Bellevue College Baseball Loses Two Games in Final Innings to Open Season
Bellevue College Baseball lost a pair of one-run games on opening night by scores of 5-4 and 7-6 on Friday February 28 at Wilsonville HS in Wilsonville, OR. In both games, Bellevue gave up runs in the final inning after holding a lead in both defeats. In game one, John Bodenhamer celebrated his 20th birthday with two home runs and a 3-for-4 game at the plate. Aaron Stroosma hit Bellevue’s third home run in the opening game. Nick Kiel was brilliant on the mound going five innings while striking out seven and yielding only one run and three hits before he was lifted due to pre-season pitch count limits. In game two, Bellevue had a 5-3 lead going into the ninth inning before two costly and unusual errors led to four Lane runs to give the Titans the lead. Cody Culp, normally one of the top defensive pitchers in the league, fielded a sacrifice bunt and threw it out of play in left field on a close play at third base. That was followed by a near collision on a dropped fly ball in the outfield by Nate Anderson and Joakim Soderqvist that allowed two more runs to score. Soderqvist, who was playing out of his normal position, was called in late as a defensive substitution due to an injury to starter Kurt Lindemann who had two hits before injuring his hamstring late in the game. Bellevue now travels to Lacey for an 11:00 AM make up game on Tuesday March 4 against Centralia, which was rained out on Sunday before playing Pierce College for a four-game set this weekend. Stay tuned for site and date updates and changes, as the ever-changing weather will likely cause schedule changes this weekend.