Left-hander Nick Miller debuted in fine fashion in his first collegiate appearance on Sunday. photo by Rick May.
Bellevue College baseball’s new faces continued their winning presence as the Bulldogs won three of four over the weekend against West Region rival Pierce College. After losing a pitcher’s battle in game one on Saturday, 4-2, the ‘dogs bounced back with a 9-4 win in the nightcap on Saturday then followed up with two courageous wins yesterday on the road.
In Sunday’s first game, the Bulldogs were stymied again by another left-hander in Pierce’s Brock Wrolstad, who kept Bellevue in check scattering five hits. On the defensive side, the Bulldogs’ were fortunate as Pierce led off the game with four free passes as Bellevue’s Brock Hathaway issued three walks and a hit batter before settling down, allowing Pierce to score only once in what could have been a disastrous start. Two freshman pitchers, Ben Anger and Eric Anderson, made their college debuts in fine fashion, allowing only one run in six innings of relief work in a balanced staff effort that kept Bellevue in the game.
Dac Archer, who had four hits in the game, led off the eighth with a single, and was followed by consecutive hits by Ethan Smith and Carter Wallace. Riley Parker and Jake Terao would follow with sacrifice flies in the big three-run inning to give Bellevue the lead that Anderson held onto on the mound in convincing fashion for the save.
In game two yesterday, Dylan Ames’ towering three run home run led another late offensive charge after being down 1-0 for most of the game. The ‘dogs plated all 11 runs in the final four innings. Nick Miller was impressive in his debut, allowing only one run through five innings of work, pitching out of several jams which ultimately kept Bellevue’s hopes alive for the late comeback.
Bellevue is 4-1 overall and takes on another West Region rival, Tacoma, this weekend with 1:00 first pitch starts. Saturday’s twin bill is set for Courter Field before traveling to Tacoma for Sunday’s final two games.
Last Updated March 4, 2019