Bellevue College baseball’s offense broke open this weekend by scoring 67 runs in four games as the Bulldogs won 20-1 and 14-4 on Friday May 12 and 20-1 and 13-4 on Sunday May 14. The wins put Bellevue in second place in the North Region, even though the squad finished first in the NWAC RPI rankings; a position they have held for most of the year. Needing an Everett loss this weekend, the Bulldogs got no such luck as Everett won all four games over the weekend over Shoreline to take region title honors by one game over Bellevue.
In Friday’s sweep, Bellevue was briefly stunned by spotting Douglas a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning before chipping back and then blowing the game open with 14 runs. Austin Pinorini went 5-for-5 with five RBI’s while Austin Shenton had three hits with three RBI’s. In game two, Josh Thompson started on the mound and got the win scattering only four hits through five innings of work. Grant DeLappe had a single, a double, and a triple with three RBI’s while Michael Carter had four RBI’s including a bases-loaded blast that was nearly a home run to lead BC’s offense.
In Sunday’s sweep, Bellevue’s Kash Koltermann ran his record to 8-0 on the mound with five shutout innings in the 20-1 win. Grant Harris had three hits including a three-run homer to right field. In the nightcap, Elijah Hill also collected his eighth win on the mound as BC held on to a 5-4 lead before blowing it open late in the game off Pinorini’s grand slam home run. Pinorini had three hits while Shenton led the ‘dogs with four hits.
Bellevue’s regular season comes to an end with a 34-12 record overall. The Bulldogs will now host the NWAC Super Regional which will also include the West Region #4 seed, Centralia, and the East Region #3 seed, Walla Walla. The tourney begins at Courter Field on BC’s campus Friday May 19 with a tentative start of 4:00 p.m. between Centralia and Walla Walla. The winner of that game then will play Bellevue at 7:00 p.m. Out of the three teams, only the champion will qualify for the NWAC Championships held the following weekend.
Last Updated May 15, 2017