The baseball team won three straight games over their higher-ranked region-rivals to win the inaugural North Region Tourney. On Friday, Jay Taylor struck out eight while scattering six hits and only one run through eight innings as Bellevue defeated Skagit’s ace, Braden Tullis for the second time in a week. The Bulldogs beat Tullis, the North Region MVP, by a score of 4-2. Bellevue took the lead in the 7th on Ryan Shelton’s RBI single up the middle to score Keegan Acker. Bellevue added insurance runs, which were significant down the stretch, in the 8th and 9th innings. With a 4-1 lead, Skagit put two men on and scored on a second error in the inning before Ian Parmley retired the side to earn his fourth save of the year. On Saturday, Bellevue’s bats exploded against Everett’s David Benson, another top pitcher in the North Region. Parmley and Hunter Beaty had the big blows, hitting a double and triple respectively during Bellevue’s big inning; four runs in the 4th inning. Solo homers by Michael Robertson and Dan Johansen were added as Bellevue scored 8 runs in a three inning stretch to put the game away. Kirk Wetmore went five innings to earn the win while Seafth Howe earned the save. On Sunday, the Bulldogs faced Everett again in the championship game. With Everett needing to win twice to knock out Bellevue, the Bulldogs responded with another strong offensive performance with a 11-1 win. RBI hits by Parmley, Lucas Shaw, and Cody Edwards in addition to a three-run home run by Robertson led to a six run inning. Brian Buckham struck out eight in five innings of work while only surrendering two hits. The tourney title capped off a consistent weekend by the Bulldogs as the offense put up 25 runs while the stellar defense and pitching staff yielded only 4 in the tournament. Bellevue earned the #1 seed as they enter the NWAACC Championships in Longview this weekend. After a one year absence from the championships, the Bulldogs will play the opening game of the tournament at 9:35 AM on Thursday vs. Green River. Bellevue will look to avenge a doubleheader loss from early March during pre-season play. For more tournament details, check the baseball page.
Last Updated November 1, 2013