Saturday, May 26, 2018

Edmonds stays alive at NWAC tournament

LONGVIEW -- Facing elimination, Edmonds CC Baseball used a recipe that led them to success all year -- solid pitching and timely hitting. The Tritons topped regional rival Everett 4-2 on Saturday, and stay alive at the NWAC Baseball Championship Tournament. Guthrie Morrison opened the scoring with a 2-run single with 2 outs in the top of the 2nd inning. Everett responded with a run in the bottom of the 2nd. Yugo Hamakawa roped a 2-out double into the right field corner in the 5th, and David Gibons plated him with a double of his own. Nic Sokol's sacrifice fly in the 6th inning put the Tritons up 4-1.
The Tritons celebrate their 4-2 win Saturday
Photo courtesy 9 Inning Know It All
Starting pitcher Wyatt Stanley made it into the sixth inning and notched five strikeouts to earn the victory. Trey Tiffany, who has come on of late out of the bullpen, inherited the sacks full of Trojans in the 6th and was able to limit the damage to just one run. He went on to toss two plus innings of scoreless ball. NWAC save leader Lucas Ford recorded his 15th save of the season with a perfect 9th. Guthrie Morrison finished 3-for-5; Yugo Hamakawa collected two hits.

Edmonds lost a nail-biter to Yakima Valley, suffering a 2-0 setback on Friday night. That contest was scoreless until Yakima broke through in the bottom of the 8th. With two outs, a Yaks batter was hit by a pitch, swiped second base, moved to third on an Edmonds error, and scored on a wild pitch. The Yaks added another run in the top of the 9th. The Tritons had a few chances in the game, including in the bottom of the 9th, but were unable to convert. Elliot Carney, the North Region MVP, was the tough luck loser. In 8 innings, Carney fanned 10 batters, gave up just three hits, and allowed no earned runs.

There are only four clubs left in Longview. The Tritons must wait until the winners' bracket final is decided between Lower Columbia and Yakima Valley before they will know their game time Sunday. Their opponent will be the host, Lower Columbia. That game will be played at 12:05 p.m. or 4:05 p.m. Sunday at David Story Field. Spokane defeated Lane 2-1 in the other elimination game on Saturday.

Yakima Valley box score | Everett box score | NWAC Championship website
NWAC Sports Network YouTube Channel | updated bracket | Triton Athletics Twitter