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Bellevue stuns Columbia Basin in two for 2009 Baseball Title

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Game 15 Championship
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Tracy Swisher - NWAACC Sports Information Director - email

http://www.nwaacc.org/images/newsphotos/2008-09/May25-CBC1.jpgLongview, WA
- Entering today's action, many figured the 48-9 Columbia Basin Hawks, unbeaten in postseason play, to be the favorite.

And why not? They soundly defeated Bellevue 6-2 in earlier tournament play on Saturday.

Bellevue, 29-20, finished the regular season in fourth place in the North, but snatched a first seed spot when they won the North Region post season tournament.

The Bulldogs, arguably one of the long shots going into the championship tournament, came from behind in the opening game on the day to win 7-5 and force a second game to decide the champion.

http://www.nwaacc.org/images/newsphotos/2008-09/May25-CBC2.jpgDown 5-4 in going into the top of the eighth, Bellevue first baseman Lucas Shaw blasted his second homer of the game over the right field fence to knot it at five all.

Left fielder Cody Edwards lit the scoreboard for two more runs when he singled to centerfield in the ninth scoring designated hitter Ian Parmley and centerfielder Ryan Shelton.

The Columbia Basin line-up could not get a bead on Bulldog reliever Kirk Wetmore over the final three innings as Wetmore collected the win, giving up no hits and striking out four.

The Bellevue win set up a rubber match to determine the champion in the double elimination tournament.

Parmley got the Bulldogs off to a great start in game two when he scored in the first inning off sacrifice fly by Shaw to give Bellevue a 1-0 lead.

Bellevue added another in the fifth off a fly ball out by second baseman Hunter Beaty that scored third baseman Keegan Acker from third - then added another insurance run it the eighth off a sacrifice fly by right fielder Michael Robertson to score Shaw.

The Hawks managed to get a pair of runners aboard in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but couldn't crack starter Kyle Long who posted a three-hit, four strikeout complete game shut-out.

Hawk starter Bryce Hjellum also went the distance on a five-hit, seven strikeout performance in the loss.

The championship marks the second in the last three years for the Bulldogs and head coach Mark Yoshino. Bellevue also won titles in 1973, 1979 and 2007.

2009 All-Tournament Team

Harry Russel Most Valuable Player: Ian Parmley, Bellevue
NWAACC Coach of the Year: Mark Yoshino, Bellevue

Outfielders
Brady Locker, Skagit Valley
Cody Edwards, Bellevue
Darrell Ceciliani, Columbia Basin

Infielders
Taylor Ard, Mt Hood
Zack Gagnon, Green River
Lucas Shaw, Bellevue
Hunter Beaty, Bellevue
Jackson Evans, Columbia Basin

Catcher:
Brodie McCormack, Bellevue
Utility: Maxx Garrett, Columbia Basin

Pitchers
Kyle Long, Bellevue
Bryce Hjellum, Columbia Basin
Kirc Wetmore, Bellevue
Nick Opitz, Mt Hood
Antone Saltvick, Green River

Game 14
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Sunday, May 24, 2009
Game 13 May 24
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The Columbia Basin Hawks looked to be in trouble for arguably the first time in the tournament as the Green River Gators gained momentum with a three run lead entering the bottom of the fifth.

The third-ranked, 47-7, Hawks responded with two runs of their own in the fifth and then exploded for seven more in the sixth in an 11-3 run-away victory at David Story Field Sunday evening.

Green River starter Bryce Bowell turned in a great performance in 5 innings against a potent Hawk line up, giving up four hits and two runs, but a string of five Gator relievers struggled to put out the flames Hawk batters were throwing.

Columbia Basin starter Matt Eames went 4 1/3 innings allowing six hits and three runs while recording six strikeouts. Ian MacDougall collected the win on 3 2/3 hitless innings and 3K's with Pat Forgette closing the ninth with three strikeouts.

Columbia Basin will take on 2007 league champion Bellevue for the title Monday at 12:05pm. If Bellevue wins, (CBC has yet to lose in the double elimination tournament), the two clubs will again battle for the crown at 3:30pm Monday.

Although disappointed with the result, the Gators enjoyed a brief celebration of their third place finish in right field following the game. Green River's final 2009 record was 30-16.

Game 12 May 24
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The Bellevue Bulldogs remain alive for a shot at their second in title in the last three years. The Bulldogs eliminated the top-ranked Mt Hood Saints in a 14 inning thriller with three runs in the top of the 14th to take a 5-2 win.

League MVP Taylor Ard nearly gave the Saints all they would have needed in the seventh when he a launched a towering fly ball that looked as if it would easily clear the left field fence, but a strong wind blowing in from the outfield kept the ball just inside the park. Ard then tagged another in the 12th that fell just short of a walk-off homer.

Three steals and several key hits by the Bulldogs broke the game wide open in the 14th for Bellevue.

Ryan Shelton got the Bulldogs on the board in the inning when he got on base on a fielder's choice to score Keegan Acker from third. Ian Parmley then tripled to right to score Shelton and Hunter Beaty singled to drive in Parmley to give Bellevue all they needed as the Saints couldn't match it in the bottom of the inning.

Bulldog starter Brian Buckham held the Saints to two runs on six hits over 9 innings with five strikeouts. Ian Parmley went the rest of the way allowing three hits and striking out 4 for the win.

Saint starter Corey Davis also turned in a strong game allowing two runs on ten hits with two strikeouts in 9 innings. Mitch Keller took over for Davis in the 10th and threw three solid innings, but may have been left on the mound too long when he got into trouble in the 14th.

The win advances the Bulldogs into a Monday contest. If Columbia Basin wins tonight, Bellevue will play CBC at 12:05pm for the championship. If Green River wins, Bellevue will take on GRCC at 12:05. The 12:05pm winner would then advance to play CBC in the championship game at 3:30pm

The loss ends the season for the South Region Champion Saints who conclude 2009 with a 35-8 record.



Saturday, May 23, 2009
Game 11 May 23
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The East Region Champion Columbia Basin Hawks ripped off a series of five runs over the third through sixth innings to establish a commanding lead entering the top of the seventh.

Bellevue excited the Bulldog crowd with a pair of runs in the eighth, but the Hawks responded with another in the eighth in a 6-2 CBC win.

The Hawks were led by Ezra Dickerson, Maxx Garrett & Jackson Evan who each had a pair of hits. Columbia Basin's Marcelino Morales scored three runs while going 1-2 with two walks.

The Bulldogs' Hunter Beaty and Brodie McCormack had four of the nine hits for Bellevue.

Phil Hymas collected the win in 6 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and striking out four. T. J. Parthemer gave Bellevue 5 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and striking out five in the loss.

Bellevue will take on Mt Hood at 2:05pm while Columbia Basin will face Green River at 7:05pm.

With no losses thus far in the tournament, Columbia Basin is guaranteed a spot in the championship game Monday, even if they encounter a loss to Green River in the Sunday match-up.

Game 10 May 23
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After five scoreless innings, North Region Champion Skagit Valley Cardinals took control in the sixth with runs by freshman Sam Richter and sophomore Will George. In a huge inning at the plate, the Cardinals missed an enormous opportunity to widen the gap as they left three runners on the bags

Green River Gators threatened to score in the sixth and seventh with runners onboard second and third, but sophomore pitcher Tyrell Poggemeyer managed to work out of the difficult situations.

The Gators finally hit pay dirt in the bottom of the eighth when they collected four hits and tallied four runs by Corwin Patis, Zack Gagnon, Kyle Baskett and Aaron Johnson. Two Cardinal errors contributed to the damage in the inning as Green River scored all they needed in a 4-2 win.

Green River moves on to play the Columbia Basin Hawks at 7:05pm Sunday.

The loss ends an otherwise great season for the Cardinals who cap 2009 with a region crown and a 32-10 record.

Game 9 May 23
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The top-ranked Mt Hood Saints came into the game with a 6-0 record against the Clackamas Cougars in South Region play, but the Cougars were feeling strong after yesterday's upset win over second-ranked Lower Columbia.

The Saints picked up runs in the third and sixth in a tight game, but the wheels fell off the bus for the Cougar defense in the seventh as Mt Hood scored seven runs highlighted by sophomore Daniel Johnson's grand slam rocket over the right field fence.

Sophomore Nick Opitz kept the Cougar offense in check until the bottom of the seventh when freshman David Greenstein singled in to score freshman Kyle Elkins from third.

Opitz went eight complete innings allowing six hits and striking out nine for the win. Clackamas starter Jake Boyd was tagged with the loss. Boyd pitched six innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven.

Mt Hood will advance to play the loser of the Columbia Basin - Bellevue match up Sunday at 2:05pm.

Clackamas ends its successful season with a South Region second place finish and an overall record of 25-23.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Game 8 May 22
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The third-ranked Columbia Basin Hawks looked to make it a blow out when they established a 6-2 lead after three innings, but North Champion Skagit Valley Cardinals gave the East Region Champions all they could handle before coming up short in a 7-6 Hawks win.

Skagit Valley pulled to within two in the fourth to make it 6-4, but Columbia Basin added another run in the fifth to up the lead to 7-4.

After four scoreless innings, the game appeared to be out of reach for Skagit when they finally got a rally going in the top of the ninth, but came up short by a run.

Sophomore Brady Locker had the hot bat for the Cardinals, going 3-4 with one run. Freshman Maxx Garrett led the Hawks with a 3-3 performance at the plate, scoring two runs and a RBI.

Sophomore Zack Gallagher went 8 2/3rds innings for the Hawks with 8 strikeouts, allowing nine hits while sophomore Jake Peden came in relief to tally the save.

Columbia Basin will take on Bellevue in the winners bracket at 7:05pm on Saturday while Skagit Valley will meet the Green River Gators to stay alive in an elimination game on Saturday at 2:05pm.

Game 7 May 22
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Bellevue freshman Michael Robertson tripled in the second and sophomore Hunter Beaty followed with a RBI single to score Robertson and give Bellevue a lead they never relinquished as the Bulldogs knocked off the top-ranked Saints 10-4.

Bellevue nearly ended the game early on the 'mercy' rule when they mounted a 10-0 lead going into the seventh, but the Saints ripped off four runs in the bottom of the seventh avoid the shut out.

Sophomore hurler Kirk Wetmore turned in a strong performance on the mound for Bellevue, going six scoreless innings with six strikeouts and allowing just four hits against one of the top hitting teams in the league.

Bellevue will advance to play the winner of Skagit Valley vs. Columbia basin on Saturday at 7:05pm. Mt Hood will take on Clackamas at 11:05am in an elimination game Saturday [bracket].

Game 6 May 22
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Down 5-4 in the top of the ninth, the Clackamas Cougars exploded for three runs off an RBI single by freshman Johnny Wade and a 2-run double by sophomore David Greenstein to defeat the second-ranked Red Devils 9-7.

Freshmen Travis Iverson and Cody Ching combined on 7 2/3 innings of work on the mound to keep the Cougars in the game. Freshman Casey Albright picked up the win in relief and freshman Taylor Hill shut down the Devils in the ninth for the save.

Clackamas will advance to play the loser of the Mt Hood vs. Bellevue game, Saturday at 11:05am [bracket]. Lower Columbia ends its season with a West Region title and a 35-8 record.

Game 5 May 22
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Sophomore Sean Cowland ripped a double in the fourth inning to score sophomore Perry Wilkinson to give Treasure Valley a 1-0 lead after four. The lead wasn't enough however, as sophomore Aaron Johnson launched a bases loaded rocket to give Green River a 4-1 lead in the fifth. The Gators added another run in the eighth to take a 5-1 win over Treasure Valley.

Both starting pitchers put up strong numbers - Winner Jake Shadle went 7 innings allowing 7 hits and striking out 7 while Jason VanSkike tossed 7 1/3 innings with 3 hits and 9 strikeouts in the loss.

Green River will advance in the elimination bracket to play the loser of Columbia Basin vs. Skagit Valley on Saturday at 2:05pm. The loss ends the season for East Region second seed Treasure Valley.


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Game 4 May 21
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It was a close 1-0 defensive game between two region champions after six when Skagit Valley, who scored in the third, exploded for three more runs in the seventh.

Skagit Valley loaded the bases in the top of the seventh when freshman Austin Potter singled to score sophomore Brady Locker and freshman Travis Shreve to make it 3-0 Skagit.

Freshman Sam Richter capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to score freshman Andy Chriscaden to increase the Cardinal lead to 4-0.

Lower Columbia tallied two of its own in the eighth, but Skagit retaliated for six more in the top of the ninth as they stunned the home crowd, cruising to a 10-2 win over the second-ranked Red Devils.

North MVP Braden Tullis stumped the Devils for 7 1/3 innings allowing five hits and striking out six. Sophomore Brett Ferguson picked up the save on one hit and 2K's the rest of the way for the Cardinals.

Sophomore Cody Fassold pitched six solid innings for the Red Devils, allowing one run on four hits and striking out six in the loss.

Skagit Valley will take on East Region Champion Columbia Basin at 7:35pm Friday while Lower Columbia faces South second seed Clackamas at 12:35pm Friday.

Game 3 May 21
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Top-ranked Mt Hood Saints got the best of East second seed Treasure Valley Chukars early on with five runs over the first two innings as the Saints defeated the Chukars 5-2.

Treasure Valley out-hit Mt Hood, but freshman Nick Struck scattered the hits while holding the Chukars to just one run on 6k's over seven innings of duty.

Mt Hood sophomores Kurt Snowley and Grant Glover picked up a pair of RBI's each while Treasure Valley sophomore Christian Jolley went 3-4 with an RBI for the Chukars.

Mt Hood will play the Bellevue Bulldogs at 4:35pm on Friday while Treasure Valley will take on the Green River Gators in an elimination game at 9:35am Friday.

Game 2 May 21
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South second seed Clackamas Cougars held it close most of the way, but five Cougars errors contributed to three unearned runs as East Region Champion Columbia Basin Hawks ran away with a 4-0 win.

Sophomore Bryce Hjellum collected the win in five 1/3 innings on a five-hit, 2 strikeout performance. Sophomore Taylor Hill went 6 2/3 innings on the mound for Clackamas with 12-hits and 5K's in the loss.

Columbia Basin will take on the winner of Skagit Valley vs. Lower Columbia Friday at 7:35pm. Clackamas will face the loser of that contest at 12:35pm.

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West second seed Green River Gators jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, but North first seed Bellevue Bulldogs answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-1 lead. The two squads battled back and forth over the next two innings with the Bulldogs holding a 6-4 after four. Bellevue held the lead the rest of the way in a 10-6 win.

Bulldog sophomore starter Jay Taylor allowed 8 hits over 6 innings and struck out 4 for the win. Green River freshman David Macey also went 6 innings, allowing 11 hits and striking out one in the loss.

In the double elimination tournament, Green River will play Friday, May 22 at 9:35am against the loser of the Treasure Valley - Mt Hood game. Bellevue will take on the winner of the same match up at 4:35pm on Friday.


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