Monday, March 21, 2016

Triton Baseball Takes 3 of 4 In T-Cup Series

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Jesse Moore hit two homers over the weekend 
LYNNWOOD – Triton Baseball took 3 of 4 games this past weekend in the T-cup Tournament, hosted by Edmonds CC and the Everett CC Trojans. Six teams split games between Triton Field and Everett Memorial Stadium Friday through Sunday. North Region hosts EdCC and EvCC both finished 3-1 on the weekend.  

Friday’s nightcap against Tacoma was knotted at 2-2 until sophomore Steven Weber (Seattle, Wash.) sent a bases clearing 2-out line drive into the right field corner scoring the go-ahead runs in the bottom of the 8th. Edmonds had the bases loaded in the 6th and 7th inning as well but were unable to break through until Weber’s double. 

Nick Johnston earned his second win of the year in relief, and Robbie Watson notched the save. Weber finished with 4 RBI and Zach Needham (Puyallup, Wash.) collected 2 hits in the win. Tacoma suffered their first loss of the season.

In the first game Saturday Yakima took an early 2-0 lead but Edmonds rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the 3rd and never looked back. Another Triton 6-spot in the 4th inning put the game out of reach. Freshman Daniel Bateman (Anacortes, Wash.) had a monster game offensively launching 2 home runs into the left field netting. He was 3-for-5 with 4 RBI and 3 runs scored. 

While C.J. Blowers (Graham, Wash.) kept the Yaks’ bats in check in his first collegiate start, the Tritons used a 14-hit attack to trump Yakima 14-2. Garrett Gallinger (Gig Harbor, Wash.), Taylor Poffenroth (Kent, Wash.), and Justin Polzin (Yelm, Wash.) each had 2 hits. Chris Okura (Woodinville, Wash.) blasted the first home run of his college career in bottom of the 7th.

The nightcap between Edmonds and Pierce ended up going three extra frames before the Raiders completed the comeback victory 7-5. The Tritons led 4-1 after four innings, but the Raiders fought and clawed their way back in it, scoring one run in the 5th, two in the 7th, and one in the 8th inning to extend the contest. 

Jesse Moore (Port Orchard, Wash.) got Edmonds off to a good start in the bottom of the 1st  when he hit a 2-run bomb that not only cleared the netting in left field, but also the horticulture building behind it. 

Pierce’s Andrew Barrera (Kent, Wash.) put Pierce on his back with the game-tying and game-winning knocks. In the 8th he tripled to right field to tie the game; in the 12th – and with the infield in – he singled into center to lift the Raiders to victory. The Tritons’ Austin Whitehouse pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Shane Hanon (Gig Harbor, Wash.) was 3-for-4 in the losing effort.

On Sunday Jesse Moore started the Tritons again in the 1st with a 2-run shot, and gave them a lead they would not relinquish. Edmonds topped Mt. Hood 9-5 to earn their 3rd victory of the weekend. 

Brian Way (Sitka, Alaska) picked up the winning decision on the bump and Jake Malone (Covington, Wash.) was 4-for-4 with a triple. Shane Hanon added 2 knocks. Weber, Moore, and Bateman have all jacked three home runs on the year, tied for 2nd best in the NWAC. 

Edmonds has 10 home runs this year as a team. Moore’s 17 RBI are tied for the most in the NWAC. EdCC (9-3) plays one more non-league series with Lower Columbia (10-2) before North Region play begins. 

Lower Columbia is the defending NWAC champion; the Tritons took home the title in 2014. Friday’s doubleheader starts at 1 pm in Longview at David Story Field. 

Saturday’s twin bill shifts back to Triton Field – first pitch is scheduled for 1 pm.

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