Edmonds Community College Athletics
Tritons open NWAACC North Tournament with a win
EVERETT, Wash (5/16) – Kevin Sheets went the distance while Ryan Budnick and Carl Svanevik each drove in two runs to lead 2-seed Edmonds CC to a 6-2 triumph over 3- seed Bellevue College in the opening game of the NWAACC North Tournament at Everett Memorial Stadium on Thursday.
The Tritons advance through the winner’s side of the tournament bracket where they will face 4-seed Skagit Valley on Friday at 4 pm. SVC upset top-seed Everett 6-5 in Thursday’s evening tilt.
Bellevue and Everett play a loser-out game at 1:00 pm Friday. The winner of that contest plays the loser of the EdCC/ SVC game at 7 pm Friday. If Edmonds was to beat Skagit Valley, and Everett wins twice on Friday, the Tritons will claim a spot at the NWAACC Championship Tournament. This is because Everett has already qualified for NWAACCs, therefore any team that faces them in the North title game grabs the Region’s second berth.
All NWAACC North playoff games will be at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Sheets (6-2) was in his usual form against Bellevue, allowing just five hits and one earned run in nine frames on the hill. The sophomore, who was announced as a North first-team pitcher, did not yield a walk and fanned eight batters. The righty, who has committed to Abilene Christian, lowered his ERA to 1.14.
The Triton offense went to work early against Bulldog hurler Nick Kiel, plating a pair of runs in their first at-bat. Kyle Olsen doubled with one out and scored on a single from Baumgartner. The EdCC left fielder moved into scoring position on a passed ball and later scored on a single from Svanevik.
Bellevue halved the deficit with a run in the top of the second but Edmonds pushed across a run in the third on a Budnick ground out to go up 3-1. The Bulldogs got a run closer in the fifth before the Tritons answered with two of their own in the home half of the frame. Baumgartner started the two-out rally with a single and scored on a Budnick double. Svanevik followed with a RBI double.
After a couple of quiet innings, Edmonds tacked on an insurance run in the eighth when TC Florentine singled home Brendan Foor. Sheets did the rest, retiring the Bulldogs 1-2-3 in the ninth.
Baumgartner tallied three of EdCC’s 12 hits, with Svanevik and Foor each going 2-for-4.
Edmonds improved to 26-17 on the year and dropped Bellevue to 26-18. The Tritons beat the Bulldogs in four of their five matchups in 2013.
The Tritons have not reached the NWAACC Championships in since 2010; a win against Skagit Valley on Friday would go a long way towards breaking that two-year dry spell.