The Edmonds CC softball team started the NWAC Championships on a good note with an 11-2 victory over Chemeketa CC, but that would be the only taste of winning the Tritons would experience in Spokane this past weekend. Edmonds lost a back-and-forth contest to the 4-seed Clackamas CC in their second game Friday, and dropped a loser-out game to familiar foe Bellevue College on Saturday to end their season.
|EdCC softball at the NWAC banquet|
In their opener, the first two innings saw all batters retired in order on both sides. Edmonds then erupted for 7 runs in the bottom of the third to take control of the game. With one out Kamryn Kanae blooped one into left field scoring Chasity Stalcup from second base. The next batter, Paige Matsuki, then blasted a two-run homer to left-center and the rout was on. Matsuki added another home run in the 4th inning; Daria Kawaauhau also left the yard for EdCC. Seli Aholelei recorded 5 strikeouts in 5 innings of work to earn the win in the circle. The Tritons topped Chemeketa 11-2 in a run-rule fashion.
Friday’s second game against Clackamas started well, with the Tritons in front 3-0 after the first 3 innings. The Cougars responded with 5 runs in the bottom of the 4th to jump ahead 5-3, and the Tritons matched that with 4 runs of their own in the top of the 5th. Matsuki hit her 3rd round-tripper of the tournament to start the 5th, Reagan Ingersoll scored Aholelei from second with a RBI single to left field, and the Tritons added two more runs on a fielder’s choice and a 1st and 3rd stolen base. In the top of the 6th Edmonds tacked on two additional runs from a Clackamas throwing error. The 9-5 Triton lead quickly evaporated as Clackamas struck for 7 runs in the bottom of the 6th to win going away 12-9. Kamryn Kanae, Paige Matsuki, and Seli Aholelei each collected two hits in a losing effort.
On Sunday the Tritons came up short in trying to defeat North region foe Bellevue College for the 5th time in 2017. The Bulldogs, who had been winless against the Tritons in league play, were victorious in an 11-2 triumph that lasted only five innings. Edmonds led 1-0 after one inning, but the game was put in a rain delay for just over 3 hours because of field conditions. After play resumed the Bulldogs exploded for a 9-run 3rd inning, one that Edmonds could not fight back from. Kamryn Kanae had a 2-run bomb in the 3rd and finished 2-for-3 in the season finale. Bellevue went on to win two more games on Saturday and placed 4th overall at the Championships. Douglas College, also from the North region, is in the Championship game Monday and will need to win just one game to take the title. The Tritons had an impressive season, finishing in second place from the North region with an overall record of 35-10. The 35 victories tied a school record for wins in a season.