|Matt Becker throws against Pierce|
LYNNWOOD - Left fielder Keanu Puha's 3-run inside the park home run was the difference in a 7-4 EdCC win over Pierce College at Triton Field Wednesday. NWAACC No. 1-ranked Edmonds Community College finishes non-league play with a 12-2 record.
Center fielder TC Florentine tripled and scored on a Raider error to give the Tritons a 1-0 lead after one inning. Pierce evened the score in the second with a run off EdCC starter Matt Becker. Edmonds answered with a run in the third when first baseman Ryan Budnick singled home Puha with a two-out hit.
The Raiders evened the score in the fourth. The two teams remained knotted at 2-2 until the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, shortstop Ryan Archibald was hit by a pitch and third baseman Ben Roquet doubled. Puha then lined a two-out liner to center field. The hit shot past the Pierce defender and rolled to the wall for a 3-run homer.
The two sides exchanged two runs in the eighth, Connor Plaisance singling in both Triton runs with yet another two-out hit.
Triton closer Tyler Reeves closed out the game with a quick 1-2-3 ninth. Reeves earned the save for relief pitcher Josh Evans (1-0) who threw 1.2 frames of shutout ball. Becker lasted five innings.
Pierce fell to 4-7 on the year.
EdCC will host North Region foes Shoreline on Saturday for a doubleheader that starts at 1 pm. The four-game series moves to Meridian Park on Sunday.