|Jaime Umbinetti had 3 RBI in game one Sunday|
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LYNNWOOD – The NWAC defending champion Edmonds CC baseball team opened up North Region play with a four-game series against arch-rivals Bellevue. In 2014, the Tritons and Bulldogs finished 1 and 2 atop the North standings, played for the North Region Tournament title and met in the NWAC championship game. After four games in 2015, it’s a draw as both squads claimed two wins.
On Saturday, BC took game one at Courtier Park 3-1 with EdCC cruising to an 11-1 win in the nightcap. It was more of the same Sunday at Triton Field; Bellevue beat Edmonds in the 7-inning opening tilt 2-0 with EdCC evening things out with an 11-7 game two triumph.
With the split Edmonds is now 15-6 overall, 2-2 in North play while the Bulldogs are 15-7, 2-2. Unfortunately, the two region powerhouses won’t meet again unless it’s at the NWAC tournament in May.
Zander Clouse (4-0) went the distance for Bellevue in Saturday’s opener, allowing just three hits and one earned run. Riley Storedahl (3-1) was the hard-luck loser for EdCC. Storedahl tossed six strong frames in which he fanned five, but a 3-run was all that the Bulldogs needed.
Alec Kisena and Nate Richards combined to six-hit BC in the 11-1 nightcap win. Kisena (4-0) went seven innings to earn the win, yielding just four hits and no runs while fanning nine.
The EdCC offense knocked out 13 hits to back their freshman hurler, scoring two in the second, one in the third, two more in both the fourth and eighth and four in the sixth. Third baseman Jaime Umbinetti went 3-for-3 with three RBI to lead EdCC. Conor Plaisance, and Jesse Moore each had two hits and two RBI.
Starters Cody Anderson and Kameron Miner dueled for seven innings when the series shifted to Lynnwood on Sunday. Miner (1-2) allowed just six hits for Edmonds but he yielded single runs to the Bulldogs in the fourth and sixth frames. Trai Patrick and Evan Johnson collected RBI hits for Bellevue. Anderson (2-0) gave up just three hits to lift BC to the win.
The Bulldogs struck for four first innings runs in the nightcap, but the Tritons would chip away with two in the second, two both the fourth and fifth and four in the sixth to take a 10-5 lead. BC pushed two across in the eighth but it was too-little-too-late as EdCC hung on 11-7.
Leading the charge offensively was Steven Weber who went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and three RBI. Tanner Wessling added three hits to the tally with David Garza going 2-for-6. BC helped out with three crucial errors which led to three unearned Triton runs.
Blake Randazzo started for EdCC but was replaced in the fourth by Brian Way. Way (3-0) picked up the victory with 3.1 scoreless frames on the hill. Nate Johnson tossed one inning with Brady Batt closing out the ninth 1-2-3.
Edmonds has a bye this coming week, though the team will host its Alum for a scrimmage this Saturday at 2 p.m. EdCC will host Green River on Wednesday, April 8 at 4 p.m.