Baseball Lets Region Title Slip Away; Enters North Region Tourney as #2 Seed

Date posted: May 14, 2014

Bellevue College baseball won the first game of the regular season finale four-game series with league rival Edmonds, but could not secure another win over the weekend as the Bulldogs slipped from first to second place. On Saturday Bellevue won a thriller 2-1. In the top of the sixth, Edmonds tied the game 1-1 before relief pitcher Cody Culp entered and induced a flyout to retire the side. Bellevue’s Brady Kerr opened up the bottom of the sixth inning with a leadoff walk and benefitted from a throwing error by the Edmonds pitcher. Kerr would then score on a fielder’s choice by Aaron Stroosma. In game two, Bellevue outhit Edmonds 9-7, but could not get the big hit when needed and lost 4-1. John Bodenhamer, Joakim Soderqvist, and Alex Check each had two hits apiece. On Sunday May 11, needing only one win at Edmonds, the Bulldogs ran into a hot Edmonds hitting lineup, losing 6-5 and 11-4. In game one, after spotting Edmonds with a 6-2 lead, the Bulldogs chipped back making it 6-5 before a flyout with the bases loaded in the seventh ended the game. In game two, Edmonds’ hitters plated six runs in the first three innings, making it difficult for the Bulldogs to get back into the game. Bellevue managed to generate only three hits, all singles in the game. Bellevue now enters the North Region Tourney this weekend which will be hosted by Edmonds. The four team double-elimination tourney features host Edmonds, which has secured a berth to the NWAACC Championships and is only playing for seeding, Bellevue, Douglas, and Skagit Valley. The Bulldogs need to essentially finish higher that Douglas and Skagit Valley in order to earn the second and final entry into the NWAACC Championships. Bellevue opens up on Friday May 16 vs. Douglas at 4pm. All games will be played at Edmonds CC and will be tweeted live at https://twitter.com/EdCCTritons1