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Edmonds comes up short in North title game

EVERETT, Wash. – After a 3-0 victory over Skagit Valley Friday afternoon at Everett Memorial Stadium, the Tritons headed into Sunday needing one win over Bellevue to claim the North Division title and earn a spot as a No. 1-seed at the NWAACC Championships. But it was Bellevue defeating Edmonds 6-5 in the early game to force a winner-take-all contest at 4 pm. The Bulldogs, which EdCC beat Thursday, completed their comeback, topping Edmonds 8-5.

The Tritons end the year with a 27-19 overall record, while Bellevue improves to 30-18.

Starter Connor McKeever threw eight shutout innings against Skagit Valley on Friday. The sophomore scattered four hits and four walks while fanning 11 batters to improve to 6-2 on the year. Closer Andrew Kemmerer closed out the Cardinals in the ninth to earn his fifth save of 2013.

A tight game throughout, the Tritons drew first blood with a run in the fifth and then tacked on two huge insurance runs in the eighth. Chris Osborne, Kyle Baumgartner and Jeff Beckman each drove in a run for Edmonds.

After a day off, the Tritons squared off against Bellevue on Sunday. EdCC had won four of the previous five tilts played against the Bulldogs this season, including a 6-2 win in the Opening Game of the North Tournament on Thursday.  

Bellevue, which had to fight its way out of the loser’s bracket, took an early 3-0 lead, thanks in part to four EdCC miscues. Edmonds and BC traded runs in the fourth but a two-run Bulldog fifth pushed their advantage to four. The Tritons rallied for a run in the sixth and pushed across two more in the ninth but it wasn’t enough.

Carl Svanevik did most of the damage offensively for Edmonds, going 3-for-4 with two homeruns and three RBI.

The “if necessary” game looked a lot like the early game with BC jumping ahead 4-0 after two frames. EdCC tallied a run in the bottom of the second but would be shut out for two innings. It looked like it might be the Triton’s day after all when the team scored two runs in the fifth and had the tying run on third with just one out. But, as was the case most of the day, EdCC came up short with runners on.

The Bulldogs tacked on a run in the seventh – as did Edmonds – and then struck for three in the top of the ninth to go up 8-4. The Tritons scored a run and had a bases loaded, no-out opportunity, but it wasn’t to be as reliever Cody Culp escaped the threat and preserved the win for the Bulldogs.

Jonny Varriano came up with a four-hit, three-RBI performance for EdCC, but the team stranded 12 base runners, many of them in scoring position Sunday. Kemmerer gave the Tritons a chance, entering the game in the third. He did not allow a hit until the seventh inning.