Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Softball Splits at Skagit Valley; Playoff Hopes Still Alive

Arista Honey blasted a 2-run homer Tuesday

MOUNT VERNON – Visiting Edmonds CC and hosts Skagit Valley College split a North Region twinbill at the Skagit Valley Playfields on Tuesday. The Cardinals won the opener 6-1 with EdCC taking the nightcap 7-5.

The Tritons now stand at 6-12 in league play (9-15) overall and are one win and three losses behind both Everett and Olympic in the standings (7-9). Both of those teams play each other four times this week. 

OC swept EvCC on Tuesday. Those decisions hurt Edmonds’ chances to finish in fourth place and earn a spot to the NWAACC Tournament. OC and EvCC play twice more on Thursday. Edmonds travels to Olympic to end the regular season on Saturday with a DH that starts at noon. The Tritons will more than likely need to sweep the Rangers in order to qualify for NWAACCs.

Edmonds didn’t do much offensively against Skagit Valley in game one on Tuesday, managing just one run, despite quite a few opportunities. Meanwhile, the Cardinals plated a run in the third and then put up five in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Edmonds pushed across their lone run in the top of the fifth.

Shortstop Arista Honey blasted a two-run homer, her fourth of the year, in the Tritons’ first at-bat in game two. But, thanks in part to a porous EdCC defense, the Cardinals answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning to go up 5-2.

The Edmonds offense slowly chipped away at the deficit and Triton starter Sierra Card silenced the Cardinal bats for the next six frames.

After closing to within one run, Triton outfielder Faith Clark delivered a game-tying RBI single in the fifth and outfielder Laura Ramos came through by knocking in the go-ahead run in the sixth.

Edmonds entered the bottom of the seventh with a two-run lead but that seemed to be in jeopardy when the first three Cardinals reached base via hits. However, Card induced a pop up for the first out and a line drive was turned into a double play for outs two and three.

The win was the first on the road for Edmonds this season and the team’s first win away from Triton Field since May 12, 2006.

Clark, Honey, Madisyn Napier, Hollie Sharp and Ryanne Fazio each had two hits for EdCC. Card improved to 5-8.

SVC fell to 12-28, 3-15 North. 

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