait moving forward.

  2. Caleb Ketchup's On-Base Skills: Ketchup’s ability to get on base and create scoring opportunities was crucial, reflecting his potential as a leadoff or top-order batter.

Player-Specific Areas of Improvement or Concern

  1. Jadiel Sanchez's Consistency at the Plate: While Sanchez contributed with a double, his overall consistency in making contact and reducing strikeouts needs improvement.

  2. Defensive Tightening: While not disastrous, some defensive lapses, including an error by Rios, need addressing to ensure tight games swing in their favor. Game 3- Dust Devils lost 6-2

Game Details: In a challenging matchup, the Dust Devils fell to a 6-2 defeat against a determined opposition. Early runs by the opponents set the tone, and despite a mild rally in the later innings, the Dust Devils couldn't overcome the deficit.

Key Moment

Top 8th Inning:A wild pitch by Willian Suarez allowed RJ Schreck to score, escalating the score to 4-2. This was followed by Bill Knight's two-run single, which essentially put the game out of reach for the Dust Devils, increasing the score to 6-2.

Impactful Performance

Bill Knight:Knight's two-run single in the 8th was crucial, driving in the runs that sealed the game for the opponents, showcasing timely hitting in a high-pressure situation.

Standout Player

Denzer Guzman:Guzman had a solid performance at the plate, going 3-for-4, although it didn't translate into runs. His ability to consistently get on base was a positive takeaway for the Dust Devils.

Main Team Takeaways

  1. Need for Clutch Pitching: The pitching staff struggled to contain the opponents in critical situations, particularly in the 8th inning, highlighting a need for more effective relief appearances.

  2. Capitalize on Opportunities: Despite having runners in scoring position multiple times, the team only went 2-for-9 in RISP situations, underscoring the need for more clutch hitting.

Areas of Improvement as a Team

  1. Control on the Mound: The team's pitchers need to work on their control, as evidenced by the six walks and a wild pitch that directly contributed to runs.

  2. Stranding Runners: Improvements are needed in driving runners home, as evidenced by leaving ten on base during the game.

Main Player-Focused Takeaways

  1. Guzman's Batting Promise: Denzer Guzman’s performance highlighted his potential as a reliable hitter, something to build on in future games.

  2. Defensive Coordination: The infield coordination led to successful double plays, indicating solid defensive communication and execution.

Player-Specific Areas of Improvement or Concern

  1. Joe Stewart's Plate Discipline: Coming in as a pinch hitter and striking out, Stewart needs to improve on capitalizing in high-leverage situations.

  2. Blakely's Struggles: Werner Blakely struck out three times, indicating a need for better pitch selection and adjustments at the plate to reduce strikeouts. Game 4: Dust Devils WIN 4-1 series tied 2-2

Game Details: The Dust Devils clinched a crucial 4-1 victory to tie the series at 2-2. The game was closely contested until a late offensive surge, highlighted by crucial doubles, secured the win for the Dust Devils.

Key Moment

Bottom 8th Inning:Ben Gobbel's double, driving in three runs, was the decisive blow that broke a 1-1 tie and propelled the Dust Devils to a 4-1 lead, effectively sealing the victory.

Impactful Performance

Ben Gobbel:His three-run double was not only the highlight of the game but also a testament to his clutch hitting under pressure, contributing significantly to the team's win.

Standout Player

Mason Martin:Martin's double in the 6th inning initiated the scoring for the Dust Devils, setting the stage for the later rally and showcasing his ability to deliver in key moments.

Main Team Takeaways

  1. Late Game Strength: The team's ability to capitalize late in the game shows resilience and a strong competitive spirit, crucial for high-stakes matchups.

  2. Effective Pitching: The pitching staff kept the game within reach by limiting the opponents to just one run, which allowed the offense to make a significant impact in the later innings.

Areas of Improvement as a Team

  1. Reduce Left on Base: The team left several runners on base (LOB4), highlighting a need for more effective hits with runners in scoring positions to maximize scoring opportunities.

  2. Fielding Errors: Although not costly in this game, the fielding error by Gobbel is a reminder of the need for tighter defense to support the pitching staff.

Main Player-Focused Takeaways

  1. Ben Gobbel's Clutch Performance: Gobbel's ability to drive in runs under pressure should boost his confidence and encourage the team to rely on him in critical situations.

  2. Mason Martin’s Key Hits: Martin’s timely hits are proving vital for the team, suggesting his potential role as a regular game-changer for the lineup.

Player-Specific Areas of Improvement or Concern

  1. Jorge Ruiz's Base Running: Caught stealing indicates a potential need for better decision-making or timing in his attempts to steal bases.

  2. Blake's Offensive Struggles: With a batting average of .056, Blake needs to make adjustments at the plate to contribute more effectively to the team’s offensive efforts.


Game 5- Dust Devils 1- Aquasox 2, Everett leads series 3-2 Game Details: The Dust Devils narrowly lost 2-1 to the Aquasox, with the series now tilting 3-2 in favor of the Aquasox. The game was tightly contested, decided by a combination of small mistakes