Bulldogs Baseball Qualifies For NWAACC Championship

Date posted: May 19, 2014
Nick Kiel fanned 11 in the 5-0 win over Douglas to clinch a berth to the NWAACC Championship.

Nick Kiel fanned 11 in the 5-0 win over Douglas to clinch a berth to the NWAACC Championship.

Bellevue College baseball took second in the North Region Tourney behind regular season league champion Edmonds to claim the second and final berth to the NWAACC Championship which begin Thursday May 22 at Lower Columbia College in Longview. Bellevue is making their sixth straight appearance at the tourney, which features the top eight teams in the NWAACC. Bellevue qualified for the NWAACC Championship tourney by finishing higher than Douglas and Skagit Valley in this weekend’s region tourney. Bellevue won the opener on Friday May 16 over Douglas by a score of 5-2. Zander Clouse threw 3.2 innings of shutout relief to earn the save and preserve the win after Bellevue put up four quick runs in the early innings. Sheldon Stober’s two-RBI single catapulted Bellevue to the first two runs of the game. Stober and Alex Check each had two hits. On Saturday, Bellevue lost 8-3 in a winner’s bracket game to Edmonds before coming back later that night with their season on the line and defeated Douglas again by a 5-0 score. In the loser out game, Nick Kiel tossed eight innings of shutout baseball with eleven strikeouts. On Sunday, Bellevue played in the region championship against Edmonds. Since both teams had already clinched berths to the NWAACC Championship tourney, the game was played merely for seeding purposes. Edmonds defeated Bellevue 6-2. Both teams had eight hits. However Edmonds took advantage of walks and got crucial hits in the big four-run fifth inning to seal the win. Bellevue enters the NWAACC Championship as the North Region #2 seed, and will play the tourney opener Thursday May 22 at 9:35 AM vs. Clark College. Clark features one of the top records in the NWAACC at 31-13 and has one of the top pitchers in the conference as well. Bellevue is vying for their sixth NWAACC title, winning the trophy three times (’07, ’09, ’11) in the last decade.