box one | box two
LONGVIEW -- Starter Andrew Kemmerer dominated in the opener while a ninth-inning rally in the nightcap gave the Tritons a non-league sweep of Lower Columbia College Saturday at Story Field. The 2-0 and 8-7 wins were the tenth straight for the Edmonds Community College baseball team which improved to 10-1 on the year. The Red Devils dropped to 11-4.
Kemmerer, a sophomore who was the Triton closer in 2013, did not allow a hit until the bottom of the seventh inning. The single that dropped in front of center fielder TC Florentine, was the lone hit for the Red Devils in game one.
The Tritons got the only run they needed in the top of the first when Matt Becker led off with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a fly ball from Jamie Umbinetti.
Edmonds tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh, Florentine singling home Keanu Puha who had reached via a walk.
Lower Columbia picked up its first hit in the bottom of the inning but that runner was erased when Becker made a running catch in right and threw to first for a double play.
Kemmerer (3-0) did the rest, going the distance for the shut out in a game that took just 1 hour and 45 minutes to complete. The EdCC right-hander out-dueled Lower Columbia starter Trevor Lane (0-1). Lane yielded two runs on just four hits.
Game two looked like an early run away for Edmonds as the Tritons took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth. But the Red Devils plated three runs in the fifth and four more in the seventh to take a 7-6 advantage.
Everything was going Lower Columbia's way at that point while EdCC was struggling at the plate, on the mound and in the field.
Fortunes changed fast in the ninth, however. Florentine led off the frame with a single and stole second. After one out, a double from Umbinetti scored Florentine to tie the game at 7-7. A two-out triple from Ryan Archibald plated Umbinetti and put EdCC back up by a run.
Tyler Reeves took the ball for Edmonds in the ninth, and though he gave up a walk and allowed a single, he was able to close out the contest. pick up a save and preserve the sweep.
Zach Johnson started for the Tritons and was cruising until the fifth. Austin Lee tossed a scoreless sixth but reliever Josh Evans yielded four Red Devil runs in the seventh. Alex Kuniyoshi (1-0) stopped the bleeding by throwing 1.2 scoreless innings.
Edmonds had just four hits in game one but collected 11 in game two. Florentine -- the only player with two hits in the opener -- was 2-for-5 with two runs scored in the nightcap. Umbinetti was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Chris Osborne was 3-for-5, scored twice and stole two bases.
Edmonds and LCC will play another doubleheader at Story Field on Sunday. First pitch is set for noon.