Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tritons Sweep ‘Phins to Open League

Blake Randazzo impressed Satrrday

Triton Baseball swept four games from Shoreline CC over the weekend to open conference play. Edmonds pitched back-to-back shutouts, 2-0 and 1-0, at home on Saturday. The Tritons pushed across 16 runs on Sunday at Shoreline, winning games three and four 7-2 and 9-2.

All four starting pitchers collected wins for Edmonds. Brian Way earned his team-leading 4th victory of the season in the opener, scattering 6 hits and going all 9 frames for the complete game. Blake Randazzo followed him in game 2 with 6 1/3 innings of 2-hit ball before being removed after a comebacker hit him in his throwing arm. On Sunday, C.J. Blowers struck out 9 batters in 6 innings in the first tilt; Jared Gray closed the series allowing no runs in 7 innings of work.

Jesse Moore was the offensive star of the series for the Tritons. The sophomore was 8-for-14 in the four-game set, upping his average to .380. His RBI triple in the 4th inning of the opener ended up being the game winner – EdCC prevailed 2-0. Moore added 5 more hits on Sunday at Shoreline.

Chris Okura’s RBI single in the bottom of the 3rd was the difference in EdCC’s 1-0 game 2 triumph. Nick Johnston’s 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief earned him the save after taking over for Randazzo. Daniel Bateman had 3 hits in the game for the Tritons.

Shane Hanon saved the day in game 1. In the top of the 9th the Dolphins had runners on the corners with 1 out when Drey McInnes lined one deep into the left-center gap. Hanon made an over-the-shoulder catch on the run, and relayed the ball in to first base to double off the Dolphin runner and end the game. Hanon also had a hot bat on Sunday, ripping 4 hits which included a triple and his first home run of the season. He was 2-for-3 with 3 runs scored in the Tritons’ 7-2 game 3 win.

Garrett Gallinger led the charge in the series finale. Gallinger was 4-for-5 with a triple and RBI in a game where Edmonds used two 3-spots in the 1st and 3rd innings to jump ahead 6-0 early. Steven Weber added 3 RBI in the 9-2 victory. Edmonds led both contests from start to finish on Sunday. Shoreline dropped to 5-15 on the year and will face Everett CC next weekend.

EdCC (15-5, 4-0 NWAC North) has a bye week this weekend. Their next series is scheduled for April 16-17 versus Olympic College.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Tritons Take a Chance on Former NBA Top Pick

Edmonds Community College Men’s Basketball Head Coach Kyle Gray announced the signing of former NBA overall number-one draft pick Greg Oden to a Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) letter of intent Friday. 

A 7-0 center, Oden battled injuries during his 7-year NBA career. He was recently cut by the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. As a member of the Dragons, Oden averaged 13.6 points and 12.6 rebounds a game.

“Well, he is only 28. There are a ton of guys in this league who are older,” said Gray about the signing. “Since he only played one year at Ohio State, we think he can play a year with the Tritons. Who knows? It might get him back on track for another shot at the NBA and we can always use a big man.”

Oden helped lead Ohio State to the NCAA title game in 2007 against Florida. Oden scored 25 points and had 12 boards in the losing effort. The first pick by the Trailblazers that year, Oden was finally cut in 2012 and signed with the Miami Heat during the 2013-14 season.

Asked about Oden’s professional career as it pertains to NWAC eligibility, Gray laughed: “Well, it was the Trailblazers for Pete's sake. It’s not that professional there anyhow – I mean it’s not like the Lakers and their incredible amount of Championships (16). Now that’s a franchise -- a dynasty really!”

Happy April 1st! 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Have Mercy! Softball Sweeps Blue Mountain

Bailee Senner hit a grand-slam Saturday
box game one | box game two

PENDELTON, OR -- The EdCC softball team swept Blue Mountain in a non-league twinbill on Saturday by scores of 12-1 and 15-6 Both contests were halted due to the 8-run mercy-rule. Edmonds improved to 9-3 on the year.

Blue Mountain scored the first run of the day in the bottom of the first of the opening game, helped out by an EdCC error, but it was all Tritons from that point on. Edmonds scored four in the second, two in the third, one in both the fourth and fifth and then four in the top of the sixth. 

EdCC collected 13 hits in the game, led by a two hits by Chantel Brown, Reagan Ingersoll, Tia Hedmand and Bailee Senner. Senner blasted her second round-tripper of the season, a grand-slam, and drove in five. Hedman scored four runs and Hanna Wilcox had three RBI.

Picking up the win was Hailey Malakowski who went six frames, allowing one run on six hits. 

Edmonds scored in every inning of game two as well, thanks to 16 hits, three of those were homers by Kristina West, Kamryn Kanae and Hedman. The Tritons have now hit 18 homer runs on the year. West and Chantel Brown each had three RBI, Antionette Watson had two RBI. 

Brown and Hedman had three hits apiece, with Watson, Kanae, West and Senner with two each.

Madison Budnick started and went 2.2 innings before giving way to Malakowski (7-3). The freshman earned the win with 2.1 frames of relief. 

Edmonds opens North Region play on Saturday, April 2, at Bellevue. First pitch is slated for 2 pm. The Bulldogs are playing at Robinswood Park (off of 148th, about 2 blocks from campus) this year while their campus field undergoes renovations. 

Tritons Walk Off LC in 19th To Earn Series Split

Justin Polzin ended a long nightcap with a
game-winning hit Saturday. 
LYNNWOOD – NWAC No. 3-ranked Edmonds swept No. 2 Lower Columbia at home Saturday, 6-3 and 2-1. Justin Polzin's line drive walk off in the 19th inning capped the dramatic nightcap. With the two triumphs at home Edmonds split the series with the defending NWAC champions. it was LCC sweeping Edmonds the day before, in Longview, 8-2 and 7-6. 

The pitching was the story in game two Saturday as 18 consecutive innings came and went with no runs being scored. Both staffs weathered storms, wiggling out of several jams throughout the contest.

The 19th provided all 3 runs of the game, first with a Lower Columbia sac fly by Cameron Campbell in the top half. Edmonds answered in the bottom: Chris Okura beat out an infield single, Hunter Henry drew a walk, and both moved up on a wild pitch. After a strikeout, Shane Hanon worked a 3-2 count and walked to load the bases. Zach Needham then tied the game at 1-1 with another walk. The stage was set for freshman catcher Justin Polzin.

Polzin, who had not reached base in his previous 7 plate appearances, followed with a line drive to deep center field scoring the game winner. Final score: Edmonds 2, Lower Columbia 1. The Tritons extra-inning instant classic stamped the end of their non-league slate.

There were notable pitching performances on both sides. For Edmonds, Blake Randazzo started and tossed 7 shutout innings. Jason Shevenko (3 IP), Kelly Fromm (6 IP), and Nick Johnston (2 IP) also allowed no runs to cross. LC's starter Tyler Parsons logged 8 plus scoreless innings and reliever Max Tilton was equally impressive, throwing 8 plus innings of zeroes himself.

Edmonds came from behind in the opener, trailing 2-0 after 4 innings. They tied the game in the 5th and used a 4-run 6th to pull ahead for good. C.J. Blowers got the win and Austin Whitehouse earned the saved. Chris Okura and Steven Weber were both 2-for-3 with multiple RBI's.

EdCC (11-5) opens NWAC North Region play at home, Saturday April 2nd when local foe Shoreline (5-11) comes to Triton Field. First pitch of the doubleheader is 1 pm. In a change this year, both league contents will now be 9 inning games. The Tritons are the two-time defending North Region champions. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Twenty-Four Tritons Earn 3.50 or Better GPA

Twenty-four EdCC student-athletes notched at least a 3.50 GPA this past winter quarter, led by Sheriff Conta and Olivia Olason who both earned a perfect 4.0! Congratulations to all of our student-athletes and thanks for your hard work on the playing field/ court and in the classroom!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

EdCC Softball Sweeps Olympic

LYNNWOOD – The Edmonds CC softball team hits six home runs in sweeping a non-league doubleheader from visiting Olympic College Wednesday afternoon at Triton Field, 13-5 and 19-0. Both contests were halted in the fifth inning due to the 8-run mercy rule. EdCC has now won four-straight and improved to 7-3 in the season. The Rangers dropped to 2-11.

Hailey Malakowsi (4-3) started the opener and lasted four innings in which she allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits. Madison Budnick tossed a perfect fifth to seal the win and struck out two batters.

The Triton offense collected 12 hits, led by Madison Wood’s 4-for-4 effort. Wood hit for the cycle in the game, scoring three times and driving in three runs. Chantel Brown, Kristina West and Kamryn Kanae had two hits apiece.

The game was close early with OC holding onto a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth. That’s when Edmonds sent 10 batters to the plate and exploded for seven runs. Wood blasted a 2-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to give the Tritons an 8-run lead and the walk-off win.

It was all EdCC all the time in the nightcap. The Tritons had 14 hits overall. Edmonds scored four runs in the first, 10 in the second and five in the third inning. Paige Matsuki, Tia Hedman, Bailee Senner, Antionette Watson and Kanae and cracked round-trippers in the game, with Kanae’s being of the grand-slam variety.

Kanae led EdCC with four hits and 7 RBI. Watson drove in 3 runs and did Senner.

Budnick (2-0) went the distance and tossed the shutout. The freshman allowed 3 hits and struck out 3 batters.

Edmonds will be on the road for their next two doubleheaders, a non-league DH at Blue Mountain this coming Saturday and the opening of North Region play on Saturday, April 2 at Bellevue. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Triton Baseball Takes 3 of 4 In T-Cup Series

Tacoma Box | YVCC Box | Pierce Box | MHCC Box

Jesse Moore hit two homers over the weekend 
LYNNWOOD – Triton Baseball took 3 of 4 games this past weekend in the T-cup Tournament, hosted by Edmonds CC and the Everett CC Trojans. Six teams split games between Triton Field and Everett Memorial Stadium Friday through Sunday. North Region hosts EdCC and EvCC both finished 3-1 on the weekend.  

Friday’s nightcap against Tacoma was knotted at 2-2 until sophomore Steven Weber (Seattle, Wash.) sent a bases clearing 2-out line drive into the right field corner scoring the go-ahead runs in the bottom of the 8th. Edmonds had the bases loaded in the 6th and 7th inning as well but were unable to break through until Weber’s double. 

Nick Johnston earned his second win of the year in relief, and Robbie Watson notched the save. Weber finished with 4 RBI and Zach Needham (Puyallup, Wash.) collected 2 hits in the win. Tacoma suffered their first loss of the season.

In the first game Saturday Yakima took an early 2-0 lead but Edmonds rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the 3rd and never looked back. Another Triton 6-spot in the 4th inning put the game out of reach. Freshman Daniel Bateman (Anacortes, Wash.) had a monster game offensively launching 2 home runs into the left field netting. He was 3-for-5 with 4 RBI and 3 runs scored. 

While C.J. Blowers (Graham, Wash.) kept the Yaks’ bats in check in his first collegiate start, the Tritons used a 14-hit attack to trump Yakima 14-2. Garrett Gallinger (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Taylor Poffenroth (Kent, Wash.), and Justin Polzin (Yelm, Wash.) each had 2 hits. Chris Okura (Woodinville, Wash.) blasted the first home run of his college career in bottom of the 7th.

The nightcap between Edmonds and Pierce ended up going three extra frames before the Raiders completed the comeback victory 7-5. The Tritons led 4-1 after four innings, but the Raiders fought and clawed their way back in it, scoring one run in the 5th, two in the 7th, and one in the 8th inning to extend the contest. 

Jesse Moore (Port Orchard, Wash.) got Edmonds off to a good start in the bottom of the 1st  when he hit a 2-run bomb that not only cleared the netting in left field, but also the horticulture building behind it. 

Pierce’s Andrew Barrera (Kent, Wash.) put Pierce on his back with the game-tying and game-winning knocks. In the 8th he tripled to right field to tie the game; in the 12th – and with the infield in – he singled into center to lift the Raiders to victory. The Tritons’ Austin Whitehouse pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Shane Hanon (Gig Harbor, Wash.) was 3-for-4 in the losing effort.

On Sunday Jesse Moore started the Tritons again in the 1st with a 2-run shot, and gave them a lead they would not relinquish. Edmonds topped Mt. Hood 9-5 to earn their 3rd victory of the weekend. 

Brian Way (Sitka, Alaska) picked up the winning decision on the bump and Jake Malone (Covington, Wash.) was 4-for-4 with a triple. Shane Hanon added 2 knocks. Weber, Moore, and Bateman have all jacked three home runs on the year, tied for 2nd best in the NWAC. 

Edmonds has 10 home runs this year as a team. Moore’s 17 RBI are tied for the most in the NWAC. EdCC (9-3) plays one more non-league series with Lower Columbia (10-2) before North Region play begins. 

Lower Columbia is the defending NWAC champion; the Tritons took home the title in 2014. Friday’s doubleheader starts at 1 pm in Longview at David Story Field. 

Saturday’s twin bill shifts back to Triton Field – first pitch is scheduled for 1 pm.