Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tritons Post Two One-Run Wins

Colin Samuelson delivers a pitch Sunday
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LYNNWOOD -- Edmonds Community College notched two one-run wins against visiting Skagit Valley College Saturday evening at Triton Field, 6-5 and 5-4. The No. 2-ranked Tritons swept their weekend four-game series with SVC to improve to 26-4 overall, 14-2 against North League foes. The Cardinals dropped to 10-16, 5-7 North.

After two comparatively easy wins - both shutouts - at Mt. Vernon on Friday, the thinking was that EdCC would do more of the same when the series came to Triton Field on Saturday. Early on in game one it sure seemed that way as EdCC headed into the top of the fifth inning with a 5-0 lead.

The Cardinals scored two runs in the fifth inning of the seven-inning game, but Edmonds plated another run in the sixth and it still felt like the Tritons had nothing to worry about, especially when closer Tyler Reeves took the ball in the seventh. But Reeves wasn't as sharp as usual, hitting the first batter of the frame. An EdCC error, a base hit and another hit by pitch later and a run was in and the bases were loaded and there were no outs.

A fielder's choice was the first out of the inning but another run came in to make the score 6-4. Another Edmonds error allowed another SVC run to come home making the score 6-5 EdCC. Reeves escaped the jam by getting the next Skagit batter to line to third and then fanned Ryan Humphrey to end the game.

Colin Samuelson (3-2) picked up the win after 4.2 innings of work in which he allowed just one earned run. Kameron Miner threw 1.1 frames of spotless relief before giving way to Reeves in the seventh.

First baseman Ryan Budnick continues to tear up the league, going 3-for-4 with three RBI, including what would be the game-winner in the sixth. Both Conor Plaisance and Tyler Baker had two hits.

The Cardinals started the nightcap hot, plating three first inning runs off of EdCC starter Austin Lee. Meanwhile, Edmonds couldn't get anything started against Kevin Bovenkamp. Finally, in the sixth, Budnick singled home catcher Kyle Olsen to close the deficit to two runs.

The Tritons loaded the bases in the eighth. With no outs on the board, Budnick hit a chopper back to Bovencamp who went home for the first out. But Matt Becker's slide into home disrupted SVC catcher Jake Frost's throw to first base. The ball sailed into the outfield and two EdCC runs crossed the plate to tie the score at 3-3.

The Cardinals managed a run off of Triton reliever Alex Kuniyoshi in the ninth to go ahead 4-3. But SVC closer Kevin Smith issued a free pass to Chris Osborne and a one-out single to Baker. A bloop single from Becker loaded the bases.

Olson then delivered a first-pitch double into the left center gap that scored two runs and gave EdCC the walk-off win. The game-winning knock was Olson's third hit of the game.

Kuniyoshi (2-0) was the winner with Smith suffering the loss.

The Tritons will take on defending NWAACC champions Everett for four games next weekend. The first two games of the series is at Everett's Memorial Stadium on Saturday, with the next two games at Triton Field on Sunday. First pitch for both is at 1 pm.

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