Bellevue College Baseball Takes Two at Everett on Easter Sunday to Take Series 3-1
Bellevue College baseball won two games over defending NWAACC Champion Everett on Sunday April 20 by scores of 1-0 and 4-1. The Sunday wins coupled with a split on Friday April 18 with Everett keep the Bulldogs in first place (based off win percentage) in the North Region with an 11-1 league record. On Friday, Bellevue hosted the Trojans and won by a score of 2-1 in the opener as Nick Kiel allowed one unearned run in the complete game win. Kiel struck out nine to increase his NWAACC-leading total to 59. Nick Pribble scored the winning run after hitting a single and stealing second base before being driven in by Sheldon Stober. In game two on Friday, defensive miscues by Bellevue pitchers allowed Everett to sneak away with a 3-1 win. Kurt Lindemann had a single and double to lead Bellevue’s offense which could not generate anything offensively past the fourth inning as the Bulldogs only had one runner in scoring position in the second half of the game. Corbin Powers pitches 4 2/3 innings and surrendered only two hits while striking out five in a brilliant relief effort.
On Easter Sunday, in front of a large crowd of families enjoying baseball in ideal weather conditions, Bellevue’s Brandon Mahovlich, who has been gradually coming back from arm tenderness, appears to be back in top form again as one of Bellevue’s top pitchers. Mahovlich tossed a two-hit shutout and sustained fast ball velocity in the 89-92 mph range through six innings before being lifted in the seventh. Cody Culp came in and recorded a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the save. Aaron Stroosma delivered the big hit of the day for the only RBI in the game. In game two, Jeff Wyner, who has pitched effectively in relief this year after spending most of pre-season as an outfielder, responded to the challenge of his first league start of the year by throwing a complete-game 4-1 win. After giving up three consecutive singles in the fourth, Wyner did not allow a runner in scoring position until the ninth to earn his second win of the year. Bellevue got the big inning early as Joakim Soderqvist led off the fourth with a double. Stober drove in Soderqvist for the first Bulldog run and was followed by run-producing at-bats by Pribble and Stroosma which gave Bellevue an early 3-0 lead.
Bellevue takes on Skagit Valley in a four-game series this weekend April 26-27. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 1:00 at Bellevue’s Courter Field before heading up to Mount Vernon for games three and four on Sunday for another 1:00 doubleheader.