Although Bellevue College baseball took yet another series in NWAC North Region play, the lone loss this weekend prevented the Bulldogs an opportunity to host the upcoming NWAC Super Regionals this weekend. The ‘dogs must now play an extra game and win on the road as they face Chemeketa, the South Region #4 team, in addition to Yakima Valley, the East Region #2 team, in a three-team playoff for one berth to the NWAC Championships this weekend at Yakima Valley College.
On Friday, the Bulldogs took care of business in the series opener 9-7. After falling behind 7-4 with sloppy play, Andrew Ellingson came in and was stellar in long relief, shutting out Shoreline through 4 innings giving up only 2 hits and 0 walks as the Bulldogs rallied from behind to win. In the nightcap, an early 4-1 deficit haunted Bellevue as a late rally highlighted by a bases-loaded clearing triple by Lukas Motta brought Bellevue to with 5-4. With the bases loaded, Carter Wallace’s fly ball was snagged in the alley to end Bellevue’s hopes.
Yesterday, Bellevue swept the Dolphins 4-0 and 15-2 at Meridian Park. In the opener, Eric Anderson pitched a complete game; only the second one this season for BC’s pitching staff. Anderson scattered 9 hits and walked only 1 with 7 strikeouts for the win. Motta paced Bellevue with 3 hits while Dac Archer was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI’s. In game two, Nate Butcher pitched a perfect game from innings two through five as he coasted to a 3-hitter that was passed on to Michael Attalah who fanned 2 hitters in the seventh for the win. Riley Gill had 3 hits and Dom Marinez had 4 RBI’s in the blowout that was assisted by 12 walks issued by Shoreline pitchers.
The Bulldogs hit the 30-win mark in their regular season finale at 30-14. The 17-7 finish in league play was good enough for a tie for second with Edmonds, but due to the tie-breaker policy (Edmonds’ record vs. Everett the league champion was better than Bellevue’s), Bellevue enters Super Regional play as the North #3 seed.
Last Updated May 13, 2019