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LYNNWOOD - The EdCC softball team improved to 4-4 on the year after sweeping Highline at Triton Field Saturday 16-15 and 12-11. The wild twinbill saw Edmonds rally for seven runs in their final at-bat in the opener and nearly blow what looked like a sure victory in the nightcap.
The Tritons trailed early in game one. The Thunderbirds jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. Third baseball Madison Wood blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame to pull EdCC to within two runs.
The Tritons then scored five runs in the bottom of the third to take a 7-4 lead. All five runs came after two outs were recorded. Riley Davidson, Lexie Gray, Audrey Rausch and Hollie Sharp and delivered RBI hits.
Kaytlin Balyeat, who had been thrown three scoreless innings, gave up 11 runs over the last three frames with EdCC scoring two runs in the sixth when Shawna Steele homered. Still, Edmonds was down six runs heading into the bottom of the seventh.
The Tritons came through with six hits to plate six runs, however, and with two outs the HCC shortstop threw the ball away on a grounder, Davidson scoring to complete the rally and give EdCC the walk-off win.
Steele and shortstop Ryanne Fazio each had four hits in the opener, with Wood, Rausch and Sharp collecting three hits apiece.
Game two was wild, with HCC batters hitting out of order and strange calls like runner's interference. The Triton offense scored 10 runs through four innings and the team went into the top of the fifth with a 10-1 lead.
Two outs were quickly recorded and the game seemed sure to be stopped via the 8-run mercy rule. But an indecisive play on an easy grounder allowed HCC to load the bases. The Thunderbirds would go on to plate five runs in the fifth, four more in the sixth and one in the seventh. EdCC pushed one run across in the fifth.
Tied 11-11 in the bottom of the seventh, EdCC plated the winning run when Wood hit a liner that deflected off the HCC third baseman's glove, allowing Rausch to score from third.
The two teams totaled 28 hits in the game. Catcher Antionette Watson led EdCC with two hits and four RBI. She hit a homer, as did center fielder Chantel Brown.
Bayleat went the distance for EdCC in both contests and earned two wins.
Edmonds opens up North Region play with two against Everett CC on Thursday, March 28. First pitch at Triton Field is slated for 4 p.m.