Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tritons and Rangers Exchange Thumpings

box one | box two

LYNNWOOD - The Edmonds CC softball team and visiting Olympic College each tallied lopsided wins during Tuesday's North Region twinbill. Sierra Card tossed a 3-hitter to lead the Tritons to a 9-1(5) victory in the opener. But Edmonds manged just two hits in the nightcap and fell to the Rangers 16-1(5).

The split puts the Tritons at 6-10 overall, 3-7 in North play. The Rangers are now 10-15 overall, 2-4 North. EdCC is fifth in the North standings, just behind OC. Only the top four teams qualify for the NWAACC tournament.

Card got out of a couple of early jams in game one, before settling in. The Tritons went ahead with five second-inning runs. Mallori Cossell, Ryanne Fazio and Alex Deaver each had a RBI hit during the outburst with Madisyn Napier driving in two with a triple.

Deaver and Arista Honey both plated runs with hits in the fourth and Napier hit a bases-loaded single in the fifth to score the eighth and ninth runs for EdCC. The game was then halted due to the 8-run mercy rule.

Card fanned nine batters and gave up just one run to earn her second win of the year. The Triton offense was paced by Napier's 3-for-4, four RBI game.

The victory was the third straight for EdCC and the first run-rule win for the program since 2006.

That momentum quickly disappeared in the nightcap, however.

The Rangers scored three runs off of Card in the first and added six more runs off of Napier in the third to go up 9-0. EdCC did not get its first hit until the third. The lone Triton highlight of the game was a double-steal in the frame that resulted in a run.

Olympic added a run in the fourth and then posted six more in the fifth to take a 16-1 advantage. Ranger pitcher Erika Henderson (6-4) closed out EdCC in the home half of the inning with that contest also being stopped via mercy-rule.

Card (2-6) suffered the loss with just one inning in the circle.

The Tritons will try to get back on track on Saturday when they host Everett for two games starting at noon.

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