box one | box two
LONGVIEW -- Two of the NWAACC's best teams split a non-league double header on Sunday, Lower Columbia winning the opener 5-3 with Edmonds taking the seven-inning nightcap 9-5.
EdCC heads into North Region play with a 11-2 overall record. The Tritons hope to return to LCC's Story Field in May as it is the site of the NWAACC championship tournament.
Torin Dooley (1-1) was hung with the loss in game one after the sophomore allowed five earned runs in a 4.1 inning start. Kameron Miner tossed 3.2 frames of scoreless relief but the EdCC offence could only muster three runs off of two Red Devil hurlers.
Edmonds scored first but LCC (12-5) plated five runs over the second, third and fourth innings to go up 5-1. The Tritons pushed two runs across in the eighth and had two runners on in scoring position an inning later but could not come up with the game-tying knock.
TC Florentine, Chris Osborne and Tyler Baker each had two hits in the loss which snapped EdCC's 10-game win streak.
Notching the win was Hunter Wells (3-0) who went seven strong innings for LCC, surrendering just one run on seven hits. Seth Pedersen got the save after escaping the Triton threat.
Early on in game two it seemed like EdCC was headed for another loss after LCC scored five times in its first at-bat. Those would be the last runs for the Red Devils, however.
Keanu Puha singled home two runs in the fourth, bringing EdCC to within two runs of the home team Devils. That score held up until a wild top of the seventh.
An Edmonds walk to lead off the inning was followed by what could have been a double-play grounder that was instead mishandled by LCC. Another walk loaded the bases and another grounder was booted, allowing two Tritons to score. Bryan Orendor singled home the go-ahead run and Ryan Archibald doubled home two more runs with a third scoring on yet another error.
The six runs made a winner of Austin Lee (2-0) who tossed three perfect frames of relief for Edmonds. Colin Samuelson started and yielded five runs, though none after the first inning.
EdCC had just seven hits in game two, with both Puha and Ryan Budnick each collecting two hits. Puha and TC Florentine had two RBI apiece.
The Tritons host Shoreline for a twinbill on Saturday, March 29. First pitch is slated for 1:00 pm.