Edmonds CC softball begins the NWAC Championship tournament in Spokane Friday and will face Chemeketa CC in their first round matchup at 12:30 p.m. The Tritons finished in second place from the North region; Chemeketa was the sixth place finisher from the South. The 16-team bracket seeding is determined by RPI – Edmonds (34-8, 26-6 North) is the No. 5 seed, and received an automatic bid. Chemeketa (18-21, 11-17 South) is the 12 seed and punched their ticket via at at-large bid. EdCC split games with Chemeketa in the two meetings between the opponents earlier this spring. Edmonds defeated the Strom 6-5 on March 4 and fell 7-2 on March 5. Both games were part of the non-league Triton Invitational.
|Softball opens NWAC Championship play Friday, May 19|
Triton softball is in the midst of a stunning rise into the upper echelon of NWAC teams. Much of this year's success has been pinned around the team’s depth both in the circle and throughout the lineup. Edmonds has used four pitchers to stymie teams in a number of ways. Offensively the Tritons have been a strong combination and power and average. Nine players boast a batting average over .300, and the team has launched 71 home runs (2nd best overall in the NWAC), and sports a .623 slugging percentage (3rd overall).
Eight of the nine sophomores on the roster have NWAC Championship tournament experience, which may help as they progress through the double elimination bracket. Regardless of the outcome against Chemeketa, the Tritons will play their second game of the day Friday at 5:30 p.m.