The Everett AquaSox extended their lead in the Western division of the Northwest League to ten games over Vancouver with last night’s defeat of the Boise Hawks, a contest that featured plenty of rain and not very much baseball, as the Everett Herald’s Mark Nelson explains :
Boise manager Jody Davis (above), a former Major League catcher for the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves, pulled his squad off the field during the Northwest League game following a two-out double from Gebbers that made the score 2-0 in favor of Everett in the first inning.
Following an 80-minute rain-delay and a 1-2-3 top half of the first inning, Boise left fielder Ryan Cuneo, normally a first baseman for the Hawks, lost his footing while attempting to track Gebbers’ well-struck ball. Davis then stepped out of the dugout after the play to speak with home plate umpire Matt Mullins for a few minutes before waving his team off the field.
Twenty-three minutes of discussion later, Mullins called “play ball” while Sharpley and Gebbers took the field.
The Hawks remained firm in the dugout.
Boise’s forfeit rewarded NWL West-leading Everett a 9-0 victory.
“I’ve never, ever seen or heard of a forfeit in baseball in my life,” Everett outfielder Kevin Rivers said. “It was kind of interesting watching (Evan) Sharpley at the plate and (Hawkins) Gebbers at second with no one else (on the field).”