LYNNWOOD - -Triton baseball opened up the 2016 campaign by winning three of four games this weekend at Triton Field. On Saturday Edmonds defeated Green River 7-1 and Southwestern Oregon (SWOCC) 6-2.
In the season opener Chandler Arends (So., Kent, Wash.) earned his first win, scattering three hits and striking out seven Gators in five innings of work. Nick Johnston (So., Sequim, Wash.) took over and hurled four shutout frames for the save. Steven Weber (So., Seattle, Wash.) had the big blow offensively in the third, launching a three-run home run into the visitor’s bullpen in right field.
It was a grand slam that helped Edmonds top SWOCC in the nightcap Saturday. Daniel Bateman (Anacortes, Wash.), a freshman who was pinch-hitting in his first collegiate at-bat, sent a missile into the left field netting with the bases juiced in the bottom of the sixth. Blaze Randazzo (So., Federal Way, Wash.) got the win, fanning seven batters and allowing no earned runs in six frames of work.
The Tritons split with Southwestern Oregon on Sunday, taking the first game 13-2 in a game that was called after 7 innings mercy rule. SWOCC rallied in the second game to beat EdCC 4-3.
Brain Way provided a solid start on the mound in Sunday’s first game and recorded his first win of the year going six innings. The Triton offense used an 11-hit attack to end the game after seven innings because of the mercy rule. Jesse Moore (So., Port Orchard, Wash.) was 2-for-4 and capped a nine-run third inning with a grand slam. Three other Tritons collected two hits a piece: Daniel Bateman, Shane Hanon, and Justin Polzin.
After leading 3-1 through the first four innings of the second tilt, SWOCC’s Sam Mitchell hit a ball to the deepest part of park, and just over the outreached arm of Triton centerfielder Spencer Greene. The play ended up being the game-winner, as Mitchell raced around the bases for a three-run inside-the-park home run. Jared Gray (Fr., Auburn, Wash.) was hung with the loss despite a strong outing on the bump. SWOCC starter Dylan Pierce allowed two hits and surrendered five walks but worked out of jams to keep the Triton bats at bay for six innings.
Edmonds (3-1) has added a single nine inning non-league game with Green River on Wednesday. First pitch from Triton Field is set for 4 pm.