At times it seemed more like a marathon rather than softball, but the Bellevue College softball team proved they have the talent and resilience to win the NWAC title this year after going 6-0 at the Inter-Region Tourney held at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey this weekend. Bellevue won four of the six were ended early due to the run-limit rule.
On Friday March 8, Bellevue defeated Big Bend 14-4 and Chemeketa (OR) 8-7. In the opener, Tatum Dow was a one-woman wrecking show clubbing three home runs and driving in five. Nashoni Boyd also had a double and home run as BC put up 12 runs in innings two and three to put the game away early. In the nightcap, the Bulldogs had to labor a bit but still came away with a victory as Dow and Boyd continued their offensive slaughter as Dow homered again and Boyd had three hits. Darian Olin also joined in on the offensive parade with a home run and double. Olin’s solo shot in the sixth proved to be the game-winner for the ‘dogs.
Saturday’s wins were two of Bellevue’s four run-rule victories, as the Bulldogs cruised to a 22-1 win over Clark and a 15-5 win over Spokane. In the win over Clark, Rhaney Harris, who is primarily a pitcher only, got her shot on the offensive side and made the most of it, going 3-for-3 with 5 RBI and hit two home runs as well. Freshman Lauren Schwartz was 4-for-4 with 5 RBI as well and hit a home run. In the win over Spokane, the ‘dogs plated 14 runs in the first three innings, blowing the opposition out early as the did in the earlier game. Angel Prewitt went 4-for-4 while Harris went the distance in the circle for the win.
Sunday’s 8-0 win over Wenatchee Valley was led by Danika Dennis on both ends as she clubbed her first home run of the year, and in her secondary position, tossed a three-hit shutout striking out eight as the winning pitcher. Primarily an outfielder who hits for contact rather than power, Dennis hit a solo shot in the fourth inning.
The sixth win of the exhausting weekend proved to be the toughest; a 6-5 in extra (9) innings over Mt. Hood. Down 2-1 in the seventh, Marino and Dow, two of Bellevue’s veteran bats, came through in the clutch as both had RBI’s to put Bellevue back in the game. Dow and Prewitt led Bellevue with two hits apiece.
For the weekend, the Bulldogs put up 73 runs and continued their torrid pace towards being the most feared offense in the NWAC with their impressive power numbers. As the team enters league play this weekend, the question remains if there is any pitching out there in the NWAC that can stop BC’s offense. The first league test is this Thursday March 14 as the 11-2 Bulldogs host Shoreline at 3:00 for a doubleheader.
Last Updated March 11, 2019